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10 Health Problems Your Eyes Could Be Showing Signs Of

10 Health Problems Your Eyes Could Be Showing Signs Of:

Nutrition Deficiency:

Dry eyes, irritated eyes, and blurry vision can be caused by poor nutrition. Ask your eye doctor if dietary changes or supplements will help.

Allergies:

Don’t suffer from red, itchy, watery eyes caused by allergies. Your eye doctor can prescribe treatments to keep your eyes comfortable year-round.

Color Vision Changes:

Do colors look faded? Changes in your color vision may be a sign of early cataracts or other eye health problems.

Liver Problems:

Yellow eyes could be a sign of liver problems. See your eye doctor and general physician to make sure your eyes are healthy and your liver is functioning normally.

Autoimmune Disease:

Autoimmune disease is when your body’s defense mechanism against disease-causing microbes starts attacking normal, healthy cells. Dry eyes and dry mouth can be the warning signs of an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome, which damages glands that produce tears and saliva.

Cancer:

Your eye doctor can check for sun damage that can cause cancer of the eyelids and front of the eye. Remember to wear shades outdoors in daylight to shield your eyes from UV.

Dementia:

Amyloid protein that builds up in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease may appear in the retina as an early marker of the condition. Detection requires a special test called SD-OCT.

Diabetes:

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can cause serious vision problems and even blindness. Routine dilated eye exams are essential to monitor of the disease.

High Blood Pressure:

Early signs of damage from high blood pressure can be detected in a routine eye exam so potentially life-saving treatment can be initiated and adjusted as needed.

Stroke:

During a dilated eye exam, your eye doctor can examine the health of blood vessels in the retina and detect signs of increased risk of carotid artery disease and stroke.

 

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Spots, Flashes, and Floaters

Spots, Flashes, and Floaters

 

Have you ever seen a speck or thread-like strand float across your field of vision? Many times these spots or floaters in your eyes are just an irritating consequence of aging. However, if these symptoms are new or get worse, it’s time to call your eye doctor. Read more about the symptoms, causes and management for this common eye condition.

What are eye spots, flashes and floaters?

Floaters are transparent spots, specks or lines that seem to move or “float” across your field of vision. They are actually small, semi-transparent or cloudy particles within the vitreous (the jelly-like fluid filling the back of eye). They come in different shapes and sizes and can look like insects, rain drops, dark spots, cobwebs, thread-like strands, or hair.  Some move around more and other seems to be much less mobile.

What causes spots and floaters?

Floaters are flecks of protein or other matter trapped in the back cavity of the eye.  New or large floaters are frequently caused when the vitreous gel detaches from the back wall of the eyeball. Although this sounds a bit scary, this typically happens as part of the normal aging process.  Certain eye diseases or injuries can also cause floaters.

Are spots and floaters serious?

Most spots and floaters are normal, but sometimes they can indicate a more serious problem, especially if there is a sudden increase in their number or if they are accompanied by flashes of light.

What are flashes ?

Flashes are brief, lightning-like streaks or arcs of light seen in your side, or peripheral, vision that may or may not appear with spots and floaters. They are similar to what you see when a flash goes off on a camera. Each flash only lasts for a split second.  They are typically white and are more visible in the dark.  Flashes occur when the vitreous gel tugs on and pulls away from the retina (the back lining of the eye like the film in the back of camera that receives visual images and sends them to the brain).  Every time the vitreous pulls on the retina, you will see a flash of light. After the vitreous completely separates, flashes tend to become less prominent and usually completely stop over a period of several weeks.

Another cause of flashes might be migraines. Flashes related to migraines usually last for about 15-30 minutes, tend to be colorful, shimmering, appear in both eyes simultaneously and may slowly move across your vision.  They then completely stop and may or may not be followed by a headache.

Is a vitreous detachment serious?

