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Ray-Ban Stories Smart Glasses: Bring Your Point Of View to Social Media

Ray-Ban and Facebook have announced the launch of their new collaboration: Ray-Ban Stories. These smart glasses offer the wearer the ability to record the world from their point of view in photos and videos and share it with friends and family through social media. Wearers can also make phone calls and listen to music.

Let’s take a deeper dive, and see everything Ray-Ban Stories has to offer.

Style and Design

Ray-Ban Stories glasses are designed to bring you multimedia and social media experiences in a compact wearable package.

They’re offered in 20 different styles, including some signature Ray-Ban frames, and available in 5 different colors, with a range of lenses including transition, sun, clear and prescription.

Within these frames, Ray-Ban and Facebook have built in:

  • a set of micro-speakers for phone calls
  • 3 mini-microphones that can be used for calls and audio recording for videos
  • two 5-megapixel cameras
  • an optimized Snapdragon processor
  • and more…

Ray-Ban designed these frames to be worn all day long, so they include a specially designed portable recharging case. At full charge, your Stories smart glasses can be used continuously for up to three days.

Videos, Photos, Phone Calls and Social Integrations

You can use the Stories’ two 5-megapixel cameras to take photos or up to 30 seconds of video either by pressing the capture button or by using Facebook Assistant voice commands. The 3-microphone array also allows for quality recorded sound in your videos and while speaking on the phone.

The glasses are integrated with Facebook View, an Android and iOS-compatible app, that allows you to share photos and videos directly with your friends and family online. You can import, edit and share all your content to Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat, and more. Facebook View also allows you to add a number of exclusive Facebook enhancements to your content before posting.

Integration with your smartphone also allows you to save content and edit from there if you prefer.

For sound during phone calls, Stories employ background suppressing algorithms and Beamform technology.

All of this makes for an advanced, fashionable option for those in the market for smart glasses.

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What are Ray-Ban Stories’ privacy features?

All images and videos captured by the device are encrypted so that only you can see them. As an added feature, each pair of Ray-Ban Stories can only be linked to a single account at a time. This means that if your glasses are lost or stolen, and someone tries to link them to their own phone and account, the images and videos from your account are no longer accessible.

The integrated Facebook View app allows you to customize your personal preferences, including where and when content you record with your device is shared, and where your content is stored for editing and later viewing.

To help respect the privacy of others, the glasses feature a button to turn the microphones and cameras off, as well as a hardwired LCD light that indicates when the glasses are recording.

What information do Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses gather about me?

By default, Ray-Ban Stories glasses gather only very basic information.

This information includes the username and password linked to your Facebook account and wifi connectivity (to keep you linked to the Facebook View App), the device’s battery status and information on your linked email account.

The user is able to opt-in to sharing other information, such as the amount of time spent recording, in order to help in the further development of the glasses and the app. However, opting-in is not required to enjoy either Ray-Ban Stories or Facebook View.

Ocular Hypertension

What is Ocular Hypertension?

The term ocular hypertension usually refers to any situation in which the pressure inside the eye, called intraocular pressure (IOP), is higher than normal. Eye pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Normal eye pressure ranges from 10-21 mm Hg. Ocular hypertension is usually defined as an IOP of greater than 21 mm Hg.

Because ocular hypertension is the most frequent cause of permanent optic nerve damage, having high pressure inside your eye can raise your risks of developing glaucoma. The optic nerve is the only connection between the eye and the brain, so any damage leads to lifelong vision loss and even ‘Tunnel Vision.’

However, glaucoma doesn’t develop in everyone with ocular hypertension.

What Causes Ocular Hypertension?

Aqueous humor is the fluid that fills the front part of your eye, behind the cornea, known as the anterior chamber. The fluid acts to nourish the tissues in this area and removes waste products while also assisting in maintaining the shape of the eye.

Because your eyes constantly produce aqueous humor, it must be allowed to drain out of the eye. Drainage occurs at the anterior angle, which is the part of the eye where the fluid can leave the eye into the surrounding blood vessels. To maintain normal ocular pressure, the drainage system must work efficiently.

When aqueous humor is unable to drain correctly, eye pressure rises, leading to ocular hypertension, which raises the risk of damage to the optic nerve.

