Eye Care Tips for Vacations

Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL has tips to keep your eyes safe before, during and after your summer vacation.

School is almost back in session, if not already, for your children. And we bet you’ve already planned or might soon plan an end of the summer trip to the beach or lake for you and your family. If so, there are some eye care travel tips you should know about before you go.

It’s always important to carry an extra pair of contact lenses, eyeglasses and sunglasses when you plan on going away – even if it’s just a short weekend trip. The extra pair will come in handy in case you lose your original pair or they get damaged. Not only is it important to pack an extra pair, but if you wear contact lenses it’s definitely important to remember your contact lens solution. If you are flying to your destination, be sure to check-ahead at the rules for carrying on liquids so you can pack accordingly.

It’s all fun in the sun, until you forget your sunglasses. Be sure to bring sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. It’s likely that sunglasses will be handy considering we spend a lot of time outside during vacations.

Keep yourself from suffering from dry eyes if you are flying or visiting a dry climate. These two things can irritate your eyes, so be sure to bring moistening eye drops to help prevent any irritation. It might be best if you wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses on flights.

Consider your eye health during activities such as swimming. You shouldn’t wear your contact lenses while swimming because it increases your risk of an eye infection from bacteria. You should wear goggles when you’re in the water.

Schedule an appointment at Performance Eyecare before you leave for your trip, so you can be sure to have the correct eye prescription and protection needed. We carry the latest designer styles in eyeglasses and sunglasses from brands such as Lafont, Oakley, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Maui Jim, OGI and many more.

We also have a special in-office eyeglass lens creation. This allows us to give you clear and comfortable vision shortly after an eye examination.

Minimize Stress To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL offers tips for keeping yours eyes healthy by living a stress-free life.

Big project due? Bills need to be paid? Trying to find a job? These are a few things that can cause stress. That stress can cause other problems to your health including your eyes.

Life can be hectic as we try to best manage our tasks in an orderly fashion, but sometimes the anxiety takes control of us and our body. Hypertension, or constant high blood pressure, can put us at a higher risk of Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO), according to HealthMeUp.com. This disease affects about four out of 1000 people and is considered a “heart attack or stroke selectively affecting the retina.”

This can lead to blurred vision or total loss of vision if not treated.

Our eyes are the most sensitive part of our body which is why stress easily affects our vision. High blood pressure obviously affects the heart and it also damages the vessels that supply blood to our eyes. This damage is in the form of clots.

The best way to treat this problem is to address your stress. It’s important for us to understand the physical damage that can be done to our eyes. Finding ways to cope with our stress will lead to less anxiety and keep our eyes and the rest of our body healthy.

Technology has also helped with controlling the damage done to our eyes due to stress. These new treatments include injections, lasers and surgery. It’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly to help prevent RVO from affecting you and your eyes.

If you’ve noticed your vision is becoming more blurred, please schedule an appointment to see one of our eye doctors at Performance Eyecare. It’s important to understand why your vision is blurred and to address it immediately.

It’s also important to seek other help if you are under uncontrollable stress whether it be from the workplace or your everyday life.

Minimize Stress To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL offers tips for keeping yours eyes healthy by living a stress-free life.

Big project due? Bills need to be paid? Trying to find a job? These are a few things that can cause stress. That stress can cause other problems to your health including your eyes.

With April being Stress Awareness Month, it’s time we take a look at what stress does to our eyes.

Life can be hectic as we try to best manage our tasks in an orderly fashion, but sometimes the anxiety takes control of us and our body. Hypertension, or constant high blood pressure, can put us at a higher risk of Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO), according to HealthMeUp.com. This disease affects about four out of 1000 people and is considered a “heart attack or stroke selectively affecting the retina.”

This can lead to blurred vision or total loss of vision if not treated.

Our eyes are the most sensitive part of our body which is why stress easily affects our vision. High blood pressure obviously affects the heart and it also damages the vessels that supply blood to our eyes. This damage is in the form of clots.

