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Eating Eggs Lowers Macular Degeneration Risk

Eating Eggs Linked to Lower Risk of Developing Late-Stage Macular Degeneration

Moderate consumption of eggs can significantly reduce a patient’s risk of developing incident, late-stage age related-macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new report that examined patients over a 15-year period.Using a semi-quantitative food-frequency questionnaire, investigators were able to determine that patients who consumed 2 or more eggs per week reduced their risk of developing neovascular AMD by 62% compared to those who consumed 1 or fewer.

Investigators from Australia examined more than 3,600 patients, from the Blue Mountains Eye Study, aged 49 years or older in order to establish the prospective and independent association between the consumption of eggs and the incidence of AMD across a 15-year follow-up period.

Investigators identified 2,034 participants with complete information about their egg consumption and AMD status over the study period. The investigators confirmed AMD status using retinal photographs, while egg consumption was measured using a food-frequency questionnaire. The participants were asked about their total intake of all kinds of eggs, prepared in various styles: boiled, poached, fried, scrambled, and in omelets. Investigators then categorized the participants into groups based on consumption: 1 egg or less per week; 2 to 4 eggs per week; 5 to 6 eggs per week; and 1 egg or more per day.

Investigators found that participants who reported eating between 2 and 4 eggs per week at baseline had reduced risk of incident late-stage AMD after 15 years compared to those who consumed 1 egg or less per week. The group who consumed between 2 and 4 eggs per week had a 62% reduced risk of developing neovascular AMD compared to those who consumed 1 egg or less per week at baseline.

Study authors noted that patients whose AMD onset was at or before the 10-year follow up mark, eating between 2 and 4 or 5 to 6 eggs per week was associated with a 54% and 65% reduced risk of incident late AMD, respectively. In a further analysis, the investigators found that participants who consumed more than 1 egg in a week compared to those who consumed 1 egg or less per week at baseline had a 46% reduced risk of developing late-stage AMD after 15 years.Investigators did not find any significant links between egg consumption and incident early AMD.

“The findings of this study are therefore important as they indicate a significant and independent association between the moderate consumption of eggs and lower risk of developing late AMD,” said Bamini Gopinath, PhD, lead investigator and associate professor at the University of Sydney School of Medicine.

“However, there does appears to be a threshold to the benefit of egg consumption in relation to AMD risk as no added benefit was observed in those who consumed an average of one or more eggs per day.”

Gopinath added that dark-green leafy vegetables are established as being good sources of carotenoids, particularly lutein and zeaxanthin. Therefore, all people with AMD, regardless of disease stage, are encouraged to increase their intake of dark green leafy vegetables as part of their regular diet. Eggs also represent a cost-effective and rich source of dietary lutein and zeaxanthin.

The paper, titled “Consumption of eggs and the 15-year incidence of age-related macular degeneration,” was published in The Clinical Nutrition Journal.

Exercise and Your Eye Health

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Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and mental health; and it also helps regulate bodily functions and maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that exercise can lower our risk of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, as well as other eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Whereas, a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of these diseases and of vision loss, studies show that even moderate exercise at least three times a week can improve the prognosis of the above-mentioned chronic illnesses and reduce the risks of developing vision threatening eye diseases.

Inactivity is an even higher risk factor if you have other co-factors for developing eye diseases, including: a family history, previous eye injury or surgery, diabetes, high blood pressure or very high myopia. A combination of healthy lifestyle habits which include regular exercise and a nutritious diet and tending to your mental and emotional well-being can reduce these risks significantly.

Tips for Incorporating Physical Activity Into Your Day

  • Make it a priority. Schedule your exercise time into your day as if it is a non-negotiable appointment. Find the time of day that works best – for some that is early morning and for others late at night. Work your way up to a half hour at least three times a week.
  • Be realistic. You don’t need to become a fitness expert to experience the benefits of exercise. Walking, yoga, swimming, even dancing around the house are all options for staying fit. Find a type of exercise that you love so you will enjoy working this habit into your life.
  • Just move. Find ways to move your body throughout your day. Park your car a little further away from the mall entrance, take the stairs instead of the elevator or walk or bike to work. Remember, every little bit of movement helps.
  • Find something you enjoy. Often finding the right exercise is a good stress reliever, and reducing stress will also reduce risk of many chronic diseases.
  • It’s never too late. Exercise for the elderly can be a challenge especially during the cold winter months, when many seniors can’t get out of the house due to the weather. Even walking up and down the stairs in the house or following an exercise video can be helpful to keep from being sedentary.

