Pumpkin pie, good for the eye!

28 11 2011

Feeling a little guilt for all the food on Thanksgiving you ate?  Especially that piece or two of pumpkin pie?  I know my pants are feeling it.  But take heart, at least it’s good for your eyes!  Well, at least the pumpkin part.  Pumpkin is full of carotenoids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  This “superfood” I dare say is better than the mythical carrot.  So would acorn, butternut or other squash varieties.  Carotenoids in your diet from whole foods help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and delays cataract onset.   Of course, the whip cream, shortening, sugar and other ingredients may not be so great for your body.  Probably better to prepare them without all the cholesterol and sugar.

So, off to the gym I go to work off that pumpkin pie.  Hey, at least I can see the TV great while on the treadmill!

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist and diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 23 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas112727 and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”

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Spa Treatment for the eyes

22 11 2011

Do some days your eyes just burn and feel sore from dryness?   Take them to the spa!   Or bring the spa to them with this eye treatment.  Tranquileyes goggles are like a spa treatment for the eyes as they deliver moist heat to the eyelids and oil glands that nourish and coat the eye’s surface with moisture.   Wear them to bed and they also keep the light out of the eyes for a more restful sleep as well.  You simply heat the included gel pads and insert them into the goggle with a wet foam pad as well and they provide a “sauna-like” experience.   They are available in our office and come in a variety of colors.  You can learn even more about them at this link:  Tranquileyes by Eyeeco


Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 21 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas1111 and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”





Maybe It’s Not Your Contact Lens!

17 11 2011

At times contact lenses can be uncomfortable, especially in the climate of the Texas Panhandle.   Low humidity, wind, and lots of allergens do not make for an environment conducive to all day, comfortable contact lens wear.   A torn lens, a piece of lint or dust or lens coatings from using the same lens more than 1 month can definitely make a contact lens uncomfortable.  A thicker lens, a larger diameter or the improper curvature of the lens that doesn’t match the eye curvature can make the contact lenses uncomfortable.   Sometimes the contact lens is the problem.

However, more often than not, the source of discomfort is not the actual contact lens but your contact solution.  Most people use Multi-Purpose Solutions (MPS) such as Optifree PureMoist, Complete, Renu, etc…to disinfect their lenses since it is easy to use.    These MPS solutions all have preservatives (chemicals) that keep the solution from becoming contaminated.  These chemicals, while effective at that, are soaked up into the contact lenses and will slowly diffuse into the tear layer of your eyes during the course of the day while wearing them.  Often this results in from mild to severe irritation to the surface of the eye and inside of the eyelids in certain people.  Irritation to the eye results in dryness, foreign object sensation, redness, burning, blurry vision and sometimes itching and mucous production.  I have found MANY people use cheap, generic, store brands from the Bigmart stores to save money.   While they say they are comparable in how they work, the chemicals may not be as gentle as the name brand solutions.

The only way to know is for your eye doctor to look at your eye to determine what the exact nature of the problem is.  Switching to a preservative-free contact solution, such as Clearcare or Purilens,  is sometimes all that is needed to make contact lenses more comfortable.  The ideal scenario is to wear a daily disposable lens, such as Focus Dailies AquaComfort Plus, that involves using no contact lens solution at all.  No chemicals in the eye, no more problem!

So before you decide to stop wearing your lenses or try to ride out the discomfort, check with your eye doctor first to see if using a daily disposable contact lens or a trial run of a preservative free disinfection system may be the answer.

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 21 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas112727 and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”





My Arms Are Getting Shorter!

16 11 2011

That dreaded word – bifocals!   Seems like the worst news that I can tell somebody.  That you need help to focus your eyes up close now.  I guess it’s one of the first signs of our mortality and we are not getting any younger.  Men seem to deny it longer since they must think it’s a sign of weakness.  Women seem to be affected more emotionally, maybe because they think it is a sign they are officially old.  Either way, it seems to be a defining moment in people’s lives.  I know for me, it stinks!

Presbyopia is the official diagnosis for when you can’t focus for near tasks any longer.   The process of loosing our focusing ability over the years starts at about 6 years old and then hits the wall anywhere from 40 to 45 generally.    No one escapes it, not even eye doctors.

The crystalline lens in the eye for the most part is made up of protein, much like an egg yolk.  Over the course of time, the proteins harden and the lens looses it’s flexibility that allows it to change focus from far to near.  I like to compare the eye at that point to binoculars that you can see far away like the moon but the focusing knob is rusted up and you can’t get it to focus on the back fence.  It won’t change focus or at least very easily.  So guys, take heart, it’s not a “muscle thing.”

At this time, there are not any vitamins or exercises to help with this natural hardening of the lens.  You might delay it a few months or a year with good nutrition, staying hydrated and wearing ultra-violet light protection.  Wearing or not glasses will not keep it from happening.  There is word on the street of the possibility of an eyedrop in the future that would help keep the lens proteins from changing.  That would still take many years to be commercially available if it did work.

