Eye Health as You Age 8

Eye and visual health effects everyone, and special concerns can arise as we grow older. Eye conditions can effect the quality of life for ourselves and for those we love and care for. Through proper diagnosis and treatment these issues can be addressed, monitored and treated. Presbyopia, dry eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration are some of the most prevalent conditions effecting us as we age.

PRESBYOPIA

is the inability to focus at near due to age related changes in the lens of the eye. Most people, by age 45, will experience difficulty reading small print and will need corrective lenses, either glasses or contacts, to improve their vision for reading. We offer eyewear and lens technology specifically designed to address presbyopic needs with style and beauty.

DRY EYES

are common as you age. Common symptoms can include itching, watering, or a gritty, dry sensation. The onset of menopause, certain medications, as well as environmental factors and increased computer use can all contribute to dry eyes. Treatment options can include prescribed eye drops or punctual plugs, a procedure where a small silicon plug is inserted into the puncta to reduce tear evaporation. Nutritional therapy can also be beneficial for people who suffer from dry eyes.

CATARACTS

are characterized by a cloudiness or yellowing of the lens of the eye. Symptoms are typically blurry vision and increased glare, especially at night. Recent advances in cataract surgery include small incision and laser assisted surgery. Multi focal lens implants are also available to address near vision needs following cataract surgery.

GLAUCOMA

is a disease of the optic nerve, usually caused by an increase of pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma is normally free of any symptoms during the early stages, so regularly scheduled  eye exams are important for early glaucoma detection and treatment. Common therapies include prescription eyedrops as well as laser  and surgical options.

MACULAR DEGENERATION

is a disease of the central area of the retina and is more commonly found in people over the age of 60. People who smoke have an increased risk for developing macular degeneration. The most common symptom is a decrease in central vision. There are two types of macular degeneration (AMD): wet and dry. Wet AMD is characterized by atypical blood vessels beneath the macula of the retina and can usually be treated through medical procedures to slow and sometimes stop the progression of the blood vessels.  Dry AMD is most commonly caused by tissue changes in the macula. There is currently no treatment for dry AMD but preventative measures include the use of proper ultraviolet protection and nutritional therapy such as antioxidants.

Age can bring a number of changes that effect vision. Regular eye exams are the most effective way to address these concerns and improve the quality of life. Early detection and prevention are key. WINK Optique and Dr. DJ Riner provide comprehensive eye examinations that include testing to determine if any of these conditions are present. We also offer the latest ophthalmic lens technology and a complete selection of contact lenses to better serve you. WINK Optique specializes in hand-selected, unique, quality eyewear and sunglasses. We have a wide range of colors, materials, and shapes to offer you the latest in fashion trends as well as classic styling. We offer individual attention and service and are always happy to welcome new patients to our office.

For questions or to schedule an appointment please call 918.417.7774 or visit our website, WinkOptique.com. WINK Optique is located in the beautiful Shops of Seville at 101st & Yale, next door to Donna’s Fashions.