Symptoms of ocular hypertension

Ocular hypertension is a condition that usually has no obvious symptoms. As a result, it’s common to develop ocular hypertension without realizing it.

Treatment For Ocular Hypertension

Ocular hypertension by itself is generally not treated with eye drops or medication, and in most cases the eye doctor will observe your eyes closely to detect if the ocular hypertension is causing the first signs of glaucoma.

Patients with high IOP, without any signs of glaucoma are often referred to as ‘Glaucoma Suspect’ and require annual eye exams.

Once the eye doctor is concerned that the high IOP is leading to glaucoma, prescription eye drops are used to treat ocular hypertension. These drops will either help aqueous fluid drain from your eye or reduce the amount of aqueous humor produced by your eye.

Your eye doctor will most likely schedule a follow-up session a few weeks later to assess the effectiveness of the eye drops.

Additionally, because ocular hypertension raises the risk of glaucoma, it’s critical to see your eye doctor for an eye exam at least once a year or as adviced by your eye doctor.

Schedule an eye exam with Eyeworks in Ft. Worth. Our eye doctors can evaluate your ocular pressure and determine whether you have ocular hypertension.

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How is ocular hypertension different from glaucoma?

Ocular hypertension occurs when a person has increased intraocular pressure without any optic nerve damage or vision loss. Glaucoma, on the other hand, is diagnosed once the pressure starts to damage your optic nerve. Glaucoma can eventually cause vision loss, including Tunnel Vision, or complete blindness, if left untreated.

How does ocular hypertension affect my visual health?

While ocular hypertension itself does not cause vision changes, it dramatically increases your chances of developing glaucoma. This is why it’s crucial to have comprehensive eye exams on a regular basis. During your exam, your eye doctor will perform a range of glaucoma tests to detect any changes to your optic nerve as early as possible..

Can Restricting Online Gaming Time Reduce Myopia Progression?

Two kids playing online gamesThe Chinese government recently implemented a new policy that’s sparked conversations about childhood myopia and online gaming.

Under the policy, Chinese children and teens under the age of 18 are only permitted to play online video games for one hour on weekend evenings and public holidays — a significant reduction compared to their previous online gaming allotment. This restriction includes all forms of video games, from handheld devices to computer and smartphone gaming.

The government hopes to combat a common condition called online gaming disorder, or video game addiction, which affects more than 30% of children in China. Another potential benefit of limiting online gaming may be a reduction in childhood myopia progression, something we explore below.

The Link Between Online Gaming and Myopia Progression

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition that causes blurred distance vision. Several factors contribute to the onset and progression of myopia, including genetic and environmental.

Several studies have found that screen time, along with other forms of near work, is associated with higher levels of myopia and myopia progression in children.

According to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2019), children who engage in screen time for more than 3 hours per day have almost 4 times the risk of becoming myopic. Younger children, around ages 6-7, are even more susceptible to experiencing screen-related nearsightedness, with 5 times the risk compared to children who don’t use digital screens.

Limiting screen time may also encourage children to spend more time outdoors in the sun, a protective factor against developing myopia and slowing its progression.

In The Sydney Adolescent Vascular and Eye Study (2013), researchers found that spending at least 21 hours outdoors per week was more important for delaying the onset of myopia than limiting near work in both younger and older children, although both were effective.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Although online gaming can give children a sense of community and togetherness, excessive online gaming can increase a child’s risk of developing myopia and contribute to its progression.

The good news is that parents can make eye-healthy choices for their children that can have lifelong benefits. Limiting near work activities like online gaming and other screen time, and encouraging your children to play outdoors can significantly reduce their chances of developing high (severe) myopia.

How Myopia Management Can Help

The best thing that parents can offer their children to prevent myopia and halt its progression is a custom-made myopia management treatment plan with an eye doctor.

Whether or not myopia has set in already, we can help preserve your child’s eye health and lower their risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and retinal detachment in the future.

To learn more about our services or schedule your child’s myopia consultation, contact Eyeworks in Ft. Worth today!