Vitreous detachment is very common and rarely leads to serious problems. The vitreous detaches over several weeks, and the floaters and flashes tend to become less prominent.  Sometimes, however, a vitreous detachment can cause small tears or holes in the retina. These holes can progress and cause vision loss if left untreated.

What should I do if I see spots, floaters or flashes?

If you suddenly see new spots, floaters, or flashes, if they get worse, or if you see a dark curtain progressing over your side vision, you should contact your eye doctor immediately for a complete exam. You will need a dilated examination (drops are used to make the pupil larger so the doctor can see the entire retina). This examination allows your eye doctor to determine if you have a vitreous detachment or a more serious problem like a retinal tear or retinal detachment.  The dilated exam will make your eyes light sensitive and your vision blurry for several hours.

In most cases, a sudden increase in spots, floaters, or flashes requires no treatment other than careful monitoring by your eye doctor. However an examination is extremely important to make sure it is a vitreous detachment and not a more serious problem such as a retinal tear or retinal detachment which must be treated quickly. For this reason when you call your doctor with flashes or new floaters they may want you to be seen the same day.

Call or Visit Good Looks Eyewear in Pittsburgh or in Cranberry Township for more information.

Pittsburgh Location:

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

412-782-1919

Cranberry Locations:

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 US 19

Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

724-772-9090

 

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Drive Suite 201

Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

724-772-5420

Bad Habits Aging Your Eyes

7 BAD HABITS THAT ARE AGING YOUR EYESBad Habits Aging Your Eyes

  • Rubbing Your Eyes

The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas on your face to show signs of aging. Rubbing your eyes can break tiny blood vessels under the skin’s surface and cause dark circles and puffy eyes, as well as premature crow’s feet and drooping eyelids. Botox injections and cosmetic eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eye area, but prevention is best: refrain from pulling and tugging at the skin around your eyes.

  • Forgetting Your Sunglasses

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is a surefire way to prematurely age and damage your eyes and eyelids. Extended sun exposure leads to: sunburn of the front surface of the eye (photokeratitis); cataracts; macular degeneration; pinguecula and pterygium (unsightly growths on the eye); and even cancer of the eyelid. Wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and the most damaging HEV rays — even on overcast days!

  • Smoking

Smoking harms just about every organ in your body — including your eyes. Research has linked cigarette smoking to sight-threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, dry eyes and diabetic retinopathy. In fact, smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind, compared with non-smokers. The good news is that quitting smoking, no matter what your age, can reduce your risk of developing a serious eye condition.

  • Eating Poorly

Eating too much fast food and not enough fruits and vegetables? Then you’re probably not getting the necessary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids for optimum eye health. Leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, and wild-caught fish such as salmon can help prevent or manage many age-related eye diseases. Eye vitamins can fill in nutritional gaps, but a healthful diet, daily exercise and watching your waistline are more effective ways to keep your eyes in top shape.

  • Not Getting Enough Quality Shut-Eye

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason: not enough sleep can accelerate aging, and your eyes may be the first to suffer! Lack of sleep causes red, bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and blurry vision.

  • Not Drinking Enough Water

Not getting the recommended eight glasses of water a day and eating a high-sodium diet can cause your body to dehydrate and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and properly nourished. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include dryness, redness and puffy eyelids.

  • Not Seeing Your Eye Doctor

Regular eye exams can detect vision problems, eye diseases and general health problems before you’re aware problems exist. Sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma often have no warning signs until there is a permanent, irreversible loss of vision. Inform your eye doctor of your family’s eye health history to help determine if you have a high risk for a particular eye disease or condition.

Call Good Looks Eyewear today to schedule an eye exam.

Cranberry Locations:

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Drive, Suite 201

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-5420

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 U.S. 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

7214-772-9090

Pittsburgh Location:

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

412-782-0400

Online Eye Exams

For many people, the notion of being able to get an eyeglass prescription and buy glasses without a trip to the eye doctor sounds appealing. But is this really a good idea?

