January is Glaucoma Awareness Month....don't let it be a secret.....

As it maybe the last secret you want to keep!  Glaucoma is a silent disease.  It is called the "Sneak Thief of Sight", as there are no symptoms and once your vision is lost, it is permanent.  As much as 40% of sight can be lost at one time.

January is Glaucoma National Awareness Month.  Let the word get out.  Talk to your friends and family about Glaucoma- it is important! Over 3 million people in the US have Glaucoma. Over 60 million in the world have Glaucoma.  

What is Glaucoma?  

It is a series of diseases that steals your eye sight.  Vision loss occurs as it causes damage to your Optic Nerve.  . Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.  Don't be a victim to Glaucoma.

How do I know I have it?

 I mean, if it is silent, how will I know?

Your only way to know,  is to have  regular eye exams.  A comprehensive eye exam will detect if you have the disease and then you can start immediate treatment to control the disease and pressure of your eye.  Annual eye exams are a must, as the disease starts typically in your peripheral vision, causing loss of vision were you cannot detect it immediately.  It isn't until the disease progresses that you notice vision loss.  That is why regular scheduled eye exams are important for early detection and diagnosis.

Don't let it be a secret!

 Get your exam today!  And where better to have your exam but at Omni Eye Specialists and Bladen Eye Center, where one of the leading Glaucoma doctors in the nation practices.  Get your exam from the doctor who teaches other doctors how to detect and treat  Glaucoma.  Dr. Eric Schmidt is recognized as a leader in the eye industry  in treatment of Glaucoma.  Schedule your appointment today.

Digital Eye Strain- Is this you?

Digital Eye Strain 

 

According to a CNN survey, 95% of Americans have a cellphone and 77% own a smartphone. The average time people spend on their devices (phone, computer, tablet) is 7.5 hours a day. This much screen time is directly correlated to the discomfort that digital eye strain causes. Digital Eye Strain, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome, is a group of eye and visual symptoms that result from extended computer, tablet, and cellphone use. These problems include… 

· Eye strain/fatigue 

· Dry eye 

· Headache 

· Blurry vision 

· Neck/shoulder pain 

 

Is this you? 

 

Digital eye strain affects all age groups, even children, teens, and young adults. The Vision Council reports that over 70% of children 18 and younger and almost 90% of people ages 18-39 are spending more than 2 hours a day on their cellphone, tablet, or computer. 

 

How do we ease the burden caused by digital eye strain? 

 

The doctors at Omni Eye Specialists recommend the Eyezen lens. The Eyezen lens provides three key benefits to the modern single vision patient. 

· It incorporates a small amount of accommodative relief to alleviate eye strain caused by viewing near objects like cellphones and tablets for hours on end. 

· These lenses also help reduce your exposure to harmful blue light (415-455nm on the color spectrum) that your digital device emits. 

· All Eyezen lens designs have Wavefront Advanced Vision Enhancement technology to provide sharper vision than ordinary single vision lenses. 

 

Along with the Eyezen lens, taking breaks from devices, reducing overhead fluorescent lighting that causes glare, proper posture and distance from the computer are great ways to alleviate digital eye strain. 

 

Let us help you get through your workday with less eye strain and fatigue. Make an appointment with us today and be sure to discuss your digital habits with yo

Keratoconus- What is it?

Our Doctors are trained to treat Keratoconus.

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease where the normal cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone causes irregular astigmatism and near-sightedness leading to distorted vision, glare, and light sensitivity. Severe forms of the disease can lead to partial rupture of Descemet’s layer of the cornea causing swelling and pain. 

 

There is usually a genetic predisposition for keratoconus so multiple family members may have this condition. Systemic associations include Down syndrome, atopic disease (dermatitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis), and mitral valve prolapse. It is also associated with chronic eye rubbing. 