Eyeworks offers myopia management to patients from Ft. Worth, Southlake, River Oaks, and Benbrook, Texas and surrounding communities.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Richard Chu

Q: Who is an ideal candidate for myopia management?

  • A: Children, teens, and young adults who are nearsighted or are at risk of becoming nearsighted are ideal candidates for myopia management. If you think myopia management is right for you or your child, speak with us about how we can help. Remember, the sooner your child starts myopia management, the better their outcome will be.

Q: Is myopia management based on scientific evidence?

  • A: Yes! The treatments used in myopia management are all safe and clinically proven to slow the onset and progression of myopia in children and teens. There have been several scientific studies that support its effectiveness.

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What’s a Multifocal Intraocular Lens?

Elderly Lady with Multifocal Intraocular LensesA cataract clouds the eye’s natural lens, leading to significant visual distortions that can affect your ability to see clearly. Eventually, the natural lens will need to be removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) that provides clear vision.

While most patients pick monofocal IOLs, many patients choose multifocal IOL lenses. Discuss with your [eye_ doctor] which type of IOL is right for you.

What Is a Multifocal Intraocular Lens?

A multifocal IOL allows patients to see all distances clearly. These IOLs allocate different optical powers on the IOL. The varying optical powers are created by the IOL design, which incorporates concentric rings on the surface of the lens. These allow images at a variety of distances to be in sharp focus.

It can take some time for people to adapt to multifocal IOL lenses because the focusing power the lenses provide is different from what people are accustomed to. Since the IOL relies on a different design than the bifocal or multifocal optical lenses used in eyeglasses, the brain might need time to adjust.

To ease the adjustment, most cataract surgeons recommend having multifocal IOLs implanted in both eyes, rather than just one.

Are Multifocal IOLs Right for You?

If you are looking for an IOL that can provide you with clear vision for reading, driving and watching TV, a multifocal IOL may be just right for you.

After cataract surgery, multifocal IOLs can reduce the need for reading glasses or computer glasses. These implanted lenses widen your field of vision, allowing you to see well both up close and far, often without the use of glasses. Many patients who choose multifocal IOLs find that they can go glasses-free or only occasionally need reading glasses for small print after surgery.

Despite the obvious benefits of these lenses, they may not be suitable for everyone. Some patients find that it takes longer to adapt to multifocal lenses than to monofocal lenses. Contact EYEWORKS Ophthalmology Center to discover whether IOL multifocal lenses are right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Richard Chu

Q: How does a multifocal IOL work?

  • A: When wearing bifocal or multifocal glasses, you look through the bottom part of the lens for near vision and through the top part of the lens for distance vision. A multifocal IOL is specially designed to provide clear vision at all distances at all times. Your brain adjusts, allowing you to see clearly for the task at hand.

Q: Will a multifocal IOL eliminate the need for glasses?

  • A: Most people find they do not need glasses with multifocal IOLs, but some do, depending on the situation. There may be times when the print or graphics are simply too small or too far away to be seen without glasses.EYEWORKS Ophthalmology Center serves patients from Ft. Worth, Southlake, River Oaks, and Benbrook, Texas and surrounding communities.

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3 Myths About LASIK

It’s unfortunate that LASIK misconceptions may cause some people to forgo the treatment. We address the myths so you can focus on the facts.

1. Myth: LASIK doesn’t last forever

Fact: The majority of LASIK procedures result in permanent vision correction.

LASIK works by reshaping the cornea, the eye’s outer layer, to correct your vision. The effects of LASIK are permanent; however, if your condition (such as myopia, hyperopia or presbyopia) continues to worsen after the surgery, you may need a follow-up treatment. Also, the cornea may change shape after LASIK, which the surgeon often corrects with a touch-up laser treatment.

LASIK patients are still at risk for age-related vision eye conditions, including cataracts and macular degeneration.

2. Myth: LASIK isn’t affordable

Fact: LASIK has become more affordable.

The cost of LASIK has decreased dramatically over the past few years thanks to advances in technology and an increase in the number of patients who are asking for this life-changing procedure.

Remember, you will most likely not be purchasing eyeglasses or contact lenses going forward, saving you hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars. Don’t allow the cost of the procedure to deter you from discussing LASIK with your eye doctor. There are a variety of vision insurance policies and financing options available to help you handle the expense of the treatment without breaking the bank.

