Takle Eye Center is pleased to announce the addition of GlobeChek CTS 2020 to our practice. We are one of the first eyecare centers in the United States to adopt this groundbreaking technology.
GlobeChek is the world’s only comprehensive tele eye care solution. It completes an eye exam in less than ten minutes and does not require dilation or eye drops of any kind. Once an exam is finished, patients receive their report through a protected Internet portal. The exam is completed with a virtual visit where findings are reviewed, questions answered, and recommendations made by a Takle doctor.
As a result of the Covid pandemic we are actively making changes in our practice policies and procedures to protect our patients and staff. Adding GlobeChek is part of our commitment to reduce the risk of infection while still providing exceptional care.
Please contact our office to learn more about how GlobeChek can provide you with a safe, convenient alternative to a traditional in office eye exam.
If you or a loved one are currently scheduled to have cataract surgery, you may have some questions about what to expect after the procedure. That’s a normal reaction before you have any surgical procedure, and it’s a good way to prepare.
Not sure where to start? Keep reading for an idea of what you can expect after having cataract surgery!
Right after cataract surgery
After having cataract surgery, you’ll need to stick around for a few minutes while any anesthesia works its way out of your system. After your doctor clears you, you can go home.
It’s important to know that you cannot drive yourself home after cataract surgery so make sure you have a friend or family member that can drive you home. You may be a little tired, groggy, or disoriented when you get home.
You’re going to want to take a nap but before you can do that, make sure you put on the eye shield that your surgeon gave you. The eye shield isn’t exactly pretty but it will protect your eye while you’re sleeping.
After you wake up, you may be able to look at your phone or watch TV for a short amount of time, but don’t overdo it. If your eyes feel like they are getting tired, you may want to rest instead.
Don’t forget to take the eye drops prescribed to you throughout the day. You may need to use them every hour or every other hour to control inflammation and to prevent infection.
The day after cataract surgery
On the day after you have cataract surgery, your vision may be blurry or uneven. This is normal as your vision needs time to adjust and heal.
Most cataract surgeons will ask you to come in for your first follow-up appointment the day after cataract surgery. It’s extremely important that you attend this appointment.
This allows your surgeon to check how your eye is starting to heal and if there are any complications or signs of infection. If there are any problems, it’s always better to catch them and treat them early on.
A few days after cataract surgery
By this point, your eyes should start feeling better. They may feel less irritated, itchy, and your vision may start to stabilize. Continue being careful with your eyes, especially around any bodies of water.
You should not take part in any strenuous activities, or do anything that requires bending at the waist as well. Don’t let the fact that you’re starting to feel more like your normal self hurt your recovery process.
It’s important to continue taking things easy and follow any instructions that your surgeon gave you as you continue recovering.
One week after cataract surgery
At the one week mark, you can ask your surgeon about no longer needing to wear your eye shield while sleeping. Make sure to confirm this with them before doing anything.
You can comfortably perform tasks like working on the computer, reading a book, or watching television at the one week mark after cataract surgery as well. At this point, you will need another follow-up appointment with your surgeon so they examine your eye and see how it’s continued to heal.
By now, any swelling will have started going down, making it easier to see how your eye has healed. Your vision may still be slightly blurry but it will be much clearer than it was right after you had cataract surgery and will only continue improving!
One month after cataract surgery
A month after cataract surgery, your vision should be much clearer than it was before, both with cataracts and after you had cataract surgery! Colors may look brighter, and the world may look sharper.
Cataract surgery, on average, can take about two months to fully recover from. At the two month mark, your vision will be at its best after cataract surgery.
Until reaching the two-month mark, your vision will continue improving. Unfortunately, you should avoid activities like swimming for four to eight weeks after cataract surgery, so plan accordingly.
What to do if you have cataracts in both eyes
For some patients, they find that they have cataracts in both eyes that need removal. For the best results, cataract surgeons will not usually remove both cataracts at the same time.
Instead, one cataract is removed, and then the second one is then removed about a month after. Removing cataracts in this way makes the most sense because it gives you time to adjust to your new vision.
If there is a problem with the first eye that has surgery, it’s much easier to treat it, rather than having to treat both eyes at the same time. It’s also much safer to operate on the eyes separately, since cataract removal can impact vision, at least temporarily.
During the recovery process after cataract surgery, it’s important to be very careful to not bump into anything or hit your head. This can impact how your eye recovers and how you see.
Life after cataract surgery recovery
Life with cataracts wasn’t much fun, but life after cataract surgery and recovery is much better! Thanks to the artificial lens (IOL) that replaces the natural lens during cataract surgery, patients can see clearly again.
Many patients with cataracts find that they are no longer able to take part in their favorite activities anymore, but cataract surgery provides visual freedom. It’s the freedom to go for a walk around the neighborhood with a friend or drive down to the store to run errands.
It gives you the independence that you may have lost due to cataracts and their slow takeover of your life. But after cataract surgery, you get your life back! What could be better than that?
If things feel like they are anything but normal, you’re not alone. Living through a quarantine during a pandemic is new to everyone. While the first thing you may want to do is panic, do your best not to.
What you can do is take a deep breath and try to remember that things won’t be like this forever. Easier said than done, but it’s possible.
If it feels like even getting out of bed is hard, here are some simple eye care tips you can follow during quarantine to make things a little easier!
With a name like dry eye syndrome, it would seem logical to assume that you would have dry eyes. But there’s a little bit more to this eye condition than that, and more common signs to watch out for. Keep reading to learn more about dry eye!
1. Dry eyes
Yes, one of the most common signs of dry eye syndrome is dry eyes. When your eyes are dry, it’s usually due to two things.
One, you aren’t producing enough tears, or two, the tears being produced are low-quality. In either case, it results in your eyes feeling drier than normal. But why are your eyes so dry?
Part of the problem could stem from the tear film in your eyes. In someone who doesn’t have dry eye syndrome, the tear film has three components: water, mucous, and oil.
When someone has dry eye syndrome, their tears are missing one or several of these vital components. If your tears don’t have enough oil or mucous, it can result in the frustrating symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
2. Irritation or gritty feeling
Another common sign of dry eye syndrome that goes along with having dry eyes is irritation. Generally, if your eyes are dry, they are also irritated.
They may also feel gritty, like something is in them, even if nothing is there. For most people with dry eye syndrome, the next logical step is to rub their eyes to alleviate the gritty feeling.
But this is actually the last thing you want to do! Rubbing your eyes in any capacity can cause an incredible amount of damage to them!
If your eyes feel irritated and you get the urge to rub them, resist and use artificial tears instead. When your eyes are too dry, using artificial tears or eye drops can help if your eyes start to bother you.
3. Watery eyes that won’t stop tearing up
When people hear the phrase “dry eye syndrome” the last sign they would expect is someone experiencing watery eyes that tear up. But watery eyes that won’t stop tearing up are another common sign that you may have dry eye syndrome.
Remember that some of the reasons people develop dry eye syndrome is because of tear production or because they produce low-quality tears. For people with dry eyes, they may have eyes that won’t stop watering because their tears aren’t high quality.
The tears may have too much or too little water in them, making them less beneficial for the eyes. Tears are a crucial component that keeps the eyes lubricated and moisturized.
4. Sensitivity to light
If you don’t have dry eyes, it can be difficult to understand what the condition feels like. If you’ve ever been to a movie theatre, think about how uncomfortable it feels when you make it outside into the sun.
After two hours in the dark, it can take your eyes a few minutes before they adjust to the sunlight again! Now imagine that’s how your eyes feel all the time, and you have a good idea of how someone with dry eye and light sensitivity might feel.
The problem with dry eye syndrome is if you leave it alone, it will only get worse over time. There’s nothing worse than having eyes that feel uncomfortable all the time!
5. Difficulty wearing contact lenses
When you have dry eyes, little tasks become a lot harder. For some people, this can mean that wearing contact lenses becomes difficult.
When most people put in their contacts, they wear them for eight hours a day. Contacts cover the surface of the eye and can soak up much of the eye’s fluids.
With dry eye syndrome, wearing contact lenses can become downright painful or impossible. Your eyes may become red, itchy, or even start hurting when you wear contact lenses.
