Dry eye disease is a widespread and common issue for up to 49 million Americans. This chronic condition can have a significant impact on your quality of life, causing a foreign body sensation in your eyes, pain, blurry vision, and dry or watery eyes. Untreated, it can even lead to further eye health complications. 

Despite these constant detrimental effects on quality of life, many dry eye sufferers are not aware that they’re suffering from dry eye disease or that real treatments exist. Instead, they just live with the discomfort.

Here at Eyecare Associate of Lee’s Summit, we’re dedicated to helping patients find modern and effective solutions for dry eyes. Our practice has numerous ways to test for dry eyes and diagnose them early. We’re also proud to offer OptiLight by Lumenis to our patients, which is specially designed for dry eye management.

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There are lots of things you can do to keep your eyes healthy. We listed a few of the easiest things you can do to ensure great vision for life. Hope this generate some good discussions with your doctor at your next visit. That’s what I call Life, in Focus!

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School related vision problems more often than not, go unnoticed until children begin school,” said Alyssa Sherwood, OD. “Children grow up naturally adapting to vision issues, so when they get into school and start reading and learning, that is when parents and teachers begin to notice certain problems.”

Comprehensive eye exams can detect a variety of eye conditions that, left untreated in a child, could result in partial or complete loss of vision later in life. Common conditions include astigmatism and nearsightedness. Conditions such as amblyopia, eye movements difficulties and convergence insufficiency can cause serious problems if not addressed early in life.

“A screening at a pediatrician’s office is a great way to get referred for a school related vision problem suspected in a child, but even a screening can miss eye problems that would be found during a full eye exam which often includes dilation.” said Laura Nennig, OD of Eyecare Associates in Lees Summit. “Children can be seen as early as 6 months, or even earlier if a problem is suspected. If there is a family history of any eye conditions, such as strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (lazy eye), or refractive error (needing glasses), a full eye exam is recommended to ensure the child’s vision and ocular health are normal.”

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very highly nearsighted woman with glasses

Myopia affects 30% of the population across the world. Researchers expect this to increase to a shocking 52% by the year 2050. Children are particularly at risk as 90% of myopic cases begin during early childhood. Medical professionals agree that this is a serious health threat. Unfortunately, the general public remains largely unaware of the severity of the situation. Now is the perfect time for you to get the conversation about myopia started!

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A plethora of studies have shown anti-oxidants help slow progression of eye diseases such as macular degeneration, light sensitivity (we call it photophobia), with age related eye disease study (AREDS for short) being the most famous, so much so supplements use its name in marketing. Cold water or oily fish contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and foods rich in Vitamins A, C and lutein include spinach, kale, strawberries and tomatoes, but not all nutrients are created equally. Vitamin A is critical for basic function of the eye, but rarely do we struggle with patients getting enough of that anymore; optometrists usually spend time discussing how to get optimal sight from your eyes and how to prevent or slow diseases.

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26 million dry eye sufferers in the US

Dry eye is multifactorial disease caused by a loss of hemostasis of the tear film from instability, ocular surface inflammation and damage including neurological and morphology changes. Meibomian gland dysfunction or “MGD” is a chronic abnormality of the oil producing glands of the eye. MGD occurs when the oil glands are clogged and meibum cannot be released with each blink like it should be; this reduces the volume they produce and creates chemical changes in secretions. MGD is exacerbated by periocular rosacea, more on that in a minute.

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woman instill eye drop

Economics of dry eye: burden on us all

If dry eye is left untreated, it can interfere with all aspect of your life, including economically from making less money, being less productive, to shelling out lots of cash for long term treatments. The consensus has been over the last few decades that treating your symptoms and slowing down this chronic disease is less costly than the other impacts dry eye causes on your life.

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Hubble sells only one size and kind of contact lenses. Contacts are not a one size fits all product

Soft contact lenses can be pretty easy to use and care for, so much so that people forget they’re a medical device! Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind to ensure your contact lens experience is the best it can be. Material technology is so much better than it was even 10 years ago, and regardless of your prescription, you should be comfortable in your lenses.

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Variety of contact lens designs

Scleral lens insertion and removal can be daunting. I hope the options below give you hope that you too can figure out how to get these lenses in and out with ease. My hope is that 6 months from now after effortlessly inserting or removing your lenses, that you smile at how far you’ve come since you first learned this new skill.

There are many ways to put a lens in or take it out. The way I find it easiest to insert may not work for you, so we’ve compiled a bunch of options below to help you find a way that works for you. There are many more ways to insert a scleral lens than to remove them.

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miru contacts

Ever wonder what the most environmentally friendly contact lens choice is? I’m here to help you navigate the options and to help you consider the full waste stream not just the lenses themselves. Let’s get started!

Don’t feel bad if you wear contacts

Before we dig in, it’s important to note that the difference in waste between various types of prescriptions is minimal; don’t worry about whether your astigmatism, multifocal or really high prescription is making your lens less sustainable. The weight of the lenses may vary a little but compared to the rest of the waste stream, it’s minimal.

Also, I love contact lenses. The goal of this article is to explore a little slice of our life in a way you might not have thought about it before, and to see if we can optimize our resources. It’s not meant to make you feel bad for wearing one type over another, or wearing lenses at all. From my research, contact lenses create much less waste than many other products in our lives, such as the plastic packaging used with food and all the excess packing material used for electronics.

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