Has your eyelid ever “ticked” or “twitched” and you wondered what the cause was? The technical name is “myokymia” and they are contractions of the eye. Generally they are found on the lower eye lid, but they can be found in the upper eyelid as well.

So what causes twitching eyes?

There are many factors, but stress, tiredness, eye strain, caffeine, alcohol, dry eyes, nutritional imbalances, allergies and more can all play a part in myokymia’s presence. To diagnose the cause it is important to pay attention to the levels present in any of these triggers.

There is no significant concern for twitching, but it could take time to resolve itself, especially if the trigger is difficult to locate. To learn more about causes, contact our team today.

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Most of us have heard of pink eye and most of us know that it is contagious and easy to spread, but do you know exactly what pink eye is? Do you know how to treat it?

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva, which covers the white part of the eye. It can be caused by allergies, bacteria or viral infection. It can be highly contagious and is spread by contact with eye secretions from someone who is infected. Symptoms can include redness, itching, and tearing of the eyes. It can also create discharge or crusting around the eyes.

If you find yourself with pink eye, it’s important to stop wearing your contacts. Conjunctivitis can resolve on its own, but allergy triggered pink eye can be treated with antihistamines and bacterial pink eye can be treated with antibiotic eye drops.

To learn more about pink eye contact our team. We’re here to help!

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Maintaining the health of our eyes is important. Routine check ups are important for evaluating their health, but it’s importnat to make sure our diet is supporting our eye health by providing the vitamins and nutrients it needs. According to WebMD, there are several foods that are best for your eyes. Here are a few of the lesser known ones:

  •  Raw Red Peppers – Per calorie, they provide the best source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is good for the blood vessels in your eye. There’s even evidence to support Vitamin C reducing the risk of getting cataracts.
  • Sunflower Seeds & Nuts – An ounce of these seeds or almonds as has half the amount of vitamin E that the USDA recommends each day.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Part of the orange colored food group, these are packed full of beta carotene.
  • Squash – Full of lutein and zeaxanthin, these are great for you. Especially because your body cannot make these nutrients on their own.

There are more foods providing health benefits to your eyes, but as always we suggest that you consult your physician before making wholesale changes to your diet. If you have any questions about your eye health, contact our team!

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With Halloween just around the corner, we felt it was important to remind everyone that wearing colored contacts or costume contacts can be dangerous for your eyes. These contacts are not FDA approved and when worn can cause corneal abrasions, eye infections or even blindness in some cases. This risk to your eye health is too great for the minor reward of making your costume look more realistic.

The risk for injury or damage is more than sixteen times greater than those who wear medically prescribed contact lenses. So, this Halloween go out and have fun, but be safe, draw the line at costume contact lenses. Happy Halloween!

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Our practice takes pride in working with you in all aspects of your eye health. Not just vision exams and vision correction, but helping to treat your eyes when you have an infection for disease.

We can treat common eye conditions like pink eye, infections and inflammations, but we can also work with you when it comes to more complex diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration. If you require surgery, we will work closely with the best teams in the region to make sure you get the care that you need.

To find out more about the Royal Oak Eye Care difference, contact our team!

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Researchers in Los Angeles are saying that they have developed an eye that is as reliable for detecting Alzheimer’s as early as two decades before symptoms present.

The test was completed on 16 candidates, but the results matched the traditional brain test. The doctor were excited as this represents a huge breakthrough in testing due to the cost effectiveness and non-invasive test.

To read more on the study, click here.

We talk often of the importance of routine eye exams because of their ability to be a key indicator for your overall health. For more questions about diagnosing health issues with eye exams, contact our team.

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Maintaining your eye health is a multi-part process. It includes routine eye exams and the proper eye protection, but a crucial part is eating the right foods to help maintain your eye health.

Some of the top foods, besides carrots, that you can eat are as follows:

  • Leafy greens – packed with lutein and zeaxanthin that are key anti-oxidants that are pivotal in the fight with age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Eggs – they have lutein and zeaxanthin as well, but they are packed with zinc too. which can fight macular degeneration.
  • Citrus and berries – full of vitamin C that’s great for your eyes
  • Almonds – Vitamin E resides here. Fighting macular degeneration.
  • Fatty fish – Tuna, salmon, mackerel are just some of the fish loaded with DHA, an essential fat to the eye for fighting dry eyes.

Again, these are just some of the top foods to eat in your diet to help your eyes. For more questions about your diet and its impact on your eye health, contact Royal Oak Eye Care today!

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Your diet is a key part to your overall health and well being, but did you know that adding certain foods to your diet can actually help improve your eyesight?

We all know about carrots a great source of vitamin C. Our mothers have told us to eat them for years, but there are many other nutrient rich foods to add to our diets that can help us. Many of them you may already eat.

Powerful Antioxidants And Nutrient Rich Foods
  • Lutein & Zeaxanthin – Found in green leafy vegetables, as well as eggs, they help reduce the risk of chronic eye disease.
  • Vitamin C – Found in fruits and vegetables, evidence suggests that vitamin C lowers the risk cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
  • Vitamin E – Found in nuts, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes, research suggests it protects the cells in the eyes.
  • Essential Fatty Acids – Like omega-3 fatty acids, they are essential to the diet and fuel cells and boost the immune system.
  • Zinc – It’s a helper molecule that brings vitamin A from the liver to the retina.

Make sure these foods are balanced in your diet and you’ll go a long way to helping your eyes fight against many diseases and overall health. If you have questions about your diet and its impact on your eye health, contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team. We’re here to help!

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Many people have heard the word “glaucoma”, but do you know about glaucoma? Did you know that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States? Many people don’t. Many don’t know that over 2.7 million Americans are impacted by glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that can damage the optic nerve and impact peripheral vision and there are no warning signs until it is too late. Factors that determine your risk for glaucoma are related to race, family history, personal history of diabetes, hypothyroidism, or severe eye trauma.

To learn more about glaucoma, click here.

There are treatments available for glaucoma, but one of the best prevention methods will continue to be routine eye exams to be able to fully access the health of your eyes. If you have questions about glaucoma, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’re here to help!

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Many of us battle eye allergies and it can be a frustrating problem for some. Eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis, present themselves in the form of itchy or red eyes and tearing or burning eyes. We often think of treating nasal allergies but ignore our eye allergies.

There are many different allergy triggers, like pollen, grass, pet dander, mold or dust mites. Even cigarette smoke or diesel exhaust can trigger eye allergies. So, when it comes to treating your eye allergies, what can you do?

Tips for managing your eye allergies
  • Keep your windows closed during high pollen periods
  • Use air conditioning in your home and car
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses outdoors to help protect your eyes
  • Use “mite-proof” bedding to help limit exposure to dust mites
  • Wash your hands after petting an animal
  • Use artificial tears, decongestant eye drops and oral antihistamines

If these tips are not able to control your eye allergies, it may be time to see an allergist for a prescription medication. If you have more questions about maintaining your health, contact Marion’s eye doctor. Our team would be happy to speak with you.

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