Flashes and Floaters

FLOATERS:

Floaters are very common and usually are harmless. Floaters are tiny spots that drift around in your field of vision. Eye floaters come in various shapes and sizes,  They are caused by a break down of the vitreous which is a gel-like part of the eye located in between the lens and Flashes and floaters
the retina. Then these broken down pieces of the vitreous are the floaters. Seeing floaters from time to time is not a concern, but if you see a shower of floaters as well as flashes of light, you should immediately seek medical attention. Here at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates, our doctorcs take every case of floaters they see seriously to  make sure that you and your loved ones get the best care possible. Visit our contact us page to schedule an appointment. Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates is located in Pittsburgh and Cranberry.

FLASHES:

Usually, light enters the eye and stimulates the retina. This produces an electric impulse, which the optic nerve transmits to the brain. The brain then interprets this impulse as light or some type of image. When this occurs it is known as Flashes. Sometimes these flashes can appear as lines that last up to 20 minutes. Flashes (photopsias) also may occur after a blow to the head that is capable of shaking the vitreous gel inside the eye. When this occurs, the phenomenon sometimes is called “seeing stars.” If a headache follows the flashes, it is called a migraine headache. Here at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates, our doctorcs take every case of flashes they see seriously to  make sure that you and your loved ones get the best care possible. Visit our contact us page to schedule an appointment. Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates is located in Pittsburgh and Cranberry.

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are age 65 and older. Because people in this group are an increasingly larger percentage of the general population, vision loss from macular degeneration is a growing problem. AMD is degeneration of the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive. Because the macula primarily is affected in AMD, central vision loss may occur. About 1.75 million U.S. residents currently have advanced age-related macular degeneration with associated vision loss, with that number expected to grow to almost 3 million by 2020.

AMD SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS

Age-related macular degeneration usually produces a slow, painless loss of vision. In rare cases, however, vision loss can be sudden. Early signs of vision loss from AMD include shadowy areas in your central vision or unusually fuzzy or distorted vision. Scott and Christie doctors often detect early signs of macular degeneration before symptoms occur. Usually this is accomplished through a retinal exam. When macular degeneration is suspected, a brief test using an Amsler grid that measures your central vision may be performed.295e933e215b10a42ab13e7c440a352e

TREATMENT

There is as yet no outright cure for age-related macular degeneration, but some treatments may delay its progression or even improve vision. Treatments for macular degeneration depend on whether the disease is in its early-stage, dry form or in the more advanced, wet form that can lead to serious vision loss. No FDA-approved treatments exist yet for dry macular degeneration, although nutritional intervention may help prevent its progression to the wet form.

Contact us at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates to schedule an appointment at our Cranberry location or our Pittsburgh location.

Eye Allergies

 

 

It is estimated that about 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies. With allergy season knocking on our door, Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates wants you to understand what causes your allergies and how to relieve yourself from dry, itchy, red eyes.

WHAT CAUSES EYE ALLERIGIES:

Normally harmless substances that cause problems for individuals who are predisposed to allergic reactions are called allergens. The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies are pollen, mold, dust and pet dander.

EYE ALLERGY RELIEF:

Avoid Allergens- The best approach to controlling your eye allergy symptoms is to do everything you can to limit your exposure to common allergens you are sensitive to. For example, on days when the pollen count is high, stay indoors as much as possible, with the air conditioner running to filter the air. Use high quality furnace filters that can trap common allergens and replace the filters frequently.

Removing your contacts– Because the surface of contact lenses can attract and accumulate airborne allergens, consider wearing only eyeglasses during allergy season. Or consider switching to daily disposable contacts that you discard after a single use to avoid the build-up of allergens and other debris on your lenses.42-16073427

Over-the counter eye drops– Because eye allergies are so common, there are a number of brands of non-prescription eye drops available that are formulated to relieve itchiness, redness and watery eyes caused by allergies. If your eye allergy symptoms are relatively mild, over-the-counter eye drops for allergy relief may work very well for you and may be less expensive than prescription eye drops or other medication. Ask your eye doctor to recommend a brand to try.

 

We hope that this will help you with your seasonal allergies. You can visit us at our Pittsburgh or Cranberry location if you have any questions. Or feel free to contact us at either location. Here are Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates, your eye sight is our vision.

Sunwear Events in Cranberry and Pittsburgh

Good Looks Eyewear is proud to host upcoming Designer Sunwear Events in Cranberry and in Pittsburgh!

MAY 14th, 2016 CRANBERRY:

The event will be held from 11am-3pm. Stop by to enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, as well as check out the hottest sunglasses on the market. Anyone who shows up to the event will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a FREE PAIR OF SUNGLASSES! Vendors for this event will include MAUI JIM, RAY BAN, OAKLEY, MICHAEL KORS, KATE SPADE, and VERA WANG. This is an event you do not want to miss out on. Drop by on May 14th from 11am-3pm at Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry.