Having dry eyes is one reason many contact lens wearers consider procedures like LASIK. After all, why wouldn’t you want to find a way to no longer need to touch your eyes multiple times a day if you could?
If someone with dry eye syndrome was thinking about LASIK, they would need to have their symptoms under control before getting the procedure. Undergoing something like LASIK with an active case of dry eye can lead to severe complications and worsening dry eye symptoms.
6. Itchy eyes
Although allergy season is right around the corner here in Griffin, experiencing itchy eyes all year isn’t an allergy symptom, it’s a sign of dry eyes. Having itchy eyes along with irritation, watery eyes, and grittiness is a sign that you should talk to your eye doctor about dry eye syndrome.
If you happen to have allergies and think you may have dry eyes as well, talk to your eye doctor sooner than later. Dry eye symptoms have a tendency to get worse during allergy season, not better.
It’s better to be prepared and know what you’re up against before pollen starts floating around and coating every surface around you!
What you can do to help your dry eyes now
If your dry eyes are bothering you right now, there are things you can do to find relief. Try some of the following tips:
Drink more water
If your eyes are dry, it can often be a sign that the rest of your body is also dehydrated. If you feel thirsty, you’re already showing signs that you aren’t drinking enough water!
Aim for at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water every day. You’ll see benefits to your skin, eyes, and even your energy levels!
Eat more foods with Omega-3 fatty acids in them
If your eyes are dry, your diet could use some overhauling. Try eating more salmon, tuna, watermelon, walnuts, and chia seeds and see if you see any improvements.
Make some small lifestyle changes
They don’t have to be extreme but think about making some changes like buying humidifiers. Put them in the rooms that you’re in the most like your bedroom or living room.
Humidifiers are a great way to add moisture into the air, which your dry eyes will most certainly benefit from.
Get enough sleep at night
If you want to be healthy, inside and out, you need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night. Tired eyes are more likely to feel dry, so try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep.
Do this every night, including on the weekends. Consistency is key if you want your eyes to feel better and to stay that way!
Tried these tips and not seeing any changes? It may be time to see an eye care professional for dry eye treatment.
Our vision is important. It allows us to experience the world around us in a very significant way.
This is why protecting it at all costs is crucial. One of the absolute best ways to do that is by scheduling regular eye exams at Takle Eye.
A comprehensive eye exam will notify your doctor of any problems that could affect your vision. Early detection allows for early intervention.
This also makes treatment easier and positive results much more likely. Keep reading to learn why you should get a comprehensive eye exam!
What Happens During a Comprehensive Eye Exam?
A comprehensive eye exam is a series of tests and examinations performed by the doctor to glean a full understanding of the state of your vision. This includes your medical history and if your family has eye issues.
They’ll also test how your vision reacts to specific, controlled environments. They can do this by physically looking at and into your eyes.
Comprehensive eye exams can take a couple of hours to perform. How long they take depends on your various risk factors.
It also depends on the tests the doctor determines that need to be performed. Here is a list of a few of the most common ones.
Visual acuity tests give a baseline understanding of how good your vision is. During this test, you sit 20 feet away from a poster.
You may recognize this poster like the one with the single big letter on top and rows of increasingly smaller letters down the page. Each of these rows is associated with a number corresponding to the size of the letters.
Line “40” has bigger letters than the line “20”, as these letters should be visible to someone standing 40 feet away. “20/20” vision indicates normal vision because you are able to see the line “20” from twenty feet away.
A refraction test shows a patient a series of different powered lenses to narrow down a choice for glasses or contacts. The doctor will use a large machine that is set in front of your face.
The lenses are slowly flipped through, and you will compare the options manually.
Slit Lamp Examination/Pupil Dilation
During this phase, the doctor will shine a bright light attached to a microscope into your eyes. This will allow them to view the topmost structures of your eye.
This includes the cornea, pupil, and iris. If the doctor needs to peer further into your eye, you’ll need to have your pupils dilated.
Your doctor will do this with medicated eye drops. This allows enough light in your eye to illuminate your retina.
There are other different tests that may be performed during your comprehensive eye exam.
How Often Should I Get A Comprehensive Eye Exam?
