What is astigmatism and how does it affect a person’s vision? See how our eye doctors can help (918)893-3769.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures in the United States with thousands being done every week. Is it time for you, how bad are they and what benefit can you expect? All these questions are based on your individual circumstance and can be answered during a comprehensive eye exam by one of our Broken Arrow Eye Doctors at BA Eye Site.
Zika Virus and your eyes
The newest mosquito borne disease has been all over the news and will get more coverage the closer to the Summer Olympics we get. It has spread from South America to Central America and is now being found in the United States, Europe and Canada.
It can present to an eye doctors office and appear much like “pink”eye which is an adeno-viral conjunctivitis. Symptoms can be variable but include redness, discomfort, tearing, light sensitivity and possible swollen lymph nodes or adenopathy.
- Questions to ask:
- History of recent illness –upper respiratory infection.
- Did it start on one side and spread to the other?
- Have the eyes been watery or any mucous discharge?
Zika is a RNA virus first discovered in Uganda in the 1940s. It is self limiting but is associated with microcephaly birth defects. The most common route of transmission is via an infected mosquito, but has been documented to spread by sexual contact and blood transfusion. Incubation of a few days upto one week with the most common symptoms may manifest as conjunctivitis, fever, rash, joint pain, headache, fatigue, malaise, and muscle pain. Most infected people experience mild symptoms and quickly produce antibodies and fully recover. Of most concern are pregnant women due to microcephaly and it’s link to Zika.
Testing can be done by the Health Department for Zika if:
- Currently pregnant woman, non-pregnant person having 2+ symptoms within 2 weeks of travel to an area with Zika activity
- maculopapular rash
ZIKV illness is a notifiable condition. Doctors are encouraged to report suspected cases to local health departments.
Ripped Contact Lens
Soft contact lenses wearers have all experienced the frustration of a ripped contact lens. Most of the time this can be avoided by proper handling, but sometimes a tougher lens brand maybe just what the doctor ordered to help prevent damage to the lens and your eye.
- If your lens is torn in your eye. Wash your hands and lubricate your eye with solution to help bits of the lens from sticking to the surface of the eye. Pull your lower lid down and use the index finger and thumb to remove larger pieces of the lens and look for any remaining smaller fragments. If you can not do this call your eye doctor or find an eye doctor offering emergency eye care to remove the lens fragments and possibly prescribe an antibiotic depending on how much damage was done.
- Do not continue to use a ripped or torn contact lens. This can compromise the cornea and lead to an ulcer, not to mention discomfort and light sensitivity.
- Do not fold or crease the lens. If the lens rolls up or folds over on itself, put it in solution and gently rub the lens which will allow it to unroll and unfold.
- Do not use fingernails. Natural nails or fake tips can cause nicks in the lens which over time will develop into a ripped contact lens.
- The lenses should remain lubricated and moist. a dehydrated lens is easier to tears and rip.
- Is it time for a different lens? Not all contact lenses are equal. Your eye doctor often uses information like your occupation, life style and how well you handle the contacts to make recommendations on which lens maybe best fit for an individual patient. Some lenses are stiffer and others are more flimsy or floppier. The modulus is the determining factor for this the higher the modulus the better a lens holds its shape and often easier for patients to insert. The lower the modulus the the more limp the contact is and tend to be weaker and more dry.
We alway recommend our patients have a pair of back-up glasses available should they damage their eyes and can not wear contact lenses for a period of time. Contact lenses offer us convenience of stable vision, but they do have their cons as well. Our Doctor and staff are here and ready to help. We accept most insurance and vision plans. Call us today (918)893-3769 and allow our staff to check on your benefits. We look forward to serving your family’s eye care needs.
Spooky Halloween Contacts May Lead to a Nightmare for You
As we approach Halloween the sale of theatrical and special effect contact lens interest and sales spike to complete that perfect look. Whether you want the “twilight, zombie or animalistic” look out of a set of contacts, these are still classified as medical devices and must be properly fit by an eyecare professional. Unfortunately the internet is populated with stories people who bought a pair of colored contacts from convenience stores, flea markets or beauty shops, and lost vision, got a major infection or needed to have a cornea transplant.
