Astigmatism

Astigmatism is an optical aberration that affects a majority of people. While it is easy to explain and understand nearsighted and farsighted, astigmatism is a little more involved but basically it distorts images no matter what distance they are at by making them appear smudged and even double.

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Eye Injuries

If you do have an eye injury call (918)743-9918 during regular office hours and on the weekends call (918)879-5055.

Topcon KR700

This instrument uses waves to determine an approximate refractive error and keratometry readings. Both of these metrics are vital to successful contact lens fitting and vision correction.

Autorefractor and Autokeratometer

On the patient side it is simple just rest your chin in the chin rest and forehead against the forehead rest and look at the pretty farm and house inside the instrument the rest is all automated.

UV light explained

What is UV? …And why does it matter?

Light is a form of radiation. The “visible light” is a small segment of the the electromagnetic spectrum. As summer approaches we hear a lot about UV light or Ultraviolet light.

Look at sunblock and you will see blocks so much UVA and UVA, sunglasses are the same way and now some clothing and outdoor furniture also talk about UV blocking which can fade their colors over time if their is no blocking.

 

  1. UVA – Aging:
    • 95% of all UV reaching the earth
    • remains constant all year long at most latitudes
    • responsible for aging of the skin and loss of elastin.
    • penetrates uncoated glasses
  2. UVB – Sun Burns
    • more intense then UVA
    • Strongest in the summer and can be filtered out by glass
    • sunblocks work to prevent UVB penetration to the skin

Overexposure and unprotected skin can lead to skin cancer, cataract development, macular degeneration, etc. There are some positives with limited exposures like vitamin D that is produced in the skin which helps with bone strength and density as well as helpful to the immune system.

Summer is more problematic due to more UVB being able to pass through the ozone layer. Watching the weather in mid and late summer there are days where an ozone alert is posted meaning exposure to UVB is particularly high on that day, which causes more damage quicker.

 

Summer Eye Care Tips

Summer Eye Care Tips

Yes summer is upon us so how about a few summer eye care tips from your Tulsa Eye Doctor at Optique Professional Eye Care.  My father in law has had numerous lesions removed from a life of working outdoors, so why not share a few thoughts about protection.

  1. Hats are always good especially those with larger brims to prevent intense direct exposure of the face particularly the ears, nose and eyelids.
  2. The easiest is a great pair of large or wrapped sunglasses with UV protection. It is amazing the number of corneal burns that occur each year that could be avoided by using simple shades. Do not let a cloudy day deceive you there are still a lot of UV radiation getting to you through those clouds. Most people don’t even realize the damage they have done until the wake up after and hour or two in extreme pain much like wielders, who experience flash burns. Too much exposure to UV light effects the eyes in a number of ways from cataract formation, macular degeneration, pinguecula to pterygium and solar keratitis.
  3. We are more active with sports and yard work in these warmer months and safety protection should always be priority. Mowing, weed eating, tennis, baseball and basketball are just a few of the activities that you should have eye protection for.
  4. Stay hydrated and you may want to have a good artificial tear with you. The wind, heat and sun all take a toll on your tears.  The tears are the first layer that light hits when it enters the eye even though it is thin it still can help filter out some UV light.
  5. Never swim in contact lenses. If you are not concerned about acanthamoeba which may necessitate a corneal transplant.  Contacts will absorb chemicals and pollutants in the water that will be held against the cornea which may be toxic.
  6. Try to avoid outdoors direct sun from 10 AM to 3 PM when the rays are at their most intensive strength.
  7. Summer makes a great time to schedule your family for eye exams because schedules are usually easier to manage. School age children should have an annual exam prior to classes beginning in August. An annual eye exam can help with prevention and maintain healthy eyes. These exams can allow your eye doctor to detect a problem early and may be sight saving, so you can enjoy vision for summers to follow.

Looking for a good eye doctor in Tulsa check out Optique Professional Eye Care.  Most insurance and vision plans are accepted, and we are accepting new patients.  Our goal is to help you obtain and keep the best sight and eye health possible. Call our friendly staff today at (918)893-3769.

New Years Resolution

Make Eye Care part of your New Year's Resolution.

A new year is a great time to start fresh. Why not use it an a reason to update your eyewear and have your ocular health evaluated, after all we can not grow younger with each passing year and as we age more health conditions manifest.  Eye care is an integral component in one's healthcare due to the tremendous amount of health information that can be detected by a trained eye doctor.

