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.

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 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.