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Improve Presbyopia Without Glasses or Contacts

Can new eye drops reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contacts lenses?

Yes! Beginning early next year some people who suffer from a condition known as presbyopia will be able to put the eyeglasses and/or contact lenses away for an extended period of time. Presbyopia is a condition that causes the gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects. It usually starts around the age of 40 and can continue to worsen over time. It is a very common condition; more than 128 million Americans have presbyopia. Most of us become aware of presbyopia when we find it necessary to hold books or other reading material at arm’s length in order to read. The condition can be improved.

When you look at something nearby, the muscle constricts, allowing the lens to curve which allows you to focus. The lens actually changes its shape when the muscle is functioning properly. The muscle relaxes when you look at objects at a distance. When this muscle can no longer perform properly, images will appear out of focus. Glasses or multi-focal contact lenses optically correct vision, making up for what the muscle can no longer do.

New Eye Drops

Now, new eye drops, which have undergone very successful Phase 3 clinical studies, with minimal side effects, have been shown to improve the performance of focusing muscles for people with presbyopia. For some patients, the new eye drops may delay the need for reading glasses or contacts! Allergan, one of the pharmaceutical companies who are making the eye drop, Vuity® has reported that the “drops have a rapid onset of action and sustain the visual gains for as long as six hours.” Further, “Patients who had the drug reported significant improvements in their ability to read at a close distance.”

After we examine your eyes, if we believe the new drops will be advantageous to you, and you are interested in trying them, we will write the necessary prescription for you. Talk to your Donelson Eye Care doctor to learn more about this exciting advance in presbyopia therapy. Some patients may be able to save money on the cost of corrective lenses in situations where they would otherwise be ready for progressive lenses. Naturally, this therapy would likely not apply to patients who have already had cataract surgery.

This or That: Maintaining Your Eyesight

365 days can manifest a great deal that you might not be able to set your sights on quite yet. Don’t wait until you can’t see it to believe it.

Quiz yourself in a quick “This or That!” and see where you stand when it comes to maintaining your eyesight and what’s worth *looking* into for your eye health before 2022.

Want Halloween Contact Lenses? Great! Let’s Protect Your Eyes

Halloween…trick or treating…costumes…and for some of you, cool Halloween themed contact lenses to add to the fun! To keep those contact lenses fun, please remember that the wrong lenses can turn an exciting night into a nightmare!

This time of year, I worry. It’s not the scary costumes. What I worry about are the scary complications that can happen when people buy and wear cosmetic contacts that haven’t been approved by the FDA. You can buy these worrisome contact lenses online, in convenience stores and other retailers, of course. But those who do that are taking very serious risks with their eyes.

Contact lenses are medical devices regulated by the FDA. There is a good reason for that. You probably know that contacts are placed over your cornea, a very thin clear window over the front of your eyes. Poorly fitted contact lenses can cause a “pothole” that may allow bacteria to take root. The bacteria can cause a corneal infection also known as a corneal ulcer. Trust me, this is something worth not having. While many corneal ulcers are treatable, the healing process can cause a scar which can damage your eyesight permanently! In the worst cases, it can result in blindness. And, please keep in mind that even a successful outcome involves serious eye pain, expensive medicine and anywhere from a few days to a few weeks of daily treatment.

At Donelson Eye Care, we always do everything we can to protect our patients. That’s why we offer properly fitted, FDA approved Halloween contact lenses. We have a full catalogue of exciting, reasonably priced options for you to choose from. They are comfortable and safe to wear and, we make certain that your contact lenses will fit your eye shape.

To ensure you get the perfect look you want, order from us. I am delighted to help you scare your friends and neighbors without scaring you…and me…about your eye health.

A Visit to the Emergency Room or Your Optometrist?

Eye Care Emergencies To Take Directly to the Optometry Office ASAP

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When a health crisis occurs, it is common to consider a visit to the nearest hospital emergency room for care. However, when the emergency is related to your eyes, consider a trip to your optometrist’s office as the first stop.

