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.

Eye Care for Broken Arrow

Optique provides Eye Care for Broken Arrow

Conveniently located at 101st and Aspen (145th), BA Eye Site is a leading provider of Eye Care for Broken Arrow. Broken Arrow trusts their families eyes and vision to the doctors and staff of BA Eye Site.

We are proud to be a locally owned and operated eye and vision clinic in Broken Arrow. BA Eye Site has been blessed to help serve the eye care needs of our fellow citizens.

BA Eye Site offers eye health and vision services for the whole family from infants to grandparents. Our clinic accept most medical and vision plans and new patients. Call (918)893-3769 and allow our staff to check your benefits and schedule you and your family for your eye exams.

With one of the largest opticals and contact lens rooms in Broken Arrow, we are confident that you and your family can find the perfect fit. You will love the way you see and look in that perfect set of glasses or contact lenses.

Broken Arrow is a wonderful growing community with new businesses and new home construction continuing on all sides. Our passion to caring for the Eyes and Vision of Broken Arrow. We want to ensure the “Eye of the Tiger” is healthy and seeing great as well as looking good. Consider BA Eye Site if you are needing eye care for yourself or your family.

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.

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.