When are spots and floaters dangerous for your eyes?

Performance Eyecare in St. Louis and Swansea, IL can examine excessive spots and floaters in your eyes to determine if it's due to retinal detachment.

Spots and floaters are caused by bits of protein and other tissue embedded in the gel-like material that fills the eye, called vitreous.

The vitreous becomes more fluid and the spots and floaters move more easily within it as we age. Additional floaters may spring about when the vitreous detaches from the retina.

When should you be alarmed by the spots or floaters?

You should visit the eye doctors at Performance Eyecare when the floaters are accompanied by flashes of light. This could mean something serious is going on inside the eye and could cause a detached retina.

Normal floaters are when you have a few dots that come and go. That can simply depend on how tired you are or the type of lighting you’re in. You should seek immediate help from an eye doctor or emergency room if you see flashes of light, clouds of floaters or a curtain over part of your vision.

The good news is that most retinal detachments can be helped if treated soon. It’s important not to ignore these symptoms because they can lead to a loss of vision or blindness.

We recommend you visit us at Performance Eyecare if you see a lot of floaters. That will help us determine if you have a vitreous detachment (which just needs to be watched) or something more serious such as a retinal detachment.

Who is at risk for a retinal detachment?

Those who have suffered an injury to the eye or face or people with very high levels of nearsightedness. On rare occasions, retinal detachment may occur after LASIK surgery in highly nearsighted individuals.

Other causes of retinal detachments include cataract surgery, tumors, eye disease, diabetes and sickle cell disease.

Choosing the right eye drops

Performance Eyecare has tips for which kind of eye drops to use when you have certain eye conditions such as red eyes and pink eye.

Remember, please contact the eye doctors at Performance Eyecare if you have any of the following symptoms. We can help determine the cause and severity, as well as the best treatment.

Lubricating eye drops for dry eyes can provide relief for short-term dry eyes, such as computer eye strain, being outdoors on a sunny or windy day, and tiredness. Avoid ‘decongestant eye drops’ for dry eyes because it’s typically advertised as relief for red eyes. This can worsen dry eye symptoms in the long run.

Decongestant eye drops can eliminate red eyes by shrinking tiny blood vessels on the white part of the eye to make them look less visible. These drops are effective at getting rid of redness, but they could just be masking a more serious problem. It’s important to consult with an eye doctor to identify the cause of the red eyes.

When to Use Eye Drops

Allergy season is ramping up and so you will want to use antihistamine eye drops to treat your eyes. If the eye drops don’t contain the itching and doesn’t improve your symptoms, you should see an eye doctor.

It’s also important to see the eye doctor if you are considering using eye drops for soreness. Your eyes may be sore because they are dry, strained or tired, but you should have an eye exam if they are continually sore. This could be because you need vision correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia.

Those of us who wear contact lenses should use rewetting drops to provide relief for dry eyes and discomfort from your contacts. Like all of these eye drops, it’s important to check with the eye doctor to make sure the contact lens type is compatible with the eye drop you’re considering.

Be sure to schedule an appointment at Performance Eyecare to rule out any serious eye problem from the above eye symptoms.

Protect Eyes from UV Rays

Ultraviolet rays are a danger to skin and eyes year-round. They play a contributing factor to skin damage, skin cancer and eye disorders such as cataracts. It’s important to keep in mind with kids out of school and outdoor activities planned, especially during the summer months.

“The more time you spend outdoors without protecting your eyes, the greater your risk for ocular damage,” says Dr. James Winnick, an optometrist. Rather than avoid the problem entirely by seeking refuge inside, take steps to mitigate your risk in the sun.

Consider Risk Factors

While all people need to protect their eyes from UV radiation, some populations are more sensitive than others to the sun. For example, children don’t yet have the natural protection in their eyes that adults have. That means they get most of their exposure before they are 18 years old.

Experts say it doesn’t matter who you are, protecting your eyes outdoors is crucial.

Reflecting Light is a Concern

Sunlight is reflected off water, sidewalks, buildings — almost everything — and it goes in every direction. While sunglasses and photochromic lenses protect from UV light passing through the front of the lenses, a new trend in eye protection takes on the back side of lenses as well.

A special anti-reflective treatment can now be added to the back of lenses that helps prevent UV radiation from reflecting off of them and into your eyes. The great news is that some lens brands, like UNITY, offer this “backside UV” treatment at no additional cost depending on the options you choose for your new photochromic lenses.

Don’t wait for UV exposure to get the best of your eye health. Just as you use sunblock, you should have some protection for your eyes throughout the day. This May, take steps to better protect your family.