The best way to treat this problem is to address your stress. It’s important for us to understand the physical damage that can be done to our eyes. Finding ways to cope with our stress will lead to less anxiety and keep our eyes and the rest of our body healthy.

Technology has also helped with controlling the damage done to our eyes due to stress. These new treatments include injections, lasers and surgery. It’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly to help prevent RVO from affecting you and your eyes.

If you’ve noticed your vision is becoming more blurred, please schedule an appointment to see one of our eye doctors at Performance Eyecare. It’s important to understand why your vision is blurred and to address it immediately.

It’s also important to seek other help if you are under uncontrollable stress whether it be from the workplace or your everyday life.

More information: http://healthmeup.com/opinion-healthy-living/hypertension-and-eye-diseases-stress-linked-to-blindness/22492

2015 Spring and Summer Eyewear Fashion

Check out the 2015 spring and summer sunglass fashion at Performance Eyecare

The chilly winter weather may be lingering around for now, but soon enough the warmer spring and summer air will be pushing in. That also means the spring and summer eyeglass and sunglasses style will be coming into fruition, as well.

As noted by Fashionisers.com, colors are the first things needed for summer as the trends are shifting to bright sunglasses. These colors include yellow, blue and purple.

In addition to bright sunglasses, bright frames will be the upcoming trend in 2015. White frames are also going to be “in” this year. This look is classy and chic.

This style has lingered for a while, but over-sized sunglasses will remain popular this summer. These large sunglasses accentuate your personality and adds the perfect final touch for your stylish clothing combinations.

Another trend is a blast from the past – literally. The retro ‘60s and ‘70s sunglasses will be making a comeback this year. These glasses have experimental shapes and over-sized motives while bringing a feminine style and a glamorous look.

Oval sunglasses have been present at numerous fashion shows with yellow and black tones and reddish options.

Another style to look out for will be the semi-rimless sunglasses. This fresh and new direction of style will be a trendsetter come this spring and summer. The framing is on one half of the glasses, either top or bottom, and leaves a gap between the two lines of frames going above or below the glasses.

Click here to take a look at these new styles and more.

At Performance Eyecare, we carry top designer eyeglasses and sunglasses such as Lafont, Oakley, Oliver Peoples, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Maui Jim and more.

Stop in soon to either our St. Louis or Swansea location to take a look at the many styles.

Original article: http://www.fashionisers.com/trends/spring-summer-2015-eyewear-trends/

 

When is eye pain an emergency?

Eye pain treatment at Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL

Eye pain can be a complicated matter because the severity of the pain does not indicate the cause of the discomfort. As noted by AllAboutVision.com, a relatively minor problem, such as a superficial abrasion of the cornea, can be very painful, but a serious eye problem, such as cataracts, macular degeneration or a detached retina, may cause no pain.

The eye’s cornea is one of the most sensitive tissues of the body and can be very useful because it’s the first line of defense against external injury to the eye. You’ll be sure to notice something irritating the front surface of your eye.

Blurred vision, redness and sensitivity to light often accompany eye pain. So what are the common causes of eye pain?

Corneal foreign body

Metal shavings, sawdust and other organic material are common foreign bodies that can become embedded in the surface of the cornea. This pain ranges from mild to severe and is most bothersome when you’re blinking.

Blurred vision and sensitivity to light are common and most corneal foreign bodies can be removed in the doctor’s office.

Corneal abrasion

To put is simply, this is a scratched cornea. Most of these are not serious. These scratches can be uncomfortable and cause sensitivity to light and watery eyes.

Many scratches will heal on their own within 24 hours, but deeper abrasions can lead to serious eye infection and even a corneal ulcer if left untreated.

It’s recommended you see an eye doctor for any sharp discomfort of the eye that doesn’t resolve quickly to determine the cause.

Dry eyes

Dry eye usually begins slowly and gradually increases in pain compared to eye pain from a corneal foreign body or abrasion. Dry eyes can sometimes lead to a corneal abrasion because there aren’t enough tears to determine the severity of the dryness.