 

Conservative management of keratoconus is typically prescription contact lenses. Mild cases may be able to wear soft contact lenses but most moderate to severe keratoconic patients need some sort of hard contact lens. 

o Gas Permeable Lenses – hard contact lens that floats on the cornea to provide more crisp vision 

o “Piggy Back” Lenses – hard lens that fits on top of a soft contact lens used to provide more comfort 

o Hybrid Lenses – hard contact lens surrounded by a soft skirt giving comfort and clarity 

o Scleral/Semi-scleral Lenses – large diameter hard contact lens that covers the cornea and part of the white part of the eye called the sclera 

 

Progression of keratoconus may need to be surgically treated. An exciting new FDA-approved technology is corneal cross-linking. Riboflavin (a type of B vitamin) is applied to the eye and treated with UV light. This technique strengthens the cornea and slows/stops progression. This is a promising new treatment for those suffering with keratoconus. Other surgical options include Intacs and corneal transplant. Intacs, curved implants inserted into the peripheral cornea to help reshape the cornea, may delay progression but will not stop it. Corneal transplant, also known as penetrating keratoplasty, is a replacement cornea with organ donor tissues.

Dr Treece is trained in treating Keratoconus.  Schedule an appointment today and get relief!

 LET'S GET POLARIZED!

September 15, 2017

NOT ALL POLARIZATION  AND UV PROTECTIONS IS TREATED EQUALLY!  KNOW THE  FACTS.

 

So many terms are thrown around about sunglasses, that the thought of buying a pair can be a bit overwhelming.  It is an investment to purchase a good quality pair so one should know the facts because not all UV, not all polarized are treated equal.

The question stands....What is polarization and why do I need it?

Polarized lenses are the only thing on the market that protects your eyes against damaging glare.  It is the glare off of the surface that goes directly into your eyes.  But know your facts before buying and know what you are protecting against. 

Polarized lenses is the only lens that protects against dangerous surface glare

Sunlight reflects off of  water, snow or flat roads and creates glare- which is  dangerous. Blinding sun glare can cause accidents.  A good quality polarized sunglasses are made with a filter, much like a filter in a camera.  The filter is embedded into the lenses and cannot be rubbed off, like sun tan lotion can.  Many polarized lenses, like  the kind that are bought in drug stores and department stores are made with a film of polarization that is applied like a band aid.  A band aid comes off with exposure to wind, water and external elements.  Much like a band aid , this is what happens to the polarized lenses that are applied with a film.  When this polarized film is exposed to elements, it  no longer is protecting your eyes and the UV protection on the film is not of good quality.  The film that is put onto these lenses also creates a darker lens which does not mean better coverage, it actually can do more damage to the eye.  As the eye is exposed to a dark lens, the pupil opens up, much like it does in the dark and when the pupil opens up, you have now exposed your eye to damaging UV rays.  So the protection that you thought you were buying is actually causing more health issues to your eyes. 

 Long term exposure to sun glare has been known to cause cataracts and has been directly linked to Macular Degeneration, which causes blindness.  Take your health of your eyes serious and know your facts about polarization.  

Here are the facts:

  1. A virtually invisible filter can be built into lenses to eliminate the amount of reflecting light that enters the eye. Polarized lenses not only reduce glare, they make images appear sharper and clearer, increasing visual clarity and comfort. Available for prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, polarized lenses can be worn indoors by light-sensitive people, including post-cataract surgery patients and those continually exposed to bright sunlight through windows.

    Most polarized sunglasses provide UV protection which is important to maintaining healthy eye sight. Just as we put on sunscreen to protect our skin, it’s critical that we protect our eyes from UV rays too.

    Look for sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of all UV light. UV absorption up to 400nm is equal to 100% UV absorption.  Do not purchase polarization applied by a film application
  2. Lens color and degree of darkness provide no indication of UV protection
  3. Larger frames, wraparound and closer fittingstyles provide better protection from stray light
  4. A higher price tag doesn’t guarantee quality. Cheaper sunglasses can offer superior eye protection over expensive counterparts as long as the polarization is a filter within the lens.  Much like our Sunclouds at Omni Eye Specialists that you can get for a great price!
  5. Polarized lenses help cut glare, but do not add sun protection
  6. If your sunglasses are old, ask your optician to test their UV protection.

Copy of LET'S GET POLARIZED!

Not all Polarization  and UV Protections is Treated Equally!  Know the  facts.

 

So many terms are thrown around about sunglasses, that the thought of buying a pair can be a bit overwhelming.  It is an investment to purchase a good quality pair so one should know the facts because not all UV, not all polarized are treated equal.