3. Myth: Anyone is a candidate for LASIK

Fact: LASIK isn’t suitable for everyone.

While many people benefit from LASIK, not everyone is a candidate. Your eye doctor will go over your medical history with you and perform an eye exam to see if LASIK is a good option for you. In general, LASIK is not recommended for:

  • Anyone under the age of 18
  • People with irregular or thin corneas
  • People with certain medical problems, such as diabetes
  • Patients with other eye issues, such as lazy eye

Contact Eyeworks in Ft. Worth to learn more about LASIK and whether it’s the right choice for you.

At Eyeworks, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 817-346-7077 or book an appointment online to see one of our Ft. Worth eye doctors.

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Blinking Exercises for Dry Eye

Blinking Exercises 640×350Did you know that the average person spends around 7 hours a day looking at a screen? The glare and reflections from computer, smartphone, and tablet screens can reduce blink rates by as much as 60%. When we concentrate intensely we tend to blink less, which can, in turn, lead to dry eye syndrome.

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include red and dry eyes, irritated eyes, blurred vision, painful or stinging eyes, light sensitivity and mucus around the eyes.

Blinking helps keep our eyes healthy and comfortable. With every blink, the ocular surface is cleaned of debris and lubricated, so less blinking means more irritation and dryness.

Below are a few blinking exercises to help you ensure that your eyes remain lubricated and refreshed throughout the day.

Blinking Exercises

Blinking exercises are simple to do and can be seamlessly integrated into your daily routine. These exercises should be done a few times an hour. Try alternating between the 2 exercises below.

1. Close-Pause-Pause-Open-Relax

  1. Without squeezing, gently close your eyes.
  2. Pause and keep your eyes closed for 2 seconds.
  3. Gently open your eyes and relax them.
  4. Repeat 5 times

2. Close-Pause-Pause-Squeeze-Open-Relax

  1. Without squeezing, gently close your eyes.
  2. Pause and keep your eyes closed for 2 seconds.
  3. While keeping your eyes closed, squeeze your eyelids together slowly and gently.
  4. Gently open your eyes and relax them.
  5. Repeat 5 times

The Importance of Fully Blinking

It’s important to fully blink to completely lubricate your eyes. If you’re only partially blinking, it can render your dry eye symptoms worse.

To find out whether you are fully blinking, just look at your eyes in the mirror. If they feel dry or appear red, or if you see a horizontal stripe of red blood vessels across your eyes, then you have been partially blinking.

If you’ve incorporated blinking exercises into your routine but are still experiencing eye irritation, you may have dry eye syndrome. We can diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms, and offer a variety of dry eye treatments to alleviate any discomfort. Schedule an eye exam with Eyeworks today to receive effective, long-lasting relief.

Eyeworks serves dry eye patients from Ft. Worth, Southlake, River Oaks, and Benbrook, Texas and surrounding communities.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Richard Chu

Q: What is dry eye syndrome?

  • A: Dry eye syndrome is caused either by insufficient tears or poor tear quality. Every time you blink, you leave a thin film of tears over the surface of your eyes. This helps keep your vision clear and your eyes healthy. If your tears don’t keep the surface of your eye moist enough, you will experience dry eye symptoms. Some medical conditions, certain medications, dysfunctional glands, allergies and environmental irritants can all cause dry eye symptoms.

Q: What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

  • A: Symptoms of dry eye include irritation; a gritty, scratchy or burning sensation; blurred vision; excessive tearing; and/or a feeling of having something stuck in the eye.

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6 Tips For Adjusting To Wearing Scleral Lenses

6 Tips For Adjusting To Wearing Scleral Lenses 640×350Congratulations on your new pair of customized scleral contact lenses! As with most new things, there can be a learning curve when getting your scleral contacts to feel and fit just right.

Whether you’ve been prescribed sclerals for keratoconus, dry eye syndrome, corneal abnormalities or other conditions, it can take up to two weeks for you to feel completely comfortable in your new contacts.

