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What Eye Drops Are Best For My Eyes?

Are you suffering from red, irritated and scratchy eyes? Do you feel like you have something stuck in your eyes? These are hallmark symptoms of dry eye syndrome, a condition that occurs when your eyes are not properly lubricated due to insufficient tear production, blocked glands, or unbalanced tear composition.

The symptoms can be so unpleasant that many rush to the nearest pharmacy to find the perfect eye drops that will offer them the relief they need so that they can get back to focusing on other things.

However, seeking the ideal artificial tears to relieve dry eyes can be a daunting process. The eye drops shelf at the drug store offers so many options that it’s hard to know which ones are right for you. What’s more, some can actually make your symptoms worse.

Not all eye drops are created equal—currently, there are 6 main categories of artificial tears available over the counter. Choosing the artificial tears based on your specific needs can help narrow your options.

The 6 Types of Eye Drops / Artificial Tears

Preserved Artificial Tears

Preserved artificial tears contain added preservatives to maintain a very long shelf and keep bacteria at bay once the bottle is opened. Unfortunately, it also causes inflammatory dry eye disease, meibomian gland dysfunction and an allergic reaction in those who are sensitive, leading to redness, irritation and inflammation. While these drops may offer temporary relief, long term they can do more harm than good. Moreover, the preservatives may leave residue on contact lenses.

Preservative-Free Artificial Tears

Preservative-free artificial tears are great for contact lens wearers as they don’t cause any preservative build-up on the lenses. They are also suitable for those with sensitive eyes since they contain fewer ingredients that can cause irritation.

Preservative-free eye drops typically come in a box of 28 to 30 small vials that fit in a pocket or purse.

To use these drops, just pop the top off and insert the drops into your eyes. Some of these vials can be re-capped to allow you to continue to use the vial for up to 24 hours, but not longer. Refrigerate opened vials between uses to prevent any bacterial growth.

Oil-Based Artificial Tears

Oil-based tears come in preserved and preservative-free versions. These are thicker than traditional eye drops, as they contain an oil-based formulation. The oil helps prevent the watery portion of the tears from evaporating too quickly.

If you suffer from moderate or severe dry eye, oil-based artificial tears may be a great option. However, they’re not recommended for contact lens wearers, as the oils may stick to the surface of the lenses, making it difficult to keep them clean.

Eye Drop Spray or Mist

These sprays are preservative-free and are used to relieve dryness and irritation in both the eyes and eyelids. They’re easy to use, especially for those who struggle to insert drops into their eyes.

To use the spray, just close your eyes and spray onto your closed eyelids. Once you blink, the tears will slide into your eyes.

Don’t use the spray if you’re wearing makeup, lotions, or creams on your eyelids, as it can cause the makeup or lotion to enter your eye.

Artificial Tear Gel

Artificial tear gel adds a thick coating of tears and can be used at any time of the day or night. However, the thicker consistency of the gel drop may blur your vision for several minutes.

The gel is applied in the same way as eye drops. It effectively soothes the eyes and provides extended relief for both moderate to severe dry eye.

Most artificial tear gels contain preservatives, so they can only be used up to 4 times a day, and usually they are not safe for contact lens wearers.

Artificial Tear Ointment

Dry eye ointments are thick and coat the front of your eye. They’re usually used 1 to 2 times daily as needed. It may be best to use them at bedtime, as it will blur your vision.

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Artificial tears may be a good way to temporarily relieve eye dryness. However, using the wrong type of eye drops can be worse than not using any drops at all. So be sure to consult your eye doctor before you get eye drops.

Keep in mind that eye drops don’t address the root cause of dry eyes; they just provide temporary respite from the uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. Only an eye doctor can examine your eyes to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and recommend the best treatment for your unique case of dry eye.

Schedule an appointment with Lakeline Vision Source in Cedar Park to learn more about dry eye syndrome and to find out which treatment is best for you.

Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions with Eric Hammond

Q: What is dry eye syndrome?

    • A: Dry eye syndrome is a condition where your eyes either produce low-quality tears or don’t produce enough tears to keep your eyes hydrated. This may be due to certain diseases (like diabetes or other autoimmune diseases), aging, allergies, hormonal changes, smoking, poor air quality, medications and the environment.

    Q: What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?