All contacts are regulated by the FDA and it is illegal to sell any contact lenses without a prescription. This entails ensuring all the parameters of the base curve, diameter, power and the interaction of the contact lens to the ocular tissue. Proper instruction on insertion, removal and care and maintenance is also of great importance to establish safe use of the lenses by a patient.
Misfitting contacts or poorly maintained, over worn contact lenses can cause blindness, injury or serious infection. Pseudomonas and acanthamoeba keratitis are two common infections when using these illegal lenses. These infections due damage fast often within 24-48 hours and leave life long scars.
Even when using properly fit lenses can lead to problems at time and it is so much worse if good hygiene and appropriate replacement schedules and overnight wear or just plain contact lens overwear or abuse occurs. Never share contact lenses or solution and always seek care if your eyes are red, painful, have discharge or and decrease in vision. Time is important, the earlier treatment is begun the better to help prevent scar formation, start pain management, and often obtain a better outcome.
BA Eye Site wishes you a fun and safe halloween. If you should want a specialty set of effect/theatrical lenses allow us to show you what we can get for you. Call (918)893-3769 today and schedule a time to view the special effect contact lenses we offer.
Why daily contact may be the right option for you.
Much like the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” a daily contact lens may be just what the doctor ordered. Often our eyes become red and irritated due to a number of reasons like:
- a buildup of protein deposits from our tear film that coats a lenses after a few days leading to increased discomfort and redness
- a reaction to preservatives in cleaning and disinfecting solutions
- buildup of environmental allergens on the surface of the contacts after a few days of wear
- dryness -some contact lens materials can act as greedy sponges and soak up all your natural tears
- eyelid and contact lens interactions, any buildup on a contact lens can lead to papillary conjunctivitis, which makes contact lenses wear difficult at best.
The benefits of a daily contact are numerous, above all they eliminate nearly all of the above reasons outlined. Since they are replaced daily there isn’t much time to allow a buildup of the biofilm; they are not stored often so not much need for solutions. Nearly all daily lenses options are packed with extra moisturizers designed to provide better protection from dryness, and they are typically thinner since the life of the lens is about 20 hours which helps reduce the lid interaction.
Most contact lens wearers can be converted to daily contacts as they now are available in spherical, multifocals and even for astigmatism. There are numerous designs and manufactures now offering these healthier alternative options.
Price is always a topic and the price for this mode of contact lens wear is improving as lens competition and options are widing. We tell our patients a rough rule of thumb is that they run around a dollar per lens. That is way cheaper than coffee, soda or a gallon of gas. That’s not a bad price for great vision and comfortable eyes.
This mode of contact lenses is our first choice for kids and teens because it has better compliance and hygiene. It is also good for those who choose to mix up their contact lens wear with glasses.
BA Eye Site at 101st between 129 and 145 in Broken Arrow wants to be your family’s eye care provider. We accept most insurance and vision plans. We look forward to hearing from you. (918)893-3769
2500 W New Orleans
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
Make an eye exam part of your back to school routine.
School is back in full swing which is easy to tell with the traffic and supply lists at nearly every store in the country. New shoes, clothes, bags and schedules are the order of the day.
Did your children start school with good eyesight? Most of our learning approximately 80+% occurs through vision. Often parents overlook this important part of the learning cycle until the school gets around to screening the students or their child starts complaining that they are having difficulty seeing or having headaches.
Life gets busy and if there isn’t an obvious problem of complaint things get put off, but vision and eye health should not be one of those. Schools are only required to screen certain grades and this is surprisingly often done at the end of the school year. As a parent you can not rely on those screening to determine if your children should have a comprehensive eye examination.
Good habits develop early when an emphasis is on teaching reading and foundational arithmetic. This time is critical to have good vision at both distance and near; this helps children develop a love for reading verses it being a hard chore due to a vision of ocular muscle problem for some kids.
Did you know most insurance plans cover children vision exams! This was part of the healthcare law now in place. Our staff can review your benefits with you to and help your children start this and every school year off with the best vision possible.
Not only is vision important in the classroom but it is also critical on the athletic fields and courts. Competitive athletes that need vision correction can benefit from sports wraps or contact lenses. As the children get older and college scouts come looking to give scholarships for athletics and corrected vision help remove barriers to performance in and out of the classroom.