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If you are exercising outdoors or playing contact sports, make sure to protect your eyes with sunglasses or sports safety glasses to ensure your eye health and safety.

Regular exercise can significantly decrease your risks of certain eye conditions but you still have to ensure that you visit your eye doctor for regular exams. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam every year to ensure your vision and your eyes are healthy and to catch any possible problems as early as possible.

Eye health and disease prevention are just two of the many health and wellness benefits you gift yourself when you make exercise a regular part of your lifestyle. Speak to your doctor if you have any health issues that need to be considered. At any age or level of physical fitness, you can find some form of exercise that works for you.

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Is Too Much Screen Time Dangerous For Your Kids?

Keeping your children safe from damaging their eyes

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Whether it is homework, email, gaming, chatting with friends, searching the web or watching Youtube, kids these days seem to have an endless number of reasons to be glued to a screen. Many parents out there are wondering how bad this can be for their kids and whether they should be limiting screen time.

There are certainly benefits to allowing your kids to use digital devices, whether it is educational, social or providing a needed break. However, studies show that excessive screen time can have behavioral consequences such as irritability, moodiness, inability to concentrate, poor behavior, and other issues as well. Too much screen time is also linked to dry eyes and meibomian gland disorders (likely due to a decreased blink rate when using devices), as well as eye strain and irritation, headaches, back or neck and shoulder pain, and sleep disturbances. Some of these computer vision syndrome symptoms are attributed to blue light that is emitted from the screens of digital devices.

What Is Blue light?

Blue light is a short wavelength, high-energy visible light that is emitted by digital screens, LED lights and the sun. Studies suggest that exposure to some waves of blue light over extended periods of time may be harmful to the light-sensitive cells of the retina at the back of the eye. When these cells are damaged, vision loss can occur. Research indicates that extreme blue light exposure could lead to macular degeneration or other serious eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness. Studies show that blue light also interferes with the regulation of the the body’s circadian rhythm which can have a disruptive impact on the body’s sleep cycle. Lack of quality sleep can lead to serious health consequences as well.

All this is leading to an increase in the amount of eye strain eye care professionals are reporting. For instance, VSP Global’s survey of the group’s providers found that 82 percent reported an increase in patients experiencing eye strain and other effects of blue light exposure. American Optometric Association

Beyond these studies, the long term effects of blue light exposure from digital devices are not yet known since this is really the first generation in which people are using digital devices to such an extent. While it may take years to fully understand the impact of excessive screen time on our eyes and overall health, it is probably worth limiting it due to these preliminary findings and the risks it may pose. This is especially true for young children and the elderly, who are particularly susceptible to blue light exposure.

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How can I protect my kids Eyes From Blue Light

  • The first step in proper eye protection is abstaining from excessive exposure by limiting the amount of time spent using a computer, smart phone or tablet – especially at night, to avoid interfering with sleep. Many pediatricians even recommend zero screen time for children under two.
  • The next step would be to reduce the amount of blue light entering the eyes by using blue light blocking glasses or coatings that deflect the light away from the eyes. There are also apps and screen filters that you can add to your devices to reduce the amount of blue light being projected from the screen. Speak to your eye doctor about steps you can take to reduce blue light exposure from digital devices.
  • As a side note, the sun is an even greater source of blue light so it is essential to protect your child’s eyes with UV and blue light blocking sunglasses any time your child goes outside – even on overcast days.
  • The eyes of children under 18 are particularly susceptible to damage from environmental exposure as they have transparent crystalline lenses that are more susceptible to both UV and blue light rays. While the effects (such as increased risk of age-related macular degeneration) may not be seen for decades later, it’s worth it to do what you can now to prevent future damage and risk for vision loss.

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Healthy Aging for the Eyes


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How can I keep my Eyes healthy as I get old

Getting old doesn’t have to be synonymous with vision loss. There is a lot you can do to keep your eyes and vision healthy and prevent age related eye disease and vision loss, especially if you start early. Keeping your eyes healthy and strong may require some lifestyle changes, but the good news is that these improvements will contribute to your overall health and wellness, not just your eyes.