Here’s what you need to know about online eye exams and vision tests before thinking about saying goodbye to your eye doctor.

Online Eye Exams

Online Eye Exams can be very frustrating and inaccurate.

First of all, it’s important to understand that an online eye test — even if it’s called an “online eye exam” — does not evaluate the health of your eyes.

Usually, an online eye test (more accurately, an “online vision test”) only measures your visual acuity and refractive error. In some cases, other vision tests, such as contrast sensitivity and color blindness, are included.

But these measurements tell you little or nothing about the health of your eyes and whether you have conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration.

Even if you choose to try an online vision test, be aware that you should still have routine eye exams as frequently as your eye doctor recommends. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to insure your eyes are healthy and free from sight-threatening conditions.

More research is needed to guarantee that the accuracy of an eyeglass or contact lens prescription generated by an online vision test is comparable to a prescription determined in person by your eye doctor.

Our doctors at Scott and Christie take the time for each patient to make sure that the results of the eye exams are accurate. We strive to make sure our patients feel comfortable and safe at all of our locations.

Call today to schedule an appointment with our doctors at Scott and Christie Eyecare associates and Good Looks Eyewear.

Cranberry Locations:

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Dr. Suite 201

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-5420

 

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 U.S. 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-9090

Pittsburgh Location:

Fox Chapel Plaza

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 1523

412-782-1919

Sports Sunglasses

Have you ever been about to play a sport, whether tennis, volleyball, soccer, or anything in between, and realized your sunglasses just weren’t going to cut it? Normal sunglasses are not very useful when you’re playing sports. They fall off easily, you’re concerned about breaking them, and they don’t provide the best protection. If you are an active individual who spends his or her free time or weekends participating in sports or other athletic activities, it is important to have a pair (or two) of sports sunglasses to protect your eyes and fit your needs. While it is important to have functional sports sunwear, that doesn’t mean they have to be unfashionable. Designers like Oakley and Maui Jim offer comfort, durability, and style.

Sports sunglasses are important because of their design. The frames are designed for comfort and protection. They fit snugly to the head and lenses wrap around the sides a bit to offer protection for your peripheral vision. The lenses are made out of a more durable and shatter-resistant material than most sunwear.

Sport sunglass lenses are designed to block certain wavelengths of light and bring clarity to your vision by increasing your contrast sensitivity. This helps you to see your surroundings in a higher definition than you would be able to without the lenses. The clearer you can see, the faster you can respond, and wearing the right sunglasses can help you up your game!

Grey or black tints help you retain accurate color perception, while yellow and brown tints help with contrast enhancement. Also, remember the importance of UV protection! Sports sunglasses should help improve your performance by clearing your vision, but they should also protect your eyes. The color of the lenses does not determine how much UV it blocks. Make sure you purchase glasses that are 100% UV blocking. Good Looks Eyewear offers sports sunwear collections from Oakley, Maui Jim, and others at their Cranberry and Pittsburgh locations.

Winter Sunwear

With Winter right around the corner, Good Looks Eyewear wants to make sure that you are prepared to protect your eyes from the sunlight. Outdoor winter sports are very popular, certain sunglasses can help you perform better in the winter. One of the best kind of sunglasses an outdoor athlete can wear are wrapped sunglasses. Wrapped frames curve around your  eyes for maximum protection from the suns harmful rays.

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Oakley glasses found at Good Looks Eyewear

Oakley is a very popular brand of sunwear for athletes. The Oakley frames are wrapped and conform to your head shape perfectly so they will not fall off during exercise. Oakley frames can also come with polarized lenses to shield your eyes from the sun while you’re exercising outside.

Stop in to our Pittsburgh or Cranberry Good Looks Eyewear to pick up your Oakley frames before the Winter. Ask any of our ABO Certified opticians to find out more information on what frames suit you best and which frames will best protect you for all of your winter activities.