BA Eye Site in Broken Arrow and Optique Professional Eye Care in Tulsa is your local family eye doctor, and we look forward to helping you family see and look their best. Most insurances are accepted both medical and vision plans. In Broken Arrow call (918)893-3769, in Tulsa call (918)743-9918 to discuss your benefits and schedule your family’s eye exams today.
Marijuana and Glaucoma
This topic frequently comes up during some eye exams and as more states legalize (to date 24 states have ) this will become more of a topic of conversation in an exam. I hope you find this timely and relevant blog to be informative.
Marijuana has been used as medicine for over 4000 years. It is cheaper than many of todays pharmaceuticals which may be one of the biggest factors in the legalization fight because of lobbying money, but that aside this blog is not pro or con but instead wants to look at the facts. What is it typically “useful” for:
- Arthritis and other rheumatological disorders like Lupus
- Seizures and other neurological disorders like Tourettes and MS
- Appetite stimulant
- and many others
Research in the 1970 show using marijuana intravenously, orally or by smoking did have effect a persons intraocular pressure (IOP), but on the order that todays antiglaucoma meds do. So it is not as effective at maintaining lower IOP.
Breathing in the smoke and vapors of marijuana also leads to respiratory concern but unlike cigarettes there is no tar. It also lowers blood pressure, increases the heart rate and lowers testosterone levels. The High associated with the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can impair memory, coordination and attention.
It is classified by the FDA as Schedule 1 meaning it is addictive and of the approximately 10% that are addicted when they stop they experience similar withdrawal symptoms to those addicted to tobacco.
This is an evolving topic and as more states opt to stop the war on marijuana to help the strain on the states budgets. More studies show the pros and cons will continue fueling the debate on both sides. As for glaucoma use, I don’t think this is the magic pill or smoke, but we will continue to monitor developments. There are other more potentially beneficial uses in the treatment for other diseases and disorders like seizures and other neurological conditions.
BA Eye Site looking out for the eye health and vision of our citizens here in Northeastern Oklahoma.
Optique provides Eye Care for Broken Arrow
Conveniently located at 101st and Aspen (145th), BA Eye Site is a leading provider of Eye Care for Broken Arrow. Broken Arrow trusts their families eyes and vision to the doctors and staff of BA Eye Site.
We are proud to be a locally owned and operated eye and vision clinic in Broken Arrow. BA Eye Site has been blessed to help serve the eye care needs of our fellow citizens.
BA Eye Site offers eye health and vision services for the whole family from infants to grandparents. Our clinic accept most medical and vision plans and new patients. Call (918)893-3769 and allow our staff to check your benefits and schedule you and your family for your eye exams.
With one of the largest opticals and contact lens rooms in Broken Arrow, we are confident that you and your family can find the perfect fit. You will love the way you see and look in that perfect set of glasses or contact lenses.
Broken Arrow is a wonderful growing community with new businesses and new home construction continuing on all sides. Our passion to caring for the Eyes and Vision of Broken Arrow. We want to ensure the “Eye of the Tiger” is healthy and seeing great as well as looking good. Consider BA Eye Site if you are needing eye care for yourself or your family.
As the weather improves this spring we are becoming more active, and our clinic has noticed an increase in the cases of eye injuries this season. Eye protection is a priority, but accidents still happen and prompt attention and care by an eyecare professional is imperative.
We all have vast amount of knowledge at our fingertips any exploring your symptoms online can yield some scary results. So how do you know when you should be seen or when you can wait? One of the first rules of care stipulates that early diagnosis and treatment often leads to better results and outcomes. If you have any of the following symptoms I would urge you to seek care.
- Swollen eyes
- Pain in or around the eyes
- Trauma to the eye
- Sudden vision loss or blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- flashes of light
- sudden increase in floaters or spots
- Visual field loss
- Bleeding, watery or goopy (mucous discharge) of the eyes
We provide emergency eye care for the Broken Arrow and Tulsa are. We are located at 101st and Aspen in Broken Arrow (918)893-3769. We have a sister practice in midtown Tulsa at 51 and Harvard, Optique Professional Eye Care (918)743-9918, in the Country Club Plaza. On the weekends call (918)893-3769 ext 306, if an attendant does not answer leave a message with your name and a call back number and our staff will return your call shortly.
Thank you for allowing us to be your source for Urgent Eye Care.