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.Read more »
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.Read more »
Have you ever wondered about the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist. Hopefully, by the end, you’ll find the answer doesn’t matter too much, regardless of which type of eye specialist you visit.
The simple answer: Ophthalmology focuses on surgery and optometry focuses on non surgical treatment and management of eye issues. Optometrists spend more time on optics and vision science, but for many eye diseases, both providers are knowledgeable. I’d even wager that you’d end up with the similar treatment no matter which eye specialist you go to.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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.Read more »
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In celebration of Earth day, we wanted to remind you that you can recycle contact lenses and their blister packs. Not only do most of us throw away our contacts, many of us flush them! Throwing them into our waste water system is not a great idea, see our previous blog for details.
Dr. Sherwood created this great infographic for us to show the parts that we can recycle that usually fall through the cracks. Obviously, the cardboard boxes and plastic solution bottles can be recycled with your normal curbside pick up or taken to a recycling center. However, the smaller parts like the lenses and the blister packs will end up in the garbage even if you try to recycle them yourself as the machines that process the materials into separate piles can’t sort items that small.
A meteoric rise in myopia prevalence places it among the greatest eye health threats of the 21st century, precipitating calls for eye care providers to embrace promising management therapies outlined in new clinical guidance.
Because there is no safe level of myopia, and 25% of patients with an axial length of greater than 26mm will develop visual impairment by age 75, it behooves us to do our part to address this with all the best clinical tools available.
The doctors at Eyecare Associates of Lees Summit in 2020 began providing clinical information related to:
- Deciding when and how to treat myopia.
- Evaluating pre-myopia and myopia.
- Monitoring and efficacy.
- Personalizing myopia control therapies.
Firstly, we want to say we sincerely hope you, your friends and family are healthy during these stressful times. Who thought we’d still be here over a year later. We feel privileged to be a part of your health care team and are taking steps to keep you as safe as possible for everyone who comes in.
We have established a verbal coronavirus screening and enhanced cleaning protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It includes the following:
- We are disinfecting high touch surfaces, such as counters, door handles and arm rests, frequently throughout the day. (Exam room equipment is disinfected after each use with medical grade cleaner, as always.)
- Doctors and staff are wearing face masks.
- Bathroom near lobby remains a hand washing station to allow each visitor to clean their hands upon arrival.
- Hand sanitizer is located throughout the office for your convenience. Bottles are on most counter tops and touchless dispensers are in each exam room.
- Trays for pens and frames are placed throughout the office so they can be disinfected with UV light after each use.
- We’ve removed children’s toys, books and magazines from the waiting room. (We can’t clean them easily.)
- Verbally screening all people entering the office for flu-like symptoms.
- Limiting the number of people in the office to reduce contact with others and we are observing social distancing whenever possible
- Per CDC recommendations, all patients with history of respiratory illness or immune compromise are being scheduled with caution.