The question stands....What is polarization and why do I need it?

Polarized lenses are the only thing on the market that protects your eyes against damaging glare.  It is the glare off of the surface that goes directly into your eyes.  But know your facts before buying and know what you are protecting against. 

Polarized lenses is the only lens that protects against dangerous surface glare

Sunlight reflects off of  water, snow or flat roads and creates glare- which is  dangerous. Blinding sun glare can cause accidents.  A good quality polarized sunglasses are made with a filter, much like a filter in a camera.  The filter is embedded into the lenses and cannot be rubbed off, like sun tan lotion can.  Many polarized lenses, like  the kind that are bought in drug stores and department stores are made with a film of polarization that is applied like a band aid.  A band aid comes off with exposure to wind, water and external elements.  Much like a band aid , this is what happens to the polarized lenses that are applied with a film.  When this polarized film is exposed to elements, it  no longer is protecting your eyes and the UV protection on the film is not of good quality.  The film that is put onto these lenses also creates a darker lens which does not mean better coverage, it actually can do more damage to the eye.  As the eye is exposed to a dark lens, the pupil opens up, much like it does in the dark and when the pupil opens up, you have now exposed your eye to damaging UV rays.  So the protection that you thought you were buying is actually causing more health issues to your eyes. 

 Long term exposure to sun glare has been known to cause cataracts and has been directly linked to Macular Degeneration, which causes blindness.  Take your health of your eyes serious and know your facts about polarization.  

Here are the facts:

  1. A virtually invisible filter can be built into lenses to eliminate the amount of reflecting light that enters the eye. Polarized lenses not only reduce glare, they make images appear sharper and clearer, increasing visual clarity and comfort. Available for prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, polarized lenses can be worn indoors by light-sensitive people, including post-cataract surgery patients and those continually exposed to bright sunlight through windows.

    Most polarized sunglasses provide UV protection which is important to maintaining healthy eye sight. Just as we put on sunscreen to protect our skin, it’s critical that we protect our eyes from UV rays too.

    Look for sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of all UV light. UV absorption up to 400nm is equal to 100% UV absorption.  Do not purchase polarization applied by a film application
  2. Lens color and degree of darkness provide no indication of UV protection
  3. Larger frames, wraparound and closer fittingstyles provide better protection from stray light
  4. A higher price tag doesn’t guarantee quality. Cheaper sunglasses can offer superior eye protection over expensive counterparts as long as the polarization is a filter within the lens.  Much like our Sunclouds at Omni Eye Specialists that you can get for a great price!
  5. Polarized lenses help cut glare, but do not add sun protection
  6. If your sunglasses are old, ask your optician to test their UV protection.

 

LET'S GET POLARIZED!

Not all Polarization  and UV Protections is Treated Equally!  Know the  facts.

 

So many terms are thrown around about sunglasses, that the thought of buying a pair can be a bit overwhelming.  It is an investment to purchase a good quality pair so one should know the facts because not all UV, not all polarized are treated equal.

The question stands....What is polarization and why do I need it?

Polarized lenses are the only thing on the market that protects your eyes against damaging glare.  It is the glare off of the surface that goes directly into your eyes.  But know your facts before buying and know what you are protecting against. 

Polarized lenses is the only lens that protects against dangerous surface glare

Sunlight reflects off of  water, snow or flat roads and creates glare- which is  dangerous. Blinding sun glare can cause accidents.  A good quality polarized sunglasses are made with a filter, much like a filter in a camera.  The filter is embedded into the lenses and cannot be rubbed off, like sun tan lotion can.  Many polarized lenses, like  the kind that are bought in drug stores and department stores are made with a film of polarization that is applied like a band aid.  A band aid comes off with exposure to wind, water and external elements.  Much like a band aid , this is what happens to the polarized lenses that are applied with a film.  When this polarized film is exposed to elements, it  no longer is protecting your eyes and the UV protection on the film is not of good quality.  The film that is put onto these lenses also creates a darker lens which does not mean better coverage, it actually can do more damage to the eye.  As the eye is exposed to a dark lens, the pupil opens up, much like it does in the dark and when the pupil opens up, you have now exposed your eye to damaging UV rays.  So the protection that you thought you were buying is actually causing more health issues to your eyes. 