          • A: Dry eye syndrome can cause a wide range of symptoms including:Itchy eyes
            A feeling that there is grit or debris in the eye
            Blurred vision
            Burning sensation
            Dryness
            Irritation
            Sensitivity to light and glare

      Q: Artificial Tears

                • A: Artificial tears are drops used to lubricate dry eyes. These drops help maintain moisture on the surface of your eyes. Artificial tears are available without a prescription from your optometrist. There is no one brand works best for every form of dry eyes. Aside lubricating the surface of your eyes, artificial tears can also promote healing of the eyes. Additionally, some types of drops work to decrease the evaporation of tears from the surface of your eyes. Artificial tears may also contain thickening agents, which keep the solution on the surface of your eyes longer.

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      5 Common Keratoconus Questions, Answered

      5 Common Keratoconus Questions, Answered 640If you’re reading this, you or someone you care about may have been recently diagnosed with keratoconus. We’ve compiled a few commonly asked questions about keratoconus to help you understand what it is, what causes it, and how your eye doctor can help.

      1. What Is Keratoconus?

      Keratoconus is a progressive, non-inflammatory disease that causes the cornea to thin and bulge, resulting in a cone-shaped cornea. Over time, this bulge leads to myopia and irregular astigmatism, and vision becomes progressively distorted. Ongoing treatment is crucial to prevent significant vision loss.

      2. What Are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?

      Many patients aren’t aware that they have keratoconus, which typically begins during the teenage years.

      Symptoms of keratoconus include:

      • Difficulty seeing at night
      • Blurry vision
      • Halos and glare around lights
      • Increased sensitivity to bright light
      • Headaches or eye irritation associated with eye pain
      • Progressively worsening vision that’s not easily corrected

      3. What Causes Keratoconus?

      While there is no one cause of keratoconus, a paper published in Biomed Research International (2015) identified these risk factors:

      • Genetics. About one in 10 people with keratoconus also has a family member with the condition.
      • Inflammation. Irritation and inflammation from allergies, asthma and other atopic eye diseases can lend to the development of keratoconus.
      • Frequent eye rubbing. Intense and frequent eye rubbing is thought to thin out the cornea and can worsen the condition.
      • Underlying disorders. Keratoconus has been associated with several conditions, including Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Leber congenital amaurosis, Marfan syndrome and Osteogenesis imperfecta.
      • UV light. UV light can cause oxidative stress, which weakens the corneas in predisposed eyes.
      • Weak collagen. In a healthy eye, small protein fibers called collagen help keep the cornea in a dome-like shape and free from bulges. In the case of keratoconus, the collagen fibers become weak and therefore can’t maintain the shape of the eye, which causes the cornea to bulge.

      4. How Is Keratoconus Treated?

      Scleral lenses are the most common and successful treatment for patients with keratoconus. These are specialized rigid, gas permeable contact lenses that have a very wide [diameter] and vault over the entire corneal surface, making them effective and comfortable for people with keratoconus.

      5. Is There a Cure for Keratoconus?

      Currently, there is no cure for keratoconus. However, in most cases, it can be successfully managed.

      For mild to moderate keratoconus, scleral contact lenses are typically the treatment of choice, as they provide clear, comfortable vision.

      A relatively non-invasive procedure called corneal cross-linking (CXL) can stabilize and strengthen a thinning and irregularly shaped cornea.

      At Lakeline Vision Source's Scleral Lens & Keratoconus Center, we can recommend the best treatment options for your keratoconus, to help preserve your vision, and ensure the highest level of comfort and visual acuity. Call to schedule an appointment to start discussing your keratoconus treatment options.

      Lakeline Vision Source's Scleral Lens & Keratoconus Center serves patients from Austin, Cedar Park, Brushy Creek, and Round Rock, all throughout Texas .

      Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Eric Hammond, OD

      Q: Can You Go Blind If You Have Keratoconus?

      • A: Keratoconus does not typically cause total blindness. However, as keratoconus progresses it can cause visual impairment including blurred distance vision, distortion, glare, astigmatism, extreme light sensitivity and even vision loss that can be classified as “legal blindness.

      Q: Does keratoconus affect both eyes?

      • A: Yes, in approximately 90% of keratoconus cases, the disease will manifest in both eyes. However, the rate of progression and the timing of the onset of the disease is different for each eye.



