10 HEALTH PROBLEMS YOUR EYES COULD BE SHOWING SIGNS OF.

10 HEALTH PROBLEMS YOUR EYES COULD BE SHOWING SIGNS OF.
Nutrition Deficiency:

Dry eyes, irritated eyes, and blurry vision can be caused by poor nutrition. Ask your eye doctor if dietary changes or supplements will help.

Allergies:

Don’t suffer from red, itchy, watery eyes caused by allergies. Your eye doctor can prescribe treatments to keep your eyes comfortable year-round.

Color Vision Changes:

Do colors look faded? Changes in your color vision may be a sign of early cataracts or other eye health problems.

Liver Problems:

Yellow eyes could be a sign of liver problems. See your eye doctor and general physician to make sure your eyes are healthy and your liver is functioning normally.

Autoimmune Disease:

Autoimmune disease is when your body’s defense mechanism against disease-causing microbes starts attacking normal, healthy cells. Dry eyes and dry mouth can be the warning signs of an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome, which damages glands that produce tears and saliva.

Cancer:

Your eye doctor can check for sun damage that can cause cancer of the eyelids and front of the eye. Remember to wear shades outdoors in daylight to shield your eyes from UV.

Dementia:

Amyloid protein that builds up in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease may appear in the retina as an early marker of the condition. Detection requires a special test called SD-OCT.

Diabetes:

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can cause serious vision problems and even blindness. Routine dilated eye exams are essential to monitor of the disease.

High Blood Pressure:

Early signs of damage from high blood pressure can be detected in a routine eye exam so potentially life-saving treatment can be initiated and adjusted as needed.

Stroke:

During a dilated eye exam, your eye doctor can examine the health of blood vessels in the retina and detect signs of increased risk of carotid artery disease and stroke.

Contact Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates today at our Cranberry or Pittsburgh location. Or Call to Schedule an appointment!

Spots, Flashes, and Floaters

Spots, Flashes, and Floaters

Have you ever seen a speck or thread-like strand float across your field of vision? Many times these spots or floaters in your eyes are just an irritating consequence of aging. However, if these symptoms are new or get worse, it’s time to call your eye doctor. Read more about the symptoms, causes and management for this common eye condition.

What are eye spots, flashes and floaters?

Floaters are transparent spots, specks or lines that seem to move or “float” across your field of vision. They are actually small, semi-transparent or cloudy particles within the vitreous (the jelly-like fluid filling the back of eye). They come in different shapes and sizes and can look like insects, rain drops, dark spots, cobwebs, thread-like strands, or hair. Some move around more and other seems to be much less mobile.

What causes spots and floaters?

Floaters are flecks of protein or other matter trapped in the back cavity of the eye. New or large floaters are frequently caused when the vitreous gel detaches from the back wall of the eyeball. Although this sounds a bit scary, this typically happens as part of the normal aging process. Certain eye diseases or injuries can also cause floaters.

Are spots and floaters serious?

Most spots and floaters are normal, but sometimes they can indicate a more serious problem, especially if there is a sudden increase in their number or if they are accompanied by flashes of light.

What are flashes ?

Flashes are brief, lightning-like streaks or arcs of light seen in your side, or peripheral, vision that may or may not appear with spots and floaters. They are similar to what you see when a flash goes off on a camera. Each flash only lasts for a split second. They are typically white and are more visible in the dark. Flashes occur when the vitreous gel tugs on and pulls away from the retina (the back lining of the eye like the film in the back of camera that receives visual images and sends them to the brain). Every time the vitreous pulls on the retina, you will see a flash of light. After the vitreous completely separates, flashes tend to become less prominent and usually completely stop over a period of several weeks.

Another cause of flashes might be migraines. Flashes related to migraines usually last for about 15-30 minutes, tend to be colorful, shimmering, appear in both eyes simultaneously and may slowly move across your vision. They then completely stop and may or may not be followed by a headache.

Is a vitreous detachment serious?

Vitreous detachment is very common and rarely leads to serious problems. The vitreous detaches over several weeks, and the floaters and flashes tend to become less prominent. Sometimes, however, a vitreous detachment can cause small tears or holes in the retina. These holes can progress and cause vision loss if left untreated.

What should I do if I see spots, floaters or flashes?

If you suddenly see new spots, floaters, or flashes, if they get worse, or if you see a dark curtain progressing over your side vision, you should contact your eye doctor immediately for a complete exam. You will need a dilated examination (drops are used to make the pupil larger so the doctor can see the entire retina). This examination allows your eye doctor to determine if you have a vitreous detachment or a more serious problem like a retinal tear or retinal detachment. The dilated exam will make your eyes light sensitive and your vision blurry for several hours.

