When our children are young, it can often be difficult to determine when to take them to the eye doctor. But it is important to make sure they are see by an eye doctor to make sure that any potential issues can be addressed. For this, we’ve compiled a list of tips so you’ll know when it’s time to take your child to the eye doctor.

When To Take Your Child To The Eye Doctor
  • When your child’s eyes don’t line up, eyes appear crossed, or one looks out
  • Eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted or swollen
  • Eyes are water or inflammed
  • When your child rubs their eyes a lot, closes or covers one eye, tilts or thrusts head forward
  • If your child squints or complains of things being blurry
  • If your child says their eyes itch or after doing close-up work they complain of dizziness or nausea

Children don’t always understand what’s going on with their bodies, so it’s important that we help them where we can. If you have questions about your child’s eyesight, contact Marion’s Royal Oak Eye Care team, we’d love to speak with you.

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that every day about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. We at Royal Oak Eye Care want to make sure we educate the Marion community about the importance of wearing protective eye equipment at work.

These injuries happen because of two major reasons:

  1. They weren’t wearing any eye protection.
  2. They were wearing the wrong eye protection for the job.

If you work around projectiles, chemicals, radiation, or bloodborne pathogens, you need to make sure you are wearing the proper eye protection. You also need to make sure you know the eye safety dangers at your job, while eliminating hazards before starting work.

If you have questions about the proper protection for your eyes, contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team, we’re happy to help you stay safer.

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We find many Marion residents that like to stretch the limits when it comes to wearing their contact lenses. We often counsel them that contact lens hygiene is critical and so is making sure you’re not overwearing them.

Contact lens overwear syndrome comes from over-extending their contact lens wearing time or by wearing their lenses while they sleep. If you’re one of the many who do this, you need to make sure your lenses are approved for sleeping and that your hygiene is consistent. You should always look to control the time your have your contact lenses in as it is important for your eyes to have rest from them.

If you have questions about contact lens overwear syndrome, contact Marion’s eye doctor, Royal Oak Eye Care. We’re here to help!

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We all go swimming in pools and most of us think nothing of it. We know that chlorine is present and it really becomes more of an irritant to our skin afterwards than anything else. But we wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that chlorine can impact your eyes and it may not be in a way you think.

Chlorine is used in swimming pools as a great way to control bacteria and to prevent pathogens and disease from spreading. However, when your eyes are submerged in a chlorinated pool, the film of tear across your eyes to protect it is washed away. This means that your eyes are no longer protected from dirt of bacteria. This is important because chlorine cannot entirely eliminate all bacteria or dirt from a pool.

The result, if you’re a pool swimmer, you could possibly be exposed to eye infections like pink eye. Chlorine can also dry your eyes out and leave them red and itchy. Using eye drops can help to restore the tear film needed to protect them. If you wear contacts, make sure to remove them before you swim, but if you do not, make sure to take them out and rinse them immediately following your swim. Goggles are also a great way to protect your eyes if you’re going to be in the pool for some time.

If you have more questions about eye health and chlorine, contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team. We’re here to help protect your eyes!

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We know that eating the right foods and having routine eye exams are steps to maintain eye health, but one of the lesser thought of tactics is protective eye wear. We want to make sure that you know what to look for when purchasing sunglasses and protective eye wear, so we’ve offered some tips below:

  1. Wear protective eye wear any time that your eyes are exposed to UV light. This can include cloudy days and winter months.
  2. Look for quality sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation and screen out 75-90 percent of visible light.
  3. Make sure your sunglass lenses are perfectly matched in color and free of distortions and imperfections.
  4. Gray colored lenses are best. They reduce light intensity without altering the color of objects.
  5. Children and teens need sunglasses too. They typically spend more time in the sun than adults do.

For more tips on protecting your eyes in the sun, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.

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If you’re one of the many whose eyes are affected by allergies, you know the challenge in attempting to keep them from flaring up. Carrying around eye drops, avoiding going outside all together, and allergy medicines are just a few of the ways that you can care for your itchy eyes, but there’s more to it than just those. So, we want to take an opportunity to help, if we can, by giving you some practical advice for your eyes.

  • Allergens – If at all possible avoid allergens. Pollen, mold, dust and the like can flare up your eyes in an instant. Staying indoors is one way to combat allergens, but dust is inside and so are pets. Using your home’s HVAC system, instead of opening the windows, is another way to help your eyes. The air filters can remove many of the allergens that are in your home and can make their way in your home. Another tip is to make sure you wash your hands often, especially after touching a pet, to make sure you’re not contacting your eyes.
  • Eye Drops & Medicine – Artificial tears can help temporarily by washing the allergens from your eyes, but there’s a lot of options when it comes to medicine. Decongestant eye drops, with or without antihistamines, ¬†oral antihistamines, antihistamines with mast-cell stabilizers, corticosteroids, and immunotherapy shots are just some of the options for medical treatment of itchy eyes. All have advantages and disadvantages. For example, overusing decongestant eye drops, past a couple of days, can actually make your eyes symptoms worse.

It is best to consult your eye doctor as to which medicine will work best for you. Not everyone responds the same and working with your eye doctor, they can help you determine the right formula to control your itchy eyes.

If you have questions about your eyes, don’t hesitate to contact Royal Oak Eye Care, we’re here to help!

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During an eye exam a doctor is doing much more than determining a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Doctors will check for disease and assess how well your eyes work as a team.

Eye exams are important for all ages. Adults should have their eyes tested for prescriptions and to check for diseases. Children should be checked to insure normal development of their eyes.

Don’t let time slip by, keep yourself informed by making an appointment with your eye doctor today.

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source: allaboutvision.com

Certain nutrients can help delay or prevent eye problems and disease. Some over-the-counter supplements have not been tested in clinical studies. Ask your doctor to be sure.

Look for these nutrients, in at least these amounts, if not already prescribed by your doctor:

  • Vitamin C, 250mg
  • Vitamin E, 200mg
  • Beta-Carotene, 5,000 IU
  • Zinc, 25mg
  • Zeaxanthin, 500mcg
  • Selenium, 100mcg
  • Lutein, 10mg
  • Calcium, 500mg
  • Thiamin, 2mg
  • Folic Acid, 800mcg
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids (including flax-seed oil), 2,000-3,000mg
  • N-acetyl cysteine, 100mg
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid, 100mg

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source: webmd.com

Diabetic Eye Disease:

  • Can cause severe vision loss or blindness
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Damage to the blood vessels in the retina
  • Cataract: Clouding of the lens of the eye
  • Glaucoma: Increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision

The leading cause of blindness in American adults is the most common diabetic eye disease, Diabetic Retinopathy.

  • Caused by changes in blood vessels in the retina
  • Some retinal blood vessels may swell and leak fluid
  • Some may grow on the surface of the retina

Symptoms:

  • No pain
  • Vision may not change until disease becomes severe
  • Blurred vision, when macula swells from the leaking fluid
  • If vessels grow onto the surface of the retina, they can bleed into the eye, blocking vision

Symptom-less progression is why regular eye exams for people with diabetes are so important.

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source: nih.gov

Here is a “Master of the Obvious” statement: Overall health includes your eyes. At least that would seem obvious. But when it comes to overall health, many Americans neglect their eyes.¬† The World Health Organization says that 85% of visual impairments can be avoided.

Read the full article here: http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/life/2015/07/25/staying-healthy-includes-caring-eyes/30673055/

The answer? Routine eye exams. You should see your eye doctor once a year.

If you have questions, contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team. We’re here to help.

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