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      Why is My Dry Eye More Severe in the Mornings?

      sleepy mornings 640Waking up in the morning is hard enough, but waking up with stinging, burning eyes is even worse! If your eyes feel itchy and scratchy, this miserable morning sensation may be caused by dry eye syndrome. Your tear glands may be clogged or producing insufficient tears and oils to retain moisture.

      But why do certain people experience more acute dry eye symptoms in the mornings? Here are some reasons:

      What Causes Red, Itchy or Painful Eyes Upon Waking?

      Nocturnal Lagophthalmos

      Nocturnal lagophthalmos is the inability to close one’s eyelids completely during sleep. Since the surface of your eye is exposed at night, it becomes dry. Left untreated, this condition can damage your cornea.

      Blepharitis

      Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition of the eyes caused by bacterial overgrowth. These bacteria are active at night, causing dry eye-related symptoms of redness, soreness and irritation upon waking.

      Environment

      A gritty sensation in your eyes can also be caused by the environment. For example, sleeping directly in front of or under an air vent, heating units, or ceiling fans can dry out your eyes. In addition, sensitivity to allergens like dust that accumulate in the bedroom can cause your eyes to become dry and irritated.

      Medications

      Some types of over-the-counter and prescription medication can dehydrate the eyes. These include:

      • Antihistamines and decongestants
      • Antipsychotic medications
      • Antidepressants
      • Hypertension drugs
      • Hormones
      • Drugs for gastrointestinal problems
      • Pain relievers
      • Skin medications
      • Chemotherapy medications

      In the majority of cases, medication-related dry eye symptoms will resolve once you discontinue the meds. However, it may take several weeks or months for symptoms to completely disappear.

      Age

      Many people develop dry eye symptoms with age, as tear production tends to decrease and becomes less efficient as we grow older.

      How to Treat Morning Dry Eye

      Depending on the cause, morning dry eye can be treated with sleeping masks, lubricating eye drops and ointment applied right before bed. To ensure that you sleep in a moisture-rich environment, consider using a humidifier. In severe cases of nocturnal lagophthalmos, eyelid surgery may be necessary.

      If you are tired of waking up to red, burning eyes, visit your eye doctor for long-lasting relief. Contact Lakeline Vision Source's Dry Eye Clinic to determine the cause of your morning dry eye and receive an effective treatment plan.

      Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Eric Hammond, OD

      Q: What causes dry eye?

      • A: Dry eye can occur if the glands in your eyelids don’t produce enough oil to keep your tears from evaporating, or if you don’t produce enough water for healthy tears. No matter the cause, it’s important to have your condition diagnosed and treated to protect your vision and ensure good eye health.

      Q: Can dry eye be cured?

      • A: Dry eye is a chronic condition, so there’s is no cure for it. However, many treatment methods can help you manage this condition for long-term relief. If you have dry eye syndrome, we invite you to contact us to discover the best treatment for your needs.


       

      Lakeline Vision Source's Dry Eye Clinic serves patients from Austin, Cedar Park, Brushy Creek and Round Rock, all throughout Texas .

       

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      How to Choose Eyeglass Frames For Your Features

      You’re ready for new glasses. But how do you know which frames will best suit your features?

      Some people take pictures of all the pairs they try on and send them to their friends, family or coworkers for feedback. But that’s time consuming and not particularly efficient.

      Here’s a better way! Learn what frame features to look to suit the size and shape of your face, as well as your skin tone.

      Below are a handful of tips that are sure to help select your frame.

      What’s Your Face Shape?

      The secret to finding your perfect frames is choosing a pair that best suits your face shape.

      You see, our features vaguely resemble particular geometric shapes.

      For example:

      • Heart-shaped faces have a narrow chin, a wide forehead and cheeks, and are sometimes topped off with a widow’s peak hairline
      • Round faces have full cheeks, a more rounded hairline and chin, and are similar in width and length
      • Oval faces are similar to round faces, except longer and thinner
      • Square faces have a strong jawline and forehead, and are roughly equal in width and length

      So a pair of rectangular frames on a square face will further emphasize the squareness, but rounder glasses can help soften those angles. Rectangular frames are best suited for an oval or round face.

      If you don’t already know your face shape, just look in the mirror, close one eye, and draw the outline of your face with a washable marker. The end result should resemble one of the above-mentioned shapes.

      Size and Color Matter

      Consider the size and color of the frames, along with their shape. They should be the right size for your face—not too big and not too small. This is true for both adults and children.