New Year and new technology is also available like more breathable contacts lenses, computer lenses to combat the blue haze of the monitors, new frame lines and designs that are not so "common". Optique is sporting an updated look this year as well. Many long time patients are noticing both the cosmetic and structural changes.

We look forward to servicing you and your family this year. We accept most insurance plans, Care Credit and HSAs and offer cash discounts. We are located at 51st and Harvard in the heart of Tulsa, conveniently off of I44 (Skelly Drive).

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Bye-Bye Dry Eyes

Say bye to dry eyes

Tears serve many purposes from expressing an emotional response, protecting against allergies and foreign matter like dust and eyelashes by rinsing the eyes, and tears are vital to maintaining a healthy ocular surface and vision. When something disrupts the quantity or quality of tears produced the corneas will not be moisturized or lubricated properly leading to  burning, itchy, gritty, sore eyes. We can place special dyes in the eye and observe punctate keratitis or dry eye syndrome.

There are three components to your tears to help them work effectively. They contain distinctive layers: mucous, water and oil.  The mucous layer is produced by goblet cells on the conjunctiva and help the tear spread evenly over the surface of the eyes. This layer is usually most affected by use of antihistamines and other medications. The oil layer helps prevent evaporation of the tear film. We lose roughly 80% of our tears through evaporation. The watery layer is produced by the lacrimal gland and is subject to systemic disease like Sjogren’s syndrome, autoimmune disease and hormone levels.

There are a number of things that can contribute to dry eye syndrome like medications, systemic diseases, age, environmental factors, contact lens use, Refractive surgical patients and anatomical or physiological conditions of the eyelids. Why is this so important? The cornea receives nourishment and immunological protection from the tears. The cornea is the clear dome over the eye and it contains no blood vessels, so tear health is of great importance to corneal health and vision.

Treatments include:

  • Artificial Tears –These over the counter drops can help alleviate short-term symptoms of dry eye like burning. In mild cases this is often adequate especially when the symptoms are brought on by computer use. They do have preservative free options which is more desirable when treating an already irritated eye.
  • Salves, gels and ointments are helpful for overnight protection. There is also a prescription, Lacrisert, that is made for during the day sustained release in severe dry eye.
  • Restasis -Prescription immunomodulator that helps patients with autoimmune diseases effectively produce more tears. It may take three to six months to notice the effects of this medication since it is reducing the deterioration that is caused by an autoimmune disease on the lacrimal gland.
  • Punctal Plugs -This is a procedure where a plug is inserted into the punctum allowing the existing tears to stay in the eye instead of draining into the nose. These plugs can be removed and may even fall out so this is reversible. If the punctal plugs were effective there is a surgical option to close the punctum of the lower lids permanently.
  • Dietary -Studies show that increased omega-3 consumption leads to more quality oils produced by the eyelids meaning the decreased loss of tears through evaporation.

With increased computer use, contact lens use and medication usage there is a growing population dealing with the challenges of dry eye syndrome. Optique Professional Eye Care is there to help you navigate the challenges of coping with dry eyes and after an examination give you a better idea of the underlying cause and give relevant treatment strategies. Give us a call today t see how we can help put you on the right treatment path.

Eye Care through Community Care

Eye Care for Community Care of Oklahoma Members

If you are a Community Care subscriber then Optique Professional Eye Care in Tulsa, OK, is your family’s eye care solution.  Optique and our sister practice BA Eye Site are both full service eye care providers for Community Care of Oklahoma each plan is different so contact our staff to check your benefits today.

Our locations are placed for your convenience at 51st and Harvard in Country Club Plaza and in south Broken Arrow at 101st and 145th (Aspen). While most plans cover routine eye care there are a few that do not, but they all cover medical eye care whether it is a painful eye, loss of vision or spots to allergy eyes. If you are having an eye care emergency click here.

 

Do you subscribe to eye care myths?

Eye Care Myths

We live with many superstitions and myths about many aspects of life. Eye care and vision is no different some of these old-wives tales have a specter of truth mixed with a healthy dose falsehoods.  this is no wonder due to the fact the eye is composed of 2 million intricately working parts. The complex structure of the eye makes the fact we have vision at all a miracle.

Here are some common myths and facts related to the eyes.

