Glaucoma is a word we hear a lot when it comes to vision, but do you know what it is? Glaucoma is a condition of increased pressure within your eye resulting in a gradual loss of sight.
This disease damages your eye’s optic nerve and usually results when fluid builds up at the front of the eyeball because of lack of circulation. The excess fluid creates pressure within the eye, damaging the optic nerve. This condition can be prevented with early detection and treatment.
There are two major types of glaucoma: Primary Open- Angle Glaucoma and Angle-Closure Glaucoma.
Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common of the two types. It is a gradual progression that results because fluids in the eye do not drain as they should causing an increase in eye pressure and damage to the optic nerve. This type of glaucoma is painless and does not initially result in noticeable vision loss. However, it can lead to tunnel vision and eventually loss of vision if left untreated.
Angle-closure glaucoma happens when a person’s iris is located very close to the drainage angle in the eye. The iris can block the drainage angle, causing eye pressure to rise very quickly. This results in an acute attack and is a true eye emergency. You should contact your eye doctor right away or you could potentially go blind. Signs of an acute angle-closure glaucoma attack are sudden blurry vision, severe eye pain, headaches and nausea. Some people develop this condition slowly—called chronic angle-closure glaucoma. There are no symptoms at first and then the damage occurs when they have an attack.
Other, less common, causes include blunt trauma, a chemical injury to your eye, a severe eye infection or blocked blood vessels. Rarely and eye surgery to correct another condition can result in a glaucoma.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over 60 years old and is usually inherited. Vision loss due to this condition cannot be restored and if you suffer from glaucoma you will most likely need treatment for the rest of your life. Because there are usually no early symptoms or pain, it is important to see your eye doctor regularly.
Call Bayside Vision Center today to schedule your glaucoma screening—850.729.8711.
Over 40 million people in the United States wear contact lenses and Center for Disease Control found that 99% of contact lens wearers reported at least one bad eye care habit. If you wear lenses, you are at a much greater risk for developing eye irritation and infections because the amount of oxygen that reaches the corneas is reduced.
Eye infections can be caused by bacterial, fungal or viral components and can result in redness, irritation and loss of vision. Left untreated, these various infections can result in permanent damage.
Follow these contact lens care tips to keep your eyes healthy and your vision intact.
1. Do not sleep in your contact lenses. | Fifty percent of contact users report sleeping in their contact lenses. When you sleep in your lenses, they act as a double barrier, trapping bacteria directly on the eye.
2. Replace your contact lenses on time. | Over 82% of contact wearers retain their contact lenses longer than recommended. Due to normal wear, lens become more susceptible to germs the longer they are in use, therefore it is important to replace them on time.
3. Store and disinfect your lenses properly. | It is important to clean your case on a regular basis and discard used solution daily. Replace your case every month or put in the dishwasher to sterilize. Using the same case for over an extended period of time can add to a pathogen buildup.
4. Avoid water when wearing contact lenses. | Tap water is not sterile enough to rinse your contact lens or case. Water may contain pathogens and pollutants that can cause infections. Avoid showering and swimming while wearing your contact lenses.
5. Never touch contacts with unwashed hands. | Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water and dry them before handling your lenses.
6. Have your eyes examined annually. | It is important for contact wearers to have their eyes checked annually. Don’t miss your yearly eye exam.
Signs of an eye infection include itching, redness, watery discharge, sensitivity to light or blurred vision. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your preferred eye care professional immediately.
If your eyes are red, dry, watery, swollen, itchy or blurry you might have an eye infection.
Eye infections are common occurrences and happen when bacteria, fungi and viruses come in contact with the eye or the area around the eye.
There are several different types of infections. Infections include:
· Pink Eye/ Conjunctivitis | This highly contagious eye infection is common in school and daycare settings.
· Keratitis | Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea and is commonly causes by injury or an infection. Bacterial, fungal and viral infections can cause keratitis.
· Trachoma | Hygiene and oral antibiotics help heal and control this infection. Trachoma infects the inner eyelid and then scars causing damage to the eye. The resulting damage to the cornea results in permanent blindness.
