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If you are over the age of 40 years, you may have noticed that seeing objects up close is more difficult than previously. The degree of this change depends on your age and on your spectacle prescription, among other factors, so you may notice it more or less than others your age.


However, many people are at least somewhat aware of needing to hold objects further away from them with age, until the arms are simply not long enough, in older family members or other friends. Below is explained why this change occurs, what affects it, and what can be done about it.

eye infection

Infections can occur all over the body, with the eye being one of many organs that has the potential of being affected. Sometimes, the eye can be attacked by a microbe that causes damage and pain to the individual.


An infection of the cornea, the front surface of the eye, is one of the most painful conditions. Below are listed some of the most common infections that can occur in the cornea.
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There are a variety of conditions that can hinder learning during childhood. During this important time in life, optimizing a child’s ability to learn is very important and can pave the way for success in the future. In some cases, a learning-related vision problem (LRVP) is one of the reasons a child may be struggling in school.


There are two main categories of learning-related vision problems: visual efficiency and visual information processing. Visual efficiency refers to one’s ability to see clearly and comfortably.

Visual information processing (VIP) refers to the way the brain processes visual information and uses it to understand the child’s world. This article focuses mainly on the latter and the 4 subtypes of VIP problems. Consult with our optometrist if you think your child may have a deficiency in these skills.

OCT optical coherence tomography

OCT, or ocular coherence tomography, is an increasingly important advanced technology used in eye care to examine both the fronts and backs of the eyes. It can help detect changes in your eyes long before they are noticeable through other means or symptomatic to you and provide more detailed information to our eye doctor. Read on to learn about what OCT exactly does, how it helps maintain your eye health, and how the scan works in your eye examination with us.


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The eyes serve an important role in your healthcare beyond allowing you to see: they show changes going on in deeper areas of the body and are often the first place these systemic diseases are noticed. Most vital of all, the eyes are the windows to the brain, and can tell our eye doctor important information about how pathways in your brain are working. One of the main ways they do this is through the pupils, the dark hole in the middle of the colored portion of the eye, the iris. Read on to learn about how the pupils work and what information they can provide about your health.




Many seek contact lens wear for convenience, appearance, or performance in physical activities. While they are extremely useful on all of these fronts, the initial introduction to contact lenses can be overwhelming with how many types of lenses are available and what exactly is necessary in order to take proper care of your eyes when wearing them. This article outlines the types of soft contact lenses that our eye doctors may recommend to you.


 

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that can affect the entire body, including the eyes. Systemically, RA is associated with joint stiffness, fever, weight loss, and feelings of illness. The disease is labelled as an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body is essentially attacking itself. There are many ways that the disease can affect the eyes and below are a few of the most common ocular signs. 

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Many people choose contact lenses for the convenience of being free of glasses. However, the use of contacts can be misinterpreted as a low maintenance procedure without risk of discomfort or consequence. It is important to remember that proper care and maintenance of these lenses and your eye health are necessary to ensure no complications from their use. Make sure to follow the instructions provided by our optometrists. Read on to learn about some common and rare-but-serious complications from contact lens wear and what you can do to prevent them.

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Taking care of a child comes with the responsibility of organizing their various healthcare appointments. From visiting the family doctor, setting up playdates or scheduling their first haircut, it is easy to lose track of the recommended appointments. The frequency with which your child should get their eyes examined varies with their age. Listed below are the recommended frequencies for eye exams for your child, modified from the American Optometric Association. This may be subject to change if your optometrist has differing recommendations based on your child’s eye condition / risk level. 

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Laser eye surgery is a common method of vision correction. Many people seek it in order to free themselves of glasses or contacts. However, depending on one’s prescription, eligibility, choice of surgical procedure and outcome can vary and it is important to keep expectations as realistic as possible. In certain cases, if you are only slightly nearsighted, it may actually be desirable to keep this prescription so that you are less dependent on reading glasses later in life. Explained below are three very common refractive procedures. It is worth mentioning that there are other less common methods that your eye doctor can discuss with you if you have specific needs or concerns. 

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Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness of the face and bumpy skin lesions, and it is relatively common in the US.  It can also be a significant risk factor for dry eye disease.  Many people who suffer from rosacea also experience inflamed eyelids, Meibomian gland dysfunction, and moderate to severe dry eyes.  When these symptoms are caused by the underlying skin condition, they are referred to as ocular rosacea.  Ocular rosacea can be difficult to diagnose and effectively treat, so it is important to know the risk factors and warning signs. 

 

What is Rosacea?


Rosacea is not an ocular condition, it is a skin condition, and it must be diagnosed, treated, and managed by a dermatologist.   It causes chronic symptoms that most commonly includes facial redness, and may also include highly visible blood vessels (also known as telangiectasia), pus-filled bumps on the facial skin, and even a large bulbous appearance to the nose.  The exact underlying cause of rosacea is still unknown, but doctors do know that certain triggers can be responsible for flare-ups or worsening of symptoms.  Common triggers include stress, sun exposure or warm temperatures, exercise, certain foods (especially spicy cuisine), alcohol, or even some medications or lotions.  Avoiding triggers is an important aspect of living with rosacea.  It can also be controlled with topical or prescription medications.  

 

How does Rosacea Cause Dry Eyes? 


Rosacea results in chronic inflammation of the eyelids and surrounding tissue.  As we know, the eyelids play a pivotal role in the health of the ocular surface.  When rosacea results in inflamed eyelids, it can cause additional eye problems like blepharitis and Meibomian gland dysfunction.  Both of these eyelid conditions cause or worsen symptoms of dry eye disease.  Those who are affected by ocular rosacea are more likely to suffer from dry eyes, and typically experience a more severe degree of dry eye symptoms.  Some people affected by rosacea will have red and puffy eyelids, but for others the condition is much less noticeable.  At a routine eye examination, your doctor can closely review your medical history and the health of your eyes to see if an underlying condition, such as rosacea, is causing or worsening your symptoms of dry eye disease. 

 

How is Ocular Rosacea Treated? 


Treating ocular rosacea is a long-term process.  The most important aspect of controlling the symptoms is to manage the underlying eyelid inflammation.  This includes lifestyle modifications like avoiding triggers and taking any medications that are recommended by your dermatologist.  It also requires ocular treatments like lid scrubs to keep the eyelids free of bacteria and debris.  In many cases of ocular rosacea, prescription medications will be recommended to reduce eye inflammation and improve comfort.  This can include topical ointments, eye drops, or oral medications.  If you suffer from ocular rosacea, it is likely that you will need to work closely with both your dermatologist and your optometrist in order to control inflammation, improve ocular health, and reduce uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye disease.  

 

Our eye doctor at Innovative Vision Care in Belton, Missouri excels in the prescription of contact lenses, glasses and various eye diseases.  Call our optometrist at 816.331.9590 or request an appointment online if you would like to be evaluated for ocular rosacea or dry eyes.  Our eye doctor, Dr. Aaron Law, provides the highest quality optometry services  and eye exams in Belton, MO.

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COVID-19 Update

To Our Valued Patients:

We are excited to announce that we have re-opened for routine eye care. To make an appointment click here:  https://www.innovativevisioncare.com/make-an-appointment/

We are spacing out appointments during this time and modifying some of our procedures (visit https://www.innovativevisioncare.com/covid-19-info/ for full details).

In addition to social distancing within the office, we will check temperatures before entering the building and require mask wear while in the office, in accordance with CDC and MO Department of Health regulations.

Continue to stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to providing eye care for new and existing patients again.

The Innovative Vision Care team