Here are some tips to help shorten the adjustment period on your scleral lens journey:

1. Stick to proper hygiene protocol

Even the most perfectly fitted scleral lenses won’t feel right if they aren’t cleaned and cared for properly. Carefully follow the hygiene guidelines prescribed by your optometrist without cutting any corners. Although it may seem tedious at first, your efforts will be well worth the results.

2. Practice makes progress

The only way to make inserting and removing your lenses second nature is to wear them. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a bit more time to insert them than you’d anticipated. Wearing your sclerals daily will give you the opportunity to practice wearing and caring for your lenses.

3. Try out different insertion tools and techniques

At your initial fitting or follow-up consultation, your eye doctor will show you ways to safely and comfortably insert your lenses. Some patients prefer using a large plunger, while others prefer the scleral ring or O-ring. If neither of these recommended techniques are working for you, seek advice from your eye doctor.

4. Overfill the lens

A common problem that many patients encounter when they begin wearing scleral contact lenses is how to get rid of tiny air bubbles that get trapped in the lens’ bowl. Try filling up the lens with the recommended solution until it is almost overflowing. That way, you’ll have enough fluid left in the lens even if some spills out when you bring it up to your eye.

5. Give it time

If your scleral lenses feel slightly uncomfortable upon insertion — don’t worry. It’s recommended to wait 20-30 minutes to allow them to settle on the eye’s surface before attempting to readjust or remove them. Of course, remove them immediately and try again if you feel significant discomfort.

6. Follow up with your optometrist

Even once you leave your optometrist’s office, we encourage you to remain in touch with your eye doctor if something doesn’t feel right or if you have any questions regarding your scleral lenses.

To learn more or to schedule a scleral lens consultation, call Eyeworks today!

Eyeworks provides scleral lenses to patients from Ft. Worth, Southlake, River Oaks, and Benbrook, Texas and surrounding communities.

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Q: What are scleral contact lenses?

  • A: Scleral contact lenses are rigid gas permeable lenses with a uniquely large diameter. They rest on the sclera (whites of the eyes) instead of the cornea, making them a more comfortable and stable option for people with corneal irregularities or dry eye syndrome. Scleral contacts hold a reservoir of nourishing fluid between the eye’s surface and the inside of the lens, providing the patient with crisp and comfortable vision.

Q: Who is an ideal candidate for wearing sclerals?

  • A: Patients with keratoconus, corneal abnormalities, ocular surface disease (dry eye syndrome) and very high refractive errors can all benefit from scleral lenses. Moreover, those with delicate corneas due to disease or after surgery find scleral lenses to be comfortable and therapeutic, as the lenses don’t place any pressure on the sensitive corneal tissue.

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How Are Scleral Lenses Different From Other Contact Lenses?

Scleral lenses are different from any other lenses on the market and have a few features that help them stand out from the rest. If you’ve wondered why scleral lenses are gaining popularity, read on to learn what makes them unique and who they’re meant for.

1. Their Size

Scleral lenses have a considerably larger diameter (19-24mm) than standard lenses (14-16mm). This allows the edges of scleral lenses to rest gently on the white part of the eye, vaulting over the sensitive cornea — the clear surface of the eye that covers the iris. Their large size and rigid shape also make them easier to handle for most patients than standard soft lenses.

2. They Promote Healing

Scleral lenses contain a reservoir of nourishing fluid in between the lens and the eye. This allows oxygen to pass freely through the lens while protecting a large portion of the eye from irritants. This setup creates the ideal environment for healing, such as after corneal surgery or injury.

3. They’re Dry Eye Friendly

Many patients find that the dryness, irritation and redness that accompany dry eye syndrome make it difficult, even impossible to wear standard contact lenses. Scleral lenses are ideal for patients with dry eye syndrome because they provide the ocular surface with continual moisture. People with mild to severe dry eye syndrome are able to comfortably wear scleral lenses all day with ease.

4. They’re Ideal For Corneal Abnormalities

Scleral lenses put no pressure on the sensitive corneal tissue, making them ideal for people with corneal abnormalities like keratoconus or astigmatism. In fact, the rigid lens material filled with fluid acts as a new, artificial cornea that focuses light more accurately than the patient’s natural cornea. Patients with hard-to-fit eyes are often told that they can’t wear standard contact lenses, and even eyeglasses may not be effective to correct their vision. Scleral lenses are sometimes the only option.