Recent research has shown that treating eye emergencies at eye doctors’ offices can potentially divert more than 1 million patients away from ERs each year. While doing so eases the burden on hospitals and their staff and helps them conserve resources, it also ensures that you get the most prompt treatment and care.

New or existing patient? We are here to help! Here are some of the several circumstances where you can keep eye emergencies out of hospital emergency rooms.

Foreign Body Removal

With fallen leaves blowing in the wind and chopped wood burning in backyard bonfire pits, autumn carries with it several instances that a foreign body can end up embedded in an eye.

The sharp pain, watery eyes and frightening blurred vision from a foreign body can coax a run to the bathroom for a quick self-removal attempt or an anxious run to the nearest emergency room. Try and keep this in mind: the eye is a fragile organ. Any self-pursuits of removal or a long wait in an ER can lead to an unfavorable outcome.

Take a deep breath, give us a quick call, and let our team know you are on your way so we can prepare to address your needs right upon your arrival!

Lost/Broken Contacts

After wearing contacts for years, they no longer feel like foreign objects until… they tear or get lost in the eyelid. Chances are you did not realize the contact was torn until it was in your eye. Torn lenses are less likely to stay centered and the jagged edge can scratch the front surface of your eye.

During allergy seasons, your eyes can get extremely itchy. Rubbing your eye can cause contacts to fold, dislodge from the cornea and get stuck under your upper eyelid.

Don’t panic! You can remove ripped contact lenses following your usual process. Even lost, folded lenses can often be found by adding contact lens solution to your eye, closing your eye, and massaging your eyelid until the lens repositions itself.

If these attempts fail or are successful but followed by discomfort, call or visit your eye doctor for assistance.

Chemical Flushing

Some chemicals are more toxic than others, but all chemicals should be considered dangerous if they encounter your eye. Certain chemicals can cause damage to the cornea and lead to vision loss.

Cleaning your bathroom mirrors, providing maintenance to your vehicle, or starting a manicure with nail polish remover? These are common situations where an acid can accidentally make its way into your eye, causing them to sting and burn.

If you are wearing contacts, remove them immediately. Preferably flush your eyes with saline if you have it on hand or with room temperature water. Seek urgent medical care from your trusted O.D.

Red & Burning Eyes

While chemical exposure can lead to red and burning eyes, this eye experience can be linked to several other serious issues. Bacteria, mites, allergens, skin diseases and autoimmune diseases can lead to similar reactions. You may not know you have any of these until you are examined by an optometrist.

Don’t try to give red and burning eyes time to fall by the wayside. Proper diagnosis by your O.D. is essential to determine the best treatment.

Discharge From the Eye

Pink eye is a misguided diagnosis. It is often confused with other conjunctivitis conditions. If taken directly to an emergency room, patients are usually prescribed a simple antibiotic to cure what is easily assumed based on the symptoms.

Correct diagnosis of red eyes accompanied by discharge are best evaluated by an eye doctor as quickly as possible since some of the causes can be sight-threatening.

Flashes and Floaters

You may consider floating spots and flashing lights a symptom of constantly staring at a computer screen or having a painful migraine. While these reasons can be valid, flashes and floaters must be addressed quickly as they could be an indication of a retinal defect such as retinal detachment, or a stroke. These can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated.

Step away from the computer screen, give us a call and explain what is obstructing your vision. This will help us determine if an immediate evaluation by one of our trusted vision-care specialists should be the next move on your to-do list.

Sudden Vision Changes

Sitting in the car and notice you can’t see out of one eye? Or does your vision seem much worse than it was yesterday while you’re reading your newest novel? These sudden vision changes can be ominous signs. The most likely reasons are macular degeneration, elevated eye pressure, or optic nerve disease.

If you or a loved one experiences sudden vision changes, call our Lake Zurich office at 847-550-5228. A prompt diagnosis by your optometrist is essential to restore vision to normal.

These are just some examples of situations that are best treated by your trusted O.D. rather than an ER physician. Take anything involving your eye health into consideration and do not hesitate to contact us for prompt and precise eye care.