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COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS – March 6, 2010 – In honor of World Glaucoma Awareness Week (March 7 to March 13, 2010), Total Eye Care will be offering free Glaucoma Screenings on World Glaucoma Day, March 12, 2010 at the Colleyville office located at 6114 Colleyville Blvd. from Noon to 2pm.
“Early detection and awareness are crucial to limiting vision loss from glaucoma. The purpose of Glaucoma Awareness Week is to get the word out and prompt patients to seek an evaluation from their eye doctor. At Total Eye Care we would like to make it easier for patients to learn about glaucoma by offering a free screening ” says Dr. Richard Driscoll, clinical director at Total Eye Care. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, not because of lack of effective methods for diagnosis and treatment, but due to insufficient information available to the public and low awareness of the implications of the disease. Glaucoma is asymptomatic in its early stages, while the patient’s vision suffers irreversible and cumulative damage. Visual disturbances are noted by the patient during the later stages on the way to blindness, whereas timely diagnosis and therapy could have prevented this degradation.
“We have so many advanced medications and diagnostic instruments available to us that the detection and treatment of glaucoma has been greatly advanced in the last 10 to 15 years” says Dr. Alycia Green. A glaucoma awareness questionnaire is available on the Total Eye Care website along with detailed handouts for patients on glaucoma and many other eye diseases such as macular degeneration and keratoconus.
Total Eye Care participates in Glaucoma Awareness Week, the complete press release.
About Total Eye Care
Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Dr. Richard Driscoll has been serving the eye care needs of Colleyville, Texas since 1995. Dr. Alycia Green brings over 10 years of experience to Total Eye Care, specializing in pediatrics. The Colleyville office is located at 6114 Colleyville Blvd. Total Eye Care’s Keller office is located at 1834 Keller Parkway. More information can be found on The Eye Doc Blog or the Total Eye Care website at www.TotalEyeCare.com
Dr. Richard Driscoll
Total Eye Care
6114 Colleyville Blvd.
Colleyville, TX 76034
Have you ever wondered how soft contact lenses are made? We found this Discovery Channel video from the show How Do they do it? showing how custom soft contact lenses are made.
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3. If your lenses are not performing properly you don’t have to worry about exchanging your old lenses
4. You can exchange unopened, unexpired, unmarked boxes in new condition at your yearly eye exam
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This weekend Taylor and I went with a group of dads and daughters to see A Christmas Carol in 3D. A popular question was, “so how do they do the 3D effect?”
We can judge depth because our eyes are about 2 1/2 inches apart, allowing each eye to have a slightly different view of an object. The brain interprets these differing views, allowing us to note that the objects are at varying distances.
In a movie theater, the image is projected onto a flat screen, therefore we must show each eye a slightly different image, this is accomplished by using either polarized lenses (the better method) or red and green lenses (think headache). Polarized lenses are, by far, the preferred method. Typically, light radiates in all directions, polarized lenses filter the light so that it radiates in only one direction, with all of the light waves parallel to each other.
The 3D movie glasses use polarized lenses that filter the light 90 degrees apart for each eye, thus allowing each eye to see a different image. Two movie projectors are then used to show the movie. Each projector’s image is slightly offset on the screen simulating the distance between our eyes. While wearing your polarized 3D glasses the movie looks clear and sharp. If you take your glasses off the movie looks fuzzy with a shadow off to the left. Your brain will fuse these views giving depth to the image.
An Interesting Experiment
If you take a friend’s 3D movie glasses and hold their left lens in front of your right lens you will see that no light gets through, turn the lenses perpendicular to each other and once again you can see through both lenses.
So How Was The Movie
The last 3D movie I saw used red and green glasses so it was great seeing a 3D movie that did not give me a headache. The picture looked great and the 3D effects were well done, however that’s about it. The chase scenes were way to long and really done mostly to show off the movie’s 3d effects. Jim Carrey was good in his role as Ebenezer Scrooge and the movie stuck to the original book. So the bottom line, it’s not a bad movie as a matter of fact they did a good job, however the only reason to see this movie, is to see the 3D effects.