Getting a comprehensive eye exam regularly is important for maintaining good eye health. How often to get them depends on various risk factors, especially your age.
In a typical adult, you should expect to see an eye doctor once every two years. This should be more frequent as a child when your eyes are still maturing.
You should see your eye doctor more when you’re over 60, as you will be facing more threats to your sight.
Concerned that you may need a comprehensive eye exam? Schedule one at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA with one of our fantastic ophthalmologists!
Living with dry eye is an unfortunately common experience. For those older than 50, there are almost 5 million struggling with the disease.
The number increases if you take the younger population into account as well. Even though it is such a prevalent condition, there is hope.
Dry eye can be treated with professional medical help. But there is also quite a bit you can do about dry eye syndrome on your own time. Keep reading for a few tips and tricks to naturally treat dry eye!
To produce enough tears, your body needs a surplus of water. When you become dehydrated, tears are one of the first things to go.
Your body needs to conserve water for other more critical functions. If you want to avoid dry eye or reduce the symptoms, drink enough water!
The problem is enough water for one person may not be enough for someone else. At the very least, aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
It’s easy to remember and it’s a good goal to keep in the back of your mind. If it doesn’t feel like enough water and you still feel thirsty, try to drink more water.
2. Eat The Right Diet
Food can also have a large impact on dry eye and your vision in general. Omega-3 fatty acids which are commonly found in fatty fish help reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a big source of dry eye and exacerbates the worst symptoms of it.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that are found in eggs and leafy greens such as kale or spinach. Eating enough of these foods can help promote healthy cell structures.
Incorporating vitamins C and E into your diet will also help your eyes and your immune system. Vitamin C is easy to find in citrus fruits, but you can also find it in cooked spinach and other sources.
Vitamin E is another antioxidant that protects the cells in your eyes. It can be found in various nuts and seeds, as well as sweet potato and wheat.
Zinc helps to produce a certain protective pigment for your eyes. This pigment protects against infection. You can find zinc in a wide variety of meats and dairy such as salmon, beef, pork, oysters, yogurt, milk, and eggs.
3. Clean Your Home Often
Having dust and allergens in your home can cause constant irritation to your eyes. Dusting and vacuuming to avoid the buildup of these things can help more than you might think.
A good tip is to dust using a moist towel rather than a dry duster. The irritants will cling to the towel, rather than become airborne. If you suffer from allergies, this can make a big difference!
4. Buy The Right Appliances
Certain appliances can help you improve your home to fight dry eye. Increasing the humidity with humidifiers will give your eyes a hydration boost.
Having a humidifier will also stop your tears from evaporating too quickly. Using an air filter removes pollen and pet dander from the air, reducing irritation to your eyes.
Natural remedies may not be enough to stop your dry eye. If you’re not finding relief, you may need to see a doctor.
Glaucoma is a frightening group of disorders that occur in the eye. When left untreated, they can eventually lead to total blindness.
What makes glaucoma so scary is that vision loss from it is permanent. It’s almost impossible to detect without outside help from an eye care professional.
In most cases, this occurs after vision loss has already happened. It is one of the best examples of why it is so important for you to schedule regular eye appointments every year.
You can avoid damage to your vision by scheduling a visit at Takle Eye in Griffin, GA today. Keep reading to find out more information about glaucoma!
How Does Glaucoma Work?
Unlike other eye problems that may affect the retina, the lens, or the cornea, glaucoma causes vision loss by damaging the optic nerve. The optic nerve handles delivering the information sensed by the retina to the brain. It is a series of fibers that form a sort of cable from the eye to the brain.
The damage that is caused to the optic nerve is usually due to having high internal eye pressure. If the fluids inside of the eye cannot cycle out as quickly as they should be able to, eye pressure rises.
This then presses on the optic nerve. How quickly the pressure rises depends on the type of glaucoma you are suffering from.
Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma
Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma. In this form of glaucoma, pressure increases in the eye slowly.
This is usually due to something clogging the drain meshwork inside of the eye. It allows for some fluid to drain, but at a much slower rate. This form of glaucoma is associated with the typical symptomless loss of vision.
Angle-closure glaucoma is a less common form of glaucoma. Unlike open-angle, angle-closure glaucoma has noticeable symptoms.