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There are a number of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy that primarily affect older adults, which can cause impaired vision and even blindness. Sometimes, they are caused by an accumulation of a lifetime of unhealthy habits; changing these poor habits may be the best form of prevention.

The clear, curved lens at the front of your eye may be one of the first parts of your body to show signs of age. The lens bends to focus light and form images on the retina at the back of your eye. This flexibility lets you see at different distances—up close or far away. But the lens hardens with age. The change may begin as early as your 20s, but it can come so gradually it may take decades to notice. NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health®

Here are some of the most critical lifestyle risk factors for eye disease, and what you can do to reduce your risks.

  • Diet
    Eating healthy is about much more than weight loss. Nutritious foods give your body the ability to fight disease and function optimally. On the other hand, what you put in your body can also cause disease, inflammation, and upset your body’s homeostasis. Choose a healthy, balanced diet: it’s never too late.

    Sugar, processed foods and unhealthy fats can increase your risk for eye disease and many other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. In contrast, colorful fruits and vegetables, particularly greens, can help to fight and prevent these same diseases. In fact, studies show that people who eat a healthy diet full of greens, healthy fats (such as Omega-3s) and proteins, and a variety of foods full of vitamins and minerals (such as antioxidants like lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamins A and C) have reduced occurrence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cataracts and macular degeneration.

    Try to eat a diet of at least 5-9 servings a day of fruits and vegetables rich and varied in natural color to get the most nutrients. Reduce your intake of sugar, refined grains (such as white bread and pasta) and processed foods and drinks. Eat mostly whole grains and real, natural foods as much as possible and drink plenty of water.

  • Ultraviolet (UV) and Blue Light Exposure
    More and more studies are showing that extended exposure to UV and blue light emissions correlate to increased incidences of eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. To avoid this, all you need is some proper eye protection. 100% UV blocking sunglasses should be worn each time you go outside (rain or shine) and, if you work on a computer or use an electronic device for at a couple of hours a day or more, it’s worthwhile investing in blue-light blocking computer glasses. There are also some filters and apps available to reduce blue-light exposure from digital devices and screens.
  • Smoking
    We all know that smoking is bad for you, and eye disease is just another way it can have a negative impact on your health. Studies show that smoking increases the risk of dry eye syndrome, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration as well as diabetic retinopathy.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
    Once again, what is healthy for your body, is healthy for your eyes. Studies correlate regular exercise with lower risk of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic eye disease. Working a regular exercise routine into your schedule is important for your health and longevity. Being more active in your daily life can help too – walking up and down the steps in your house a few times, taking the stairs instead of an elevator or parking farther away from your destination are easy and free ways to incorporate physical activity into your everyday life. Additionally, individuals with diabetes who exercise regularly show less development of diabetic retinopathy. The recommended guidelines for diabetics (and most individuals) are a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week such as 30 minutes five times a week or three sessions of 50 minutes each.
  • Preventative Care (Regular Eye Exam)
    Vision threatening eye diseases can often be caught and treated early, preventing further vision loss and sometimes even reversing damage. This is where annual comprehensive eye exams are key. You don’t want to wait until you have symptoms to get checked by your eye doctor because many eye diseases don’t present any signs until vision is lost and it is too late to fully recover. A yearly comprehensive eye exam can detect slight changes in your eye that could indicate a developing problem. Early detection can dramatically improve your chances for restored eye health and vision preservation.

When it comes to eye health, awareness and actions for prevention can have a huge impact on reducing your risks. Don’t wait until it is too late. Even small steps toward a healthier lifestyle can make a difference to your future eye health.
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Dry eye syndrome symptoms and treatment

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We have many treatments and strategies to help alleviate the annoying symptoms caused by Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). The first step to resolving your discomfort is to figure out the specific cause of your dry eyes. CustomEyes, our optometrists are experienced and highly qualified to evaluate your eyes, uncover the cause and determine the ideal dry eye treatment for your unique situation. We’ll be pleased to consult with you in our offices, situated for your convenience in Lenexa, Johnson County, Leawood, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission & Jackson County, Kansas.

