Undergoing regular eye exams is an important part of your preventive eye care efforts. While we generally recommend having an eye exam once every year, if any of the four signs below apply to you, we recommend visiting us here at Vision Solutions as soon as possible.
Archives for March 2017
Workplace Safety Blog Post
March is National Workplace Eye Wellness Month, so the Vision Solutions eye doctors in La Mesa CA wanted to shed light on potential injuries and remedies that workers may experience depending on their occupation. The risk to your eyes varies depending on your daily job responsibilities. Let’s look at a sample of different occupations to see what risks they can pose to your eyes.
Jobs with extensive computer use
|Blue light damage to macula and lens
causing cataracts and macular degeneration
Eye strain, headaches, fatigue
|Blue light filters
Relaxing computer lenses
|Airline cabin crew||Dry eyes due to lack of cabin humidity||Artificial tears and supplemental omega 3 capsules|
|Mechanics||Risk from flying foreign objects or splashes||Always wear safety goggles, even for the smallest job|
|Chef or cook||Splashes or steam burns can abrade the cornea||Always wear glasses when cooking
Turn your head when lifting a pot lid
|Drivers (bus, uber, truck)||UV exposure leading to premature cataracts
Foreign body from wind causing corneal abrasion
|Wear polarized sun protection when driving|
|Contractors/handy persons||Foreign objects such as nails can actually penetrate your eye
Splashed paint or thinner can scar the cornea
|Safety goggles (not just glasses) at all times|
|Plumber||Metal flakes falling in your eye can rust, damaging your vision||If your eye continues to hurt after flushing the particle, seek care at once|
|Boxer/Martial Arts||Blow to the eye can rupture the eye or cause a detached retina||Not much you can do to prevent but if you get a blow to the eye, get a dilated exam within 48 hours.|
|Sales clerk||Corneal injury when clipping a plastic tag off clothing or product||When snipping, always turn your face away from the plastic|
|Tax collector||Punched in the eye from an angry tax payer||Be very polite and be prepared to run|
To learn more eye wellness tips, call us at (619) 461-4913 or request an appointment online to have an eye exam with one of our experienced eye doctors.
Dr. Cauchi, of the trusted eye doctors in La Mesa CA recently had an eye exam with Dr. Peters, the other experienced optometrist at Vision Solutions. Dr. Peters discovered a tear in Dr. Cauchi’s retina and ended up saving her vision! Read on for the complete tale of a torn retina.
The Eye Exam Discovery
When patients come to Vision Solutions for an eye exam, we always go over the signs of a detaching retina, especially if you are at risk. A couple of weeks ago, I followed my own advice. I developed a very large bothersome floater in one of my eyes. Dr. Peters dilated my pupils and found I had a tear on my retina. After determining there was a tear in my retina,
My Experience with Laser Eye Surgery
I went to see my favorite retinal specialist for laser surgery. Fortunately, the recovery is quick and I was back seeing patients the following day after the surgery! I am now doing well and my vision was unaffected because the tear was in the very extreme side of my retina. Had Dr. Peters not found the tear it would have lead to a detached retina and some very unpleasant consequences…she saved me!
How to Prevent Problems with your Retina
The signs of a possible detached retina are flashes of light, increased floaters, a veil or curtain or shadow in your vision. If this happens to you, we recommend you wait 1 hour to see if it goes away. If it doesn’t go away, then you need to have an eye exam within 48 hours.
What causes holes and tears on the retina? Highly near sighted people are at risk due to retinal thinning. A blow to the head may jar the retina and knock it loose. Additionally, sometimes they can just occur, which is what happened to me. Even though the thought of laser eye surgery sounds horrible, it really wasn’t that bad because the recovery process is very fast and I had a great surgeon. If you have any questions or want to learn more about my experience, give us a call at (619) 461-4913.