January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month...let the secret out!

As it maybe the last secret you want to keep!  Glaucoma is a silent disease.  It is called the "Sneak Thief of Sight", as there are no symptoms and once your vision is lost, it is permanent.  As much as 40% of sight can be lost at one time.

January is Glaucoma National Awareness Month.  Let the word get out.  Talk to your friends and family about Glaucoma- it is important! Over 3 million people in the US have Glaucoma. Over 60 million in the world have Glaucoma.  

What is Glaucoma?  

It is a series of diseases that steals your eye sight.  Vision loss occurs as it causes damage to your Optic Nerve.  . Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.  Don't be a victim to Glaucoma.

How do I know I have it?

 I mean, if it is silent, how will I know?

Your only way to know,  is to have  regular eye exams.  A comprehensive eye exam will detect if you have the disease and then you can start immediate treatment to control the disease and pressure of your eye.  Annual eye exams are a must, as the disease starts typically in your peripheral vision, causing loss of vision were you cannot detect it immediately.  It isn't until the disease progresses that you notice vision loss.  That is why regular scheduled eye exams are important for early detection and diagnosis.

Don't let it be a secret!

 Get your exam today!  And where better to have your exam but at Omni Eye Specialists and Bladen Eye Center, where one of the leading Glaucoma doctors in the nation practices.  Get your exam from the doctor who teaches other doctors how to detect and treat  Glaucoma.  Dr. Eric Schmidt is recognized as a leader in the eye industry  in treatment of Glaucoma.  Schedule your appointment today.

Digital Eye Strain- Is this you....read on!

Digital Eye Strain 

 

According to a CNN survey, 95% of Americans have a cellphone and 77% own a smartphone. The average time people spend on their devices (phone, computer, tablet) is 7.5 hours a day. This much screen time is directly correlated to the discomfort that digital eye strain causes. Digital Eye Strain, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome, is a group of eye and visual symptoms that result from extended computer, tablet, and cellphone use. These problems include… 

· Eye strain/fatigue 

· Dry eye 

· Headache 

· Blurry vision 

· Neck/shoulder pain 

 

Is this you? 

 

Digital eye strain affects all age groups, even children, teens, and young adults. The Vision Council reports that over 70% of children 18 and younger and almost 90% of people ages 18-39 are spending more than 2 hours a day on their cellphone, tablet, or computer. 

 

How do we ease the burden caused by digital eye strain? 

 

The doctors at Omni Eye Specialists recommend the Eyezen lens. The Eyezen lens provides three key benefits to the modern single vision patient. 

· It incorporates a small amount of accommodative relief to alleviate eye strain caused by viewing near objects like cellphones and tablets for hours on end. 

· These lenses also help reduce your exposure to harmful blue light (415-455nm on the color spectrum) that your digital device emits. 

· All Eyezen lens designs have Wavefront Advanced Vision Enhancement technology to provide sharper vision than ordinary single vision lenses. 

 

Along with the Eyezen lens, taking breaks from devices, reducing overhead fluorescent lighting that causes glare, proper posture and distance from the computer are great ways to alleviate digital eye strain. 

 

Let us help you get through your workday with less eye strain and fatigue. Make an appointment with us today and be sure to discuss your digital habits with yo

Keratoconus-What is it?

Our Doctors are trained to treat Keratoconus....

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease where the normal cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone causes irregular astigmatism and near-sightedness leading to distorted vision, glare, and light sensitivity. Severe forms of the disease can lead to partial rupture of Descemet’s layer of the cornea causing swelling and pain. 

 

There is usually a genetic predisposition for keratoconus so multiple family members may have this condition. Systemic associations include Down syndrome, atopic disease (dermatitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis), and mitral valve prolapse. It is also associated with chronic eye rubbing. 

 

Conservative management of keratoconus is typically prescription contact lenses. Mild cases may be able to wear soft contact lenses but most moderate to severe keratoconic patients need some sort of hard contact lens. 

o Gas Permeable Lenses – hard contact lens that floats on the cornea to provide more crisp vision 

o “Piggy Back” Lenses – hard lens that fits on top of a soft contact lens used to provide more comfort 

o Hybrid Lenses – hard contact lens surrounded by a soft skirt giving comfort and clarity 

o Scleral/Semi-scleral Lenses – large diameter hard contact lens that covers the cornea and part of the white part of the eye called the sclera 

 

Progression of keratoconus may need to be surgically treated. An exciting new FDA-approved technology is corneal cross-linking. Riboflavin (a type of B vitamin) is applied to the eye and treated with UV light. This technique strengthens the cornea and slows/stops progression. This is a promising new treatment for those suffering with keratoconus. Other surgical options include Intacs and corneal transplant. Intacs, curved implants inserted into the peripheral cornea to help reshape the cornea, may delay progression but will not stop it. Corneal transplant, also known as penetrating keratoplasty, is a replacement cornea with organ donor tissue.