After we perform your eye exam to diagnose DES, some of the remedies and strategies that we recommend include:

  • Medication for dry eye syndrome

    Eye lubricants and ointments are often helpful to replace the missing moisture
    Artificial tear inserts can be worn like contact lenses to help boost your natural coating of tears

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs

    Corticosteroid drops (a treatment that’s now rising in popularity)
    Antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce the level of bacteria that damage natural lipids in your tear composition

  • Prevention While Sleeping

    Sometimes dry eyes are due to sleeping with your eyes not fully closed. If this is the root of your problem, then it may be helpful to apply special tape over your eyelids, or wear plastic eye shields while you doze.

  • Surgical Procedures

    Performed as an outpatient procedure in our offices in Greater Kansas, we will insert punctal plugs into your tear ducts, which block the drainage of your natural tears. This allows more moisture to remain on your eyes.

Dry eye treatments to do at Home

  • A humidifier will add moisture into your atmosphere, thereby slowing the rate that your tears evaporate
  • An air filter removes irritating dust from the air in your home
  • Wear sunglasses, preferably wraparounds, as a barrier from the harsh effects of the sun and wind
  • Over-the-counter solutions, such as artificial tears eyes drops, may help rehydrate your tear film
  • Drink extra water
  • Take fish oil supplements
  • Hot compresses help some people by stimulating natural tear production

Make an appointment to see our local eye care proffessional in Lenexa,Johnson County, Leawood, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission & Jackson County, Kansas. Today!

Our team of experienced optometrists will use many different testing procedures to check your eyes. Our Lenexa, office is fully equipped with the latest equipment. To determine visual acuity, you will be asked to read a standard eye chart and we will check refractive error. To diagnose or rule out any eye diseases, we will inspect your inner eye tissues with a high-powered lens. This exam also provides significant information about your overall health.

For more information about comprehensive eye examinations Call CustomEyes on 816-605-6634 in Lenexa, Kansas to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Scott A. Drake.

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Treatment for Eye irritation from contacts

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My contacts dry my eyes out

Have you been wearing contact lenses comfortably for years, but now your eyes feel dry, scratchy and irritated? You’re in good company. Many people who wear contact lenses will suddenly experience uncomfortable or painful symptoms – often caused by dry eyes. Yet this isn’t a reason to remove your lenses forever. Advanced eye care products, a lifestyle change, or a new type of lenses may solve your problem. At CustomEyes, we’re experienced in helping to restore comfortable vision to contact lens wearers with dry eyes. We’ll perform a thorough eye exam in our Lenexa, Kansas office to determine what’s causing your condition, and then we’ll offer effective relief.

Effects of Contacts on Tear Lipids

Scientific studies have demonstrated that the layer of lipids in your natural tear film may be altered by wearing contact lenses. Your eyes’ normal tear film is composed of three layers of nourishing fluids. The outermost layer consists of lipids, which are fatty, waxy molecules that help prevent tears from evaporating. These lipids coat your eyes and preserve the stability of your tear film. In many contact lens wearers who have ocular discomfort, it was discovered that this lipid layer suffered more degradation.

Less Lipids Can Lead to Dry Eyes

A layer of aqueous fluids is beneath the fatty surface layer of your tear film. Therefore, without a supple layer of lipids, your eyes are at risk of drying out more quickly. This is one reason why the incidence of dry eyes is higher among contact lens wearers – especially after you’ve been wearing lenses for a while.

Restore Comfort to Wearing Contact Lenses

The most appropriate treatment depends upon the severity of your symptoms. Contact us for an appointment in our Lenexa, Johnson County, Leawood, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission & Jackson County, Kansas, clinic, and our eye doctors will assess your eyes. In addition to a detailed eye examination, we’ll want to know about your symptoms, general lifestyle and visual needs.

If your discomfort and dry eyes are only occasional, we may recommend over-the-counter eye drops or artificial tears. As all eye drops are not compatible with all types of lenses, it’s important to follow our recommendations on which product to use. If your eyes are painful constantly when wearing contacts, we may prescribe a new type or material of lenses.

Liposomal Eyelid Spray

Many liposome sprays are available as a treatment for dry eyes. These eyelid sprays can help decrease the drying of your tear film. As a result, pain due to wearing contacts with dry eyes is alleviated. Studies demonstrate how these sprays can efficiently stabilize your tear film and improve the healthy composition of your eye lipids.

