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One of the more common questions that comes up in our office is "What are cataracts?"  They are one of the more common things we see in practice, and generally are one of the most treatable forms of vision impairment.

Cataracts 101: What exactly are cataracts?

Inside the eye, there is a natural lens that allows us to focus.  When we are younger, it even changes shape a little to allow us to change focus from distance to near and back again.  As we age, that natural lens becomes yellow and cloudy.  When your optometrist looks in your eye, he or she can see the clouding of the lens and diagnose the cataract.  There are actually a few different forms of cataract, meaning different patterns in which the clouding can happen.  Sometimes people can have a mix of multiple types.  The most common is nuclear sclerosis, which is that natural, all over, yellowing of the lens.  Cortical form just like spokes on a bike, starting at the edge of the lens and pointing to the middle.  Posterior subcapsular (PSC) form on the back surface of the lens, usually right in the middle of your vision.

Cataracts 101: What are the symptoms of cataracts?  How do I know I have them?

Early cataracts may not have any symptoms.  We expect to see some normal aging changes in the lens starting anywhere after age 40.  Typically they progress very slowly, over many years.  The first symptoms to usually show up are glare, especially at night.  The clouding of the lens causes light to scatter in the eye more, which is what makes glare so much worse.  Color vision can also be affected.  Eventually when the cataracts are mature, your vision will be blurry no matter what glasses or contact lenses are prescribed.  It is like looking through a dirty window.

Cataracts 101: What can be done about cataracts?

Some things can make cataracts worse sooner.  These include certain medications (systemic steroids being a prime example), diabetes, and smoking.  Eventually everyone does get cataracts no matter what they do.  When they are mature enough that they are impairing vision to a certain level, they are surgically removed.  There are many new techniques that have been developed even within the last few years, including the use of lasers.   When it is time for the cataracts to come out, an ophthalmologist will make small incisions at the edge of the cornea (the front clear part of the eye), break up the natural lens inside the eye, and remove it.  An artificial lens is then inserted in its place.  One of the nice benefits of cataract surgery is that the artificial lens can be used to correct your vision, at least at distance.  Some lenses can even correct vision at distance and near, reducing your dependence on glasses significantly.  As with any surgery, cataract surgery has its risks, which are important to discuss with your doctor.

 

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Getting a Full Night's Sleep for Healthy Eyes

 

 

 Getting Enough Sleep?

We all know that getting enough sleep is important for overall health and well-being.  From blood pressure to emotional mood to weight loss, sleep is a vital part of our lives.  Many of us do not get nearly enough, and our health can suffer because of it.  

How much is enough?  The Mayo Clinic reports that adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night for optimal health (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/how-many-hours-of-sleep-are-enough/faq-20057898).  Many of us do not reach this threshold, and it can have some impacts on our bodies- including our eyes.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep apnea is a big culprit for eye problems.  It occurs when the soft pallate collapses during sleep, which reduces oxygen flow.  This can lead to a myriad of eye conditions including optic neuropathy, glaucoma, floppy eyelid syndrome, and retinal vein occlusion. It can even lead to resistance in recovery from age-related macular degeneration (F. Lowry, Untreated Sleep Apnea Interferes with Treatment for AMD, Medscape, May 28, 2012.).  Many of these conditions can lead to irreversible vision loss.

Eye Strain

Most of us are on devices for some part of our day (and some for almost all of their day).  Getting a good, restful sleep can allow our eyes to recover from all that screen time and for the focusing muscles to relax.

Eye Twitching

Have you ever had an eyelid twitch that won't go away no matter what you do?  Ocular myokymia is a benign (albeit annoying) condition where the upper or lower eyelid twitches for short intervals at a time.  It can last a few weeks to a month. Typical causes for this condition include not getting enough sleep, too much stress, and too much caffeine.

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Etnia Barcelona Frames a Big Hit at Frame Show!

Our Etnia Barcelona rep was in the office with every frame in every color!  There were so many, we had to spill out onto the sidewalk!  Patients commented often on how beautiful and vibrant the colors are in this line, and we couldn't agree more!  Looking at the pictures, you can get an idea of how unique these frames are!  All of the colors are carefully designed and produced by the brand.  Etnia constantly is looking ahead to see what trends may be coming in fashion and art to select their colors.  They conduct these studies twice a year to be sure they are on the cutting edge of design!  Etnia also features a Vintage Collection featuring colors and textures from the 70s.  Etnia also boasts a sun collection, with mineral glass lenses that are anti-reflective, anti-scratch, and repel oils (like fingerprints).  Their anti-scratch properties are truly impressive.

 

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Color Was the Theme

With such a colorful line, we wanted to emphasize that with our decorations!  Our staff made rainbow paper chains and gave out little jars of colorful M&Ms to our guests.  A lot goes into each frame show, and this one was no different!

 

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Grand Prize Winner?

Our door prize for this frame show was a Yeti Tundra 35.  The winner will be announced shortly, so keep your fingers crossed!

 

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For the first time, Precision Eye Care is offering 50% off a complete pair as part of our Frame Show!  Take 50% off your complete pair of glasses when you purchase an Etnia Barcelona frame!

Etnia Barcelona has a wide variety of frames for men, women, and kids.  They even have sunglasses!  As part of our frame show, our rep will be in the office with the entire line-  far more than we normally carry!  This will allow you to try on any frame you might be interested and see how it looks and feels before making your decision.

Etnia Barcelona is an independent frame line.  Their frames boast vibrant color and design.  They use natural acetate, which is a material made from cotton.  There is also a wide selection of metallic frames which incorporate unique design elements.

The company also has a charitable foundation which works to improve the visual health of the most vulnerable children.  It strives to raise awareness of the importance of eye care for kids to ensure academic success and improve quality of life.

*Offers cannot be combined with insurance, see office for details.

 

 

Halloween is a great chance to spend some time with our kids and meet neighbors!  There will be lots of little ghouls, witches, and goblins out with their mummies, so make sure to drive slowly and alertly!  Here's some tips to help keep you safe!  And kids- make sure you let your parents check your candy before you eat it! 
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