These can include pain and nausea and rapid deterioration of vision. It occurs when the drain meshwork becomes completely closed off. This causes a sharp spike in internal eye pressure.
This form of glaucoma is a medical emergency. If you notice any kind of sudden changes in your vision, seek medical aid immediately.
Glaucoma with Normal Eye Pressure
You can also have glaucoma while having expectedly normal internal eye pressure. This is also uncommon, but it is unclear why this happens.
It could be as simple as people having optic nerves that are weaker by nature. Researchers are still unsure of the exact reason.
Glaucoma Risk Factors
There are many things in play when determining how at risk for glaucoma you are.
Age, like many eye problems, plays a strong role in glaucoma risk. If you are over 60, you are at an increased risk of developing the disease.
Race and ethnicity are also common factors. People of African descent are the most at risk for glaucoma, and their age of increased risk is at 40.
Angle-closure glaucoma is found more frequently in people of Asian descent. Japanese heritage is also associated more strongly with normal-tension glaucoma.
Glaucoma is also hereditary to a degree, so if your family has a history with the disease, you will be more at risk.
Medical issues such as the use of corticosteroids, certain diseases such as diabetes, previous eye injuries or internal eye problems, and thin corneas all play a role in glaucoma risk.
Don’t live in fear of glaucoma, stay ahead of it with frequent eye care visits! Schedule an appointment at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA!
In today’s society, we are very dependent on our computers and phones. This is not necessarily a bad thing. You can do a lot on a computer.
But it does mean that you may need to adjust your habits somewhat. Too much screen time can be bad for you, and in particular, your vision. Keep reading to find out if you should reduce how much time you spend in front of screens!
Too much screen time makes it harder to focus on things at a distance
Excessive time using computers or smartphones can attack your eyesight in two ways. First, it can hurt your ability to focus on distant objects.
When you look at things directly in front of you, it makes small muscles in your eyes work harder. If they do too much focusing on objects at different distances, they can grow weaker.
It can cause dry eye or make it worse
Second, it can cause dry eye or exacerbate it if you already suffer from the disease. When using screens, we tend to forget to blink.
Blinking delivers essential nutrients to the eyes through your tears. This lubricates, hydrates, and refreshes the eyes.
If you aren’t producing enough tears, you could start suffering from symptoms of dry eye. This could include itchiness, redness, or a gritty feeling in your eyes.
Left untreated, dry eye can worsen. Severe dry eye can be a big problem, causing many painful symptoms. It is much easier to deal with dry eye early on or to prevent it when possible.
Be smart when looking at screens
It is unreasonable to expect someone to totally cut out screen time. In fact, it isn’t even necessary.
You can protect your eyes from computer vision syndrome and dry eye syndrome. All you have to do is follow one simple rule: the 20/20/20 rule.
The point of the 20/20/20 rule is to be an easy reminder for you to take frequent breaks. Here’s how it works.
Every 20 minutes, find something to focus on that is at least 20 feet away from you for at least 20 seconds. When you aren’t focused on your screen, you will begin to blink normally.
Focusing on something distant will stretch and strengthen the muscles in your eyes. Using 20-minute intervals will allow you to get work done, without being distracting.
Set a timer when you look at your phone
If you are having trouble remembering to follow the 20/20/20 rule, you may consider setting a timer on your phone. If you work in an office, set the timer on silent and place your phone with the screen facing up in your field of vision.
The visual cue should be enough to get you out of your work state so you can practice good eye health techniques.
Managing your screen time well isn’t the only thing you should do to keep your vision safe. Scheduling regular eye appointments is an absolute must. Schedule one at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA today!
If you have dry eye, you probably want to get rid of it as soon as possible. The good news is: you can!
You can set up an appointment at Takle Eye in Griffin, GA. While treating dry eye is doable, preventing the problem is always preferable. Here are some tips to help you prevent dry eye yourself!
Change Your Home
There are lots of ways that you can change your house to help protect yourself from dry eye. Humidifiers immediately come to mind, as they raise the air moisture in whatever room you’re in.
This helps keep your eyes from drying out. Sealing any cracks in your home to prevent moisture from escaping can also help. This is especially important if you live in a drier climate.