Dry eyes and uncomfortable symptoms are not a reason to throw out your contact lenses! Your first step should be a visit to our Lenexa optometrist for an eye exam to rule out any other serious, underlying eye problems. Once the cause of your discomfort is determined, we’ll work with you patiently to find the best solution. Contact our office for an appointment today.

Contact Lens Consultation in Lenexa, Johnson County, Leawood, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission & Jackson County, Kansas

Our eye doctors will begin with a discussion about your lifestyle, visual requirements and preferences for contact lenses. We appreciate each patient as an individual, and we’ll listen to your expectations and answer your questions.

Some considerations you may have when choosing contacts:

  • Do you want lenses for every day, or just for certain occasions or activities?
  • Do you want to change your eye color?
  • How frequently do you want to replace your contacts? There are daily wear options or extended wear lenses.
  • Do you prefer soft or hard lenses? Soft lenses are most popular, but hard lenses have their advantages. They offer high oxygen permeability, provide crisp vision and are durable.

Your Contact Lens Fitting in Lenexa, Kansas

After a comprehensive exam of your eye health and vision by Dr. Scott A. Drake, we’ll measure your eyes for contact lenses. There are many corneal variations, and one size of contacts doesn’t fit all eyes. We will measure:

  • Corneal curvature: Using a keratometer, we’ll find the curvature of your cornea, which is needed to choose the best diameter and curve for your contacts. Corneal mapping is also sometimes used to provide a highly detailed image of your cornea. If you have an irregular corneal surface due to astigmatism, you may need toric lenses, available in hard and soft versions.
  • Iris and pupil size: Using either a basic ruler or template, or a specialized lighted tool called a slit lamp, we will measure your iris and pupils. These sizes will help us to determine the best contact lens design for you.
  • Evaluation of your tear film: Sufficient moisture is needed on your cornea in order to keep your eyes and contact lenses well lubricated. With dry eyes, contact lens wearing may not be suitable. We will perform this test either by placing a strip of paper on your lower eyelid to measure moisture, or by using liquid dye and a slit lamp to see your tears.

Lenexa, Trial Contact lenses

The best way to confirm the ideal contact lenses for you is by using trial lenses. Contact lenses will be inserted and our eye doctor will use a slit lamp to check the position and movement of your contacts. You’ll be asked to blink and move your gaze in all directions and to provide feedback about how the contacts feel. Trial wearing time is generally about 15 minutes, and then if the contact lenses feel good and appear to fit well, you’ll be instructed on how to care for them. We will provide you with guidelines on how long to wear them, as well as information on proper care and handling.

Your Lenexa,contact lens prescription

Once we find lenses for you that provide clear vision, fit properly and feel good, we’ll issue a prescription, which includes:

  • Power of each contact lens
  • Lens curvature (base curve)
  • Lens diameter
  • Manufacturer and name of the lenses

Follow-up visits

After your initial fitting, we’ll provide follow-up visits in Lenexa, Johnson County, Leawood, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission & Jackson County, Kansas. Our optometrists will verify that your eyes are healthy, with quality vision and no damage from the lenses. If needed, we’ll change the materials or fit of your contacts, or you may be advised to change your wearing time. If everything is good, you should schedule a routine yearly exam to make sure that nothing has changed with your eyes and eyesight.

Make an appointment to see our local eye care proffessional in Lenexa,Johnson County, Leawood, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission & Jackson County, Kansas. Today!

Our team of experienced optometrists will use many different testing procedures to check your eyes. Our Lenexa, office is fully equipped with the latest equipment. To determine visual acuity, you will be asked to read a standard eye chart and we will check refractive error. To diagnose or rule out any eye diseases, we will inspect your inner eye tissues with a high-powered lens. This exam also provides significant information about your overall health.

For more information about comprehensive eye examinations Call CustomEyes on 816-605-6634 in Lenexa, Kansas to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist, Dr. Scott A. Drake.

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Progressive Myopia: When Your Child’s Vision Keeps Getting Worse

What to do when your child’s vision keeps getting worse

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An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all they are chocked up to be. In fact, they may even be dangerous.

What Is Progressive Myopia?


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Nearsightedness or Myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050, Myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population!

Many children diagnosed with nearsightedness (Myopia) experience a consistent worsening of their vision as they grow into adolescence. This condition can be so aggressive that for some, each time they take their child to the eye doctor for a vision checkup, their prescription gets higher.

This is called progressive myopia and can be a serious condition for many children now and in the future. Not only is there a financial burden and inconvenience associated with having to replace eyeglasses on a regular basis, but high myopia is a risk factor for many eye diseases later in life such as retinal detachment, early onset cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

There is definitely a genetic component to Myopia, so if there is a family history of nearsightedness, it is more likely to occur. Also, some large studies have noted that children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to develop myopia. American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

What Causes Progressive Myopia?

Myopia is a refractive error that happens when the eye focuses incoming light in front of the retina, rather than directly on it, resulting in blurred distance vision. While an exact cause of progressive myopia is not known, most research indicates that a combination of environmental and genetic factors trigger the condition.

First of all, there is evidence that a family history of nearsightedness is a contributing factor. Additionally, spending a lot of time indoors may play a role in Myopia development, as studies show that children who spend more time outside have less incidence of Myopia. Lastly, near point stress, which can be caused from looking at a near object for an extended period of time, can prompt the eye to grow longer and result in myopia. Several eye doctors recommend following the 20-20-20 rule when using digital devices (stopping every 20 minutes to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds) to reduce near point stress caused by computer use.

What Can Be Done To Prevent or Treat Myopia in Lenexa, Kansas

There are several treatments that have been shown to slow the progression of myopia.

  • Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) : Also known as corneal reshaping, this treatment uses rigid gas permeable contact lenses that are worn while the patient sleeps to reshape the cornea, which is the clear, front part of the eye. During the day, the patient is usually able to see clearly, glasses-free. In addition to allowing glasses-free vision during the day, this treatment has been shown to reduce the progression of myopia in many children.
  • Distance Center Multi-focal Contact Lenses : This treatment uses distance center (which means the area for seeing at a distance is in the center of the lens) multi-focal soft contact lenses to provide clear vision and slow the progression of myopia. The lenses are worn as normal contact lenses during the day.
  • Atropine Drops : Atropine drops are a daily-use prescription eye drop that has been shown to reduce myopia progression. It can be used alone or in combination with Ortho-k or multi-focal contact lenses.
  • Additional Myopia Treatments : While these treatments are available in all of North America, some countries offer additional options that are approved for myopia control. For example, in Canada, ZeissTM MyoVision glasses that have an innovative lens curvature design are available to help reduce the rate of myopia progression. Additionally some doctors in Canada offer Coopervision MiSight® lenses, which are 1-day contact lenses that are worn during the daytime. These contacts have a multi-focal lens design with distance center and near surround that is specifically designed for children.

Myopia & Your Child

If your child’s vision keeps getting worse, it’s more than an annoyance – it can be a serious risk factor for their eye health and vision in the future. The best strategy for myopia control depends on the child and the severity of the case, and requires consultation with an experienced eye doctor in order to determine the best solution. If your child wears glasses, make his or her vision a priority; schedule an eye exam to ensure stable vision and healthy eyes.

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Eye Dangers in the Dorm – Eye Health for College Students

College Student Eye Care Help

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It’s almost back to school time for college students and whether this is your first time away from home or you are already a pro, you want to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible to live safely on your own.

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This knowledge includes eye and vision safety, as failing to take care of your eyes today could cause damage to your eyes and vision now and in the future.

So put down your text books for a second and learn these four simple lessons about protecting your precious eyes:

Blue Light Protection

College students spend a LOT of time in front of screens. From each class, homework assignment, and research project, to texting, tinder, netflix and gaming – life is largely digital. This comes with a slew of potential side effects known as computer vision syndrome, including sore and tired eyes, headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain, dry eyes and blurred vision, largely due to the effect of the blue light emitted from the screens. Research shows that blue light can also impact your sleep quality and may possibly be connected to the development of retinal damage and macular degeneration later in life.