Our address is:designer_sunglasses

20215 U.S 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

Call with any questions or for more information: (724) 772-9090

MAY 21st, 2016 Pittsburgh:

The event will be held from 11am-3pm. Stop by to enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, as well as check out the hottest sunglasses on the market. Anyone who shows up to the event will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a FREE PAIR OF SUNGLASSES! Vendors for this event will include MAUI JIM, RAY BAN, OAKLEY, MICHAEL KORS, and TOM FORD. This is an event you do not want to miss out on. Drop by on May 21st from 11am-3pm at Good Looks Eyewear Pittsburgh.

Our address is:

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Call with any questions or for more information: (412) 782-1919

Glasses for Golf

With the Masters Golf Championship right around the corner, Good Looks Eyewear wants you to be prepared when you are out on the Links. Serious golfers pay attention to their lenses. At Good Looks Eyewear, we have our own lab. That means we are able to personally guarantee that our lens products exceed industry standards and are personally customized for you.sport-golf-sunglasses-landing-2

Progressive lenses are specifically designed for golf and allow the patient’s prescription to be manipulated to accommodate any distance.

Polarized lenses block out the sun’s harmful UV rays and let you see straight down the fairway with out any glare.

Now that you have the lenses that help your game, it’s time to pick some frames that fit you. With the head motion that is involved in swinging the club, you want a pair of frames that are sure to stay on your head. Oakley’s are famous for their wrap frames. These specific pair of glasses hug your head tight enough so they won’t go flying off, but loose enough so you don’t feel constricted. They are the perfect fit for everybody. Maui Jim is another famous brand worn by athletes. Most of the Maui Jim frames offer over-the-ear  arms that refrain from sliding off your face.

Any frame purchased at Good Looks Eyewear are personally fit to your head’s own unique shape. Our ABO certified opticians are the best in town and always happy to assist you with any inquiries you may have.

Contact us at either our Pittsburgh or Cranberry locations.

Pittsburgh: (412) 782-1919

Cranberry: (724) 772-9090

Vision Problems in Children

ChildEyeCareRefractive errors are the most common cause of vision problems among school-age children. Parents, as well as teachers, should be aware of these 10 signs that a child’s vision needs correction:

  1. Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  2. Losing his/her place while reading or using a finger to guide his/her eyes when reading
  3. Squinting or tilting the head to see better
  4. Frequent eye rubbing
  5. Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
  6. Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better
  7. Avoiding activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities
  8. Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
  9. Avoiding using a computer, because it “hurts his/her eyes”
  10. Receiving lower grades than usual
Schedule an appointment with Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates, at our Pittsburgh or Cranberry location. A visit with one of our top rated doctors will help you get a better understanding of your child’s refractive errors.

Dry Eyes

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The number of Americans suffering from dry eyes is on the rise and continues to be one of the most common reasons patients visit their eye doctor. Over 26 million Americans have dry eye, and many don’t even realize they have the issue because they attribute it to eye fatigue or allergies.

One reason dry eye cases continue to increase is due to the amount of time we spend staring at screens, whether it be our phones or computer screens. When we stare at screens, we don’t blink as often as we should. Blinking is extremely important because it stimulates tear production and spreads our tears over the surface of the eye. Over time, this decrease in blink rate can cause serious issues with our eyes feeling gritty and dry.

The two main forms of dry eye are evaporative dry eye and aqueous deficient dry eye. Aqueous deficient dry eye is when the lacrimal glands don’t produce enough water to keep eyes moist. People often believe this is the issue they have when their eyes feel dry; however, only 14% of dry eye cases are of the aqueous form. Most people typically suffer from evaporative dry eye. Evaporative dry eye happens when the Meibomian glands are blocked. Meibomian glands are located in the eyelids and when functioning properly, they create an oil layer of tears. Without this oil, tears evaporate 4 to 16 times faster which is what causes that discomfort and dryness.

Your eye doctor should determine which method is best based on the type of dry eye and severity. If you believe you are suffering from dry eye, it’s important to speak with your eye doctor as soon as possible. At Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates, we offer the most advanced dry eye diagnosis and treatment options available. Schedule a dry eye assessment with us today to learn more.

Diabetic Retinopathy

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

For patients living with diabetes, there are many aspects of their health that they must keep track of. An area that they should absolutely not neglect is their eyesight. It is especially important for adults over 40 with diabetes to have their vision checked annually as the beginning stages of diabetic retinopathy may be present. Younger diabetic patients should also make sure to be examined as prevention is the best possible way to stop the disease; like most diseases it is easiest to prevent at the earliest possible time.

