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.
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.
Allergy Season in Oklahoma
Heralded in by Easter and Daylight Savings Time, allergy season has come roaring into Oklahoma. We have already had our first tornado of the season and and blooms are swirling around with the spring wind.
If you have yet to feel the impact of the seasonal allergies you likely will with an estimated 60% of people being affected by varying degrees of allergies. The eye is a prime target for airborne allergens simply due to the large surface area of this exposed mucous membrane. These itchy, watery, blurry eyes are often accompanied by rhinitis and sinusitis. These symptoms are a result of the bodies immunological response and the degranulation of mast cells. Contact lens patients are often acutely aware of the impact that ocular allergies can have on their vision and ability to wear their contact lens. Early treatment is a must to reduce this impact.
The quality of life and productivity is impacted by the allergic reactions via discomfort, distorted vision, disruption of contact lens usage, dryness and fatigue. Allergic Conjunctivitis may look like bacterial conjunctivitis, Viral conjunctivitis (pink eye), blepharitis and even dry eye syndrome, so it is recommended to seek out your local optometrist to evaluate your eye conditions and determine the best course of treatment.
Once it is determined to be indeed allergic conjunctivitis the treatment options are wide and based on the severity of the condition at the initial presentation.
- Cold packs
- OTC topical drops like Zaditor or Naphcon-A
- Prescription Anti-histamine and mast cell stabilizers
- Topical steroids
In Broken Arrow, BA Eye Site is here to help you, call (918)893-3769, and come see us located at 101 and Aspen (145th). Early treatment is best to resolve most conditions before they worsen.
Sleep apnea diagnosed by an eye exam
This is another condition in a long line of conditions that can be found during a comprehensive eye exam. Sleep apnea affects about 1 in every 4 men and 1 in 10 women, many of whom are unaware they have a problem. This is millions of Americans that suffer from this condition that can lead to a host of other conditions like stroke, heart disease, liver fatigue and diabetes.
Sleep apnea often occurs in heavy snorers and is caused by the collapse or obstruction of the airway that can stop breathing for a period of time leading to gasping. This period of obstructed airway cause lower blood oxygen level and poor circulation which may cause cardiac arrest.
- large neck size
- nasal congestion
- African-American or hispanic.
Signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- frequent nighttime urination
- morning headaches
- dry, sore throat
- concentration problems
- lack of energy
- depression or irritability/ mood swings
What show up in an eye exam that can lead to this diagnosis?
The number one sign is called floppy lid syndrome followed by optic neuritis and papilledema. Floppy eyelid syndrome is laxity in the eyelids. If we detect any of these during your eye exam at BA Eye Site in Broken Arrow, we will discuss with you the possibility of getting a sleep study and seeking treatment. treatment can greatly improve patients quality of life and help guard against deteriorating health.
It is recommended that you have a comprehensive eye exam annually to detect this and possible other conditions that may be affecting you. (918)893-3769
Dr. Matthew Ozment
Quaility eye care for Broken Arrow and Tulsa
Eye exam and your health conditions really do go hand in hand.
A comprehensive eye exam can reveal a lot about a persons health and can even lead to some diagnoses. The eyes are a window to the body; eye doctors can see blood vessels, nerve tissue and signs of thyroid disease.
We would point to a study done by UnitedHealthCare that identified eye cares impact on:
- Crohn’s Disease -As a form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome may manifest in the eye as swelling, dry eyes or uveitis.
- Hypertension can be seen as changes in retinal vasculature and may affect glaucoma and intraocular pressures.
- Diabetes -Diabetes is a hypoxic disease meaning the body is unable to get the oxygen it needs because of high blood sugar levels. This leads to bleeding in the eyes and even vision disruption. This bleeding is easily observed in the eyes where it may not be so easily observed in areas like the kidneys or other areas of the nervous system.
- Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Syndrome can be observed in the eyes as twitches an and motor difficulties as well and optic nerve appearance.
- Cholesterol -Elevated cholesterol levels can be observed in the cornea and in the blood vasculature in the retina.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases like lupus and sarcoidosis can manifest in the eye as uveitis or iritis.
- Graves Disease -This as a thyroid condition that causes the eyes to bulge. The thyroid is important to maintain metabolism and energy levels. An malfunctioning thyroid can also cause issues with the eyelashes and eyebrows because it can cause hair loss or thinning.
This is part of why it is recommended to have an annual comprehensive eye exam. Early detection and treatment saves lives and eye care is an important aspect of your health care team. BA Eye Site at 101st and Aspen want to be the eye care center serving you and your family’s eyecare needs. Call us (918)893-3769 to schedule your comprehensive eye exam, today. New patients and walk-ins are welcome.