· Endophthalmitis | This serious infection that penetrates the interior of the eye and can result in blindness. It is caused by a penetrating eye injury or complications from cataract surgery.
Fortunately, most of these infections are treatable. Bacterial eye infections are usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointments. Viral eye infections usually run their course and heal themselves. For severe viral infections, antiviral eye drops may be prescribed.
The best case is to try and prevent infection all together. Wash your hands and avoid those who present with an eye infection. If you wear contact lenses, it is important to sterilize them before use and remove them at night before sleep. Wearing contacts overnight greatly increases your risk for infection.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or suffer from recurring eye infections or discomforts, contact us today for an appointment—850.729.8713.
What is a cataract? Did you know that cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans over the age of 40 and is the main cause of blindness throughout the world?
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which is located behind the iris and the pupil. There are three types of cataracts:
● Subcapsular Cataract | This cataract occurs at the back of the lens. Diabetes and steroid medications can cause subcapsular cataracts.
● Nuclear Cataract | This cataract is located in the central zone (nucleus) of the lens. Aging is the main cause of nuclear cataracts.
● Cortical Cataract | This cataract is white with opacities that begin in the periphery of the lens and move toward the center of the eye. You will find cortical cataracts in the lens cortex, which surrounds the central nucleus.
The lens of the eye is made up of water and protein. Normally, the protein keeps the lens clear and allows light to pass through. As we get older, the protein begins to group together. These clumps of protein form cataracts, clouding the eye and making seeing difficult. If you notice your vision begins to be slightly blurred or that light seems brighter and colors seem duller, you might have cataracts forming in your eye.
There are several factors that can increase your chances of developing this eye condition:
● Use of corticosteroids over a period of time
● Ultraviolet Radiation from Sunlight
● Family History
● And more…
At the beginning, new glasses or other visual aids can improve your vision. As your condition worsens, cataract surgery has a high success rate in restoring vision. This procedure is a simple and relatively painless and it is one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. Surgery requires removing your clouded lens and usually replacing it with a clear, plastic intraocular lens (IOL).
The best way to delay the onset of cataracts is to protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation with the use glasses or quality sunglasses that have UV blocking properties. Cheap sunglasses can do more harm than good because they allow UV through but cause the pupil to open by blocking visible light. Because the effects of UV are cumulative, the younger you begin wearing glasses or sunglasses outside, the more effective they are. There are studies that suggest nutrients and nutritional supplements can also reduce your risk of cataracts. It is believed that vitamin E and antioxidant vitamins including vitamin C can improve your eye health. Quit smoking and reducing your alcohol intake can also greatly reduce your chance of developing cataracts.
If you begin to suffer from these symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with an eye professional. Bayside Vision Center is accepting new patients-- call 850.729.8711 to schedule a check-up today.
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Halloween is right around the corner and in all of the costume excitement, we sometimes forget the importance of protecting ourselves during this holiday. From make-up and face paint to decorative contact lenses, there are steps you can take to make sure this once a year holiday doesn’t have a lasting impact.
Face Paint/ Make-Up
Many costumes call for make-up and all over face paint. These products can cause allergic reactions on your skin so be careful when applying around your eyes. Test the face paint being used in advance by placing a small amount on a test area on your arm. Look for any changes in the skin such as swelling or redness as signs of an allergic reaction on your skin.
Many Halloween costumes come in dark colors making visibility during trick or treating difficult. Make your costume safe by adding reflective tape to make your outfit more visible to traffic and others celebrating the holiday.
Ability to See
Can you see clearly through your costume? Don’t stumble or trip down the street. Make sure you can see clearly through your mask or face paint.
Tinted Contact Lenses
Zombie eyes, cat eyes, white eyes—decorative colored contact lenses are growing in popularity especially during the Halloween season. These lenses are still considered a medical device and can cause irritation, infection and eye disorders which, in the worst-case scenarios, can lead to permanent vision loss. If you plan on wearing decorative contact lenses with your costume, it is important to consult with an eyecare professional.
Do you struggle with wearing contact lenses? Are your eyes “hard to fit.” There are a variety of conditions that can create difficulty when wearing contact lenses including keratoconus and dry eyes.
