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How Are My Glasses Made?

Perhaps the most exciting part of our front office renovation, aside from the vastly expanded selection of frames from which our patients can choose, is the addition of our own lens finishing equipment. What this means for us is that we have full control of the final quality of our finished product while for you, our patient, this means faster service. We shouldn’t omit the community value of doing this work locally, either. Keeping this work in-house means more of your money goes to support a locally-grown and owned business which, in turn, keeps more of your money working in the community.

Stepping down from our soapbox for a moment…have you ever wondered how the lenses for glasses are actually made? Our younger patients really seem to (or at least they express the question more than anyone else). We’ve tried to explain the process in the past, but figured it would be a good time to put the spotlight on our new equipment and “show” rather than “tell”.

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Signs and symptoms for glaucoma?

Glaucoma Signs & Symptoms

Glaucoma is an eye disease in which there is damage to the nerve fibers of the eye that lead to the brain that causes loss of vision, first in your side (peripheral) vision, later in your central (reading/driving) vision. There are 3 main types:

  • Chronic Open Angle – most common
  • Normal Tension – common
  • Closed Angle – uncommon

It was originally thought that an increase in eye pressure caused all types of glaucoma, but we know that is no longer the case. While elevated pressures causes Chronic Open Angle glaucoma, in some people damage is cause with “normal” pressure. – Normal Tension glaucoma. Unfortunately in both cases there are no outward signs or symptoms that glaucoma is present. This is why glaucoma is often called the silent thief of sight.

In Closed Angle glaucoma, the angle between the colored part of the eye (the iris) and the clear part of the eye (the cornea) closes preventing fluid (aqueous humor) that normally leaves the eye from this angle from escaping from the eye. When the aqueous can’t escape a sudden rise in pressure can occur. When the pressure rise is sudden, the eye becomes acutely painful — something impossible to ignore and which constitutes an emergency. Fortunately, Close Angle glaucoma is rare.

The only way to determine if you have glaucoma or are at risk for either Open Angle, Normal Tension or Closed Angle glaucoma is with a thorough, complete eye exam. This exam includes ophthalmoscopy — a look at the back of the eye with a special scope as well as slit lamp biomicroscopy — a view of the angle. Screening exams where only the pressure is measured in some free screenings cannot rule out glaucoma because low tension glaucoma will be missed as will those at risk for closed angle glaucoma.

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Eye Protection for Computer Professionals

What to do about tired eyes from too much reading and computer?

This is really a common problem nowadays. See your eye doctor and get a computer vision correction that will help you focus more accurately and with less effort. When prescribed properly, these glasses also can help you read printed material with greater ease, and the lenses can have tints and coatings to make your eyes feel a lot better!

I also recommend taking frequent breaks (every 15-30 minutes) where you look at something real far away, like out a window, to relax your focusing muscles. You should also make sure the lighting is correct for the activity you are doing — bright for reading and a bit dimmer for computer work, with no glare.

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