Sunglasses at Performance Eyecare

At Performance Eyecare, we carry over 700 pairs of high quality and designer eyeglasses and sunglasses in our state-of-the-art optical centers in St. Louis and the Metro East St. Louis, Illinois areas. We have eyeglasses of all price ranges, including high-end fashion frames made from the latest materials.

Some of the designer lines we carry include: Maui Jim, Fossil, X-Games, Lafont, L.A. Eyeworks, Tom Ford, Armani Exchange, Michael Kors, Callaway, Oliver Peoples, Jaguar, Silhouette, OGI and Tom Davies.

All of our eyeglasses are covered by an unconditional warranty and we always stand behind every pair of eyeglasses should you not be completely satisfied.

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Visual Freedom Starts Here

Non-Surgical Vision Correction

If you are looking for a safe, non-invasive option to better eyesight, you may want to consider our alternate, non-surgical visual correction surgery which is also known as the vision retainer shaping system. This is the process of utilizing retainer contact lens that corrects your overall vision while you are asleep!

You may be asking yourself, “what is the difference between lasik eye surgery, and non-surgical vision correction?” And the answer is this:

  1. Vision Retainer Shaping System is less than half the cost of a laser vision eye surgery.
  2. Good news! The non-surgical method involves zero post pain.
  3. You will not experience any hazy or blurred vision once complete.
  4. Both of your eyes can be corrected in the same visit!
  5. No use, or need for steroid or other drugs as there are with laser surgery patients.
  6. We saved the best for last! This retainer contact lens is reversible, whereas surgical correction is not!

Our team can help you determine if you are a candidate. We also offer a free consultation! It is important to keep in mind that VRSS is not suitable for everyone, and needs to be performed by a qualified & licensed eye care expert, like Dr. Massie. This non-surgical vision repair is safe for all ages, including children and older adults. To see a list of the eye health insurance plans we accept, call our nearby office today! The road to visual freedom is only an appointment away!

Summer Fashion Trends

Performance Eyecare has the summer fashion trends in sunglasses. Looking to go to the beach or head on vaca? Stand out from the crowd with the latest summer trends in sunglasses.

There’s a style for everyone this summer from mirrored lens to rounded, extra-large frames to acetate semi-sheer frames. Those styles along with sculpture-like, ombre frames, mannish-styled, vintage inspired and edgy silhouettes are in this season.

Here’s what’s “in”:

Rounded frames

Round-shaped sunglasses have become popular recently and were highlighted at a variety of recent fashion shows.

Classic Cat Eye

These fashionable glasses are a blast from the past. The vintage-inspired are popular in women for the bold colors but mostly the cat-eye shape.

Oversized frames

Oversized frames are a quick way to make a fashion statement. The thick frame version of this style is extremely popular and offers a classy and trendy look that is bound to turn heads.

Other ‘in’ styles

  • Thick frames – Super thick frames are definitely in this season and come in a variety of fun shapes and classy looks.
  • Clear frames – White or light-colored rims is the one of the women’s fashion trends of 2014.
  • Mirrored lens – These add a splash of color and shine to any outfit.
  • Prints on frames – A classic pair of sunglasses couldn’t be trendier with printed or patterned frames.

Need Glasses? Find the Perfect Frame for Your Face Shape!

Did you know that it takes only three seconds for someone to make a first impression of you? That’s right – your hair, clothing, height, and the way you carry yourself is all analyzed within that short amount of time by those who encounter you.

Many times a certain type of frame can really attract a lot of positive compliments! But what type of frame is right for you? The endless options of eyewear can be very overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure of what will work with your face shape.

That’s where we come in!

If you don’t know your face shape, pull back your hair and look at yourself in the mirror. What kind of shape do you see when you examine your hairline, cheeks, chin, and jawline? If need be, take a dry erase marker and draw the shape of your face in the mirror.

Most eyewear will fall into one of four face-shape categories: square, round, oval, and heart. Choose the category that best describes your face shape, and see which frames you should shoot for to help you look your best!

If you have a SQUARE face…

You probably have a face that is proportional in width and length. You also might have a broad forehead, strong jawline, and a squared chin. You will want to create the illusion of length to help soften your jawbone, so round or oval frames with upward curves would be great for you! Frames with pops of color of flourishes in the corner can also help soften your sharp features. Try on semi-rimless, oval, and cat-eye frames to see which one you feel flatters your face the most.

If you have a ROUND face…

Your face is probably proportional in length and width but instead of sharp features, you have soft curves, a rounded jawline, and very few angles. Unlike those with square faces, you will want to stay far away from small rounded frames. Instead, try on high or mid-height temple frames, which will help give you a longer, slimmer face. Geometric and angular frames will also provide your face balance. Give squared frames with straight top lines and bold colors a shot – you’ll probably love them!