      If you have a cool skin tone, colors to consider for your frames are blue, pink, blue-grey, silver, black, or rose-brown.

      If you have warmer skin tones, frame colors like warm blue, off-white, fire-engine red, orange, copper, peach, copper or gold tend to look better.

      Looking for Your Ideal Frames? We Can Help!

      Want to look great and see clearly? Pop on over and select from a wide range of high-quality designer frames and independent eyewear that match your personal style.

      If you need any help, our dedicated optician will happily help you find something that will make you feel confident as ever. Our inclusive selection of sunglasses, eyeglasses, reading glasses, and contact lenses guarantee that you’ll achieve clear and comfortable vision in style.

      Contact or visit Lakeline Vision Source in Cedar Park so we can start looking for the perfect frames for you.

      At Lakeline Vision Source, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 512-918-3937 or book an appointment online to see one of our Cedar Park eye doctors.

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      Q&A

      Frequntly Asked Questions with Dr. Eric Hammond, OD

      Q: How do I choose glasses that my child will actually wear?

      • A: When choosing frames for your child, the most important factor is to let them help in the selection process. When children are allowed to choose their glasses frames they will be much more likely to wear them.

      Q: How often should I get a new pair of glasses?

      • A: Optometrists recommend updating to new glasses every one to three years as needed.
        If your prescription has changed, you should definitely get a new pair to prevent eye strain and increase comfort.

      What Is An Eye Chart And How Does It Help Optometrists?

      If you’ve ever had an eye exam, you’re almost certainly familiar with the eye chart of letters on the wall that your eye doctor has you read from.

      What are Eye Charts?

      In 1862, a Dutch eye doctor named Dr. Herman Snellen created the first eye chart to assess monocular and binocular visual acuity. Although other eye charts exist, Snellen eye charts have remained the most popular eye chart used by eye care professionals. They’re probably what you’re used to seeing when you visit your eye doctor.

      In addition to Snellen letter charts, there is a Stellen picture chart designed for children and adults who don’t have the ability to read.

      What are Eye Charts Used For?

      Eye charts test for visual acuity — how sharp your eyesight is. Your ability to see the letters is what tells your optometrist if you need glasses or contact lenses to see better, or if you need a change in lens prescription.

      By analyzing the results of how clearly you see each line, your optometrist is able to formulate an accurate and personalized lens prescription.

      On a Snellen eye chart, normal vision is considered 20/20 — meaning a person with perfect eyesight can clearly view an object from 20 feet away. If you have 20/50 vision, it means that you can clearly see an object from 20 feet away that a person with perfect eyesight could see from 50 feet away.

      Eye charts are used during most routine eye exams, which are recommended every 1-2 years, or as often as your optometrist recommends.

      Next time your eye doctor has you read letters of the eye chart, you’ll know a little more about what’s going on and why. To schedule your eye exam, contact Lakeline Vision Source in Lakeline Vision Source today!

      At Lakeline Vision Source, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 512-918-3937 or book an appointment online to see one of our Cedar Park eye doctors.

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      Why Do I Get Dizzy When Grocery Shopping?

      Grocery Shopping 640Imagine you’re walking down a supermarket aisle when, all of a sudden, a dizzy spell hits. The room begins to spin, your vision blurs, and you can’t seem to orient yourself to your surroundings.

      For people who suffer from dizziness, simple everyday activities like taking a walk, driving and shopping can feel like monumental tasks.

      If you experience frequent dizzy spells and difficulty maintaining your balance, you may be suffering from binocular vision dysfunction (BVD), a condition caused by a misalignment of the eyes.

      Schedule an appointment with to determine whether visual dysfunction is causing your symptoms.

      What is Binocular Vision Dysfunction?

      Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) is the eyes’ inability to work together as a team due to the eyes’ physical misalignment.

      Ordinarily, an individual’s two eyes work as a team to move and focus, allowing clear and comfortable vision. If their eyes are misaligned, they cannot work together, so instead of the brain receiving one image, it receives 2 separate images. The brain struggles to combine these two distinct images and responds by trying to force the eyes to work together. This results in eye strain, fatigue, double vision and/or blurred vision, which can lead to dizziness and balance issues.

      How Does BVD Affect Balance and Dizziness?