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease where the normally round cornea thins and bulges into a cone-like shape. This shape deflects light causing distorted vision and can occur in one or both eyes.
One solution to this condition is scleral contact lenses. Scleral contacts are large in diameter and are gas permeable. They cover the entire surface of the cornea and rest on the “white” of the eye—the sclera. Because of their size, these lenses are more stable on the eye making them more comfortable to wear. They are made with breathable, rigid gas-permeable material.
There are several types of Scleral Lenses.:
• Corneo Scleral Lenses & Semi-Scleral Lenses | These lenses are much larger than conventional gas-permeable lenses and rest near the junction between the cornea and sclera.
• Mini-Scleral Lenses | These contacts completely cover the entire corneal surface and rest on the anterior sclera.
• Full Scleral Lenses | The largest of the Scleral Lenses, these contacts proved the most clearance between the back surface of the lens and the cornea.
If you are suffering from irregular corneas, hard-to-fit eyes or dry eyes, Scleral Contact Lenses might be the answer for you. Contact Bayside Vision Center today for a fitting and to see if these special lenses can help you.
Dry eyes is a common, chronic condition that effects more than 4 million people. In healthy eyes- basal tears flow across the cornea with every blink, providing a layer of protection. Dry eyes occur when the eye is unable to adequately lubricate itself through tears.
This condition can be caused by a variety of factors including:
Those who suffer from dry eyes can experience stinging and burning sensations, sensitivity to light, eye redness, watery eyes and blurred vision. While this condition can be chronic, there are a variety of treatment options available.
Here at Bayside Vision we take the "whole you" approach to your dry eye symptoms. Treatment can include medication to reduce inflammation, natural supplements, eye drops and even special contact lenses. In some cases you can decrease your symptoms by taking breaks during extended computer use, thoroughly removing eye make-up and wearing quality sunglasses.
If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eyes, the Bayside Vision Center is here to help. Call 850.729.8711 to schedule an appointment today.
We are thrilled to announce the newest eye wear collections at Bayside Vision, Vera Bradley & Ducks Unlimited! The Vera Bradley line of fashion forward eyewear offers a variety of fun, fashion forward frames in a wide array of styles and selections for women and children. Known for beautiful floral prints and fresh designs, Vera Bradley has made a mark on the fashion industry and this mark has extended from totes and handbags to eyeglass frames, sunglasses, and more.
Ducks Unlimited offers a selection of men and boys eyewear ranging from everyday casual to workplace professional. Stop into Bayside Vision today and discover the newest frames, styles, and selections arriving seasonally for the most current trends and functional fashion favorites for the whole family.
The spring season brings warmer weather and sunshine, reminding those of us with prescription eyeglasses to be sure we don't forget our prescription sunglasses before we walk out of the door. If you are like most people, you've realized that having one pair of glasses for both indoor and outdoor visibility could be the next best thing to sliced bread!
Bayside Vision Center offers several types of photochromic lenses for you to choose from, one of the most popular brand in the United States being Transition or Transitions Lenses.
Photochromic lenses are optical lenses that are clear (or nearly clear) indoors and darken automatically when exposed to specific types of light of sufficient intensity. These lenses respond not to sunlight but specific to the sun's ultraviolet radiation, allowing the lenses to darken on sunny days as well as when the day is overcast, protecting your eyes from the dangers of the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Photochromic lenses can be made of glass, polycarbonate, or another plastic. Discover which Transition Lenses work best for your lifestyle!
Schedule your eye exam or consultation today to find out more details on photochromic lenses and whether or not Transitions Lenses are for you.
The holidays are fast approaching and the caring staff at Bayside Vision Center would love to see you this holiday season!
We're suggesting a new tradition, scheduling your annual vision check up during your holiday vacation. If you happen to be a busy parent or professional in Walton or Okaloosa County, a regular school or work week doesn't allow for much extra time. We hope you will take advantage of your holiday vacation and schedule your much needed appointment with your leading local optometry provider today! The knowledgeable, professional, and trusted staff at Bayside Vision Center in Valparaiso offers a variety of services for every member of the family. Which of these services would benefit your family over the holiday season?
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