If possible, prevent allergens from being around you. Allergens like pollen can trigger red, irritated eyes.
Keep an eye on the pollen count and avoid opening your windows or going outside until the count lowers. Dust frequently using a damp cloth so that the dust and irritants cling to the cloth.
You can also install an air filter to suck allergens out of the air in your home.
Change Your Lifestyle
Our habits play a huge role in our health and dry eye is no exception. Smoking not only creates a ton of problems for your health but the smoke irritates your eyes. If you’re a smoker, you’re much more likely to suffer from dry eye.
Another thing that’s hurting your eyes is the overuse of screens. You may not realize it but TVs, smartphones, and computers are decreasing your blink rate.
By decreasing your blink rate, you are actually sending less moisture to your eyes. Can’t get away from the screens? Make sure you’re taking frequent breaks and go outside!
A little bit of fresh air can make a world of difference when it comes to your eyes.
Change Your Diet
Habits aren’t the only things that have a big effect on our well being. What we choose to consume and fuel our bodies with changes what they are capable of doing.
Staying hydrated is easy to not do, but it is important for your body, especially your eyes. Without a large supply of water, tears aren’t produced in large enough quantities.
The idea of staying hydrated is you need to drink water before you feel thirsty. By the time you are thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated.
Certain foods can also aid in tear production. Omega-3 fatty acids should be included in your diet. This includes foods like oily fish, walnuts, flaxseed, or chia seeds.
If your dry eye is already occurring, or it doesn’t seem to be preventable, then you may need treatment. Not sure where to turn?
Schedule a dry eye appointment at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA today! We’ll help get you back on the road to healthy eyes with a custom treatment plan. There’s no reason to suffer from the symptoms of dry eye syndrome any longer!
Cataracts are most known for affecting older people. Especially in patients over 40, cataracts are part of the natural aging process.
But cataracts can come from different causes. Keep reading to learn more about other ways you can develop cataracts!
Traditional cataracts occur because of aging. When the proteins inside of your lens begin to break down, they clump together.
As these clumps of protein begin to grow, they become big enough to block light or distort it.
There are several different symptoms that come along with cataracts. These can include:
blurry or hazy vision
a yellowish tint to your eyesight
Sometimes exposure to radiation can cause cataracts to develop. This includes gamma radiation, but more often refers to ultraviolet radiation.
The sun is a major source of UV radiation. Want to avoid developing radiation cataracts? Wear sunglasses with UV radiation protection and a wide-brimmed hat when you’re outside. These are two easy ways to stay protected from the sun’s radiation.
Cataracts can form as a response to severe eye injuries, especially that form on the lens of the eye. Blunt or penetrating objects that pierce or harm the lens can disrupt the fibers inside of the lens.
Sometimes eye surgery can cause cataracts. This even includes cataract surgery, strange as it may sound.
This does not mean cataracts “grow back”. During cataract surgery, the lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
A secondary cataract forms in the membrane that holds the lens. If you have a secondary cataract, you need a procedure called a YAG laser capsulotomy.
This procedure is very simple and just as safe as cataract surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon pokes a small hole through the membrane.
This way, it can still hold the lens in place while allowing light to pass through it.
Even infants are not safe from cataracts. Congenital cataracts are often a hereditary trait. They can be part of a larger underlying issue such as congenital rubella syndrome. Sometimes they stem from an unknown source.
Congenital cataracts are often small enough to not impede vision. They can be large enough that not removing them can lead to further vision problems for the child.
Congenital cataracts are usually removed while the baby is only a few weeks old.
Schedule a cataract screening if you think you have a cataract
Cataracts, no matter the kind, need a proper diagnosis from a trained eye doctor. If you think you have a cataract, it’s important to schedule a cataract screening.
During this screening, you’ll undergo a series of tests. These tests help determine if you have cataracts. Even if you have a cataract, it doesn’t always mean it needs immediate removal.
Your eye doctor will go over their recommendations for removal during your screening. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about the procedure and what to expect.
Do you think you may have cataracts? Schedule your cataract screening at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA today! Don’t let your distorted vision stand in your way of clearer vision any longer!
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