 Long term exposure to sun glare has been known to cause cataracts and has been directly linked to Macular Degeneration, which causes blindness.  Take your health of your eyes serious and know your facts about polarization.  

Here are the facts:

  1. A virtually invisible filter can be built into lenses to eliminate the amount of reflecting light that enters the eye. Polarized lenses not only reduce glare, they make images appear sharper and clearer, increasing visual clarity and comfort. Available for prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, polarized lenses can be worn indoors by light-sensitive people, including post-cataract surgery patients and those continually exposed to bright sunlight through windows.

    Most polarized sunglasses provide UV protection which is important to maintaining healthy eye sight. Just as we put on sunscreen to protect our skin, it’s critical that we protect our eyes from UV rays too.

    Look for sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of all UV light. UV absorption up to 400nm is equal to 100% UV absorption.  Do not purchase polarization applied by a film application
  2. Lens color and degree of darkness provide no indication of UV protection
  3. Larger frames, wraparound and closer fittingstyles provide better protection from stray light
  4. A higher price tag doesn’t guarantee quality. Cheaper sunglasses can offer superior eye protection over expensive counterparts as long as the polarization is a filter within the lens.  Much like our Sunclouds at Omni Eye Specialists that you can get for a great price!
  5. Polarized lenses help cut glare, but do not add sun protection
  6. If your sunglasses are old, ask your optician to test their UV protection.

 

Cataracts - June is Cataract Awareness Month!

June is Cataract Awareness Month!

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and it is the leading cause of blindness in the world.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens which causes your vision to become blurry when the cataract stops light from properly passing through to your retina. More than half of all Americans have cataracts by the time they are 80 years old.

So how can you stop or slow down the progression of cataracts?

  1. Be examined yearly by your eye doctor.
  2. Quit smoking.
  3. Monitor your eating habits. A diet full of cold water fish, fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants is not only good for your body but also great for the health of your eyes.
  4. Protect your eyes from exposure to UV rays by wearing a quality pair of polarized sunglasses.

How do you know if you have a cataract?

  1. Blurred vision
  2. Double vision
  3. The feeling of a "film" over your eyes
  4. Lights feel too dim for reading
  5. It becomes more difficult to drive at night due to halos around headlights
  6. Blinding glare

The longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataracts and restore vision. Early detection and treatment of the cataracts is critical in preserving sight.

The good news is that cataracts are easily treated and the most commonly performed surgery in America. Our surgeons replace the cataract with a clear implant and our no-stitch technique means an extremely quick recovery. Generally no glasses are needed for distance vision after the surgery. Our doctors will evaluate and recommend the appropriate time to remove the cataract.  A cataract consultation and removal will completely transform your vision and improve the quality of your life.

So call our office today to schedule your eye exam. Spread the word to your family and friends about how important it is to have an annual eye exam.

Dry Eye-Get the 411 on it!

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye does not mean that your eyes stop producing tears.  What is means is that your eyes are not making the right quality or quantity of tears.  Dry Eye affects up to 34% of our population.  It affects women their thirties and older.  

How do I know I have Dry Eye?

Take our simple dry eye test?  If you answer yes to the following questions, you have dry eyes.  But don't worry help is on it's way.  Our Dry Eye Center of the Carolinas and our expertly trained eye doctor, Eric Schmidt lectures on dry eyes and trains other doctors on how to treat your eyes with non-invasive surgical procedures  to have the best success possible with eliminating your dry eyes.

Take the Dry Eye Test....

Are your eyes .....

  • Stingy
  • Irritated
  • Gritty
  • Occasionally blurry
  • Burning
  • Red
  • Feels like something is in them

If you have answered yes to any and all of the above, it is with all likelihood that you suffer from dry eye.  There are things you can do to help prevent the drying out of your eyes and that would be the following....get enough sleep, don't overwear your contact lenses, always wear sunglasses outside, take a break from the computers through out your day, use a humidifier and last avoid windy weather.

If you experience the above symptoms, please call our office to schedule a dry eye consult , relief is on it's way.  We are here to answer all your dry eye questions and concerns.