Occasionally I depart from the usual eye care related topics and branch into something that I feel people might find useful. My internet browser of choice is Firefox. I only use Internet Explorer when absolutely necessary, which is a very rare event indeed. What I like about Firefox is that you can customize it with addons. There are thousands of addons available for Firefox. Here are a few of my must have favorites. I use everyone of these daily.
- Tab Mix Plus – Adds increased options and functionality to Firefox’s current tab system
- Unites States English Dictionary – a spell checker
- Google Toolbar for Firefox – search Google from the browser without going to the website, includes other helpful items as well
- Adblock Plus – gets rid of pop ups and advertisements, you can tell it which pages you want the ads removed
- Delicious Bookmarks – Store your bookmarks online and categorize them. Decline the option to install Yahoo’s Toolbar, Google’s is better
- ForecastFox – gives you weather in the bottom right corner of the browser
- Gmail Manager – Much better way to access your Gmail, especially if you have multiple accounts
- IE Tab – sometimes only Internet Explorer works, usually only needed for an E-Commerce site
- Remember the Milk for Gmail – My todo list integrated with Gmail
- Sxipper – Gives me the option to enter my passwords at logon screens
That’s it those are my must have Firefox Browser Extensions/Addons. You can search for other Firefox addons at the Firefox Addon Website. I have also reviewed addons that are available to patients with impaired vision.
We are frequently asked to explain how glaucoma causes blindness. Glaucomatous damage to the eye is caused when the pressure within the eye is greater than the optic nerve can tolerate. How does the pressure cause blindess? The simple answer is we don’t know exactly, however there are two main theories as to why the damage occurs. Neither theory fully explains how the optic nerve damage occurs in the different types of glaucoma.
The Vascular Theory of Glaucoma
The premise of the vascular theory is that high pressure inside the eye restricts blood flow to the optic nerve causing the optic nerve to slowly die from lack of oxygen and nutrients.
The Mechanical Theory of Glaucoma
Physical damage is the underlying hypothesis of the mechanical theory of glaucoma. It is thought that the high pressure damages the optic nerve fibers.
So Which One Is It?
That’s a good question the leading researchers can make a convincing case for both theories and neither theory, by itself can completely explain how glaucoma damages the eye. In reality both probably play a role in how an eye is damaged by glaucoma.
Are you sensitive to light? Do your eyes often feel gritty? Does your vision fluctuate? Does blinking improve your vision? Do you use artificial tear more than 3 times a day? Find your contact lenses uncomfortable? These are just a few of the most common symptoms we hear when patients tell us their eyes feel dry and irritated. Dry eye syndrome is very common, especially in women. Treatment of dry eye syndrome is very beneficial with very little risk of complications. Punctal occlusion with silicone plugs is one of the most common modes of treatment.
We often use punctal plugs to increase the amount of tears present in a patient’s eyes. A recent study compared the two most common types of punctal plugs, silicone punctal plugs and the SmartPLUG®. Essentially the study found that they both were relatively equally effective in reducing a patient’s symptoms (over 55% of the patients reduced the use of artificial tears). The study evaluated only 36 eyes for less than 12 weeks which really was not enough patients over too little time. However, one would likely expect that as long as the punctal plugs remained in the eyes the patients would continue to do well. The study does show that treatment of dry eye syndrome with punctal plugs is an effective solution.
Interestingly, 33% of the eyes treated had a plug fall out during the 12 weeks, which is very high. In our practice we see approximately 5% of our patients per year lose a plug, a rate much more in line with other ophthalmic practices. A 33% loss makes me want to look for a problem with punctal plug sizes.
We use both types of punctal plugs used in the study, silicone plugs (made out of a rigid type of silicone) and the SmartPLUG® (made out of a thermodynamic gel). We find both to be very effective and helpful in different situations. I like the silicone plugs for most patients, it is easy to insert and verify that it is still in place doing its job. The SmartPLUG® is helpful in patients that find the silicone plugs irritating.
If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of dry eyes see your eye doctor and get some help. There are numerous treatments available, which we will cover in another article. At a minimum, patients typically note a significant decrease in symptoms with treatment.
If you would like to read a summary of the article it’s available here “SmartPlug versus silicone punctal plug therapy for dry eye: a prospective randomized trial”.
UPDATE: Check out this video on treating Dry Eye Syndrome with punctal plugs at Total Eye Care.