In most cases, a sudden increase in spots, floaters, or flashes requires no treatment other than careful monitoring by your eye doctor. However an examination is extremely important to make sure it is a vitreous detachment and not a more serious problem such as a retinal tear or retinal detachment which must be treated quickly. For this reason when you call your doctor with flashes or new floaters they may want you to be seen the same day.

Call or Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates in Pittsburgh or in Cranberry Township for more information.

Pittsburgh Location:

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

412-782-1919

Cranberry Locations:

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 US 19

Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

724-772-9090

 

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Drive Suite 201

Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

724-772-5420

Bad Habits Aging Your Eyes

7 BAD HABITS THAT ARE AGING YOUR EYESBad Habits Aging Your Eyes

 

  • Rubbing Your Eyes

 

The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas on your face to show signs of aging. Rubbing your eyes can break tiny blood vessels under the skin’s surface and cause dark circles and puffy eyes, as well as premature crow’s feet and drooping eyelids. Botox injections and cosmetic eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eye area, but prevention is best: refrain from pulling and tugging at the skin around your eyes.

  • Forgetting Your Sunglasses

 

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is a surefire way to prematurely age and damage your eyes and eyelids. Extended sun exposure leads to: sunburn of the front surface of the eye (photokeratitis); cataracts; macular degeneration; pinguecula and pterygium (unsightly growths on the eye); and even cancer of the eyelid. Wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and the most damaging HEV rays — even on overcast days!

  • Smoking

Smoking harms just about every organ in your body — including your eyes. Research has linked cigarette smoking to sight-threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, dry eyes and diabetic retinopathy. In fact, smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind, compared with non-smokers. The good news is that quitting smoking, no matter what your age, can reduce your risk of developing a serious eye condition.

 

  • Eating Poorly

Eating too much fast food and not enough fruits and vegetables? Then you’re probably not getting the necessary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids for optimum eye health. Leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, and wild-caught fish such as salmon can help prevent or manage many age-related eye diseases. Eye vitamins can fill in nutritional gaps, but a healthful diet, daily exercise and watching your waistline are more effective ways to keep your eyes in top shape.

  • Not Getting Enough Quality Shut-Eye

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason: not enough sleep can accelerate aging, and your eyes may be the first to suffer! Lack of sleep causes red, bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and blurry vision.

 

  • Not Drinking Enough Water

Not getting the recommended eight glasses of water a day and eating a high-sodium diet can cause your body to dehydrate and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and properly nourished. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include dryness, redness and puffy eyelids.

 

  • Not Seeing Your Eye Doctor

Regular eye exams can detect vision problems, eye diseases and general health problems before you’re aware problems exist. Sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma often have no warning signs until there is a permanent, irreversible loss of vision. Inform your eye doctor of your family’s eye health history to help determine if you have a high risk for a particular eye disease or condition.

 

Call Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates today to schedule an eye exam.

 

Cranberry Locations:

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Drive, Suite 201

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-5420

 

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 U.S. 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

7214-772-9090

 

Pittsburgh Location:

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

 

412-782-0400

Online Eye Exams

For many people, the notion of being able to get an eyeglass prescription and buy glasses without a trip to the eye doctor sounds appealing. But is this really a good idea?

Here’s what you need to know about online eye exams and vision tests before thinking about saying goodbye to your eye doctor.

Online Eye Exams

Online Eye Exams can be very frustrating and inaccurate.

First of all, it’s important to understand that an online eye test — even if it’s called an “online eye exam” — does not evaluate the health of your eyes.

Usually, an online eye test (more accurately, an “online vision test”) only measures your visual acuity and refractive error. In some cases, other vision tests, such as contrast sensitivity and color blindness, are included.

But these measurements tell you little or nothing about the health of your eyes and whether you have conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration.

Even if you choose to try an online vision test, be aware that you should still have routine eye exams as frequently as your eye doctor recommends. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to insure your eyes are healthy and free from sight-threatening conditions.

More research is needed to guarantee that the accuracy of an eyeglass or contact lens prescription generated by an online vision test is comparable to a prescription determined in person by your eye doctor.

Our doctors at Scott and Christie take the time for each patient to make sure that the results of the eye exams are accurate. We strive to make sure our patients feel comfortable and safe at all of our locations.

Call today to schedule an appointment with our doctors at Scott and Christie Eyecare associates and Good Looks Eyewear.

Cranberry Locations:

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Dr. Suite 201

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-5420

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 U.S. 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-9090

Pittsburgh Location:

Fox Chapel Plaza

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 1523

412-782-1919

Eyeglass Cleaning

When you purchase glasses, they usually come with a microfiber cloth or two for cleaning the lenses. While excellent in a pinch, those little cloths just don’t always cut it. We wear our glasses a lot, and they can get pretty dirty. Lotion and oils cause smears and fingerprints, and dust and fibers can build up. Even lens cleaner can leave streaks. If you’re tired of the mess and want to give your glasses a deep clean but don’t know how, look no further.
The first step to cleaning your glasses is to clean your hands. If your fingers are dirty or oily, you’ll just make your glasses worse in the process of trying to clean them! Wash your hands with lukewarm water and a gentle soap that does not contain lotion or moisturizers (think Dawn dish soap). Once your hands are clean, carefully rinse your glasses in lukewarm water. This should wash any debris off the lenses that might cause scratches when you clean them. It’s important to not rub any dirt into the lenses, because there might be sharp bits that can scratch the glass surface. Take a tiny drop of Dawn (or another oil and moisturizer free soap) onto your fingertip and gently rub the surface of the glass with it on both sides of the lenses, cleaning away any smudges. Rinse the glasses thoroughly, as any soap residue remaining will cause smearing when you dry the lenses off. Once you are sure that the soap is completely gone, take a gentle cloth (ideally microfiber, similar to something you would use to dry off fine glassware) and carefully dry the lenses, taking care to avoid smearing and fingerprints. Enjoy your squeaky-clean glasses!
If there are scratches on the surface of the lenses, do not try and buff them out with a cloth. This will only cause more problems. If there is serious scratching, you may need to get new lenses. To avoid dirty glasses and scratched lenses, store your glasses in a hard case when you aren’t wearing them, and give them a good cleaning periodically. Sometimes, though, you won’t have time to do such a detailed cleaning as the one outlined above. In cases like these, you can use glasses cleaner sprays. Just make sure that the spray works with the type of lenses you have, as some have protective coatings that certain sprays can damage. Use a liberal amount of the spray to flush away any debris before you rub at the lenses. Avoid cleaning your glasses with your shirt or other clothing items, as these fabrics can scratch at the glass and leave fibers stuck to the lenses, causing more damage than help in the long run.

Badgley Mischka Eyewear

Badgley Mischka Eyewear:

Good Looks Eyewear has proudly added Badgley Mischka Eyewear to our already impressive collection of luxury frames. Badgley Mischka caters to a younger, more modern couture customer with their timeless designs and superior craftsmanship. Mark Badgley and James Mischka began their company in 1988 and have since been captivating the fashion industry. Starting with bridal gowns, Badgley and Mischka have been able to keep their names among the top ranks of fashion designers. Now selling dresses, shoes, day wear, hand bags, watches, swimwear, and eyewear, Badgley Mischka has made a name for themselves as luxury designers. Stop in to our Good Looks Cranberry store or Good Looks Fox Chapel store for your pair of Badgley Mischka glasses.

Badgley Mischka sunglasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Badgley Mischka sunglasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Fysh Eyewear

Fysh Eyewear:

Good Looks Eyewear has proudly brought Fysh Eyewear into our designer collection. Fysh is a high end fashion company that specializes in eyewear. Their optical collection sports beautifully designed frames with an array of bold colors and intricate patterns. This exclusively women’s brand brings out a modern and original look to the wearer. The sunwear collection is fun, sexy, and most importantly original. Much like the optical collection, colors are the attention grabbers of this collection. Shapes also are what gives these glasses a style of their own, and bring uniqueness and originality to the wearer. Stop in to our Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry store or Good Looks Eyewear Pittsburgh store for your pair of Fysh glasses.

Fysh glasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Fysh glasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

SYMFONY Lens

Scott and Christie and Associates is only 1 of 10 locations nationwide that currently offer the SYMFONY lens to patients that suffer from cataracts. The SYMFONY lens from Abbot Medical can reduce and in many cases eliminate a patients need to wear glasses after cataract surgery. The Tecnis SYMFONY Intraocular Lens was specifically developed to improve both the range and quality of vision.

In 2014 Scott and Christie participated in a clinical study that compared the SYMFONY lens to an aspherical monofocal lens. Compared to the monofocal group, the SYMFONY lens achieved greater improvements in near and intermediate vision. It also provided seamless day-to-night vision, a higher quality of vision, and demonstrated a low incidence of halo and glare.

If you have cataracts, please contact Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates to schedule an evaluation to see if you qualify for the SYMFONY lens.