Ripped Contact Lens

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.

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The lenses should remain lubricated and moist. a dehydrated lens is easier to tears and rip.
  6. 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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.