Make an appointment today with Dr. Treece and get relief!

Hey Batter! Batter!

Sports Vision....everything you need to know to see the ball better!

 

What you need to know about sports vision and contact lenses…

 

Whether it’s professional football or the occasional tennis match with friends, people that need corrective lenses find these activities challenging.   More than half of American adults have vision issues and need some sort of corrective lenses.  Many of these people choose contact lenses over glasses due to the competitive advantages they offer.

 

Contact lenses offer better peripheral vision with an unobstructed field of view.  Eyeglass frames can block your peripheral view and glasses can cause some peripheral distortion, especially with higher prescriptions.  Without this hindrance when wearing contact lenses, reaction times are faster making the athlete more effective and efficient.

 

Contact lenses provide the athlete with stable vision.  Eyeglasses can slide down or even get knocked off during a game causing blurry vision.  There is no need to worry about that with contact lenses.  Also, contact lenses do not fog up when playing in cold weather or in the rain.  They provide clear, comfortable vision throughout the activity.

 

Are you an athlete?  We’d be happy to help provide you with the best possible vision for your sport.  Come see us for your custom contact lens fit today!

 

Let's Get Polarized!

Not all Polarization  and UV Protections is Treated Equally!  Know the  facts.

 

So many terms are thrown around about sunglasses, that the thought of buying a pair can be a bit overwhelming.  It is an investment to purchase a good quality pair so one should know the facts because not all UV, not all polarized are treated equal.

The question stands....What is polarization and why do I need it?

Polarized lenses are the only thing on the market that protects your eyes against damaging glare.  It is the glare off of the surface that goes directly into your eyes.  But know your facts before buying and know what you are protecting against. 

Polarized lenses is the only lens that protects against dangerous surface glare

Sunlight reflects off of  water, snow or flat roads and creates glare- which is  dangerous. Blinding sun glare can cause accidents.  A good quality polarized sunglasses are made with a filter, much like a filter in a camera.  The filter is embedded into the lenses and cannot be rubbed off, like sun tan lotion can.  Many polarized lenses, like  the kind that are bought in drug stores and department stores are made with a film of polarization that is applied like a band aid.  A band aid comes off with exposure to wind, water and external elements.  Much like a band aid , this is what happens to the polarized lenses that are applied with a film.  When this polarized film is exposed to elements, it  no longer is protecting your eyes and the UV protection on the film is not of good quality.  The film that is put onto these lenses also creates a darker lens which does not mean better coverage, it actually can do more damage to the eye.  As the eye is exposed to a dark lens, the pupil opens up, much like it does in the dark and when the pupil opens up, you have now exposed your eye to damaging UV rays.  So the protection that you thought you were buying is actually causing more health issues to your eyes. 

 Long term exposure to sun glare has been known to cause cataracts and has been directly linked to Macular Degeneration, which causes blindness.  Take your health of your eyes serious and know your facts about polarization.  

Here are the facts:

  1. A virtually invisible filter can be built into lenses to eliminate the amount of reflecting light that enters the eye. Polarized lenses not only reduce glare, they make images appear sharper and clearer, increasing visual clarity and comfort. Available for prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, polarized lenses can be worn indoors by light-sensitive people, including post-cataract surgery patients and those continually exposed to bright sunlight through windows.

    Most polarized sunglasses provide UV protection which is important to maintaining healthy eye sight. Just as we put on sunscreen to protect our skin, it’s critical that we protect our eyes from UV rays too.

    Look for sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of all UV light. UV absorption up to 400nm is equal to 100% UV absorption.  Do not purchase polarization applied by a film application
  2. Lens color and degree of darkness provide no indication of UV protection
  3. Larger frames, wraparound and closer fittingstyles provide better protection from stray light
  4. A higher price tag doesn’t guarantee quality. Cheaper sunglasses can offer superior eye protection over expensive counterparts as long as the polarization is a filter within the lens.  Much like our Sunclouds at Omni Eye Specialists that you can get for a great price!
  5. Polarized lenses help cut glare, but do not add sun protection
  6. If your sunglasses are old, ask your optician to test their UV protection.

Dry Eye - Get the 411 on it!

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye does not mean that your eyes stop producing tears.  What is means is that your eyes are not making the right quality or quantity of tears.  Dry Eye affects up to 34% of our population.  It affects women their thirties and older.  

How do I know I have Dry Eye?

Take our simple dry eye test?  If you answer yes to the following questions, you have dry eyes.  But don't worry help is on it's way.  Our Dry Eye Center of the Carolinas and our expertly trained eye doctor, Eric Schmidt lectures on dry eyes and trains other doctors on how to treat your eyes with non-invasive surgical procedures  to have the best success possible with eliminating your dry eyes.

