Allergy season is upon us!

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
  • Orals
  • immunomodulators

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.

 

 

Eye exam leads to sleep apnea diagnosis

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.

Risk Factors

  • obesity
  • large neck size
  • nasal congestion
  • African-American or hispanic.

Signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring
  • 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

What your eyes are saying

What are your eyes saying about your emotions?

Body language is important is is a useful tool in law enforcement, love and business. Just look at the analysis of candidates after a debate or the popularity of shows like “Lie to Me”. Our eyes and our bodies say a lot about how we feel and our emotional state. These non verbal cues are on a subconscious level and may cost you in a high stakes game of cards.

  • Pupils are one of the places where we can exhibit little to no control over. Eckhard Hess in 1975, observed that our pupils dilate when we are looking an object we are interested in.
  • Eye contact can be a double edged sword. By staring at someone you can make them feel uncomfortable, intimidated and self conscious, but the avoidance of eye contact can make one feel that you are disinterested, deceitful or simply ashamed or guilty.
  • Blinking at an increased rate is often a sign of flirtation and can be a sign of attraction.
  • Eye direction can also be a strong indication of truth or deceit. Looking to ones left is a sign that a person is accessing memories while looking to the right is a sign the the more creative aspect of the brain is being accessed. This may be reversed if the person is left hand dominate. Some body language experts say there are a number of factors to observe. But that observing eye direction can go a long way in determining someone’s truthfulness.
  • Narrowing of eyelids is often a sing of anger, disgust or offense.

This is why it is good to be an observer and knowing what to look for can help you. Mastering these observation skills takes a lot of training and practice don’t discount the totality of other body cues that can help you navigate this nonverbal communication.

Teen eyesight

Teens and tweens eyesight

Teens and tweens are obsessed with their “look” and how they display their personality and appearance ,often times the need for glasses doesn’t fit into the vision of the “look” they have for themselves. Fixing Teen eyesight doesn’t have to be a negative, but can be turned into a positive, as eyewear today is fashion, why should clear vision be integrated into their “look” with a pair of fashionable specs. Clear vision can have a profound impact on their lives in the areas of sports, arts and academics. And with the new glasses comes a sense of responsibility to these tweens and teen to take care of their eyewear.

Some of the great sports figures of today, recording artist and hollywood types sport their eyewear on the red carpet and in post game interviews. Think Russell Westbrook, Taylor Swift and Matt Damon to name a few. The shopping experience with a teen for new glasses can be a fun and interactive experience for the kid and parents. Our staff here at BA Eye Site can help facilitate the conversation between parent and teen which at times can be rather entertaining.

Contact lenses:

There are times when contacts may actually be a good addition to glasses especially if the child participates in athletics . We typically recommend dailies for kids for a number of reasons from compliance and hygiene to safety. The teen or tween must be vested and interested in contact lenses and not feel pushed into them by the parents. If someone isn’t interested in them then learning to insert, remove, clean and care for them and all add up to trouble down the road.

BA Eye Site is proud to be your source for eye care in Broken Arrow and Tulsa; we look forward to hearing from you (918)893-3769. Fixing Teen eyesight can be challenging but by including them in the process and listening to them it can be rewarding helping the future leaders of tomorrow.

Eye exam and your health

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:

  1. Crohn’s Disease -As a form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome may manifest in the eye as swelling, dry eyes or uveitis.
  2. Hypertension can be seen as changes in retinal vasculature and may affect glaucoma and intraocular pressures.
  3. 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.
  4. Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Syndrome can be observed in the eyes as twitches an and motor difficulties as well and optic nerve appearance.
  5. Cholesterol -Elevated cholesterol levels can be observed in the cornea and in the blood vasculature in the retina.
  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases  like lupus and sarcoidosis can manifest in the eye as uveitis or iritis.
  7. 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.