With a new school year beginning all over the country in the next couple of weeks, we thought it was perfect time to remind parents to schedule an eye exam before your child starts fall classes. It is estimated that up to 25% of school-aged children have vision problems that can ultimately affect one’s learning. Make sure to see a qualified eye doctor for a full exam and not simply rely on the very basic, and lacking, eye test administered at school. Send them back to school knowing that their vision is healthy and that they’re capable of seeing and learning at their optimal level. Children should first start receiving eye exams at six months of age, again at three years old, and when entering kindergarten at five or 6 years of age. If vision problems are detected, those who need corrective lenses should see their eye doctor annually. These exams can help avoid the worsening of vision problems and can even detect other health maladies.
August is also a good time to schedule your own eye exam also. It is National Eye Exam month, making it an easy annual reminder to take care of your eyes. As we age, our vision continues to change and it’s important to adjust often to these changes in order to avoid eye strain and fatigue. Your eyes are one of the most important organs in your body and need special care in order to maintain their very complex structure working optimally. Schedule your annual eye exam with Premier Eye Care; we are the Top-Rated Local® Optometrist in the Clarkston area.
You are born with the eyes you will die with. They do not grow, shrink or regenerate and cannot be replaced with other eyes; making the health and care of your eyes of paramount importance. As eye doctors it always confounds us to know that most people pay little attention to their sight and their eyes themselves and those that do, often have the wrong facts or have been following bad advice. As a Clarkston optometrist, we at Premier Eyecare wanted to share some facts about eye care in order to help our valued patients avoid making common mistakes regarding their eyes. To protect your vision, make sure that you know what you need to about your eyes.
- Carrots are good for you but not for your eyes in particular. For better eye health enjoy green, leafy vegetables instead like kale and spinach.
- Never use a past prescription for a new problem. Using eye drops that were not prescribed for a particular infection or problem can cause the problem to worsen and may end up affecting your eye’s long-term health causing lasting vision impairment.
- Try not to sleep in your contacts. Wearing your extended wear contacts to bed will increase your chance of an eye infection by 15 times.
- Eye drops sting less if they are chilled. Store them in the refrigerator for easier use.
- Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. A yearly visit to your eye doctor is really the only way to catch issues before they become real problems. A thorough eye exam not only helps those with existing vision problems but can help you avoid eye health issues during a lifetime.
Orthokeratology is an excellent method of molding the cornea back into its most functional shape. After measuring your cornea, an eye doctor fits custom ortho-k lenses to the cornea in order to help manipulate your cornea producing better vision without the need to wear daily corrective lenses like contacts or eyeglasses. The benefits of orthokeratology include:
- Reducing or eliminating the need to wear corrective lenses during the day
- Ortho-k lenses are worn during the night while you sleep
- May prevent the worsening of one’s vision and the increase in eye prescriptions
Ortho-k allows people who work in situations where contacts or glasses could become a problem to fully be able to avoid having to wear corrective eyewear during the day. Athletes can also enjoy sports without the cumbersome need of glasses. Ortho-k lenses can also be beneficial for those who enjoy swimming, skiing or even gardening. Anytime that glasses or contacts become more of an inconvenience or hassle than they are worth, ortho-k lenses can offer the benefit of replacement.
There are certain situations and individual issues that could prevent some people from being able to benefit from orthokeratology. Only a qualified eye doctor can decide if a patient is a good candidate for ortho-k lenses. The cost of the therapy often inhibits individuals from being able to utilize ortho-k lenses as they are often much more expensive than standard lenses. Vision insurance companies do not often cover the costs of orthokeratology treatments. Those that have a fear of touching their eyes are also not the best candidates.
As an optometrist in Troy, Dr. Garretson is fully knowledgeable about the processes and science behind orthokeratology. After a full eye exam at the Troy office, the eye doctor can determine if orthokeratology is appropriate for you and your vision. Call us to schedule your appointment at 248-403-8725.
Much like being tall or naturally good lucking, it seems that people often believe that good vision is a simple matter of luck. That somehow, you were blessed in some way to not have to experience blurry vision or eye problems. The truth of the matter, however, is that we all can protect our vision and limit the amount of vision loss that we may experience during our lifetimes. Follow these helpful tips to protect the health of your eyes and your vision:
- Make routine visits to your eye doctor. As an optometrist in Clarkston, we have seen the difference having regular eye exams can make. Being able to find indications of issues long before they become actual eye problems is an important element to every comprehensive eye exam. It is generally recommended that those in their 20’s get an exam every two years, increasing to yearly for those reaching their late 30’s and beyond, unless of course, you already have existing issues. Then an annual checkup is imperative.
- Limit UV exposure. Wearing sunglasses not only lets you appear way cooler than average, the right sunglasses actually protect your eyes from UV damage. Make sure that that the sunglasses you choose have 100% protection against ultraviolet rays.
- Protect your eye from injuries. According to the US Eye Injury Registry (summary report 1998-2002) more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur every year and 50,000 people are left with permanent partial or full vision loss. Because 90% of those injuries could have been prevented with protective eyewear, it’s imperative that you wear goggles while working around the house, with construction materials, machinery or solvents of any kind. Make sure to always guard your eyes.
As the top-rated local optometrist in Clarkston, specializing in orthokeratology in Troy, we feel passionate about assisting each of our client’s in protecting their eyesight and their most overlooked organ – their eyes. Check back next month for more tips on protecting your vision.