      Binocular vision, or the ability of the eyes to work together to create a coherent and cohesive view of the world around you, is the most important visual skill for maintaining balance. Since the visual system aids in the regulation of the other systems involved in maintaining balance, any defect in the visual system will result in a balance disorder.

      Treatment for BVD

      If a visual dysfunction is detected, your neuro-optometrist will prescribe a neuro-optometric rehabilitation program to treat the visual components contributing to your balance disorder.

      Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy, a type of vision therapy, teaches both eyes to work together using a combination of approaches and techniques. It consists of individualized exercises that, when performed over time, help the patient regain balance by rehabilitating any visual and perceptual disorders. This effectively decreases or eliminates dizziness, vertigo, and loss of balance symptoms.

      Your optometrist might also prescribe micro-prism lenses. These lenses correct the misalignment of the two eyes, relieving or reducing the symptoms of BVD.

      The neuro-optometric rehabilitation program offered at addresses the underlying vision problem causing your dizziness and balance issues.

      To schedule your appointment contact and begin your road to recovery today.

      Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Eric Hammond, OD

       

      Q: Why does binocular vision dysfunction often go undiagnosed?

      • A: Routine eye exams include assessments of visual acuity — whether a patient is nearsighted or farsighted, for example, but usually don’t assess how well your eyes work together as a team (binocular vision). Or, such exams may fail to detect subtle misalignments between the two eyes.

      Q: What are common symptoms of BVD?

      A: The most common BVD visual symptoms include:

      • Blurry or double vision
      • Difficulty with night vision
      • Dizziness
      • Difficulty with close-up vision
      • Eye strain and sore eyes
      • Poor depth perception
      • Poor hand-eye coordination
      • Light sensitivity
      • Nausea
      • Difficulty with reflections or glare


      Why Are Blue Eyes More Sensitive To Light?

      Did you know that blue eyes don’t contain any blue pigment? They appear blue due to how the light reacts with the structures of the iris.

      In fact, the top layer of a blue iris doesn’t contain any pigment at all. This lack of pigment is the reason that blue-eyed people may be more sensitive to bright light and have a greater need to wear sunglasses than their brown-eyed counterparts.

      Why Do Your Eyes Need Sun Protection?

      Eyes of all colors need shielding from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure to UV light can contribute to the formation of short-term and long-term eye conditions such as corneal sunburn and macular degeneration.

      That’s why it’s so important to choose high-quality sunwear with 100% UV blocking lenses, and to throw on a sun hat for an added layer of protection.

      UV protection is important for individuals of all ages—especially children—who are more susceptible than adults to the sun’s harmful rays, and tend to spend more time outdoors. It is estimated that up to 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV rays happens before the age of 18.

      Why are Blue Eyes More Sensitive to Light?

      Lighter colored eyes like blue, hazel and green have less of a pigment called ‘melanin’ than brown eyes do.

      Melanin helps protect the retina from UV damage and blue light, putting those with blue eyes at a higher risk of developing UV-related eye damage.

      If you have blue eyes, you may have experienced this first-hand. Bright light may be uncomfortable or you may want to reach for your shades as soon as you leave the house on a sunny day.

      That’s why optometrists urge blue-eyed patients to be particularly vigilant about UV protection, so as to mitigate their chances of developing eye disease and other complications.

      How We Can Help

      Whether you have blue eyes or not, sunglasses are an important part of keeping your eyes healthy for a lifetime.

      At Lakeline Vision Source, we’ll be happy to advise on the perfect high-quality and protective pair of sunglasses to suit your needs and personal style.

      To learn more about the eye care services we offer or to schedule an eye exam, contact Lakeline Vision Source in Cedar Park today!

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      Frequently Asked Questions with Eric Hammond OD

      Q 1: Should I wear sunglasses even when it’s not sunny outside?

      • A: Yes! You should wear your sunglasses whenever outdoors during the day, even on an overcast, winter day. UV light can pass through clouds and reflect off surfaces like car windows and pavement.

      Q 2: What type of sunglasses are the most suitable for blue eyes?

      • A: The most protective sunglasses are wraparound sunglasses that protect the eyes from every angle. You can also opt for photochromic lenses, which offer total UV protection but only become tinted when exposed to outdoor sunlight, and turn clear when you come indoors again. Your optometrist can help you choose the best lens and frame options for your needs and lifestyle.

      Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In Cedar Park, Texas. Visit Lakeline Vision Source for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

      How’s Your Hand-Eye Coordination?

      People with poor hand-eye coordination are sometimes perceived as clumsy or inattentive. The truth is that poor hand-eye coordination stems from a deficit in visual-motor coordination. Fortunately, your eye doctor will assess your coordination during a comprehensive eye exam.

      What Is Hand-Eye Coordination?

      Hand-eye coordination is a person’s ability to smoothly control their hand movements based on the visual cues they receive from the brain. When the eyes and brain are communicating effectively, a person’s hand-eye coordination can be drastically improved. Many activities, from driving a car to catching a ball, depend on our visual system working at its best.

      Here’s how it works: Our eyes capture what they see around them, and send this visual information to the brain. The brain processes and interprets these images, and then communicates with our hands and arms, informing them of the object’s position, speed, size and many other parameters.

      This process is very complex and must work seamlessly for our hands to react quickly to visual stimuli. Having good hand-eye coordination can be the difference between turning the steering wheel away from an encroaching car to avoid an accident, or being hit by that car.

      We all utilize hand-eye coordination multiple times throughout the day when doing things like:

      • Writing
      • Driving
      • Typing
      • Playing a video game
      • Exercising or playing sports
      • Inserting a credit card into a chip reader

      When the visual and motor systems don’t communicate efficiently, a person may experience symptoms like clumsiness at the very least, and professional, academic or developmental challenges at the worst. For example, poor hand-eye coordination can interfere with typing skills, attention and handwriting.

      Even a person with perfect visual acuity (eyesight) and great motor skills can experience poor hand-eye coordination. That’s because the problem usually isn’t with the individual systems, but rather how the brain, eyes and the body interact with each other.

      Eye Exams Can Detect Problems With Visual Skills

      Assessing hand-eye coordination is crucial for both adults and children, as this skill greatly impacts most parts of life.

      At your comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will check several visual skills, including hand-eye coordination. If a problem with hand-eye coordination or any other visual skill is found, Dr. Eric Hammond, OD will discuss the next steps in treating and correcting the problem.

      To schedule an eye exam for you or your child, call Lakeline Vision Source in Cedar Park today!

      Q&A

      #1: What other visual skills are evaluated during an eye exam?

      During an eye exam, your optometrist will test for visual acuity, convergence, eye tracking, eye teaming, color vision, and focusing. Testing these skills is especially important for school-aged children, since learning and academic performance heavily depend on healthy vision.

      #2: How often do you need a comprehensive eye exam?

      Adults should have their eyes examined by an optometrist every year, or as frequently as their optometrist recommends. Children should have their eyes first checked at 6-12 months of age and then as frequently as advised by the optometrist. As a rule, most children should be seen when they are 2 or 3 years old, before first grade and then every year thereafter.

      If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or are yourself due for an eye exam, contact us today. We want what’s best for your vision and life!

      Childhood Myopia Is in Crisis Mode on a Global Scale

      When it comes to the prevalence of myopia (nearsightedness), the statistics are staggering. By 2050, nearly half of the world’s population—about 5 billion people—will be myopic. Below are a few useful tips to help you prevent your child from being part of that statistic.

      What Is Myopia?

      Myopia occurs when the eye elongates, causing light rays to focus in front of the light-sensitive retina rather than directly on it, while looking at something far away. So, people with nearsightedness perceive distant objects as blurred while close-up objects can remain clear.

      Myopia tends to develop during childhood, when the eyeballs rapidly grow (along with the rest of the body), mainly between the ages of 8-18. It can worsen slowly or quickly, but it is not simply an inconvenience. People with progressive myopia are more likely to develop serious eye diseases like cataracts, retinal detachment, macular degeneration and glaucoma later in life—conditions which may lead to permanent loss of vision and even blindness.

      How To Know Whether Your Child Is Myopic

      Below are some telltale signs to watch for:

      • Blurred distance vision – Objects in the distance are blurred; kids may complain that they can’t see the board
      • Headaches – When myopia isn’t corrected, it can cause eye strain and headaches.
      • Head tilting or squinting – If your child squints or tilts his or her head while watching TV, for example, it may be a symptom of myopia.
      • Looking at objects too closely – If you notice your child moving closer to the TV or squinting as they try to see the writing on the board, it may indicate myopia.