Take the Dry Eye Test....

Are your eyes .....

  • Stingy
  • Irritated
  • Gritty
  • Occasionally blurry
  • Burning
  • Red
  • Feels like something is in them

If you have answered yes to any and all of the above, it is with all likelihood that you suffer from dry eye.  There are things you can do to help prevent the drying out of your eyes and that would be the following....get enough sleep, don't overwear your contact lenses, always wear sunglasses outside, take a break from the computers through out your day, use a humidifier and last avoid windy weather.

If you experience the above symptoms, please call our office to schedule a dry eye consult , relief is on it's way.  We are here to answer all your dry eye questions and concerns.

When should your child have an eye exam?

So, your child has had a yearly physical, dental exam but no eye exam?

Did you know that only 31% of children ages 6-16 have had a comprehensive eye exam within the past year?

Even less under the age of 6 at 14%. And studies show that 90% of kids that should be wearing glasses are not.

Why such a discrepancy?

Experts believe that reliance on vision screenings by pediatricians or other primary care physicians could be a cause. These screenings alone may result in late detection of amblyiopia and other vision disorders. This problem can translate to the classroom. Vision problems generally are not the direct cause of learning disorders; however, they can interfere with children’s abilities to perform to their potential.

 

The American Public Heath Association recommends eye exams at age 6 months, 2 years, 4 years and yearly after that. What goes on during a comprehensive eye exam by a trained specialist? Your optometrist will evaluate the functional status of the eyes and visual system, taking into account each child’s level of development. They will also assess ocular health and related systemic health conditions. Once a diagnosis is established a treatment plan will be created.

March Madness- a great month for ball-make sure your athletes vision is game ready

March Madness-The month of balls galore-basketballs and baseballs.  Make sure your athlete is seeing the ball!

 

March is an amazing month for sports.  The NCAA tournament is in full force.  Major League Baseball begins Spring Training and all levels of school baseball begins their Spring Season.

 

The vision …is on the ball; whether it is a baseball or basketball you want to be seeing the ball.

 

To prepare for their season, most athletes incorporate a conditioning protocol that involves aerobic exercise and weight training but little thought goes into an examination of the eyes. 

 

Hidden vision problems can be holding your athlete back.

 

  Your athlete may see 20/20 but may not be seeing the ball.  The term 20/20 is a standard term for seeing contrasting black numbers/letters on a white background at a distance of 20 feet away.

The problem with the standard 20/20 in an examination room is that it doesn’t take in affect the subtle contrast of a ball in an arena or outdoor stadium with very little contrast to the sun.  It also does not take into account “functional vision”, such as focusing muscles of the eye and eye tracking.  An athlete with focusing issues and eye tracking issues can have depth perception problems.

 

Along with this, an athlete can be 20/20 and also have nearsightedness and/or farsightedness.  A player with farsightedness tends to hit the ball late and is not able to hit the ball dead on and loose his power to the bat.  An athlete that has slight nearsightedness, has eyes that tend to turn in and they get to close to the ball and tends to get ahead of the ball at the plate.  The ball seems closer than it actually is and he reacts to the ball to soon at the plate.  Even with 20/20 vision it can be difficult to correct your vision without proper eyeglasses to assist.

 

As a parent you buy your athlete the proper equipment to field the ball well and hit the ball well.  Your athletes body is a part of his equipment, you make sure he is in top physical shape, but do you make sure you are doing everything so your athlete can see the ball, have proper depth perception on the basket, proper depth perception in the field and at bat.  All the equipment in the world is not going to help if your athlete is not seeing the ball correctly.  Make it apart of your athletes conditioning to get an eye exam inclusive of focusing test and eye tracking test.

 

March is about seeing the ball-the basketball, the baseball, give your athlete the best chance, schedule your eye examination today.

So you thought you could never wear contacts, well think again....

Is a hybrid contact lens right for you?

 

Omni Eye Specialists is now fitting UltraHealth hybrid specialty contact lenses by Synergyes.  UltraHealth lenses have a rigid gas permeable center with a surrounding soft silicone skirt.  These lenses are designed to provide the crisp, clear vision of a hard lens with the all-day comfort of a soft lens.  This easy to handle specialty lens has high oxygen transmission, meaning it promotes healthy tear circulation and breathability to promote lasting comfort.  UltraHealth is also a UVA and UVB blocker, which is perfect for our specific proximity to the beach.

 

UltraHealth lenses are for almost everyone!  Anyone that has had difficulty with traditional soft and rigid lenses is a candidate.  These lenses are great for those patients that have astigmatism, corneal irregularities from disease or post refractive surgery, and those just in search of superior optics.

 

If you want better comfort and clearer vision consider UltraHealth hybrid contact lenses!