Other eye pain causes

– Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
– Eye infections
– Iritis (inflammation of the iris)
– Contact lens discomfort

What about pain behind your eye? This is usually caused by migraine headaches and sinus infections.

A migraine headache usually has pain behind one eye accompanied by pain elsewhere on the same side of the head. Pain behind the eye from a sinus infection is usually less severe and both eyes may be affected.

If you’re suffering from eye pain, please stop in to see the professional eye doctors at Performance Eyecare. Our eye experts give the special attention everyone deserves and will help you get back to living a pain-free life and seeing clearly.

Original article: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/eye-pain.htm

 

Contact Lens Myths

Contact lens myths and facts at Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL

Are you afraid of wearing contact lenses? Check out these contact lens myths debunked by AllAboutVision.com and then decide if they are right for you.

    1. I can’t wear contact lenses

Just about everyone can now wear contact lenses thanks to technological advances. Some of the advances now allow those with astigmatism and those who need bifocal contact lenses.

    1. A contact lens will get lost behind my eye

It’s impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye because a thin membrane called the conjunctiva covers the white of your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelids.

    1. Contact lenses are uncomfortable

There is a brief period for you to get adapted to the change, but you will likely not notice that you are wearing contact lenses. There are remedies available should the contact lenses cause discomfort.

    1. Contact lenses can get permanently stuck to my eye

Soft contact lens can stick to the surface of your eye if it’s dried out, but you can remoisten the lens by applying sterile saline or multipurpose contact lens solution to get it moving again.

    1. Contact lenses are too much trouble to take care of

One-bottle contact lens care systems make cleaning your lenses easy or you can choose to eliminate the care altogether by getting daily disposables or 30-day extendable wear ones.

    1. Wearing contact lenses cause eye problems

If you follow your eye doctor’s instructions on how to care for your lenses, how long to wear them and how frequently to replace them, wearing contact lenses is safe.

    1. I’ll never be able to get them in my eyes

It might be difficult at first, but your eye care professional will make sure you learn how to apply and remove them before you leave their office.

    1. Contacts can pop out of my eye

The old-fashioned hard ones could, but today’s contacts fit closer to the eye so it’s very rare for one to dislodge from a wearer’s eye unexpectedly.

    1. Contact lenses are too expensive

They can be less expensive than a good pair of eyeglasses. Even daily disposable lenses can cost about a dollar a day.

  1. I’m too old to wear contact lenses

Thanks to the bifocal contact lenses and contacts designed for dry eyes, getting older is no longer a barrier to successful contact lenses. You should ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for contacts.

At Performance Eyecare, we can routinely fit our contact lens patients the same day as their exam. Click here to learn more about out contact lens service.

Original article: http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/myths.htm

 

Winter season spurs pink eye

Pink Eye Care at Performance Eyecare

The winter season is the season for colds, which in turn can create a battle against pink eye.

As noted by AllAboutVision.com, anyone can get pink eye. Preschoolers, schoolchildren, college students, teachers and daycare workers are particularly at risk for the contagious types of pink eye due to their close proximity with others in the classroom.

So what is pink eye?

Also known as conjunctivitis, pink eye “is inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. Although the conjunctiva is transparent, it contains blood vessels that overlay the sclera of the eye. Anything that triggers inflammation will cause these conjunctival blood vessels to dilate. This is what causes red, bloodshot eyes.”

There are three types of pink eye, based on cause. They are:

Viral conjunctivitis which is caused by a virus, like the common cold. This type is very contagious, but usually clears up on its own after several days without medication. The symptoms include watery, itchy eyes; sensitive to light. It can be spread by coughing and sneezing.

Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria and can cause serious damage to the eye if it isn’t treated. The symptoms include: a sticky, yellow or greenish-yellow eye discharge in the corner of the eye. This can be contagious usually by direct contact with infected hands or items that have touched the eye.

Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by eye irritants such as pollen, dust and animal dander. This may be seasonal or flare up year-round. The symptoms include: watery, burning itchy eyes; often accompanied by stuffiness and runny nose, and light sensitivity. This is not contagious.

You should see your eye doctor if you or your child has pink eye symptoms. Give Performance Eyecare a call at (314) 878-1377 (St. Louis location) or (618) 234-3053 (Swansea, Illinois location).

Original article: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/conjunctivitis.htm

 

January is the ideal time to start getting eye exams

Eye chart and eye exam at Performance Eyecare

 

We have previously written about August being National Eye Exam Month, but January is another great month to get this important annual exam done.

August is considered the “Eye Exam Month” because it’s when kids begin to go back to school and it serves as a great reminder for parents to have their child’s eyes checked.

If you don’t have a child, January may be the ideal month to schedule your annual eye exam. Just remember, “a new year, a new eye exam.” It won’t be hard to forget.

Eye exams are often pushed aside by people with great vision and even those with poor sight, but as noted by AllAboutVision.com, routine exams are important regardless of age or physical health.

The eye doctors, including the ones at Performance Eyecare, do much more than determine your prescription, if any, for eyeglasses or contact lenses during your eye exam. They also check them for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Eye doctors are often the first health care professionals to detect chronic systematic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

So what does the eye doctor check for during your eye exam? As mentioned above, it’s more than you think.

Eye doctors check the eyes for refractive error, which refers to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. This can be corrected with eye glasses, contacts or surgery.

They also check for amblyopia, which occurs when the eyes are turned or when one eye has a much different prescription than the other. In addition, they can check for strabismus (crossed or turned eyes), eye teaming problems, focusing problems, eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and other diseases.

Be sure to schedule an eye exam soon, especially if you haven’t one in over a year by calling Performance Eyecare at (314) 878-1377 (St. Louis location) or (618) 234-3053 (Swansea, Illinois location).

More information: http://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-exam/importance.htm

 

Fulfill your New Year’s Resolutions at Performance Eyecare

Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL is the place to go for better eye health and to see more clearly.

Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL is the place to go for better eye health and to see more clearly.

Another year has come and pass which means it’s another year of making New Year’s resolutions, some new and some old, some reasonable and some way out of reach.

So what will your New Year’s resolution be for 2015? Here’s an easy one to choose: take better care of your eyes.

As noted by OregonEyes.net, all it takes to start is one phone call and appointment. It’s recommended you do the following:

Get an eye exam

A regular eye exam is a good idea even if you think they are healthy. Many eye diseases don’t have symptoms so it’s imperative you have a yearly exam. Also, January is the perfect month for an eye exam because it’s easy to remember – a new year, new eye exam.

Get screened for glaucoma

You need to get regular glaucoma screenings if you are 40 or older. This terrible disease is known as the “silent thief of sight” because it can cause vision loss before you know you have it.

Update your prescription

Your eyeglass or contact lens prescription might be outdated or wrong for your activities. You should get your prescription checked out yearly, especially if you begin to get headaches or dry eyes after working at a computer.

Click here to read what other things you should do this year to take better care of your eyes!

Performance Eyecare is the perfect place for you to put your vision first in 2015. We offer quality services including high-tech eye exams to detect diseases and Lasik eye surgery as well as designer eyeglass and sunglass frames.

We can begin treating your dry eyes, red eyes, pink eye, eye infections and more starting with one visit. Seeing correctly is important during your daily activities, so isn’t it time you scheduled an appointment to see us soon?

Original article: http://www.oregoneyes.net/blog/new-year%E2%80%99s-resolutions-for-healthier-eyes/

 

Performance Eyecare has same day contact lenses

Woman holding contact lens to eye

Woman holding contact lens to eye

There’s no need to sit around waiting and wondering when your prescription contact lenses are going to be finished. At Performance Eyecare, we have several hundred contact lenses in our office and can routinely fit our contact lens patients the same day. It is not uncommon to hear from our new contact lens patients, “you mean you have MY contact lens prescription here and I can take my contact lenses home today?”

For more information on our contact lens service, click here!