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Glaucoma Screenings: Why They’re Important

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Glaucoma is one of the conditions that doesn’t always show symptoms, which is why glaucoma screenings are important.

Glaucoma is a chronic illness that is sometimes hard to diagnose. Patients usually do not feel any symptoms, therefor they do not seek medical attention. This is why it is so important to get regular glaucoma screenings! It can progress rapidly without the appropriate treatment.

Glaucoma is the most common optic neuropathy in adults. Is it defined as an optic condition that can cause abnormal pressure in the eyes. If you go without treatment, the damage is irreversible.

Age by itself is a major risk factor. In a recent study, we found that patients in their 70’s had an almost x4 the risk for developing glaucoma than patents in their 40’s.
Race is also a risk factor. Black individuals have a 3-4x higher risk than white people to develop glaucoma.
Family history is a risk factor as well. People with first degree relatives with glaucoma are at a higher risk of developing it.
The thickness of your cornea also has to do with glaucoma. Patients with thinner inner corneas have a higher chance of developing glaucoma.
Myopia and Diabetes Mellitus are thought to be related, but no hard evidence is present to show relation.

There has been emphasis on glaucoma screenings since most of the times there isn’t a clear sign or symptom for when it is beginning.

The main purpose of the screening is to catch glaucoma in the early stages, so it can be treated and the condition of your eyes doesn’t worsen.
Progression can be slow and the patient may not realize anything is happening, but in some cases it can rapidly worsen.

There are many reasons why you should get regular glaucoma screenings. Please call us or visit our website to learn more!


Cataracts: Why Exams Are Important

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As you get older, your vision may get worse and cataracts could be to blame. Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults ages 40 and up and are currently affecting 22 million Americans. Cataracts are also the leading cause of blindness world wide. Regardless of what people have said previously, they are not a film that develops over your eyes. They are actually the clouding and thickening of the intraocular lens in your eye. They are more common world wide than any other eye conditions…glaucoma, macular degeneration, & diabetic retinopathy COMBINED!
As the U.S. population ages, 30 million people are expected to be diagnosed with this condition by the year 2020.

There are many symptoms and signs you can look for.

At first, your vision will only be a little blurry.
You may start to see more glares from the sun than before and colors may not appear as bright as they were before.

There are different types of cataracts and they will all affect how you may see things differently.

Now you may be wondering, what causes them?
The lens in your eye is very similar to the lens in a camera. The lens in your eye is made mostly of protein and water and it is arranged in a way that keeps the lens clear, in return your vision being clear.
However, as you age, some of the proteins may begin to stick together in the eye. Over time, this will become a cataract. It may grow bigger and cloud the lens, which is what makes it hard to see.

Nobody really knows why your eyes change as you age, but different studies have shown that a few things may be associated with the development of cataracts.

Examples:
Diabetes
Obesity
Smoking
Previous eye surgery
Alcohol consumption
Family history


Why are eye exams a MUST?

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Eye exams are often neglected, even when needed. A lot of people do not realize and understand the importance of receiving the required eye exam, especially if an individual already has glasses or contacts. What you do not know is that ignoring your eye exams can actually cause more harm than good.

But what exactly is an eye exam and why is it so important?

One of the main reasons eye exams are so important is to help keep your prescription current and up to date along with checking your eyes for eye diseases. While an eye examination is taking place the eye doctor is doing more than just evaluating your eyes for glasses or contacts. He or she is also checking for eye diseases and other problems that could lead to eye loss. Some of the eye disease checked for are as followed:

– Refractive error- nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. This can be corrected with eye wear or surgery.

– Amblyopia- when the eyes are misaligned or when one eye has a much higher degree of refractive error than the other.

– Strabismus- crossed or turned eyes.

– Eye teaming problems- even if your eyes seem to be aligned properly, they may not be working together.

– Focusing problems- can range from incompletely developed focusing skills in children to normal age-related declines in focusing ability.

– Eye diseases- The diseases such as Glaucoma have no early signs, therefor your doctor will check the health of the inside and outside of your eyes.

Along with making sure you don’t have any eye diseases or complications, have a regular eye exam can help lower health costs as well.

Unlimited Eye Wear offers a wonderful eye exams to you and your family. Taking care of your eyes are important and necessary. Contact us today to schedule your eye exam!!

We are located on the corner of 13th Street and 13th Avenue in downtown Columbus. We are just up the street from Red Lobster and across from the TIC Federal Credit Union.

Or give us a call! (706) 324-2073


Healthy Vision Care

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Having great vision care should be a top priority. Many people do not see an eye doctor regularly or some people can’t even afford it. A lot of people neglect their eye care until their vision is so blurred they can’t see a traffic light or they are having more serious issues with their eyes. An eye exam is more than just checking to see if you need glasses, it can also tell whether or not you could be at risk for multiple sclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart diseases. Here is what most eye exams consist of:

– A test to check for blind spots in your peripheral vision. Blind spots can start from glaucoma or other eye diseases.
– A glaucoma test to measure the pressure inside your eyes.
– A test to check your eye muscles and their ability to rotate and coordinate properly.
– A retinal exam to look at the back of your eye, including the optic disk, retina, and underlying layer of the blood vessels.
– An exam to check the lens, iris, cornea, and anterior chamber of the eye.
– A pupil dilation that will enlarge your pupils which makes it easier for the Doctor to examine your eyes.