For now, we can help by using either spectacle lenses or contact lenses.  For eyeglasses, there are the old-fashioned lined bifocal that your grandpa probably used to wear.  They work but you see a line in your vision and the image seems to jump as your line of sight crosses over the line.  The best option are “no-line” bifocals or the more technically correct term, “Progressive addition lenses,” which are multifocal lenses without any lines.  The newest progressive lenses are high-definition, digitally designed and diamond cut to the most optically pure lens ever.  One brand I highly recommend are the Hoya Free Form lenses, which I feel are the most advanced lenses on the market.

Contact lenses come in multifocals now such as the Air Optix Multifocal and work better than ever but…the vision is often not as sharp as glasses.  If you are a good candidate, the success rate is around 50%.  If you have a significant amount of astigmatism, there are a few lenses that can work for that to.

Either way, correcting presbyopia is a compromise.  There is just not anyway to design an optical device that replicates the way the eye used to work.  We just compensate in the best manner possible.  At least now we have high-tech devices that work fairly well.  Many hundred years ago we just had to hire a young apprentice that could do the small, intricate work for us!

So when those arms get too short and the near print is too blurry, don’t worry.  It’s not old age or a sign of weakness, it’s just aging.  And we can help!

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 21 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”





Home Eye Safety – Fall

11 11 2011

Fall brings cooler weather, fireplaces needing  firewood and yard work before the cold winter hits.  Anytime you work with power tools such as chainsaws, trimmers, mowers in the yard you should wear protective eyewear.   Every year, I see people with sawdust or other foreign material in the eye because they didn’t put on any safety glasses or goggles, even for simple, quick, little tasks.   Yes, they can be awkward or just a pain to wear.  However, it is alot less painful than a foreign object that can cause a corneal abrasion or lead to infection and scarred vision for life.   Modern safety glasses like Wiley X are very comfortable, with some even having a foam side piece to keep out wind and dust.  There are all kinds of prescription safety eyewear available and many cost less than regular eyewear.  Make sure you keep them clean and scratch free.  Scratches are annoying and can tempt you to take them off.  It also makes them more likely to break if there were an impact.

Good protective eyewear should be made of polycarbonate or Trivex lens material meeting the ANSI standard for safety eyewear.  A great site  about safety eyewear is here: http://www.allaboutvision.com/safety/safety-glasses.htm

It takes one second, one little touch on the grinder, one little strike of the hammer, one little rock chip off the weed eater to blind an eye.  Don’t take any chances.  Wear those safety glasses!

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 21 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”





School kids eyes and vision

10 11 2011

It happened again today.   So many times I have seen elementary school age children that are struggling in school, perhaps labeled dyslexic or ADHD, and the only problem is they are far-sighted (hyperopic) and need glasses to help focus.  Sometimes they have been checked by the school nurse and passed the screenings they perform or some even have been seen by a “quickie” eye doctor at a Bigmart store and the parents have been told the child doesn’t need glasses.

Many far-sighted people can see at far and near distances clearly but they have to work harder to do it.  That’s why they may read 20/20 on the eye chart and not appear to need glasses at first glance.   The child can make vision clear for awhile until the eye muscles fatigue and then the letters on the page blur or move around.  It’s hard to concentrate when your vision is in and out of focus.  Many kids avoid near work because it’s uncomfortable to continue doing this and usually they are the ones that end up talking and getting in trouble with the teacher for not paying attention to their work.

It should be assumed,  until proven otherwise by a reputable eye doctor,  that a child with a learning disability or doing poorly in school has a vision problem.   Your eye doctor should be able to say with 100% confidence through specific tests, that the child is absolutely not farsighted when they don’t appear to need glasses.  Only then should the child be considered for a visual perception problem or dyslexia diagnosis.

Please, please, parents….if your child is struggling in school with their grades, especially if they have headaches later in the day after using their eyes, have them examined by a reputable eye doctor that can ensure you that your child is not far-sighted (or have other hidden vision disorders for that matter.)

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 21 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas27 and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”





Wow! lenses

9 11 2011

 

For the first time, optical lenses can be worn with absolutely no distortion.  In the past, lenses either had to be held in place in frames by tightening the frame around it or by drilling holes and placing screws through them.  This always causes some kind of stress and visual distortions in the lenses not observable to the naked eye.  As a result, the patient doesn’t obtain the sharpest, clearest, most comfortable vision possible.

With the latest technology, high definition lenses can be produced with a frame that only attaches at a special tab on the side of the lens.  It’s as close to floating lenses in front of your eyes with no frame as possible.

You have to come see them at our office!  You will say Wow! when you look through these.

Here is a You Tube link about them:  http://youtu.be/tNDxl4dTcgo

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 21 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”