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Pink Eye vs. Red Eye

pink eye conjunctivitisPink eye is the common name for an eye condition called conjunctivitis. Pink eye is inflammation and irritation of the conjunctiva part of the eye. The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the white part of the eyes and the eyelids.  The purpose of the conjunctiva is to keep the surface of your eyes moist and protected.

Usually, the tiny blood vessels contained within the conjunctiva are very difficult to see. However, conjunctivitis causes these blood vessels to expand and turn the white parts of the eyes red. Pink eye can develop in one or both eyes.

There are three primary types of conjunctivitis:

Viral Conjunctivitis

This is the most common type of pink eye and is contagious. The virus associated with viral conjunctivitis is the same virus which causes symptoms of a runny nose, sore throat and watery eyes that are prevalent with colds and flu.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

This type of pink eye is caused by bacterial infectionssuch as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus and is contagious. Bacterial conjunctivitis causes one or both eye to become red and may discharge mucus. Antibiotic eye drops are typically used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

This type of conjunctivitis is caused by something that triggers an allergic reaction such as pollen or an irritant like smoke or fumes. Unlike other types of pink eye, allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. This form of pink eye is characterized by redness, burning, itching, tearing and swollen eyelids. Antihistamines are often used to treat this type of conjunctivitis.

How You Can Get Pink Eye

As outlined above, viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis can be highly contagious. Pink eye can be contracted in a variety of ways including:

–         Failure to wash hands frequently. Then touching or rubbing eyes.

–         Use of a hand towel that has been used by somebody who has pink eye.

–         Use of cosmetics after they have been used by someone with pink eye.

–         Failure to clean contact lenses properly.

Children are particularly susceptible to pink eye given their close contact with other children in school, sports and other activities.

Red Eye

Red eye is a very general term that not only includes pink eye, but a wide variety of other eye conditions that cause redness in and around the eyes as well. While pink eye is a leading cause of red eye, other common causes of red eye include such things as:

–         Foreign objects in the eye.

–         Injuries to the eye.

–         Dry eyes or lack of tears.

–         Infections in or around the eyes.

Visit Your Eye Doctor

Regardless of whether the eye condition is pink eye or red eye, a visit to your eye doctor for proper diagnosis, treatment and guidance is important.

Learn more about quality eye care and eye wear from a company and a team of eye care professionals who have been providing a superior level of service for more than 35 years. Please visit www.shawneeoptical.com.

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Do You Suffer From Dry Eye Syndrome?

When the eyes do not make enough tears, or tears begin to evaporate too quickly, dry eye syndrome occurs. This is usually a result of the oil glands becoming blocked or functioning abnormally. When this happens, your eyes can become dry, swollen, inflamed, and irritated. This is a condition that can soon become problematic, and it can prevent you from enjoying every day life as you should. If you feel that you are displaying the symptoms of dry eye syndrome, you should seek advice from an eye doctor.

Dry Eye Syndrome – The Symptoms

Depending on the nature of your condition, the symptoms of dry eye syndrome can range from mild to severe:

* Consistent feelings of dryness or grittiness that progressively worsen throughout the day.

* Bloodshot eyes.

* Eyelids that stick together when you wake up.

* Photophobia (sensitivity to light).

* Extremely red eyes.

* Extremely painful or irritated eyes.

* Blurred or deteriorating vision.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, they should not be ignored. Catching dry eye syndrome as the milder symptoms start to show will prevent you from developing severe ones. If you are displaying severe symptoms, this could be a sign that you have sustained damage to your cornea, which could permanently affect your vision.

Dry Eye Syndrome – Causes

The causes of dry eye syndrome can vary. While some people may develop it due to living in a very hot or windy climate, others may experience it as a result of aging. In addition to this, medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, beta-blockers, and diuretics can also cause dry eye syndrome. Certain medical conditions can cause dry eye syndrome; these include dermatitis, allergic conjunctivitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, shingles, Bell’s palsy, and HIV.

When dry eye syndrome does occur, it can come as a result of one or all parts of the eye’s tear production centers not functioning. This can include your lacrimal gland, your goblet cells, your eyelid, cornea, conjunctiva, and tear ducts. If one part of your lacrimal functioning unit does not function as it should, the others may fail to do so too.

Dry Eye Syndrome – Treatment

The treatment you will undergo for dry eye syndrome will depend on the severity of the problem. The most common way to treat this condition is through the use of lubricants, which can come in the form of eye drops, ointments, and gels. Although many of these are available without a prescription, the most effective ones can only be prescribed by an eye doctor.

If your eye doctor believes that your condition may be due to inflammation, you will be prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication. These can come in the form of steroid eye drop treatments, oral tetracyclines, or ciclosporing eye drops.

Sometimes it is the case that dry eye syndrome arises as a result of a complex underlying medical case. If this is the case, your eye doctor will assess and address the underlying cause of the disease. In extreme cases, surgery is needed to correct the parts of the eye that are not functioning as they should.

Regardless of the cause or severity of your condition, the sooner you seek treatment the better. Dry eye syndrome that is left untreated can rapidly worsen, and will become problematic. If you suspect you have the condition, contact an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Special thanks to Brighton Optical in Buffalo, NY for contributing this article.  Please visit the Brighton Optical website at www.brightonoptical.com and the Brighton Optical blog at www.blog.brightonoptical.com

Learn About Double Vision Double Vision

Double visionDouble vision, or diplopia, is exactly what the name suggests. It’s a condition that causes you to see two images of the same object. The duplicate images may be seen horizontally, vertically or diagonally in relation to one another.

It’s important to understand the basics about diplopia and what double vision may be telling you about your overall health.

Types of Double Vision

There are two types of double vision. Monocular diplopia is double vision that occurs in only one eye. The double vision will not subside when the other eye is covered. Binocular diplopia is double vision that is related to both eyes.  The double vision will stop when one of the eyes is covered.

Causes of Monocular Diplopia

Monocular diplopia can be caused by a variety of eye conditions including:

  1. Astigmatism:  An abnormal curvature of the front surface of the cornea.
  2. Dry Eye:  Insufficient tears are produced to lubricate the eye.
  3. Cataracts: The lens of the eye becomes cloudy and less transparent.
  4. Swelling of the Eyelid:  Swelling in the eyelid may assert pressure on the eye.
  5. Keratoconus: The cornea of the eye becomes thin and cone-shaped.
  6. Pterygium:  The mucous membrane that lines the whites of the eye and under surface of the eyelids (known as conjunctiva) becomes thick.
  7. Dislocated Lens: Ligaments that secure the lens in place are damaged or broken causing the lens to wiggle.

Causes of Binocular Diplopia

Typically, any problem affecting the muscles around the eye that control the direction of your vision (known as extraocular muscles) can lead to double vision. Conditions causing double vision may include:

  1. Diabetes:  This disease can affect the nerves that control movement of the extraocular muscles.
  2. Myasthenia Gravis:  A neuromuscular condition which causes muscles to weaken and tire easily.
  3. Graves’ Disease:  This disease causes the thyroid gland to become overactive and produce too many hormones. As a result, swelling may occur in the muscles that control eye movement.
  4. Strabismus:  This condition is commonly referred to as “cross eye” or “wandering eye”. It’s a condition where the eyes deviate or turn when looking at an object.
  5. Trauma to Eye Muscles:  The muscles that control eye movement can be damaged by some sort of trauma to your face such as being hit in the face with an object or a punch.    

 

Visit Your Eye Doctor

Double vision can be a signal for a variety of conditions outlined above and many other health problems not listed here. If you or a member of your family experience double vision, it’s important to see your eye doctor. Usually, the double vision can be treated by correcting or managing its cause.

Learn more about quality eye care and eye wear from a company and a team of eye care professionals who have been providing a superior level of service for more than 35 years. Please visit www.shawneeoptical.com.

A Time for Evaluating Vision and Eye Care

Evaluating Vision and Eye CareThe start of each New Year brings a time for evaluation and change.  Assessing vision and eye care are important steps in maximizing and maintaining eye health for you and your entire family.

 

 

 

Here are a few important questions to ask yourself:

  •  When was my and my family members’ last eye exam?
  • Are my and/or my family’s eye glasses prescription(s) up to date?
  • Are my and/or my family’s contact lenses prescription(s) up to date?
  • Is my and my family members’ vision clear both at a distance and close up?
  • Do I strain or do I notice my family member’s straining to see either at a distance or when reading?
  • Am I happy with the eye care and the eye wear my family and I have been receiving in the past?

 If upon answering these questions, you realize it’s time to see an eye care professional, consider the following:

 Training  

It’s important to find an eye care specialist with the proper training to meet your and your family’s unique requirements. Be sure when selecting an eye doctor you investigate their education, training, licensure and other credentials to confirm he or she offers the services that match your needs. You can confirm credentials by contacting your state’s board of optometry.

 

Experience

Experience is a critical characteristic in the selection of an eye doctor, especially if you or a family member has complicated eye conditions. Experience enhances an eye doctor’s abilities and skills so they can catch eye problems early as well as detect other potential health problems through eye examinations.

 

Reputation

The recommendation of a friend, family member or co-worker can be a great resource to point you in the right direction for selecting an eye doctor.  The Better Business Bureau can also be a great tool.

Quality and Customer Service

When it comes to your eye care and eye wear needs, you are a customer. You have choices of where to go and who to give your business to. You should be treated with respect and provided friendly and professional service. You should also be offered products that are made with quality and serve your eye care needs precisely.

Long Term Relationships

Finding an eye doctor that you and your family can build a long term relationship with is also a vital element that should not be overlooked. You should be relaxed with your eye doctor and communicate with him or her so your eye doctor can understand you, your family, your lifestyle, your careers and how best to provide the eye care that will be critical to the eye health of you and your family members at every stage of life.

To learn about a company and a team of eye care professionals that have been operating based on the above for more than 30 years, please visit www.shawneeoptical.com.

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