New Lens Technology
Improving Comfort & Reducing Pain
Sometimes new product designs over promise and under deliver. However, there have been two recent advancements that have satisfied our doctors and improved daily life for many of our patients.
Progressive Lens Design Breakthrough.
This newly designed lens provides your reading and distance prescription throughout the lens, meaning you no longer have to move your head to find just the-right-spot when reading near or far. The vision through these lenses has been reported as crisp with a smooth transition from reading a phone or computer screen to telling the time on a clock across the room. If you have been unsuccessful at adapting to the traditional progressive design in the past, expect our Opticians to introduce you to this new lens design. Our patients have been loving it!
Suffer from Migraines or Light Sensitivity?
Studies have shown that lenses with a very specific, filters offer relief to patients. It blocks visible light at the green-to-blue end of the color spectrum, which decreases light sensitivity. This has proven to decrease symptoms associated with photophobia – an aversive response and abnormal intolerance to light. Photophobia is a common symptom of those with migraines and Benign essential blepharospasm (BEB) – a disorder characterized by spasmodic contractions in the eye that can impact a person’s quality of life. We are excited to have a relatively easy, inexpensive option to improve blink frequency, light sensitivity and functional limitations for our patients impacted by these disorders. Be sure to let your doctor know if you suffer from migraines, as these lenses could change your life!
How to Help Parents Struggling with Vision Loss
The holidays may have been a very difficult time for seniors living with vision loss and for their children.
Anxiety and depression often accompany vision loss which can become obvious to family members during the ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ As you become aware of these behaviors, such as isolating or lack of socialization, how can you help? From a visual function, independence and safety perspective, low vision interventions will be key; and research shows the earlier, the better. “For every month of not reading, it will take a week of practice to regain reading skills,” says Dr. Jacobi. “Not being able to read a menu, recognize family members faces or safely navigate new surroundings quickly breeds anxiety.” We recognize this behavior and help those with low vision to regain function and confidence. The functional aspects of vision are addressed in our clinic with the prescribing and training with low vision devices. Call us to schedule a low vision evaluation and keep your parents in the game of life.
FLASHES & FLOATERS: What Do They Mean?
Have you experienced the presence of light-like flashes or web-like dark areas floating back and forth across the vision in one of your eyes? These are symptoms of a possible retinal tear or detachment. In reality, 90% of the time the sudden appearance of flashes and floaters signals a more benign condition termed posterior vitrea/ detachment (PVD). At birth, the vitreous gel fills the back of the eye. It begins as a jelly-like substance. Over time, it liquifies and forms pockets of fluid. Traction between the vitreous and retina sparks the flashes. A tear of the vitreous or retina results in the larger, dark floaters. However, 10% of the time the retina is torn and tumbles about in the vitreous gel. At times, fluid finds its way behind the retinal tear and further lifts the tissue creating a retinal detachment. At this stage, the patient has entered into an emergent stage. Arresting the process at the tear saves a patient from a more-risky retinal attachment surgery. The only preventative measure for a PVD, retinal tear, or retinal detachment is education. Sudden onset of dark and large or dark and multiple floaters associated with or without flashes, should be evaluated immediately. Denial of signs and symptoms is the number one cause of a poor outcome. Call us if symptoms appear or you have questions.
PVD (Posterior Vitreous Detachment):
Contributing Factors to Who is More Prone
• A family history of retinal tears or detachment
• Increased age over 50+
• Being nearsighted – the more nearsighted, the more risk
• Trauma to the eye
• Previous eye surgery
2nd Tuesday of each month, free and in-office. Learn how vision impacts learning and symptoms of a vision issue can mimic ADD and ADHD. Informative and an Educator must! Go to suburbaneyecare.com for information and to register. Livonia Senior Center Workshops - 3rd Wednesday of each month, free and at the Livonia Senior Center. Go to www.ci.livonia.mi.us for topics and details to register
3rd Wednesday of each month, free and at the Livonia Senior Center. Go to www.ci.livonia.mi.us for topics and details to register
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Instead of Fighting My Son to Read,
He Now Fights to Read Longer
Preston’s Story in His Mother’s Words
“Preston was really struggling in school. He had been evaluated for a learning disability and was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, but nothing really fit. Homework almost always ended with tears and he hated reading. Vision therapy for Preston has made a world of difference. Instead of fighting him to read, he fights to read for longer before bed. He is able to complete his homework without us sitting over him telling him to focus constantly. He has improved his reading level in school and is actually comprehending what he’s reading. I am so happy that we were finally able to find something to help him. It’s done wonders for both his educational and emotional well-being.”
Preston was diagnosed by Dr. Jacobi with Convergence Excess – a miscoordination of the eyes resulting in a tendency for the eyes to turn inward. It is considered Convergence Excess when more energy is required than the patient can offer comfortably with endurance.
Amanda, Preston’s vision therapist remembers his frustration but she “…remained optimistic because of his determination and great support system at home and at school. It is incredibly rewarding to be involved in such a huge shift in how Preston experiences life.” Preston continues to do well and enjoys to read. If your child’s story sounds like Preston’s, call today to schedule a Vision Evaluation.