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 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.

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.



Eye injury

Eye Injury

This month we have seen many eye injuries in the office, Some of which used our emergency line (918)893-3769 X306 and were seen over a weekend. These injuries and infections range from an assault victim to being hit in the eye with a wood chip and another was a rock.  Because of the warmer weather we are becoming more active around the house and out in public which increases the incidences of injuries  and contact with contagions.

Eye protection should always be a priority, and when something does happen prompt care by an eye doctor is imperative. The eye is sensitive organ and there are many places where problems can and do arise. The eye will give off a host of symptoms if something is wrong: redness, swelling, watering, blurred vision, mucous discharge, itchiness or grittiness, flashes of light, spots in the vision, pain or discomfort, light sensitivity, and hot to the touch are all symptoms that should be checked.

Many of our patients consult Dr. Google with their symptoms and are often scared by the search results that come back. We are here for you at Optique Professional Eye Care in the Country Club Plaza center at 51st and Harvard, and for those patients south we have a sister location at 101st and Aspen in Broken Arrow, BA Eye Site.  Consider us your Urgent Care for Eye Care.

When should you be seen?

  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Goopy eyes
  • Painful eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Blurred Vision
  • Sudden vision loss
  • Loss of visual field
  • Spots in the vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Trauma to the eyes
  • Contusion to the eyes, face of orbit
  • Sudden Double Vision
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Swelling
  • Foreign Body Sensation
  • Bleeding in the eye

Any of these symptoms warrant an evaluation by an eyecare professional.



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.


  • 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.