Should I Worry About Eye Floaters?

What are Eye Floaters?

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Eye floaters are gray or black spots, squiggly lines, or cobweb-like shapes that drift across your field of vision as you move your eyes. While they may be annoying, they usually do not indicate a serious eye condition.

Causes of Eye Floaters:

Most floaters are the result of age-related changes in the eye. Our eyes are filled with a gel-like substance called vitreous. As we age, this gel can become partially liquefied. This causes collagen protein fibers in the vitreous to clump together and cast shadows on the retina. In rare cases, different eye diseases and disorders can cause floaters or flashbulb-like bursts of light, including

  • a detached or torn retina,
  • bleeding in the vitreous,
  • eye injuries,
  • diabetic retinopathy,
  • eye tumors, or
  • inflammation in the retina or vitreous.

When to See An Eye Doctor:

If you only have a few floaters that do not change over time or significantly interfere with your vision, you do not have to worry. In some instances, they may improve on their own with time. You can also try to move them out of your field of vision by moving your eyes up and down. You should see an eye care professional immediately if you notice

  • floaters associated with sudden flashes of light,
  • a sudden increase in the number of floaters,
  • floaters associated with eye pain,
  • floaters following eye surgery or trauma,
  • a loss of side vision, or
  • your symptoms worsen over time.

These symptoms can be indications of a detached retina or other serious conditions that can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated quickly.

Are Treatments Available For Eye Floaters?

In some instances, a laser can be used to break up large floaters so that they are less noticeable. If you have so many floaters that they significantly interfere with your vision, a surgical procedure is available in which the vitreous is removed and replaced with a saline solution.

Performance Eyecare is proud to offer preventative and emergency eye care services to patients in Creve Coeur, MO; Alton, IL; and Swansea, IL. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Non-Surgical Vision Correction While You Sleep

VRSS

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Few things are as precious as our eyesight. When our sight is less than perfect, it reduces our quality of life by making everything more difficult. If you don’t want to wear glasses because they’re bulky on your face or you just dislike the look, and you don’t want to deal with contacts or can’t wear them, and you’re uncomfortable with the idea of having surgery on your eyes, another option to help your vision does exist.

There’s now a new technology, started in 2010, called the Vision Retainer Shaping System. This procedure provides non-surgical vision correction while you sleep. It works similar to a dental retainer, but it’s for your eyes.

The special lenses involved are only worn at night while you sleep. They gradually reshape the cornea to reduce (or even eliminate) myopia or astigmatism. The lenses are comfortable to wear and easy to care for. You’ll feel no pain, and you can wear lenses in both eyes at the same time. Take them out in the morning, and you’ll have clearer vision all day long.

The treatment is most effective on mild to moderate cases. More severe cases may still require additional vision correction. If you’re not happy with the results for any reason, this process is also completely reversible. Simply stop wearing the lenses at night, and your vision will gradually return to its original state.

Because this system doesn’t work on every cornea shape, only specially trained optometrists can evaluate your suitability for this treatment and perform the procedure. The optometrists at the Vision Centers of Performance Eyecare in St. Louis & Illinois have received the special training necessary and have the proper diagnostic equipment and expertise to perform VRSS.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll review your prescription and let you know if the Vision Retainer Shaping System is right for you!

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

 

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/

 

Customized Eye Prescriptions

Did you know that Performance Eyecare is one of the only eye centers that customizes Eye prescriptions in Scuba Diving Masks in our St. Louis, MO & Swansea, IL area? We provide affordable pricing on specialty lenses made to custom fit into your scuba mask to help you see at distance and also up close to see your gauges and watch.

Or, that we make eyeglasses in the office with our state-of-the-art edging instruments? And that we have a custom selection-process to fit your optical needs and we pick frames according to your face shape, skin tone and brow structure? Our staff and selection makes us the premiere eyecare center in St. Louis.