Fact or Science Fiction?

Ortho-K is the Future of Vision Correction.

Who doesn’t love Science Fiction? It is fun to imagine a future of hover cars, robot maids, and contact lenses that reshape your cornea so you don’t need to wear glasses anymore.   Hold the phone- that last one isn’t fiction!  It is Orthokeratology and Drs. Brenden White and Brittany Capstick at InVision Eye Health are your local experts.

Ortho-K is a non-surgical procedure that eliminates the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses. It improves vision by gently reshaping your eye WHILE YOU SLEEP using specially designed therapeutic contact lenses. You just put the specially fitted lenses in at bedtime, and when you awake, you will have clear, sharp, natural vision for your waking hours.

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This safe and effective treatment can correct near-sightedness (including high prescriptions), farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia (blurred near vision). It is a great alternative to LASIK for those who don’t want the risk or are not ready for surgery.

Ortho-K is great for kids, 8 years and older, who struggle wearing glasses and contacts– it can even prevent their nearsightedness from worsening as they grow.

Ortho-K is also great for adults who struggle with contact lenses due to dry eye symptoms or allergies.  Maybe  you are tired of being blind without your glasses when you wake up in the morning or in the shower.  Wouldn’t it be great to snorkel and actually see the fish?

If you are interested in Ortho-Ks for yourself or your child, call us or come in for a no charge OrthoK consultation with Dr. White or Dr. Capstick.  They will be happy to answer your questions, explain the fitting and follow up process, and make sure that your eyes and Rx make you a good candidate.

We’re still waiting on the robot maids, but the future of vision correction is already here!

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Why Do I Need an Annual Eye Exam? My Vision Hasn’t Changed.

When it comes up in conversation that I work in the Eye Health field, I am often asked, “Do I really need an annual eye exam?  My glasses still work fine, and who has the time for that?”  At InVision Eye Health, we understand how busy you are.  A well checkup for your eyes may not make it to the top of your list if you don’t understand what it is that makes it so vital.  So, let me explain a little of what we are looking for while we are looking into your eyes (Spoiler– It isn’t your soul!).

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Checking your vision is a major portion of your eye exam– it is the flashy part with the cool machinery  and the tricky questions (Which looks more clear, 1 or 2? 3 or 4?  How about now?).  But it isn’t the only thing we do and, honestly, it isn’t the most important.

We will check the tiny muscles that control eye movement, and the even tinier muscles that control the focusing power of your eye’s internal lens.

We look at your vascular system. An Eye Doctor dilates your eyes to see your veins intact.  This is the only exam where your healthcare professional can check for cholesterol problems without sticking you with a needle. Odd bends, tears, or kinks in your veins can indicate High Blood Pressure. Diabetic Patients should see their Optometrist regularly to keep watch for Diabetic Retinopathy, or your eye doctor may see signs of retinopathy and encourage you to see your primary care physician for treatment of diabetes.

We look at your nerves.  The optic disc in the back of your retina is where your optic nerve connects your eyes to your brain.  If that connection is discolored, that can indicate a brain tumor.  If your pupils don’t expand and retract normally in response to light, that can also indicate nerve damage.

Excessive redness or irritation can indicate an auto-immune disorder, like Lupus.  Bulging or protruding eyes are a sign of Thyroid disease.

And honestly, your vision probably has changed.  Perhaps not dramatically, small changes over time are hard to notice, but you will appreciate the difference a fresh Rx makes.  Keeping up with incremental steps in your changing eyesight will be easier for you than adjusting to a dramatic change in your glasses Rx.

As your Eye Health team, we absolutely want you to see clearly– for a long, healthy lifetime.  We have looked into the eyes of our patients and seen the first evidence of leukemia and brain tumors.  So come see us regularly, it could save your life!  And it’s not like a it’s trip to the dentist…

Don’t Blink! (Incorrectly)

Stressed businessman with screwed-up eyesThere are certain areas of our lives where we all feel like we know what we’re doing.  We are competent, capable, and confident in our ability to order a pizza, drive a car, or send an email.  You may have thought that blinking would be on that list of things you know how to do, and do well.

You are wrong!

The vast majority of human beings have no idea they have been blinking both of their eyes incorrectly their entire lives.  How much could this matter you ask? What could you possibly be losing out on with your lack-luster blink technique?   Simple answer, a lot.

Partial blinking is a very common problem in people with evaporative dry eye.  Poor blinking can result in increased eye fatigue and reduced vision.  When we look at our computer or television screens for prolonged periods of time we all blink far less than we should which contributes to eye strain–causing discomfort, decreased vision, and even double vision.

Convinced you have a problem? Good job, that is the first step.

We at InVision are blinking experts with years of experience perfecting our essential blinking technique.  Luckily for you, we are also driven to share that knowledge and improve your quality of life.  What can we say?  We’re givers.

First off– make a commitment to yourself to blink every 20 minutes, 20 times a day.  Frequency and consistency are key. You need 30 days of consistent blinking to achieve optimal results.  Set a reminder on your phone, or an egg timer, especially during tasks that require sustained focus.

Next– close both eyes normally, pause two seconds, and open.  Close the eyes normally again, pause two seconds and then aggressively squeeze the lids together for two seconds.  Now, open your eyes and give yourself a pat on the back.  Repeat every 20 minutes.

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Finally– do a self-check.  Place your fingers at the corners of your eyes and blink.  When you are blinking correctly, you should feel no movement under your fingers.  If you feel anything, you are doing it wrong using your defense muscles that run along the side of your head.  Your blinking muscles are above your eyelids.  Try again, practice makes perfect.

Following this technique to consistently and completely blink will stimulate the glands that secrete tears and oils to lubricate your eyes.  You’ll experience less eye fatigue, irritation, redness, and better vision.  If you still have dry eye related symptoms, let us know!  We’re here to help.