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We fit patients with all kinds of contact lenses, including scleral lenses. If your current method of vision correction isn’t as clear or comfortable as you’d like, contact us to schedule a consultation. We’d be happy to help you find the perfect solution for your visual needs.

Call Eyeworks in Ft. Worth today!

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5 Contact Lens Health Tips

Contact lenses are a convenient way to correct vision without glasses or LASIK surgery. To keep their eyes healthy, contact lens wearers should adopt a care regimen that involves regular rinsing, disinfecting and replacing their lenses when needed.

A contact lens exam and fitting session with Eyeworks in ​​Ft. Worth will ensure that you receive the best lenses for you and your lifestyle. The eye doctor will also instruct you on how to clean and care for them.

The following tips are essential for healthy and safe contact lens use:

  1. Replace contact lenses as advised by your eye doctor
  2. Wash hands carefully before touching the lenses, either removing or inserting
  3. Only use the prescribed solution to rinse lenses
  4. Disinfect contact lenses as instructed by your eye doctor
  5. Schedule a contact lens exam and fitting
  6. Always attend your contact lens follow up exams, even if you are not experiencing any problems

Replace Contact Lenses as Instructed

It’s important to replace your contact lenses as directed by your eye doctor. The period of time you can wear your lenses before using new ones depends on the type of lenses you have:

  • Daily disposable lenses – one-time use
  • Bi-weekly disposable lenses – replace every two weeks or sooner
  • Monthly lenses – every month
  • Traditional (non-disposable) lenses – replace every 6 to 12 months, or as per your eye doctor‘s advice.

Inspect your lenses carefully. If they are showing signs of wear and tear, replace them sooner. Exceeding the maximum time frame for contact lens wear can increase the risk of eye irritation and infection, and may even damage your eyes to the point where you can no longer wear contact lenses.

Wash and Dry Hands Carefully Before Applying Contact Lenses

Teens and adults often lead active lives and it can be easy to skip important routines like washing your hands with soap and water and drying them thoroughly with a lint-free towel or paper towel before applying contact lenses. This step shouldn’t be ignored as unwashed fingers transmit germs onto the lenses, which can enter the eye and lead to serious eye damage and vision loss.

So make sure you use plain soap (and not heavily scented varieties that may contain irritants) and dry your fingers with a lint-free towel before inserting or removing your contacts.

Use Solution to Rinse Contact Lenses

Rinsing contact lenses properly keeps tiny particles of makeup residue and microbes from reaching your eye. Apply the solution generously and rub the lens in the palm of your hand.

Even if you are at school or work and feel you are in too much of a hurry to get your solution, do not use tap water to rinse your lenses. Tap water is teeming with minerals, impurities and microbes that can damage lenses, irritate your eyes and spread infection.

Disinfect Contact Lenses

Disinfecting contact lenses kills germs and pathogens that can cause eye infections. There are several products and methods for disinfecting:

  • Multipurpose solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Disinfecting devices

A multipurpose solution (MPS) can be used for routine rinsing as well as disinfecting. The procedure involves rinsing the lenses twice, placing them in a case filled with the multipurpose solution, letting the lenses soak, then rinsing them again before use.

The vast majority of eye doctors recommend an MPS for all disposable lenses

Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful disinfectant that should be used with care and only with a [neutralizer]. Rinse the lenses and place them in a special contact lens container, then dip them in the solution. A [neutralizer] may be built-in to special lens holders or is available in tablet form. After the solution has been [neutralized], you can rinse, dry, and wear the contact lenses.

Schedule a Contact Lens Exam, Fitting and Follow Up

To keep your eyes healthy and vision sharp, your contact lenses should be the right size and type to suit your vision requirements and lifestyle. A thorough contact lens exam and fitting are essential. Your eye doctor will perform a series of tests, including measurements of the cornea, iris and pupil, an evaluation of tear production and of the surface of your eyes.

