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.

Spring Allergies and Itchy Eyes

Itchy Eyes

Daylight savings time, Easter and warmer temperatures also bring seasonal allergies. Due to these itchy and watery eyes there is a pilgrimage to optometry offices across the country. The conjunctiva is extremely susceptible to airborne allergens, but this reaction is often combined with other systemic manifestations from hay fever and sinusitis, eczema and hives.

It is estimated that between 40 and 60% experience varying degrees of ocular allergies. The harm comes due to the impact of the allergy on a patient’s productivity and quality of life. This often impacts a patient’s ability to utilize their contact lenses comfortably and effectively.

Allergic reactions occur when an allergen interacts with an IgE bound mast cell causing the cell to degranulate and trigger the allergic cascade.  This cause the tissues to swell and the hallmarks of allergies occur.

Treatment:

  • allergen avoidance
  • cold packs/compresses
  • over-the-counter treatments (Zaditor or Naphcon-A)
  • Prescription for antihistamine-mast cell stabilizer
  • topical steroid
  • orals

Don’t mistake bacterial conjunctivitis, viral conjunctivitis (pink eye) or blepharitis as simple allergic conjunctivitis. It is always wise to seek out an optometrist to evaluate any eye problem to determine the cause of an eye issue and initiate proper treatment. It is often the case that early treatment allows for a speedy recovery and usually prevents worse complications and recalcitrant conditions.

In Tulsa Optique Professional Eye Care is here for you. Call our staff at (918)743-9918, and allow us to help stop those itchy eyes this allergy season.

 

 

Does glasses make my eyes weaker?

Wearing glasses does not make your eyes worse.

It is a myth that wearing glasses actually makes your eyes worse. If your are wearing glasses that were made to your actual prescription and not someone else’s glasses, then these glasses are helping to focus light into your eye to produce a clear image of the world.

The perception is that the world is blurrier now with out your glasses then it was before you started wearing them. This is actually just a perception. Your brain like the clearer image provided by the correction in your glasses, so now when your glasses off the image blur is perceived to be worse when it is how you naturally see.

What is making our eyes worse? Age, growth and the amount of near we are doing now. Think about the time you spend on the computer, tablet, smart phone, reading and now virtual reality glasses and other devices like Google Glass have all increase the near demands on our eyes. In the last 100 years our work requirements have changed and part of this has impacted our visual demands. Eye doctors are expecting to see more myopia and an increase of computer vision syndrome.

I have a hard time understanding why some want to live in a blurry world. As eye doctors we all have patients that come in for vision and eye health examinations that are not seeing well but believe they see well enough that they do not need correction or simply will not wear their correction. Honestly, some of these individuals have no business driving unless they are wearing their glasses, because this activity not only endangers themselves but other citizens as well. Personally, I want the best vision that I can possibly have.

Here at Optique Professional Eye Care, we strive to provide our patients here in Tulsa, OK, with the best vision possible based on a patient’s anatomy, physiology and the optics of their eyes. We have an experienced staff who can help answer your insurance questions and find just the perfect pair of glasses and contacts available to meet your visual needs. Dr. Ozment and his staff look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Red Swollen Eyelid?

Experiencing a red, swollen eyelid?

It could be blepharitis. Blepharitis is a very common eyelid condition that results in burning, itching, redness, tearing, and irritation of the lids and eyes.  It is linked with bacteria which accumulate around the base of the eyelashes. The bacteria leads to dysfunction of meibomian glands within the lids.  The meibomian glands normally secrete oils that help lubricate your eyes and prevents evaporation of the tears, so blepharitis can lead to dry eyes. People with acne rosacea tend to be more likely to develop blepharitis.

Dr. Ozment often recommends an ongoing regimen of eyelid hygiene. There are over-the-counter lid scrub towelettes, foams or other cleansing agents. Studies have has shown that in some cases of blepharitis, omega-3 fatty acid supplements help meibomian glands function better and eye comfort improvement.  Hot compresses and lid massage also help encourage normal secretion from these glands. Severe or long standing cases of blepharitis may require treatment with topical and/or oral antibiotics.

Talk with Dr. Ozment about blepharitis if you experience the symptoms of red, itchy or irritated eyelids.  He develop a custom treatment plan for your particular case to give you lasting relief.  Call Optique Professional Eye Care at (918) 743-9918 to  schedule an appointment.

No Puff

We are an air puff free office -NO PUFF!

No puff technology

One of the most hated tests at the eye doctor has been replaced. Optiqe is an air puff free office; we have replaced that old outdated test with a newer more accurate test. Our doctors and staff use the Avia Tono-pen. The air puff was dreaded and almost impossible to get a good reading even on the best most tolerate patients. It isn’t as bad as a trip to the dentist for fillings or a root canal, but it raked up there as one of the most hated tests endured by patients.

If it was so bad, why did your Optometrist insist on having it done? Glaucoma is the simple answer. Your eye is filled with a fluid and as a semi-closed system we needed to monitor this reading to help with the diagnosis and track how how effective various treatments are for glaucoma. Glaucoma is pretty much a symptomless disease that can lead to blindness.

We want to be your eye doctor Tulsa, and through technologies like the tono-pen we are making your visit to the eye doctor more comfortable and convenient then ever before. If it is time for you or your family to have an eye exam call, (918)743-9918, and our staff will find a time that will work with your schedule to help keep your life in focus.

Emergency Eye Care

An emergency can strike at anytime and when it involves your eyes you need to seek emergency eye care. Dr. Ozment sees most of his eye emergency cases at his location in Broken Arrow, BA Eye Site, (918)893-3769 extension 306.

We want to be your eye doctor Tulsa and if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where you need emergency eye care let Optique Professional Eye Care and BA Eye Site provide those services to you and your family. Often these things occur outside normal office hours and on the weekends, instead of letting the situation worsen and the pain level to increase allow us to diagnose and start treatment. As is often the case, the sooner treatment is initiated the better the prognosis is.

We see everything from infections, injuries, foreign bodies embedded in the eyes, sudden loss of vision, flashes, floaters and spots in the vision, chemical and wielding burns. Our eyes are sensitive and precious, they are often taken for granted until they case sever pain or our vision is compromised.

We urge annual comprehensive eye exams to maintain great ocular health and vision. This helps us determine the extent an injury may have caused to your vision and eye health. Schedule your comprehensive exam today (918)743-9918.