Remember to use your vison benefits or your flex spending account before the end of the year. Many benefits go to waste if not used before December 31st. Did you know that contact lenses, vitamins and sunglasses purchased at our office can be used for flex spending? If you're not sure whether or not you used your benefits, call us at 754-6020 and we will check it for you!
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Are you nearsighted and sick of being dependent on glasses? Does you child's nearsightedness seem to worsen all the time? Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) is a proven way of correcting myopia (nearsightedness) without glasses, daytime contact lenses or surgery. In addition, CRT may slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. CRT has been called many names including orthokeratology and corneal molding. All of these names refer to the process of wearing a rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens while sleeping to change the power of the eye's cornea in a predictable way. Thus, when the contact lens is removed the eye is in focus without wearing correction. This molding effect last during waking hours after the lens is worn while sleeping. The corneal molding lenses are uniquely designed to provide the right amount of correction for each individual eye.
Many of my patients are suprised to hear that this technology exists. However, corneal refractive therapy is not a new idea. Some doctors began using early corneal molding lenses in the 1980s. The procedure gained popularity in the 90s as lens technology improved. CRT has been a part of The Optical Boutique for about 20 years.
On a personal note, my lovely wife began using corneal molds about a year ago. She wanted to be able to watch our two young sons at the pool without the danger of wearing soft contact lenses or the inconvenience of wearing glasses. She has been very successful. Corneal reshaping has given her the freedom to better care for our children in an environment not conducive to daytime contact lenses of spectacles.
If you would like to know if your a candidate for this exciting technology, give us a call. We'll schedule you for a free consultation in which we can discuss your individual needs.
"It's all fun and games until someone gets their eye poke out." Parents have been saying words similar to these for generations. However, as we approach Christmas, how many of us think about eye health as we choose toys for our children?
Toys can be visually stimulating and help develop skills such as eye hand coordination, but some toys can be hazardous to eyes. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comission, 250,000 children each year are seen in hospital emergency departments due to toy related injuries. About half of those injuries are to the head and neck, many to the eyes.
All About Vision has published an article discussing what types of toys should be avoided (www.allaboutvision.com/toys-to-avoid). In addition, World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) annually list specific toys that are deemed dangerous. Generally any toy that shoots a projectile, such as BB guns, aerosoft guns and slingshots, should be avoided. Furthermore, toy swords, wands and sabers are often the cause of toy related eye injuries. Also, gifts like silly string and party foam contain chemicals that may be ocular irritants.
As we approach Christmas, let's remember eye safety. Let's ask Santa to bring one of many safe toys. Maybe if we've been really good, he'll even leave a pair of safety glasses in our stocking.
November is American Diabetes Month. According to www.diabetes.org, approximately 26 million Americans are living with diabetes. Furthermore, it is estimated that one in three American adults will have diabetes by the year 2050. Diabetes can be a devestating disease leading to kidney failure, stroke, limb amputation and a host of other health problems.
In addition, diabetes can have a profound effect on the eyes. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness cases in the United States. It can cause an instable glasses prescription, early cataract formation and poor corneal wound healing. It can also cause changes to blood vessels inside the eye. These changes are called diabetic retinopathy and include leaking blood vessels, formation of new weaker blood vessels (neovascularization) and retinal swelling. In advanced diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and blindness can occur.
As bleak as this sounds, there is hope. Ocular complications are much less likely to happen if blood sugar levels are properly controlled. Diet, excercise and compliance with medications are crucial in preventing diabetic eye disease. In addition, early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy often prevent more severe forms of retinopathy. Our doctors recommend annual eye health evaluations including retinal examination. More frequent monitoring may be necessary for patients exhibiting retinopathy.
At the Optical Boutique, we are committed to the ocular well-being of our patients with diabetes. We look forward to working with you and your care team to maintain the health of your eyes. So, let's celebrate American Diabetes Month by scheduling your comprehensive eye health evaluation.
If you're a native of Memphis, you know that fall means allergies. According to an article in USA Today, Memphis once again ranks in the top five worst cities for fall allergies. This is mostly due to a high concentration of ragweed pollen in our air. Along with sinus and nasal problems, our eyes can respond to these allergies. Itching, redness and watering are some of the most common symptoms of ocular allergies. Many patients believe that their allergies are just part of living in this area and that they should just "deal with it". However, there are several treatment options available that can provide relief for ocular allergy sufferers.
Treatment for ocular allergies varies according to patient symptoms and severity of the allergic response. In general, there are three main treatments for ocular allergies:
1) Oral Antihistamines - This group includes drugs like Benadryl, Allegra and Claritin. These medications are especially useful for relieving nasal and sinus symptoms. Yet, they are not always as effective against eye symptoms.
2) Topical Antihistamines - This group has become my go-to treatment for ocular allergies. It includes drugs like Pataday, Lastacaft and Bepreve. Most of these medications offer itch relief within 5-10 minutes of instilling the drop. In addition, if used regularly, they can prevent itching from occuring before it starts.
3) Topical Steroids - Steroids are a class of anti-inflammatory medications. They can relieve symptoms of inflammation due to allergies. They are an excellent option for patients experiencing severe ocular allergies.
Refuse to believe that seasonal ocular allergies are just part of life as a Memphian. Relief is available! Make an appointment and we'll discuss the best way to relieve your allergy symptoms.