If you have an OVAL face…

Then celebrate! Your face shape is one of the easiest to dress up! Your face is probably longer than it is wide, has balanced features, and a chin that’s slightly narrower than your forehead. Your jawline is probably rounded, too. Wider frames with strong top lines will probably complement your face the best. But because your face is suited for nearly any frame, you don’t have to feel confined to a single look! Experiment with geometric shapes, square frames, and everything in between.

If you have a HEART face…

Your face is probably shaped like an inverted triangle in that your forehead is wider, your cheekbones are higher, and your jawline is narrow. Stay away from frames that exaggerate the widest parts of your face. Add width to your eye line by choosing round or oval frames that curve upward. Low temples and 70’s styled frames would all look fabulous on you!

If you’re ready for some new glasses, come on in to Performance Eyecare. We have several styles of frames for you to choose from. We want to help you look AND see great!

Nutrition is key for healthy eyes

At Performance Eyecare, we care about your total health. We also understand that many don’t always eat the best foods for our health, especially eye health. In this article below you will notice several vitamins that can help improve your overall eye health. We offer high quality, eyepromise restore vitamins, in the Performance Eyecare office which both our patients, and walk-in customers can pickup at anytime!

As noted by Gary Heiting, OD, Omega-3 essential fatty acids appear to help the eye in a variety of ways from alleviating dry eye syndrome symptoms to guarding against macular damage.

The following vitamins, minerals and other nutrients have been shown to be essential for good vision and may protect your eyes from sight-robbing conditions and diseases.

Beta-carotene

Eye benefits: May reduce the progression of macular degeneration when taken in combination with zinc and vitamins C and E.
Sources: Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, butternut squash

Bioflavonoids (Flavonoids)

Eye benefits: May protects against cataracts and macular degeneration.
Sources: Tea, red wine, citrus fruits, bilberries, blueberries, cherries, legume, soy products

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Eye benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin: May prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
Sources: Spinach, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, squash.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Eye benefits of omega-3 fatty acids: May help prevent macular degeneration (AMD) and dry eyes.
Sources: Cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring; fish oil supplements, freshly ground flaxseeds, walnuts.

Selenium

Eye benefits: When combined with carotenoids and vitamins C and E, may reduce risk of advanced AMD.
Sources: Seafood (shrimp, crab, salmon, halibut), Brazil nuts, enriched noodles, brown rice.

Vitamin A

Eye benefits of vitamin A: May protect against night blindness and dry eyes.
Food sources: Beef or chicken liver; eggs, butter, milk.

Vitamin C

Eye benefits: May reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Sources: Sweet peppers (red or green), kale, strawberries, broccoli, oranges, cantaloupe.

Vitamin D

Eye benefits: May reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
Sources: Salmon, sardines, mackerel, milk; orange juice fortified with vitamin D.

Vitamin E

Eye benefits: When combined with carotenoids and vitamin C, may reduce the risk of advanced AMD.
Food sources: Almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts.

Zinc

Eye benefits: Helps vitamin A reduce the risk of night blindness; may play a role in reducing risk of advanced AMD.
Food sources: Oysters, beef, Dungeness crab, turkey (dark meat).

In general, it’s best to obtain most nutrients through a healthy diet, including at least two servings of fish per week and plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Eyeglasses for the busy lifestyle

Man sitting at desk holding documents, side view

Do you use the same pair of glasses for everything you do, or do you own a pair of specialty eyeglasses designed for specific tasks?

“One size fits all” is true in some situations, but it’s unlikely that one pair of eyeglasses is suitable in every situation, such as when you’re sitting at the computer or driving a vehicle.

The most important reasons for purchasing specialty eyewear, according to a survey by The Vision Council, include:

  • For a specific activity such as computer use, work, hobbies, sports or driving.
  • To see better in general.
  • For safety reasons to protect the eyes from harm while playing sports.
  • For cosmetic reasons.

Computer Glasses

You are at an increased risk of developing eye strain and other symptoms with the more time you spend sitting at a computer. This is the result of focusing on a very specific area for a long period of time. The computer screen can tire the eyes more quickly than reading a book or newspaper.

Computer glasses are designed for intermediate and close-up distances and will help you avoid eye strain.

Work and Hobbies

If you wear bifocals, you may realize that you have to tip your head back to use the reading zone in the bottom of the glasses. That is unless what you’re reading is in your lap.

You can purchase special work glasses that have the reading segment placed higher in the lenses. Special bifocals and trifocals for work-related tasks are called occupational lenses.

A separate pair of reading glasses might be helpful if some of your hobbies include beading, needlepoint, crafting or anything that requires intense focus at close distances.

Then there is safety glasses that can protect your eyes while working with hand and power tools.