A contact lens exam also includes questions about lifestyle and what kind of lenses you prefer. For instance, a teenager who is on a high school sports team may also need disposable lenses for road games and swim meets. The exam also involves a fitting session as well as follow-up exams to ensure the lenses do not cause irritation.

Follow up appointments are essential to allow the eye doctor to observe your eye health and make any adjustments to the lenses or your care regimen. It is essential to come to these exams, even if you are not experiencing any problems.

To schedule a contact lens exam, fitting or follow-up exam, contact us at Eyeworks in ​​Ft. Worth. We serve patients of every age, from children to seniors. Book your appointment with Eyeworks today

At Eyeworks, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 817-346-7077 or book an appointment online to see one of our Ft. Worth eye doctors.

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Why do my eyes feel dry when I wear contacts?

There are a few possible reasons your eyes may feel dry or irritated when wearing contacts. Your contacts may not be fitting properly or something may have entered into your eyes. There may also be an issue with your eyes and may be suffering from dry eye disease. It’s best to speak with your eye doctor and choose the optimal lens for ultimate comfort and hydration. If dry eye disease is diagnosed, your eye doctor will provide guidance and help you get the treatment you need for lasting relief.

What Causes Retinal Tears?

Close up of an eyeThe retina is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the inner back portion of the eye. It is responsible for gathering incoming light and sending images to the brain.

A retinal tear is a small break in the inner lining of the retina. It can be caused by many factors and can occur at any age. Aging, eye trauma, eye surgery or severe myopia may all cause retinal tears or detachments. Left untreated, a retinal tear may lead to retinal detachment, a severe sight-threatening eye disease that can result in blindness.

What are the Symptoms of Retinal Tears?

Patients with retinal tears often experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Flashes of light
  • Sudden onset or increase of floaters
  • Seeing a shadow in your side vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Seeing a gray curtain moving across your visual field

In some cases, however, retinal tears may not produce any noticeable symptoms.

What Causes Retinal Tears?

The eye is filled with a substance called the vitreous, a gel-like consistency. At birth, the vitreous is attached to the retina, but as we age, the vitreous transforms into a liquid that slowly detaches from the retina in a process called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).

Usually, this process occurs without any complications. If the vitreous detaches too suddenly or abnormally, it tugs on the retina and can tear it. Certain people have a more “sticky” vitreous, which makes it easier for the retina to rip.

Another leading cause of retinal tears is eye trauma. Blunt force eye trauma can cause the retina to become bruised or scarred, making it more vulnerable to tearing.

Other associated causes or risk factors of retinal tears include:

  • Diabetes
  • Personal or family history of retinal tears/detachment
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Certain cancers
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Severe myopia
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Prior eye surgery

Be sure to disclose any relevant medical information to your eye doctor for optimal eye care.

How are Retinal Tears Treated?

Retinal tears are typically treated surgically with a laser (photocoagulation) or cryotherapy. Both methods are considered very safe and effective.

These treatments reseal the retina to the back wall of the eye and prevent fluid leakage underneath the retina.

The prognosis of a retinal tear is very positive when caught early, making regular eye exams that include examination of the retina crucial for all adults.

In some cases of minor retinal tearing, no treatment is required. If the retinal tear causes no symptoms, close monitoring may be all that’s needed.

After Your Retinal Tear Has Been Treated

Following treatment, your optometrist will schedule various eye exams in order to monitor changes in your retinas or eye health. Inform your eye doctor immediately if you notice any changes in your vision or if you experience new symptoms that may signal a problem.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a retinal tear or is at risk of developing one, it should be treated right away to avoid further vision problems. Call EYEWORKS Ophthalmology Center to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options.

 

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Richard Chu

 

Q: Does retinal detachment and glaucoma both cause vision loss?

  • A: Yes. Vision loss among those with glaucoma is caused by abnormally high pressure within the eye which permanently damages the optic nerve that delivers the eye’s messages to the brain.

Q: Is retinal detachment the same as diabetic retinopathy?

  • A: No. Though they both affect the retina and can lead to vision loss, they have different causes and affect the eye differently. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the small blood vessels in the retina swell and leak as a result of high blood sugar levels. The new thin and fragile blood vessels that grow may bleed, causing scar tissue. Left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can result in permanent vision loss, even blindness.

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