      What Parents Can Do to Slow Their Child’s Myopia Progression

      • Encourage your child to go outdoors for at least 90 minutes a day, preferably in the sunshine. Studies show that playing outdoors reduces the risk of developing myopia and slows its progression.
      • Limit the amount of time your child spends staring at a screen, reading and doing close work such as homework.
      • When your child uses a digital screen, make sure that it isn’t too close to the face.
      • Teach the 20-20-20 rule: During screen time, take a break every 20 minutes to look at an object across the room or out the window about 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
      Frequently Asked Questions with Eric Hammond OD

      Q: How is myopia diagnosed?

      • A: Your child’s eye doctor will perform a thorough pediatric eye exam to diagnose myopia, which often includes a visual acuity test, where the eye doctor will use an eye chart made up of letters of varied sizes. If the test results indicate myopia, then the optometrist may shine a light into their eyes and evaluate the reflection off the retina to determine the degree of refractive error for their prescription.

      Q: Can myopia lead to blindness?

      • A: High myopia may increase your child’s risk of developing more serious eye conditions later in life, such as cataracts, retinal detachment and glaucoma. Left untreated, high myopia complications can sometimes lead to blindness—which is why routine eye exams are critical.

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      4 Reasons Why Scleral Lenses Are a Big Deal

      happy girl wearing contact lenses 640Scleral contact lenses have been called “life-changing” and “transformative” by patients who wear them.

      What makes these contact lenses so revolutionary?

      What Are Scleral Lenses?

      Scleral lenses are contacts that vault over the entire cornea and rest on the white part of the eye (sclera). Their diameter is much larger than standard lenses, which adds to their comfort and compatibility with hard-to-fit eyes.

      Here’s why they’re gaining popularity in the contact lens world and why patients and doctors are calling sclerals a big deal.

      1. Sclerals are Ideal for People with Corneal Irregularities or Dry Eyes

      There was a time when patients with corneal irregularities or severe dry eye syndrome weren’t able to wear contact lenses at all, due to the discomfort associated with direct corneal contact. Nowadays, patients with keratoconus, other corneal aberrations or dry eye can successfully wear scleral contact lenses and enjoy comfortable and crisp vision.

      Scleral lenses are also great for patients with corneal dystrophy, high astigmatism, Sjorgren’s syndrome, corneal trauma and corneal ectasia, or who have undergone cataract surgery.

      2. They’re Completely Custom-Made

      Each pair of scleral contact lenses is custom-designed to gently and securely rest on your unique eyes. The fitting process for scleral lenses starts with corneal topography, where the optometrist creates a digital map of your eye’s surface. This information is then used to customize your perfectly fitted pair of sclerals.

      3. They Offer Optimal Visual Clarity and Comfort

      The liquid reservoir that sits between the lens and the eye helps enhance the visual optics of the lens. Moreover, scleral lenses are made of very high-grade materials and don’t place any pressure on the cornea, delivering ultimate all-day comfort. Many patients have reported that they comfortably wear sclerals for up to 14 hours a day, which is longer than the wear time for standard soft contact lenses.

      4. They Promote Eye Healing

      Scleral contact lenses protect the eye by surrounding it with an oxygen-permeable, liquid-filled chamber. This hydrating environment gives the eye the moisture and oxygen it needs to stay healthy and ward off outside irritants.

      This can also explain why scleral lenses promote healing of the eye’s surface, whether after a corneal transplant or when recovering from a chemical burn or other eye injury.

      If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a corneal condition that prevents you from wearing standard lenses, consider scleral lenses. To schedule an appointment or to learn more, call Lakeline Vision Source's Scleral Lens & Keratoconus Center in Cedar Park today!

      Lakeline Vision Source's Scleral Lens & Keratoconus Center serves patients from Austin, Cedar Park, Brushy Creek, Round Rock and throughout Texas .

      Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Eric Hammond, OD

      Q: #1: How long do a pair of scleral lenses last?

      • A: Scleral lenses can last 1-2 years before requiring replacement. Your optometrist will provide you with instructions on how to wear and care for your lenses to keep them feeling fresh and clean, day in day out.

      Q: #2: Are scleral lenses expensive?

      • A: Just like any other customized product, scleral lenses tend to be more expensive than standard soft contact lenses. Although they have a higher price point, most patients who wear them will tell you that their comfort, visual clarity and stability make them worth the cost.


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