It’s important not only to have your annual eye examination, but also to continue great vision care on a daily basis. A few tips like staying away from harmful UV rays, wearing the proper lenses, and wearing protective eye wear during work and sporting events that take place outside. Your eyes are a very important part of your body- they are the way we see this world and make our communications.

If you don’t have a suitable eye doctor, come see us today at Eyewear Unlimited for the proper vision care and treatments! We’ve been locally owned and operated for 30 years now!

1140 13th Street Columbus, GA 31901
(706) 324-2073


Choosing The Right Eye Glasses

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Choosing the most fitting and flattering eye glasses can be tough. Some people might even try on every single pair of eye glasses in the store, and still might not find a pair that suits them. There are a few factors to consider when buying a new pair of eye glasses. It’s important to discover your face shape and coloring, and understanding which style and shape of eye glasses will be best suitable for you.

As for the face shape….

Three main things to consider:

1. The shape of the frame should be in scale with the size of your face.
2. The eye wear you choose should reflect your best quality (i.e. green eyes to green frames)
3. The shape of the frame should contrast with your face shape.

You may not know the shape of your face. And there are quite a few face shapes. Here’s a small description of each one.

Oval: considered to be the “ideal” face because it seems most portioned. Try frames that are as wide as the widest part of the face.

Oblong: this face is longer than it is wide. Frames that have more depth than width make the oblong face seem shorter.

Base-up triangle: has a wide top third of the face and a small bottom third. Frames that are wider at the bottom seem to minimize the top of the face.

Diamond: broad cheekbones but are narrow at the eye line and jawbone. Rimless frames or frames that have a detailed brow line.

Square: has a strong jawline and broad forehead. Narrow frames could help make the face seem longer.

Round: has curved lines with the length and width in the same proportions. Narrow angular frames will help the face seem longer.

Color Analysis: 3 things to remember

1. The color of the eye wear should complement one’s personal coloring.
2. People either have a warm coloring or a cool coloring.
3. All people look best in their own coloring.

Eye Wear Unlimited can answer any other questions or concerns you may have regarding the perfect eye glasses just for YOU.

1140 13th Street
Columbus, GA 31906

(706) 324-2073


5 Tips For Proper Eye Care

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vision– it’s by far one of the most important senses our body has. And proper eye care is essential for keeping them healthy. We as people rely on our eye sight to help us communicate with others and safely live our lives. Sometimes we tend to overlook the proper eye care we need to keep our eyes healthy. Just like any other part of our bodies, our eyes can also be affected by disease and infection. A study has shown that in the United States, eye disease is on the rise. Actually, its expected to effect over 50 million by 2020! But, there are ways to prevent eye damage. The next few tips will help with that!

1. Eye exams! An eye exam is a perfect way to discover the concerns for your vision, if any, and the right approach to improve your eye sight.

2. Check out your family’s history! Sounds a little silly, but have you ever thought about why your Grandfather wears those bifocals? Just like any other disease, eye diseases can be hereditary. Or more likely to occur if your family has a past of bad vision. Some things to look for: Glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.

3. STAY HEALTHY! meaning in your diet and exercise! I know you’ve heard the myth “Carrots are the secret to perfect vision”. It’s wrong! While yes, carrots are good for you, you need to take that extra step in your dieting. Studies show that Vitamin C will help increase the strength of your retina cells. Foods such as Salmon, Eggs, Nuts, and beans are excellent foods to eat to help increase your vision!

4. Protect your eyes from the sun! Make sure you are wearing the proper eye care for your setting! Those harmful rays can really take a toll on your eyes. And did you know that different times in the day can be more harmful? It is said that when the sun rises and sets, the UVB rays are the most harmful because your eyes are exposed to twice the amount of rays, and are said to be more harmful than UVA rays.

5. Cut back on technology! We know, this day and time almost everything revolves around it; your job, communication, entertainment, it’s just a part of life. But there are ways to avoid damaging your eye sight. For example, when using your computer make sure the screen is lowered about 4-8 inches below your eye level. Another tip is to take a look away from your screen, phone or television every few minutes.

There are many other ways to prevent eye damage, the important thing to remember is to do your research, wear the proper eye care and stay healthy!