Diabetic retinopathy is a set of vision problems including: blurred and/or cloudy vision, floating blind spots, and vision loss. These occur as a result of unregulated blood sugar in the body. The varying blood sugar levels cause the blood vessels in the eye to become weak, bursting and leaking blood into the eye over time. New, weaker vessels will grow, but often form within the retina, further causing vision difficulties and problems. If unchecked, this could lead to permanent partial or complete vision loss. diabetic-retinopathy-brochure-cover

Annual eye examinations allow doctors to see exactly how far along the disease is progressing and how to counteract it. There is no absolute cure for the condition, its progression can be slowed and the more damaging effects can largely be avoided. Some of the best ways to keep your eyes healthy are to consistently monitor and control your blood sugar and pressure levels, as well as practicing healthy habits such as diet and exercise.

Treatment options often involve laser procedures. These are designed to break up the weak vessels and stop possible leaks in the others. Optical professionals will be able to identify the correct course of action, but it is essential to have regular eye exams to prevent this condition from causing serious vision problems.

Contact us at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates to schedule a Diabetic Retinal exam. We happily provide all of the eye care needs to Pittsburgh, Cranberry, as well as all of the surrounding areas.

Digital Eye Strain: 10 Tips for Relief

In this day and age, it has become nearly impossible to go a whole day without looking at some sort of digital screen. Some of us have to look at them all day while at work. Over 50% of people who work wi9th computers show eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms. Here are 10 easy tips to reduce your risk of computer eye strain.

  1. Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam:   Getting a routine comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems. Contact us to help schedule your routine comprehensive eye exam.
      2. Use Proper Lighting:   Excessive bright light often causes eye strain. When you use a computer, your ambient lighting should be about half as bright as computers found in an office.
      3. Minimize Glare:    Glare on walls and finished surfaces, as well as reflections on your computer screen also can cause computer eye strain. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor and, if possible, paint bright white walls a darker color with a matte finish. Again, cover the windows. When outside light cannot be reduced, consider using a computer hood.
      4. Upgrade Your Display:         If you have not already done so, replace your old tube-style monitor (called a cathode ray tube or CRT) with a flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD), Digital Eye Strainlike those on laptop computers.
      5.  Adjust Computer Display Settings:     Make sure the brightness of the display is about the same brightness of the surrounding workstation. The text size and contract should be adjusted for comfort.
      6. Blink More Often:       Blinking is very important when working at a computer; blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. When working at a computer, people blink less frequently — about one-third as often as they normally do — and many blinks performed during computer work are only partial lid closures, according to studies.
      7. Exercise Your Eyes:     One exercise is to look far away at an object for 10-15 seconds, then gaze at something up close for 10-15 seconds. Then look back at the distant object. Do this 10 times. This exercise reduces the risk of your eyes’ focusing ability to “lock up” (a condition called accommodative spasm) after prolonged computer work.
      8. Take Frequent Breaks:      Take frequent breaks during your computer work day to reduce the risk of computer vision syndrome.
      9. Modify Your Workstation:     If you need to look back and forth between a printed page and your computer screen, this can cause eye strain. Using a desk lamp may help, as log as it does not shine into your eyes or on your computer screen.
      10. Consider Computer Eyewear:    For the greatest comfort at your computer, you might benefit from having a Scott and Christie doctor modify your eyeglasses prescription to create customized computer glasses.
Contact us at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates if you have any questions regarding this or any other matter. Scott and  Christie Eyecare Associates is proud to service the Pittsburgh and Cranberry area with top of the line ye care.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis:

What is it?

Blepharitis sounds like a serious eye disorder, but it is really a very common ailment that we often see in here in our offices at Scott & Christie. It is the term for a chronic inflammation of the lower eyelids and eyelashes. Blepharitis symptoms include: redness, swelling, itching, and irritation; causing discomfort for patients, but usually do not affect a patient’s vision.

There are a host of factors that doctors have found that contribute to blepharitis. The most common of these are: minor bacterial infection, poor eyelid health and hygiene, and allergic reactions to external stimulants. Doctors may be able to determine the cause of the inflammation when they examine the eyes themselves.

How do you treat it?

Treatment for blepharitis varies depending on the severity and cause. If doctors believe it has to do with eyelid hygiene or infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. In most cases an eyelid scrub is advised- several times a day if needed. This involves mixing a small amount of baby shampoo and warm water together with a cotton swab and gently cleaning the outer lid and eyelash areas of the eye, rinsing with cool water. It is highly recommended to change swabs per eye. Another treatment  option is to take a clean washcloth soaked in warm water and cover the eyes for up to five minutes, several times a day. This helps reduce the redness and irritation in the eyes.

Always consult with a doctor before self treatment. Contact us at Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates  in Cranberry Township for more information.

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