Did your children start school with good eyesight?

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

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:

  • Pain
  • Arthritis and other rheumatological disorders like Lupus
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures and other neurological disorders like Tourettes and MS
  • Glaucoma
  • 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.