There are a few ways to protect your eyes and vision from blue light and computer vision syndrome:

  • Use computer glasses or blue-light blocking coated lenses or contact lenses when working on a screen for long periods of time. These lenses are made to allow optimal visual comfort for the distance and unique pixelation of working on a computer or mobile screen, by reducing glare and eye strain. They also block potentially harmful blue-light radiation from entering your eyes.
  • Prescription glasses may be considered as well. Many students who never needed glasses previously experience eyestrain with extensive hours studying in university. A minor prescription can make a big difference in reducing eye fatigue and helping to improve concentration.
  • Implement the 20-20-20 rule by taking a break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to pause from the intensity of the computer screen.
  • Depending on your environment, eye drops prescribed from the eye doctor may be helpful. Your blink rate often goes down substantially when you are concentrating on reading or computer work, which can cause dry eyes. Using eye drops and remembering to blink frequently can help reduce these uncomfortable symptoms.
  • Install bluelight filters on your digital devices to reduce the amount of blue light exposure. There are a number of free apps available to download on your phone or computer.

Widespread use of computers or phones with computer access may cause additional issues with eye strain. Some of these symptoms may include trouble shifting focus from computer documents to paper documents, and “after images” when you turn your glance away from the computer screen. A college student should take eye strain seriously when symptoms include eye discomfort, headaches, double vision or a noticeable change in vision. While college students do not usually put health concerns first, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend regular eye exams for people of all ages

How to use Contact Lenses

Many college students opt for contact lenses as they are convenient and great for the appearance, but they come along with responsibility. The busy days and late nights can sometimes make contact lens care difficult so make sure to plan ahead. If you wear contact lenses you need to make sure that you always get them from an authorized lens distributor and that you follow your eye doctor’s instructions for proper care.

Always follow the wearing schedule and never sleep in lenses that are not designed for extended wear. Clean and disinfect as needed, and don’t rinse them with anything other than contact lens solution. Failing to follow the proper use and hygiene for contact lenses can result in irritation, infections and even corneal scarring which can result in vision loss.

One-day disposable lenses can be a great option especially for college students as they offer ultimate convenience (no cleaning and storing) and optimal eye health.

Further, if you enjoy wearing contact lenses, then remember to get a proper fit from your eye doctor. Many “exclusive” contact lenses available online may actually be poorly fit and made from inferior materials. One size does not fit all.

College Student Eye Care Help in Lenexa, Kansas

UV Protection

Ultraviolet rays from the sun are known to cause long term eye damage and lead to vision threatening eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Additionally in extreme cases of unprotected UV exposure you can get sunburned eyes, known as photokeratitis, which can cause a gritty, dry feeling, burning, swelling, light sensitivity, vision changes and sometimes serious pain. These symptoms typically go away within a day or two. Wearing 100% UV reflective sunglasses whenever you are outside – rain or shine – is a first step to eye protection. A large brimmed hat to protect the eyes from exposure from the top and sides is also a recommended addition for sunny days.

Regular eye exams

To start off college with the right foot forward, it’s recommended to get a comprehensive eye exam prior to the start of the the school year, especially if you haven’t had one recently. This way you can ensure that your eyes and vision are in top shape and, if you wear glasses, that your prescription is still accurate. The last thing you want to worry about when getting adjusted to college is problems with your eyes and vision.

It’s also recommended for students that are going away to another city to get a recommendation for a local eye doctor in case of an emergency. Most eye doctors know of colleagues located in other cities who they could recommend.

Just remember to think about your eyes because the better you take care of them now, the healthier eyes and vision you will have down the line.

If you are in front of a computer screen for Prolonged hours not uncommon among college students, this may result in a disorder known as CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome.

Call CustomEyes on 913-228-0557 in Lenexa, Kansas to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist.

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Can I Wear Contacts with Astigmatism?

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Were you diagnosed with astigmatism and are worried that you’ll always have to wear eyeglasses? Or if you don’t want to wear your glasses, does that mean you’ll need to cope with constant blurry vision? First of all, don’t worry. Nowadays, there is a variety of specialized contact lenses, called toric lenses, made to fit eyes with astigmatism. Our eye doctors in Lenexa, KS, and Lee’s Summit, MO, are skilled and experienced in fitting patients with toric contact lenses. To understand what toric lenses are and how they correct astigmatism, read on.

What is astigmatism?

