Due to the fact that one of the specialties at Total Eye Care is keratoconus we see many patients with this condition. We recently updated our patient information on keratoconus page to reflect some of the new technologies available to our patients such as;
Mini scleral lenses, which provide excellent vision like that of traditionally fit gas permeable lenses, however with markedly improved comfort.
Corneal collagen cross linking, though not yet FDA approved, is a new technology that I expect will be of a tremendous benefit to our patients.
I have not done and article on Ehlers-Danlos in a while. We have updated the ocular symptoms of EDS resources and made them available with color photos on Amazon.com. The Eye Doctor’s Guide to Ehlers-Danlos also includes a link to a resource sheet to give to your doctors.
Computer glasses can not only help reduce eyestrain but they also reduce neck pain at your desk. Numerous factors need to be addressed to maximize your comfort and effectiveness while working at the computer. Computer related eyestrain is especially common for those approaching their 50s and above.
When working at our computer we often find ourselves raising our chin to make the monitor clear. This puts our neck in a very bad, uncomfortable position. Everyone that experiences neck pain should see their eye doctor about computer glasses. A few minutes to read a quick email is not a problem, however the longer you spend in this position the worse it is for your eyes, your posture and your neck. Computer glasses place your monitor in the proper focus allowing you to look directly at the monitor while still allowing you to view reading material at a normal reading distance.
Another important consideration while working at the computer is your blinking. When we work at the computer we become so engrossed in what we are doing that our blink rate goes down which increases the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. The video below gives a good summary of computer vision syndrome and computer glasses.
As with most doctors we are constantly on the lookout for items we feel may help our patients. The Amazon kindle has been out for a few years now, however they recently upgraded it. The Amazon Kindle, holds a lot of promise for patients that have poor vision as a result of macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma or any ocular condition that impairs vision.
What I like the most about the Kindle, for patients with low vision, is that it uses a high resolution screen with very high contrast letters, black print on a white background, just like a book, however, most importantly you can increase the size of the letters. Changing the font size is a great option for patients with impaired vision that want to read books. As you can see in the photo the Kindle is about the size of a paperback book, however it is as thin as a pencil, weighing in at just over 10 ounces, which is less than a paperback book.
Most new bestseller books are about $10, however many books are less than that. There are currently 250,000 titles in the Kindle library. It takes about 60 seconds to download a book wirelessly with the included wireless network (using Sprint’s Cellular Data Network), no WiFi necessary. The Kindle holds 1500 books, with your library backed up by Amazon, so if you have to make room for a book and years later want to reread it you just download it again at no charge.
I also like the kindle for patients that find it difficult to hold a heavy book or have a hard time turning the page such as those with MS or patients that have had a stroke. The Kindle also has a text to speech option so it can even read to you. Subscriptions to major newspapers are available as well.
Let me know what you think. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts.