Come check out our newest brand of sunglasses in our Springville office: Polaroid. We have been impressed with the unique blend of style, quality, and coatings on these glasses. Come check them out and see what you think.
Almost all of us spend time on a computer, phone, tablet, or TV, and extended periods of looking at these screens can be hard on the eyes. Here are some tips to take a bit better care of your eyes.
The Visioffice is a revolutionary tool that digitally measures how you naturally view the world. It helps our highly trained technicians get even more accurate measurements so that you can see your best, and is especially useful for progressive (no-line bifocals) lens wearers. Stop by our Springville office today and experience this complimentary part of our glasses fitting process.
Dr. Winward is pleased to announce that he has been specially trained and is now certified to fit Bausch and Lomb KeraSoft IC lenses, a new innovative alternative to gas permeable contact lenses for patients with unique corneal conditions.
Dr. Winward has over 10 years of experience, was the valedictorian of his class, and has expertise in fitting lenses specific to keratoconus.
KeraSoft IC uses the latest technologies in silicone hydrogel materials and advanced design engineering to create a soft contact lens that provides excellent vision and comfortable wear, a breakthrough in improving the quality of life for people with keratoconus, Pellucid Marginal Degeneration (PMD) and other types of irregular cornea conditions. KeraSoft IC's patented design also provides a high level of oxygen transmission insuring healthy comfortable lens wear.
Most people with keratoconus have to rely on contact lenses to regain functional vision. In early cases, standard contact lenses can work well; however as keratoconus progresses, the cornea becomes more irregular and specially designed contact lenses are needed to improve vision. While gas permeable contact lenses can improve vision in patients with keratoconus or irregular corneas, they can sometimes be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time and can be challenging in certain environments and climates.
If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus or any other type of irregular cornea, are intolerant to rigid contact lenses, or would simply like a lens that offers enhanced comfort for your unique situation, ask Dr. Winward about custom-made KeraSoft IC lenses at your next eye care visit to see if KeraSoft IC lenses might be right for you.
Labor Day Observance
A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses the value of having an Optomap. "OPTOS technology allows optometrists to see much more about their patients' health than just their eyes. Thanks to the clues the eyes provide, doctors regularly alert patients to possible autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, as well as being able to allow them to monitor the progression of their patients' diabetes." Click here to read full article
"Because a child’s vision may change frequently, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student’s classroom success,” said Dr. Michael Earley, optometrist and the AOA’s vision & learning specialist. “Unfortunately, most parents are not including eye exams as part of their child’s back-to-school health check-up.” (www.aoa.org)
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We have had several requests from patients for Ray Ban Sunglasses. We listened! We are excited to announce that our Provo location will begin carrying Ray Bans in August!
Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.
Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.
The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.
A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.
Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.
Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.