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Pink Eye

Yep. It’s that time of year again. Sniffling, sneezing, coughing and pink eye abounds. It’s that last one that strikes fear into every mother and school teacher. Why do cases of pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, increase as the temperatures decrease? Many doctors suspect that it’s due to spending more time indoors where people are in closer contact with each other. Read on to find out how to protect yourself and your family.

pink eyeHOW DO WE GET PINK EYE? The process is simple: someone with a cold touches their nose or mouth. They then touch an object, like a door knob. Unsuspectingly, we come along, touch that same object and then touch our eyes. Bam! We’re contaminated. At first, the symptoms start in one eye – redness, watery, colored discharge, blurred vision, stinging and irritation are the most common complaints. These symptoms can last from one to two weeks.

PREVENTION. After you know the mechanism of how it’s transmitted from person to person, prevention is simple. If you’re around someone who has, or may have, pink eye:
  • Wash your hands before touching your eyes, mouth or nose
  • Do not share items used by an infected person: for example, makeup, pillows, towels
Keep in mind that the infected person is contagious until their eyes look and feel back to normal. If you are infected:
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wash pillows, towels, etc
  • Stop using contact lenses until okayed by your doctor
  • Don’t use swimming pools
  • Replace all makeup; used contact lenses, solutions and cases once you’ve recovered
See your eye doctor if you suspect you have pink eye. I highly recommend that you see an eye doctor rather than a primary care doctor due to the tricky nature of the condition. Your eye doctor should be able to tell if you have a bacterial or a viral infection. Pray that you have the bacterial version because your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic eye drop that will cure you in just a few days. The viral version is very similar to the common cold, which can’t be treated with antibiotics. Plan on just letting the viral infection run it’s course over a week or two.
By |October 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preparing for Your Eye Exam

If you talk to eye care experts, they will advise you to ideally get an eye exam every one to two years. Patients who have a higher risk of eye diseases should go in on a more frequent basis. These patients include adults over 55 years old, diabetics, those with previous eye surgeries or injuries, and those with poor vision.

By |September 24th, 2015|Eye health|0 Comments

Is Blue Light Harmful?

Let’s be honest, we all spend way too much time staring at a screen. It’s not really our fault though. We’re surrounded by those glowy rectangles and our jobs require hours of screen time every day. How much time do you spend staring at a screen? Recent research shows that almost 70% of US adults spend seven hours looking at a screen. That’s how much time we spend sleeping!

Blue Light—Invisible But Dangerous

By |September 1st, 2015|Eye health|0 Comments

How Your Diet Can Protect Your Eyes

One of the foods most commonly associated with eye health is carrots. Known for its ability to protect your eyesight, carrots have a myriad of other health benefits as well. If you are looking for the best foods for eye health, carrots certainly aren’t your only option.

Vitamins C and E along with zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients all play a fundamental role in keeping your eyes healthy and your eyesight sharp even as you age. As you may imagine, there are plenty of different foods built around these vital nutrients. Here are just a few you may want to check out:

By |August 27th, 2015|Eye health|0 Comments

How Dry Eyes Can Affect Your Vision

The eye is made to have a constant flow of tears that keeps it lubricated. This constant flow of moisture washes away infection-causing germs and actually preserves your sight. It’s not just about the way the eye feels, which can be pretty bad if you experience dry eye.

When there is an imbalance of moisture around the eyes, your eyes cannot necessarily get the special proteins they need. It is common for dry eye sufferers to experience:

By |August 27th, 2015|Eye health|0 Comments

Ready For School?

“He’s a smart kid, but he’s just not doing well in school!”

I can hear the frustration in the parent’s voice. Often the child is doing their best, but they are waging an uphill battle. Your child may be fighting against undiscovered vision problems. Few children will complain because they have nothing to compare it to. They just know that no one understands how hard it is and that mom, dad, and their teacher are not happy.

