What your eyes are telling you

Eye Care Center Boise, IDEyes are the second most complex organ next to the brain. Your eyes have 256 characteristics that differentiate them from other eyes—a fact that favors retinal scans over fingerprints, which only have 40 unique features. They also have the ability to heal quickly. In a word, your eyes are miraculous. Eyes can also say a lot about your current health. Here are three common eye problems and what they mean:

  1. Redness: Redness can be caused by a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This is characterized by a patch of blood on the white of the eye. Though it may look frightening, it is just a bruise right under the eye surface and will typically clear out within three weeks. Redness can also be attributed to allergies. If you notice your eyes are red, watery and incessantly itching, you may be suffering from seasonal allergies or an allergic reaction to something different in your environment. For instance, if you started using a new face wash in the last few days and your eyes flared up, you man need to try a different brand. A simple fix to allergies, in general, is an over the counter allergy medication.
  2. Pinkeye: Out of all the eye problems listed here today, pinkeye is certainly the one to avoid. You may have pinkeye if your eyes are itchy, red, and have a white or yellowish discharge. Cold symptoms like a runny nose often come with pinkeye. Because pinkeye is contagious, be attentive to washing your hands often and avoid sharing towels. If you think you have contracted pinkeye, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately so you can receive proper treatment.
  3. Dryness: Dry eye can usually be attributed to your environment, daily routine, and even hormonal changes. If you work at a computer all day, you blink only half as much as you should, leaving your eyes less lubricated. To moisten your eyes, purchase some artificial tears from your local convenience store and use them a few times a day. If the dryness persists, call your doctor. In rare cases, dryness may be associated with arthritis.

If you have concerns about your eye health, call the Eye Associates today at MERIDIAN: 208-342-5151 or CALDWELL: 208-459-0717.

Dry Eye Syndrome: Play your Cards Right

DRY EYEDry eye syndrome is an uncomfortable condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. If you are one of them, you know the challenge of playing the cards you’re dealt. When dry eyes flare up, there are certain steps that must be followed to improve comfort. Getting the results you want means that you have played your cards right. Let’s look at how you can do that.

Card Number One: Attribution

The logical first step in addressing dry eye symptoms is to attribute them to some other condition. Your eyes are itchy, red, and watery because of your contact lenses. You feel a foreign body sensation because you aren’t blinking enough when you’re working at the computer. This kind of assumptions lead dry eye sufferers to ditch their contact lenses for a few days; it may even lead them to take a short break from technology. It may not, however, resolve the issue.

Card Number Two: Eye Drops

Eye drops can easily seem like the perfect solution to dry, itchy eyes. After all, the obvious issue at hand is a lack of lubrication! At first, dry eye sufferers tend to achieve their desired improvement and comfort when they use lubricating eye drops. In many situations, however, these people find that results last only a short time.

Card Number Three: Turning up the Heat

There is the valid reason to believe that warm compresses can improve the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. In many cases, this approach does alleviate discomfort. Like eye drops, however, this is short-lived because the cause of dryness is not successfully corrected.

Throwing down the Ace

To win the game against dry eye syndrome, it is necessary to play the right card. This requires an accurate assessment of your opponent. In many cases, dry eye syndrome results from a blockage in the meibomian glands located in the eye. With that in mind, researchers have developed ways to unblock these glands and restore optimal tear production that contains adequate levels of both aqueous fluid and oil.

We are here to help you with your concerns related to vision and eye health with treatment designed around YOU. Give The Eye Associates Meridian office a call at 208-342-5151 to schedule your consultation. You can reach our Caldwell office at 208-459-0717.

Want to Learn More about LASIK Surgery?  

LASIK BoiseLASIK eye surgery is an extremely popular treatment used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. It essentially reshaped the surface of your eye and alters the way light rays come through your eye. LASIK is an effective way to reduce your dependence on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. If you’re wondering if LASIK surgery is right for you, take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about this procedure.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

To be eligible for LASIK surgery, you must be at least 18 years old with healthy eyes. It’s also important that you are not pregnant or nursing, and that you have had a stable eye prescription for at least a year. You are not a good candidate for LASIK if you have eye disease, eye viruses or irregular corneas.

How safe is LASIK surgery?

Complications from LASIK surgery are extremely rare. Side effects like temporary vision disturbances or dry eyes are fairly common but typically go away within a few weeks or months. Less than 1 percent of LASIK patients report complications that threaten their vision.

Is LASIK painful?

You will be given anesthetic drops to completely numb your eye before the procedure is done. It’s not uncommon to feel some mild pressure around the eye during treatment. After LASIK surgery is completed, you’ll receive a prescription for eye drops to help with any discomfort over the next few days.

How much downtime is required?

Patients recover from LASIK surgery fairly quickly, and most patients can see clearly within a couple of days following treatment. Your vision may also continue to improve over the following months.

Are the results from LASIK surgery permanent?

Most LASIK surgery patients report the long-lasting improvement to their vision. But the lens of your eye is subject to change as you age, which means it’s possible to need reading or prescription eyeglasses as you get older.

Are you ready to improve your vision with LASIK eye surgery?

Contact our office or call 208.342.5151 in Meridian or 208.459.0717 in Caldwell to see if you’re a candidate. We look forward to hearing from you!