Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is a very common eye problem not many people are aware of. Meibomian is a type of gland in the eyelid. There’s 25-40 meibomian glands in the upper lid and 20-30 in the bottom lid. They release oils onto the eyes surface to help prevent tears from evaporating. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is the blockage of the glands so they can’t get enough oil onto the eye surface to keep the tears from evaporating, this can also lead to blepharitis. Eyeliner and makeup can clog these glands and increase the chance of having this problem. Symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction include red eyes, gritty feeling, itchy eyes, and blurry vision. An optometrist can diagnose you with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction with a simple test, applying pressure to the eyelid and observe the meibomian glands to see if there’s any clogging. Are you struggling with ery eye or symptoms similar to dry eye? You may have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction! Come and schedule an appointment with us today!
Optovue is an OCT company based in California that makes machines to capture OCT scans of patients. A Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an imaging test that uses light waves to take cross section pictures of your retina. With these images Dr. Martin can detect and diagnose conditions like macular holes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and find any disorders with the optic nerve as well. Although testing may take 5-10 minutes it is a small price to pay to keep your vision in tact! Come into Auburn Optical today if you have any of these conditions and thanks to Optovue we can track and monitor them for you!
In 1980 a small company started selling glasses on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii. The company realized there’s a need in the market for technology that could reduce the intense glare and UV rays and the company made the PolarPlus2 lens. That company was Maui Jim and they are now one of the biggest glasses companies in the United States. Maui Jim strives to make high quality glasses for everyone that can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays while looking stylish. Come into Auburn Optical today and take a peek at our exquisite Maui Jim collection!
Are you in your mid 40’s or older and struggling with blurry vision, glare, faded colors, double vision, or needing to have your prescription changed frequently? You may have cataracts! Cataracts can occur in just one eye or both eyes. The scary part of cataracts is that they are quite common in middle age and older people. By age 80 more than half of Americans either have cataracts or have had cataract surgery! If you are getting any of these symptoms make sure to see an eye care professional immediately. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts you can slow down the progression by wearing sunglasses to block ultraviolet sunlight. Schedule an appointment at Auburn Optical today if you are struggling with these symptoms to get checked for cataracts.
Clear Care Plus is a solution made by Alcon used to clean and disinfect your contact lenses and retainers, The beauty of Clear Care is you can put your contacts in the solution overnight and let them soak or your retainers during the day, making it convenient to clean them. Clear Care Plus is made with 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. When you first put Clear Care into your complimentary lens container the platinum disk in the bottom of the case activates bubbles to start to neutralize the hydrogen peroxide which makes it into a gentle saline solution to hydrate the lenses just like your tears do but thoroughly cleans the lenses and keeps them hydrated way longer than just your tears do! Come into Auburn Optical and try some out today!
Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough tears to lubricate and nourish the eyes, or the tears are poor quality. One of the most common ways to get dry eye is from the environment such as windy and very dry climates. Tears are made of three layers, oil, water, and mucus. The most common form of dry eye however is from poor tear quality. The water layer of tears is inadequate, this is called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) but is better known as Dry Eye Syndrome.
Symptoms of dry eyes are simple and easy to catch. Eyes feeling irritated, itchy, burning, blurry vision, excessive watering, or the feeling of something in their eyes are all symptoms. There’s tons of reasons for dry eyes to develop, such as aging, environment, medications, medical conditions, and gender. Women are actually more likely to develop dry eyes due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, oral contraceptives, and menopause.
Dry eyes are diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam, comprehensive eye exams consist of going over patients eye history, visual acuities, and refractions. Once dry eye is diagnosed it can be treated by an optometrist via adding tears and being prescribed eye drops to increase tear production. As a patient you can make sure your blinking regularly while reading or staring at screens, increase humidity in your home, make sure to wear sunglasses when needed, and take natural supplements with lots of fatty acids.