Any discussion of toric contact lenses needs to begin with a basic explanation of astigmatism. Defined simply, this vision condition results from an irregularly shaped cornea or lens. Instead of being round, people with astigmatism typically have an oblong or football-shaped cornea. This shape distorts light as it enters your eye, thereby causing a refractive error and vision become blurred. Children and adults with astigmatism find it hard to read text or see the details of any object, near and far.

Who gets astigmatism?

If you’re wondering what leads to this vision condition, genetics are to blame. If you inspect your family tree closely you’ll probably find other relatives with it too. Although not as common, astigmatism can also result from trauma to the eye.

How is astigmatism treated?

Blurriness from most types of regular astigmatism are resolved easily and efficiently with some form of vision correction. Eyeglasses are one option, as well as toric contact lenses – as we already mentioned.

Toric Contact Lenses

Many of these specialty toric lenses have a thicker zone at the bottom of the lens, which keeps them from rotating while they sit on your eyeball. Each time you blink, your contact lenses rotate on the eye, but the thicker weighted portion propels them to return to the proper alignment. Since the thicker zone orients the contact lenses more predictably, you benefit from sharper visual acuity. This design also makes it simpler for your eye doctor to fit the lenses during your contact lenses exam. Other types of toric lenses have thin zones that interact with your eyelids in a way that preserves stability.

New technology has led to the development of many soft toric contact lenses, which offer enhanced comfort and vision in comparison to older hard versions. Daily, weekly, and monthly toric lenses are all available. Since toric lenses are more complex to produce, they are generally more expensive than standard lenses.

Depending upon the level of astigmatism, rigid gas permeable contacts may be an alternative option. These hard contact lenses rest on your eyes in a way that creates a reservoir of tears under them, which can also help correct astigmatism.

Biofinity Toric

Biofinity Toric contact lenses, by Coopervision, are a popular choice of soft lenses that we recommend often for astigmatism in our Lenexa, KS, and Lee’s Summit, MO, eye care centers. Made with their unique Aquaform Science Technology, Biofinity lenses are breathable and hold water within the lens. This improves comfort and resistance to both dryness and protein deposits. Unlike other silicone hydrogel contact lenses, Biofinity also has no added surface treatments or wetting agents, which is another reason for their high wearing comfort.

Where can I get contact lenses near me?

We are pleased to offer thorough contact lenses eye exams to fit you with toric lenses, and we maintain a complete inventory of premium contacts from brand-name manufacturers. Our optometrists will help you select the ideal pair of contact lenses for your visual and lifestyle needs. So there’s no need to wonder where’s the best place to find contact lenses near me, our offices in Lee’s Summit, MO, and Lenexa, KS, have the answer!

With all these high-tech types of contact lenses on the market, it’s a good time to have astigmatism and see clearly without eyeglasses. Over 90% of people with astigmatism can be treated with contact lenses. To determine which type of toric lenses are ideal for you, a qualified eye doctor must perform a contact lens exam. Contact us to book an appointment at CustomEyes.

Dangers of Wearing Contact Lenses Without Visiting Your Eye Care

Why You Need an Eye Exam for Contact Lenses in Lee’s Summit, MO

contact on fingerNot all contact lenses are equal. They come in different sizes, powers and materials, as well as different wearing schedules to meet the unique needs of every individual. How can you figure out which type of contact lenses are best for your eyes? In short, you can’t!

The wrong fit or type of contact lenses can threaten the lasting health of your eyes and eyesight. Therefore, you need to visit a qualified eye care professional before and after purchasing your new contact lenses in Lee’s Summit, MO. Your eye doctor will determine the correct fit and type of lenses for your vision and lifestyle.

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Eye Exams for Contact Lenses in Lee’s Summit

Congratulations on your decision to give contact lenses a try! In addition to crisp vision and a wider field of view, contact lenses offer supreme comfort and convenience. Now that you’ve made up your mind, it’s time to visit your eye doctor for a contact lens eye exam.

Your vision prescription for contact lenses will not always be the same as the lens powers of your eyeglasses, and our Lee’s Summit optometrist will confirm your precise prescription. Additionally, we will inspect your eyes for any conditions that could affect wearing contacts, such as dry eye syndrome. After checking your eye health, we’ll take detailed measurements to ensure that your contact lenses fit right. We’ll measure your corneal curvature and the size of your pupil or iris.

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