Made up of mucus, fatty oils and water, tears provide your eyes with the lubrication necessary to keep the surface of your eyes smooth and your vision clear. If the natural lubricant becomes unbalanced or too little is produced, you may suffer from chronic dry eyes. Since dry eye can also be an allergy symptom, you may not realize when it is time to see your eye care provider.
Chronic dry eyes can cause discomfort, itching, burning and irritation. Persistent dry eyes often do not lead to serious consequences, however, without adequate lubrication your eyes may be more susceptible to infection since tears are a protective barrier. If not treated, continually dry eyes can lead to scarring on your corneas due to irritation, which can lead to vision problems and affect your daily living.
There are several risk factors that can cause dry eye, many of which are not in your control. Proper nutrition for eye health is one area that you can make changes to limit the risks. Diets rich in vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods like carrots, broccoli, fish, walnuts and vegetable oils can be beneficial. Proper rest, sun protection and limiting eye strain will also help. The following are …
At one time or another you have likely suffered a period of dry eye. You may have felt like there was grit in your eye or it may have been uncomfortable just to close your eyelids. Unfortunately for some people, this can become a chronic condition that has to be treated in order to protect their vision. This guide answers what are dry eyes and provides suggestions to help.
What are Dry Eyes?
Chronic dry eyes are caused by a lack of sufficient tear production to keep the eyes lubricated, or an imbalance of the makeup of tears which causes them to evaporate too quickly. In both cases, the eyes are not sufficiently lubricated, causing dry eyes.
While initially dry eyes may not affect your vision, the condition may cause inflammation of the eye surfaces, leaving them vulnerable to infection or damage. If treatment is not received, you may experience pain, corneal ulcers and scarring of the cornea, all of which may affect your ability to see clearly.
Knowing when to Seek Help
Largely due to the discomfort and inconvenience of dilation, many people put off visiting their optometrist for regular comprehensive eye exams. The process involves eye drops that dilate the pupils, causing blurred vision and light sensitivity for some time after the exam. The reason for pupil dilation is so the optometrist can see through the eye to the retina to try to detect problems or diseases as early as possible. Fortunately for many, optomap® allows eyecare providers to perform a non-dilated, complementary eye exam has made these critical exams possible without having to dilate the eyes.
In our efforts to be the retina company, Optos has developed ultra-widefield retinal imaging technology that does not require dilation eye exams, but still gives your eye care professional a 200 degree image of your retina. Many eye diseases cause permanent damage before you notice any symptoms and the ability to view 200 degrees of your retina means your doctor can detect, diagnose and treat any findings, earlier.
Hopefully your eye care professional don’t find anything wrong with your retina during your exam, either way your optomap image becomes a part of your patient file, so it can be compared to your future optomap eye exam to see if …
Dr. Todd Brantley collaborates with this patients and other doctors to build stronger relationships. When Dr. Brantley brought Daytona into his practice, he made sure to let other doctors know. “We highlighted the benefits to referring doctors and they were amazed at how much information we could gather,” he says. These doctors have started referring patients to Lone Star Vision specifically to be imaged on the Daytona.
“The optomap® allows us to see and detect clinical signs earlier so that we can manage patients and reassure them that they are getting the best quality eye care. We can evaluate the retina and the structures of the eye in ways we couldn’t before with other technology. It’s 200° v 30°.”, says Dr. Brantley. In addition to building community, clinical decision-making, image quality, and patient education, Dr. Brantley believes that it is never too early to get the Daytona because it will help grow your practice faster.
– Lone Star Vision – TX
– Four doctor, private practice (multiple locations)
Reason for Purchase
– optomap image quality
– Patient education
– Revenue generation
– Higher quality of care
For people over 40, diabetic retinopathy (DR), is the number one reason for the development of blindness, and these numbers are expected to triple over the next few decades as the diabetes epidemic continues to grow, according to an article published by Retinal Physician. With the ability of optomap® to capture a high resolution, 200 degree view of the retina in a single scan, ultra-widefield (UWF™) retinal imaging may enable improved diagnosis, better classification, and earlier detection of disease progression, with the potential to guide our treatment strategies in patients with DR.
The traditional retinal imaging practice was to use a fundus camera and pupil dilation to achieve a 30 degree view of the retina. Capturing images from seven different fields to obtain a 100 degree view of the retina required skilled technical ability on behalf of the practitioner, as well as a high level of cooperation from the patient. Once wide-angled angiography entered the market, the viewing area of the retina was increased to between 150-160 degrees. However, the contact lenses required made the system more challenging for the doctor and was more intrusive to the patient than the fundus camera. The advent of Optos technology, which provides a …
An Optos device user since 2011, Dr. Shawn Hollander decided to purchase a Daytona, on the advice of a colleague. Dr. Hollander feels that the rental model suits his practice best, “Optos makes it attractive with the device and service all rolled into one price.” In addition, he is very happy with the more than 90 percent patient acceptance rate for optomap®, adding to his bottom line. Even offering a family discount (and the occasional no-cost image to illustrate to patients how important it is to his clinical decision making), his revenue from patient optomap images is more than double his monthly cost.
Dr. Hollander’s diabetic patients are also sharing their optomap images with their endocrinologists for more complete disease management and he often consults with retinal specialists. “The Daytona is like another employee in the form of equipment. It’s always there, and it’s always reliable.”
— Safety Harbor Optical – Safety Harbor, FL
— Two doctor, private practice
Reason for Purchase:
— optomap image quality
— Patient education
— Disease management
— Revenue generation
— Higher quality of care
Fireworks are beautiful and a great addition to large celebrations. Too often, however, people do not take proper precautions and suffer injuries when setting off or viewing the brilliant displays. July has been dedicated as Fireworks Safety Month to remind people that these explosive devices must be handled with safety in mind.
More than 9,000 injuries happen in the United States each year due to fireworks. As many as 6,300 of these injuries occur between June 18 and July 18, 20 percent of which are eye injuries. Another alarming statistic is that one in every six of the eye injuries results in permanent vision loss or blindness. Because injuries can be prevented, observing proper handling and safety rules are critical to protect vision.
All fireworks are dangerous if not properly handled. However, sparklers and bottle rockets that get out of control are among the worst. Most people do not realize that sparklers, which are often handled by children, burn approximately 1,000 degrees hotter than boiling water. A spark that lands in or on an eye can cause immediate and permanent damage. Bottle rockets can cause corneal abrasion, traumatic cataracts and optical nerve damage. The following safety tips should be observed …