t seems like almost everyone is on blood pressure medication nowadays. We all worry about our blood pressure being too high (hypertension), but almost never hear anything about it being too low unless you are physically passing out. Eye doctors often see the results of hypertension when we look at the retina in the back of your eye. However, too low of a blood pressure can cause problems as well. For example, low blood pressure appears to worsen the progression of glaucoma. There is also some evidence that the treatment for mild hypertension might have no effect on cardiovascular events, stroke, or death. The take-home point is you need to be seen by both your physician for blood pressure regulation and by your optometrist for retinal health checks on a routine basis.
Paul Proske, OD, an eye doctor here at VisionPro in Spring, TX, is honored to be appointed to the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry Advisory Board. Rosenberg is now the second College of Optometry in Texas, and is located in San Antonio. Members of the Advisory Board interview faculty, staff, and students and will advise on policy to maintain the highest standards for the Doctor of Optometry program. Do not worry, though–other than a few out-of-town meetings a year, Dr. Proske will continue to see you and your family right here at VisionPro!
Watch that sun! Sunglasses are not only for summer. Did you know that we get up to 80% of our lifetime sun exposure before 18 years of age? Wow! We all know about the use of sunscreen to lower the risk of skin cancer. However, we often leave a delicate and vitally important organ exposed to sun damage—the eyes. The eyes and eyelids are susceptible to cancer from sun exposure throughout the year, as well as a host of other conditions, such as cataracts. VisionPro carries high-quality sunglasses with good UV-A & UV-B protection, such as Oakley and Ray-Ban.
Don’t forget the kids! For your kids, we recommend Transitions lenses, which darken outdoors. These lenses block 100% of harmful UV rays from passing through. These lenses are great for children since they do not have to remember to put on their sunglasses before going outdoors.
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.
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Eyeglasses Are Back!
Picking out new eyeglasses can be a daunting task, whether you're getting your very first pair or you've worn them nearly all your life. The sheer volume of eyeglass choices can be torture to work your way through if you don't have any idea what you're looking for.
Not only are there many different shapes and colors in eyeglass frames, but advances in technology have also brought us a variety of new materials, for both the frames and the lenses, which makes eyeglasses more durable, lightweight and user-friendly. Eyeglass frames are now created from high-tech materials such as titanium and "memory metal" for the ultimate in strength and style, while the lenses are now thinner and lighter than ever before, even in high prescriptions.
Lens options, such as anti-reflective coating, light-changing tints, progressive lenses and new high-tech, light weight materials such as Trivex(TM) and polycarbonate, let you choose a pair of eyeglasses that enhances your vision, no matter what you like to do.
Vision Pro is continuing to grow! We are looking for an optician to work Saturdays only. Previous experience preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate. Individual must be enthusiastic, professional, able to multitask, computer-literate and have excellent customer service skills. Pay scale commensurate with experience & skills. Click here to apply.