  1. Myth: Eat carrots and enjoy good vision.
    1. Fact: Carrots contain vitamin A which is important to proper functioning of the eye, but the eye needs more the carrots. They won’t ensure 20/20 vision or even improved night vision. Vitamin A is also found in many other foods like milk, cheese, eggs, liver and many many others.
  2. Myth: Artificial sweetener use does not affect your eyes.
    1. Fact: Actually artificial sweeteners that contain cyclamates can cause increased light sensitivity.
    2. Infact many medications like those for blood pressure, diabetes, oral contraceptives and antibiotics can often cause increase light sensitivity and even dryness.
  3. Myth: Wearing my glasses just makes my eyes worse and more dependent on glasses.
    1. Fact: This is not a correct conclusion, as we age the trend if for our eyes to develop more myopia and then the vision degenerates further in our 40s and 50s.
    2. Wearing proper glasses compensates for an anatomic or physiological issue. your eyes will get worse with of without glasses, but at least with glasses you can focus clearly until the vision starts changing again.
  4. Myth: Sitting to close to tv makes your eye worse
    1. Fact: sitting close to the tv is often a symptom of vision needing correction. It is not the cause, although sitting close to the screen can cause eye strain or headaches. If you see this behavior in children they should have an eye exam.
  5. Myth:It is not harmful to look directly at the sun or watch a welder weld.
    1. Fact: Never look directly at the sun or watch a welder weld. Both emit high energy ultraviolet light that permanently damages the cornea, lens and retina. This activity can lead to macular degeneration as an adult and also cause early cataract formation.
  6. Myth: You can wear your eyes out by over using them.
    1. Fact: You eye is not like a light bulb where they are only good for so many hours. We encourage you to enjoy your vision since the majority of our world inputs visually, we encourage you to use them as much as you would like,
  7. Myth: Wearing poorly fit contacts does not harm your eyes.
    1. Fact: Yes they can and often will harm your eyes and impact your vision by disrupting the cornea that can affect the structural integrity. This is why it is important to have your eyes checked regularly and be fitted properly by an eye doctor.
  8. Myth: It is okay to wear contacts while swimming.
    1. Fact: this is NEVER a good idea. There are parasites and bacteria in the water that would love to set up an infection of your eyes. To name one, it would have to be acanthamoeba.
  9. Myth: Safety glasses are more trouble than they are worth.
    1. Fact: There is no end to patients  that would testify that that statement is both stupid and dangerous. It only takes one time to live with a lifetime of regret. Like the old saying goes an ounce of prevention yields … .
  10. Myth: Eyes can be transplanted.
    1. Fact: This is partially true but only about corneas. The eye is connected to the brain by the optic nerve and once that is severed or damaged with the technology we currently have it can not be reattached.
  11. Myth: Computers can damage your eyes.
    1. Fact: Computer can cause strain, headaches and dryness but they in and of themselves are not harmful.
  12. Myth: reading in dim light is harmful to the eyes.
    1. Fact: While no studies show this to be accurate I still encourage proper lighting to do the appropriate task.
  13. Myth: A child can outgrow crossed eyes
    1. Fact: People do not out grow strabismus, which is the technical term for crossed eyes. The earlier it is caught the better the chance it is to correct it. This highlights one of the important aspects of early childhood eye exams done by an eye doctor.  The longer the condition goes untreated the more likely that child will not develop useful vision in that eye.
  14. Myth: Benjamin Franklin invented bifocal lenses.
    1. Fact: There is some controversy and papers written to support both Benjamin Franklin and an English optician named Samuel peirce who was thought to be the actual inventor of bifocals around 1775.
  15. Myth: Night lights are harmful to vision
    1. Fact: There is not enough evidence to support the claim that a nightlight is harmful to a child’s visual development. It was once thought that they may contribute to nearsightedness, but now the is evidence that they make actually help with development.

 

Eye doctor or urgent care

Who should you call an eye doctor or urgent care?

Black Eye  Corneal Abrasion

When you have an eye injury or an acute visual distortion you should contact an optometrist. Urgent care centers all over the area are equipped to handle a lot of non life threatening conditions and injuries, but when it comes to your eyes and vision trust those to an optometrist.

We have the equipment and training required to help preserve your vision and best evaluate your eyes. We know often things can not wait and should be seen in a urgent manner which is why we have an emergency line to help (918)879-5055.

http://emergencyeyecaretulsa.com/

Often an eye injury will lead to a sleepless night of pain which can occur during R.E.M. and cause a person to wake up in intense pain. The next day the eye can be very light sensitive, red with discharge and the vision be blurred and hazy.

Don’t suffer through it contact Optique Professional Eye Care or BA Eye Site and let us help your eye to heal up and recover properly. We accept most medical insurance plans.

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