Children’s Ocular Health

Why is it so important to have your child’s vision checked?

It is extremely important to check your child’s vision from a very young age! Vision is a huge part of a child’s development, and it is best to catch any problems early on and find a solution quickly. Vision problems can hurt a child’s school performance, as much of what they learn there is presented visually. Children don’t know how their vision “should be”, so having your child’s eyes checked is the best way to catch any potential problems. It is better to get a full eye exam than to rely on the results of the simple vision check that children receive at a regular doctor’s appointment.

When should you have your child’s vision checked?

Doctors recommend that children get their eyes checked first at the age of 6 months. While this may seem young, it is around this time when a child has sharper and more accurate color vision. It is also the time when vision problems begin to manifest themselves. If there are no problems, children should get their eyes checked again at age 3 years, and then again right before they start school. These are formative times when vision problems appear. If your child does have some sort of vision problem, it is important to take corrective measures immediately. It is also important to schedule appointments at the times of day your child is most focused. You don’t want to take them to get their eyes checked when they are tired, cranky, or hungry if you want to get accurate results.

What are common vision problems in children, and how do you correct them?

Some of the most common vision problems children experience are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, lazy eyes, and crossed eyes. The first three are caused refractive errors and can be easily corrected with glasses or contacts, and in serious cases, surgery. Lazy eyes, while sometimes initially caused by refractive issues, can require more extensive correction. These issues occur when one eye has better vision than the other, or the eyes are crossed. The brain begins to only acknowledge input from the stronger eye, and the weaker eye is ignored. If it is not corrected, the brain will ignore the weaker eye to the point of it shutting down, potentially causing permanent vision loss. Lazy eye can be fixed with patching the stronger eye to force the weaker one to grow stronger. If a child constantly removes the patch, there are other options, including special eye drops and contacts that block light. Crossed eyes occur when the eyes fail to align and work together. This can be caused by extreme farsightedness, a problem in the muscles of the eye, or issues in the nerves or vision centers of the brain. This can lead to double vision, or in severe cases, to a lazy eye as discussed above. Crossed eyes can be treated with prescription lenses, vision therapy, or surgery, depending on the seriousness of the issue.

While excessive reading as a child is not a scientifically proven cause of nearsightedness, studies have shown that having children simply go outside can greatly reduce the chance of nearsightedness and other vision problems, or at least slow their progression. It is important for kids to take a break from electronic devices especially, and to rest their eyes after extensive time reading. Getting outside allows them to do just that, encourages exercise, and helps with overall health. It’s important that they wear sunglasses while outside, though, to protect their vision from harmful UV.

Signs that there may be a problem:

Common symptoms of vision problems or vision-related learning disabilities are headaches, eye strain, blurred or double vision, crossed eyes, short attention spans during reading, turning or tilting of the head to only use one eye when reading, reading with head very close to the book, excessive blinking and rubbing of the eyes, losing place frequently when reading, poor comprehension or retention, omitting or repeating words while reading, and poor hand-eye coordination. These do not always mean that there is a problem, but they are an indication that your child should get their eyes checked. Just remember, a vision problem does not mean your child has a learning disability. Color blindness, difficulty focusing the eyes when reading, refractive errors, and perception problems can slow learning, but with the proper treatment, your child should be fine!

Picking children’s eyewear:

There are lots of options now in children’s eyewear that are both durable and cute, and will appeal to children. Getting your child to wear the glasses can be a big battle, though. If your child needs eyeglasses, involve them in the process of choosing them. If your child helps to pick the frames, he or she will be much more motivated to actually wear the glasses. You can encourage them during the process by reminding them of how these glasses will make things better, for example: “You’ll be able to see the ball so much better when you play with your friends.” Make sure the glasses are comfortable!

Good Looks Eyewear in Pittsburgh and Cranberry offers comprehensive and routine eye exams, eye care, and collections of children’s eyewear. Come by for an eye exam and check out our selections of frames!