Eye Care During the Summer

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Eye Care During the Summer

How do you protect your eyes? There is an easy solution for your skin, sunscreen. Eye care during the summer is just as important as your skin care. Here are our best tips for eye care during summer!
1. Sunglasses – For most people, sunglasses are a year-round accessory. Wearing sunglasses that provide complete ultraviolet protection is very important. This is the best way to protect your eyes from UVR exposure. Purchasing and wearing sunglasses consistently, even wearing them when it’s cloudy outside, is key when it comes to eye care during the summer.
2. Hats – Minimizing the risk of ultraviolet rays only starts with wearing sunglasses. Usually, sunglasses leave gaps along the side where you are still being exposed to UVR. To prevent this extra exposure of UVR, it is highly recommended to add a hat with a brim of at least 3 inches wide. Adding a hat, and wearing protective sunglasses decreases your UVR exposure significantly.
3. Goggles – When’s the last time you went swimming? If you haven’t been in a while, your first time in the pool can feel awful on your eyes. The chlorine in pools, which is added to the water to protect you from exposure to germs, can hurt your eyes. The best and simple solution for protecting your eyes from chlorine, is to wear goggles. Just as it’s important to wear sunglasses consistently, it’s important to consistently wear goggles every time you plan on going swimming. This tip also applies to when you are swimming in the ocean, as the ocean also contains contaminants that can hurt your eyes. Goggles are an important step to eye care during the summer, as you are usually only swimming during the warmer months of the year.
4. Drink water and eat healthy – During the summer, you are more likely to become dehydrated and this can affect your eyes. If you are suffering from serious dehydration, your body suffers to be able to produce tears, which can cause dry eye problems. Being sure to drink plenty of water, eat healthy, adding a daily vitamin supplement can prevent and reverse most of the negative symptoms of dehydration.

It’s important to follow these tips and be proactive when it comes to protecting your eyes in the summer. Call the professionals at Eye Wear Unlimited with any questions or concerns you have!


Eye Wear- What is right for you?

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If you need glasses, the type of frame you choose is important. First, the frames should compliment your face. Second, the frames you choose should be stylish and compliment your style. You will be wearing your eye wear daily and at Eye Wear Unlimited, we want you to be happy and feel comfortable with your selection. Here are some questions that should be addressed when choosing the right eye wear for you:

What is your face shape? You can have a round, oval, diamond, square, or heart shaped face. This is important when selecting your frames. Some frames fit shaped better than others. Selecting the right frames can bring out the prominent features in your face and compliment your face shape. At Eye Wear Unlimited, we can help you choose the right style depending on your face shape.

Do I have an active lifestyle? There are different types of eye wear to select from if you are active. We can make sure you have glasses that look good and also suit your active lifestyle by offering eye wear with a scratch resistant coating. We also offer Ultraviolet 400 protection which also protects your eye from exposure of the suns rays.

What does my eye wear say about me? Your glasses can be used to express your personal style. We offer many brands and different styles to help you showcase your individual style but still enhance your vision. We also offer different colors for different skin tones. You can choose a more serious style that you may want to wear to work or something fun that you may want to wear on the weekends.

At Eye Wear Unlimited, we want to ensure that you get the eye wear that best suits you. We have a knowledgeable staff here to guide you in the right direction when selecting your eye wear. We want you to look your best and feel great while wearing your glasses.


Tips for Wearing Contact Lenses

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If you have been prescribed contact lenses for vision correction, there are some tips for adjusting. Contact lenses can correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Your eye doctor should provide you with contact lenses that are best for you and make sure you visit regularly to keep your eyes healthy. Here are some tips if you are new to wearing contact lenses.

1. Make sure your hands are clean before applying or taking out your contact lenses.
2. Not only should you clean your lenses before you apply them, you should also make sure your case for your contacts is cleaned as well. Your case should be replaced every 3 months.
3. Make sure you take your contacts out before swimming.
4. Contacts may cause dry eyes, make sure you carry re-wetting drops with you to avoid this.
5. Never allow soaps, hair products, or cosmetics come in contact with your lenses.
6. Do not wear your lenses overnight if you are not instructed to do so. Doing so can cause bacterial infections.
7. If your eyes become red or irritated, do not continue to wear contacts.
8. Have a pair of glasses on hand as well, in case your contacts are uncomfortable or your eyes become irritated.
9. Don’t reuse your contact solution. Make sure it is replaced every time you take your lenses out.
10. Never wet your contact lenses with tap water. Tap water can contain impurities that can cause eye infections. Use the solution your eye doctor recommends.
11. Never share contact lenses with anyone. This can also cause infections.
12. If your contacts have expired, do not use them. Call your eye doctor for another prescription.

Wearing contacts for the first time can be tricky if you are not educated on proper cleaning and handling. Your eye care provider should provide you with instructions on how to do so. It is important to schedule appointments regularly with your eye care specialist to ensure the contacts are working out for you. At Eye Wear Unlimited, we will provide you with the best contacts for you and make sure all your questions are answered when it comes to wearing contacts.


Eye Care During Winter : Colds, Flus, and Pink Eye

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Tips on Eye Care During Winter

With winter coming soon, school and flu shot clinics are raising awareness of the impending cold and flu season, but ophthalmologist say there is one more reason to wash our hands.
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