Sports Eyewear

You can improve your visual acuity on the golf course or tennis court by changing the lens tint of sunglasses. Sport-specific eyewear can enhance performance by improving visual clarity while protecting your eyes from injury.

Driving Glasses

There are two categories when it comes to driving glasses: sunglasses designed for driving and prescription eyeglasses.

Sunglasses for driving have polarized lenses that reduce glare and make it easier to see in bright light.

Prescription eyewear for driving includes an appropriate distance prescription and lenses with an anti-reflective coating. This coating reduces glare from light off the front and back of your lenses and allows more light to enter your eyes for better vision when driving at night.

Safety Eyewear

Many people buy specialty eyewear for increased safety, such as safety glasses, sports goggles or shooting glasses.

Safety eyewear is made of ultra-durable materials and provides more coverage than regular glasses.

You can get the latest fashionable specialty eyeglasses at Performance Eyecare. Our team will work with you to discover which prescription works best and looks best so you can see safely in your everyday tasks.

The Top Five Reasons To Get Your Eyeglasses From Performance Eyecare!

There’s a lot more to purchasing glasses than picking out a frame and getting some lenses put in it.  You want to purchase a quality pair that is going to hold up while you wear them and last for a couple of years  And if something were to go wrong with them, you want it fixed.  You also want to feel good wearing eyeglasses, knowing they work well with your face, style and that they represent you.  This is where PERFORMANCE EYECARE comes in.  We can take away the stress of worrying about all of these things while picking out your eyewear.

In fact, we’ve compiled a list as to why you should buy your next eyeglasses (and sunglasses) from us!  Check it out.

Reason #1: We’ve Got the Best Selection of Frames in the Metro-East

Our optical selection is one of the best in the area with over 700 quality eyeglasses and sunglasses to choose from. Whatever your style or budget is, we are confident that we have several frames that you will love.

Reason #2: Our Opticians Are Specially-Trained to Fit You in a Frame

We have a custom selection-process to fit your optical needs and our non-commissioned opticians pick frames for you according to your face shape, skin tone, brow structure, and so much more! We also have the ability to fit you into specialty eyewear, including sport sunglasses, sport goggles, and even scuba goggles!

Reason #3: We Have Our Own Eyeglass Laboratory

We make eyeglasses in the office with our state-of-the-art edging instruments. We can grind lenses for most prescriptions in our office to ensure the best quality. This also decreases turnaround time so that your new eyeglasses are ready sooner.

Reason #4: We Carry Quality Products

Like most products, there is a wide spectrum of quality among lenses and frames in the optical industry. We offer the most technologically advanced lenses that allow you to see your absolute best. Our frames are that of the highest quality, which hold adjustments. They’re built to last for many years to come.

Reason #5: Five-Star Warranty You Won’t See Anywhere Else

We are so confident in our eyeglasses that we carry a 2-year warranty on lenses and frames at no additional cost. If your glasses break, simply bring them back and your glasses will be repaired or replaced for free. We also offer a 60-day exchange policy, so if you decide you don’t like the shape or color, you can return it for another frame. If new lenses are required, a small lab regrinding fee will be charged depending on the type of lens you require.

If you’re ready to buy your eyeglasses now or even if you simply have more questions about what we do, don’t hesitate a minute longer! We can help you find eyeglasses that you will love!

 

Coping with Low Vision

Low vision is the loss of eyesight that is not correctable through surgery, glasses/contacts, or pharmaceuticals. It’s most often characterized by blurred vision or blind spots. It can make everyday tasks such as reading, watching television, or driving a car difficult or even impossible in some cases.

However, there are many techniques available for those suffering low vision that can make many of these tasks still possible. Simple things such as improved lighting, glare reduction, or increased contrast can make things easier.

RE-VAMP YOUR HOME TO HELP YOUR VISION

There are lots of products available to help you set yourself up for success in your home! Step one will be making sure you have adequate lighting throughout. You can also buy special products with reduced glare, or better contrast to help you remain independent during your day-to-day life.

Make the Most of Your Remaining Vision: Using Your “Next-Best Spot”

When you have a blind spot (scotoma) in the center of your vision you will naturally find a “next-best spot.” You may hear this referred to as your preferred retinal locus or PRL. Adapting to using noncentral vision usually will require magnification and some training.

CREATE A SUPPORT TEAM

Your vision rehabilitation team may include:

  • An optometrist
  • A low-vision specialist
  • An occupational therapist
  • A rehabilitation teacher
  • An orientation and mobility specialist, who focuses on independent and safe travel
  • A social worker
  • A counselor
  • An assistive technology professional

For more information visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology. If you think your eyesight may be getting worse, please schedule an appointment at one of our offices today.