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By |August 13th, 2014|Children, Eye health|0 Comments

Your Child’s Vision – Why You Should Be Concerned

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Source: Facebook / Tara Taylor

Facebook may have saved this little girl’s sight! This photo was posted to Facebook by her mother, Tara Taylor. It shows the smiling three-year-old, Rylee Taylor. Immediately, friends and family knew something wasn’t right. They suggested that she get the little girl into an eye doctor due to her white left pupil. An eye exam revealed that Rylee had a rare eye disease called Coat’s Disease, which can lead to blindness. The mother had no idea her little girl was going blind in that eye.

As eye doctors, we are very concerned with children’s vision for many reasons. Here are some of our concerns.

  • Children often don’t complain about vision problems because they have nothing to compare it to. If their vision is blurry, they figure that everyone sees like that.
  • A child’s brain is so adaptable that it will often compensate for a serious vision problem. If one eye is blurry, the brain will shut off the blurry eye and favor the good eye. Imagine never using your left arm. Eventually it becomes weak and useless. The visual system is no different.
  • A child could be blind or going blind in one eye and the parents would not even notice it. The child can still spot an airplane off in the distant sky, but may only be using one eye.
  • The refractive error or prescription of a child can change rapidly from year to year. One year they can see just fine at school and the next year their grades begin to drop. The parent determines that the child just isn’t paying attention or applying himself. But in reality, he’s doing the best he can with his increasingly blurry vision.
  • The inside of the eye lacks pain-sensing nerves. This concern applies to adults also. The outside of the eye is the most sensitive part of the body. It can sense a speck of dust on the surface. But you can have your retina pull away from the back of the eye, known as a retinal detachment, and have no pain. You can lose your side vision from glaucoma and have no idea until it’s too late and irreversible damage has been done.
By |April 4th, 2014|Children, Eye health|0 Comments

Why 20/20 Is Not Good Enough

I‘m about to tell you something few eye doctors would ever reveal – 20/20 vision is not great vision. It’s actually average vision, nothing more. Let’s review what 20/20 means.

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The first twenty in the term “20/20” is how many feet you are from the eye chart. In most eye doctor offices that eye chart is 20 feet away from you. The second twenty is the size of the lettering. So 20/20 means that the average (see, there’s that word again) person should be able to see a 20-size letter from 20 feet away. What if you have horrible vision – 20/200? That means that the letter your able to barely make out sitting in the exam chair has to be 10 times (200 is 10 times larger than the 20-size letter) larger for you to tell what letter it is (see figure 1).

By |February 18th, 2014|Eye health, Lenses, Physiology|0 Comments

Visionology Introduces Hi-Tech Eyeglasses to Wasatch Front Residents

Visionology announces the exciting arrival of affordable, digital, hi-tech eyeglasses that significantly improve human vision more than traditional, common eyeglasses.

Draper, Utah (PRWEB) October 08, 2013

gI_58959_101553_1_lightbox_zeiss_iprofiler1Locally owned Visionology announced today the acquisition of pioneering technology that significantly improves human vision – the first of its kind along the Wasatch Front. Specifically, research shows it enhances color, night and low-light vision, compared to common eyeglasses.

“This exciting advancement addresses the number one complaint I hear from patients – poor night driving vision,” says Dr. Michael Peterson, owner and optometrist at Visionology. “Glare from headlights can be just as problematic as someone driving with poor eyesight and no glasses.”

By |October 8th, 2013|Lenses|0 Comments

Study Shows Eyeglasses Raise Kids Intellegence, Honesty

I remember getting my first pair of glasses at 14 years old. When my optometrist recommended them, visions of being called “four-eyes” and random punchings by the many prominent bullies at my school filled my mind. To make things worse, just a few months after getting my glasses, my orthodontist recommended braces! A very traumatic childhood indeed.

Research to the rescue! Kids may have a few less social problems to worry about in light of a new study.1 42 girls and 38 boys were shown various pairs of pictures of children, which included one child with glasses and the other without. About two thirds said the children wearing the glasses looked smarter and 57 percent said they looked more honest.

In my personal and professional opinion, children are not very interested in looking smarter or more honest when I tell them they need glasses. Kids mostly just want to fit into social circles with their peers. This is where the study results get interesting. Despite a child’s social fears with glasses, the researchers did not find any significant preference in who they’d rather play with, who looked better at sports, who looked more shy, nor who was better looking.

By |May 29th, 2008|Children, Fashion|0 Comments