December 31st, 2018
November 7th, 2018
Ever noticed that your dry eyes seem worse in the winter? It’s not your imagination! There are lots of reasons why your dry eye is more irritating in the winter. Keep reading for 4 reasons, and learn how to treat it!
Direct Heat Sources
Even in Georgia, the weather outside can be frightful. Sure, we aren’t walking around in a winter wonderland, but it’s definitely colder this time of year!
Colder weather outside means you may have a fireplace, heat pumps, or wood stove turned on inside.
As much as you may love the warmth, stay away from direct heat sources. Direct heat sources like fireplaces or heat pumps can actually make your dry eye worse!
This is due to warmer air being circulated. Yes, you can enjoy the heat, but make sure it’s not blowing directly on you inside. Your dry eyes will thank you!
Dry Winter Air Outside
It’s dry inside, and dry outside! It can often seem like your eyes can’t catch a break during the winter. If cold and dry air outside is bothering you, keep sunglasses on you.
Sunglasses, especially the ones that block UV rays, can keep dry air out of your eyes. With dry eye, your eyes may feel scratchy, irritated, or water uncontrollably. Wearing sunglasses can help your eyes stay lubricated, making them less likely to dry out.
Buy A Humidifier To Add Moisture To The Air
If you’ve avoided direct heat sources inside, you may want to invest in a humidifier. During the winter, humidifiers are great because they add much-needed water to the air.
Heat sources often dry out the air around them, making anyone with dry eye miserable. Humidifiers replace the missing water in the air, helping your eyes stay lubricated.
If you find yourself waking up in the morning with dry or itchy eyes, a humidifier should be in the bedroom as well. Having more than one humidifier can be the difference between misery and happy eyes.
Give Your Contacts A Break
Many people that wear contacts on a regular basis complain that their eyes are dry. If you’re one of them, it’s time to give your contacts a break.
When wearing contacts, your eyes will be less moisturized. Part of this is due to contact with your eye when putting the lens in, especially if it’s on a daily basis. But contact lenses combined with cold and drying winter air can spell bad news for your eyes.
On days when you’re hanging out at home and don’t need to wear contacts, switch to your glasses. This will help your eyes re-adjust to the air without any barriers. Letting your eyes breathe every once in a while is never a bad thing!
My Eyes Are Still Dry! Now What?
Look, if you’re still dealing with the effects of dry eye after trying these tips, it might be time to see a doctor. Dry eye is one of the most common eye conditions. It affects millions of people each year!
If you’re ready to treat your dry eye, contact Takle Eye Group in Griffin or Locust Grove, GA today! Schedule a dry eye consultation with our team and get the results you’ve been looking for.
July 9th, 2018
Diabetic retinopathy is a blanket medical term diabetic vision problems. Diabetic retinopathy actually makes up a variety of conditions. These can affect both the eyes and the quality of vision.
As a result, there are plenty of incorrect myths floating around diabetic retinopathy. Get your facts straight by reading this list of myths you shouldn’t believe!
Myth #1: It’s not safe to stay active!
There is no reason why you should no longer be active if you have diabetic retinopathy. If you have other conditions that make it difficult to stay active, listen to your doctor.
If you have diabetes, staying physically active can help reduce your symptoms. If you are starting a new program, check with your doctor first if you are new to exercise. Get outside and move!
Myth #2: If I can see, I’m healthy
When it comes to diabetic retinopathy, knowledge is power! Visual acuity is important, but it doesn’t mean that you’re healthy.
Many conditions, like glaucoma or cataracts, have few noticeable symptoms. Cataracts take several years to develop and do not affect vision until they have ripened.
Glaucoma is often called the silent thief of sight because there are no symptoms to warn you. With glaucoma, there is no cure, so it’s key that you catch it early and start treating it.
Without treatment, glaucoma can cause blindness. Once that vision is gone, it’s never coming back.
If you have diabetic retinopathy, you are more likely to develop other eye conditions. Want to keep your vision in good shape? Make sure you have regular visits with your eye doctor at Takle Eye in Griffin, GA!
Myth #3: I’ll be fine. I have Type 2 diabetes
Patients with Type 2 diabetes suffer less microvascular complications than other diabetics. There are still plenty of risk factors that you should be aware of.
In fact, more Type 2 diabetics are at risk for suffering a total loss of vision. If you have Type 2 diabetes, you should have follow-up appointments with your eye doctor. They may recommend that you come in to see them more often to check your eyes and vision health.
Myth #4: Aspirin is dangerous for me!
Studies have shown that the use of aspirin does not worsen diabetic retinopathy. Each patient is different, so consult your doctor before you start an aspirin regimen.
Having diabetic retinopathy can be frustrating. This doesn’t mean you’re doomed! The best thing you can do for your diabetic retinopathy is to take care of yourself.
Diabetic patients only develop diabetic retinopathy when their blood sugar is too high. When blood sugar stays elevated, your eyesight and eyes suffer. If your eyesight seems off, it may be time to see your eye doctor.
If you stay active and in control, you may never develop diabetic retinopathy! Your eyes and your body will thank you. Diabetic retinopathy doesn’t have to be inevitable if you take care of yourself.
Have questions about diabetic retinopathy and how it could be affecting your vision? Schedule a screening with the doctors at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA!
March 22nd, 2018
How would we ever have survived our childhood without our mothers’ protection. Anyone who remembers their mother yelling, “Stop that! You’ll put an eye out!” knows that your healthy eyesight was always one of her top concerns. However, you might be surprised to learn that some of the advice our moms might have drilled into our heads doesn’t completely hold up to science. Below are five things your mother might have told you. How many of them have you always believed?
- “Move back from the TV; you’ll hurt your eyes!” Actually, mom, there is no evidence that sitting too close to the television or watching for too long will damage your eyes. Children tend to sit closer to the TV because they’re able to focus on objects closer to their eyes than adults can. That’s why they tend to hold books closer too. This generally changes as they get older. If not, it could be a sign of myopia, or nearsightedness. Children should have regular eye exams to monitor their vision as they grow.
- “Eat all your carrots; they’re good for your eyes.” Mom was partially right on this one. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for vision. However, only a tiny amount is necessary, and many other vegetables include Vitamin A. A well-balanced diet will give you all the nutrition your vision needs. So if you’re still not a fan of carrots … eat your spinach!
- “It’s too dark in here to read; you’ll hurt your eyes.” Reading in dim light can strain your eyes, but it won’t do any permanent damage.
- “Don’t forget to wear your glasses; you’ll ruin your eyes.” This is true for a small number of people who have an eye problem that can be corrected. For most of us, however, our vision problems are caused by heredity or injury. While corrective glasses or contacts will improve our vision, using your eyes without them will do no further damage.
- “That’s enough reading for now; you’ll wear out your eyes.” Bookworms will recognize this one. This is one of the most common myths about vision. Much like reading in dim light, reading for an extended time or reading fine print can cause eye strain, it’s true, but there is no evidence that it will wear out or damage your eyes.
If you’ve always believed one or more of these myths, just realize that your mother probably heard some of this same advice from her own mother when she was a kid. But one myth that your mother likely didn’t teach you is that you need an eye exam only if you’re having problems. The truth is that regular eye exams are vitally important at all ages. Children should be tested at birth, at 6 months, before starting school, and throughout their school years as they grow. Adults should get an exam every two years or so – more often if there’s a concern. Regular eye exams are instrumental in early detection of common eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma that can cause vision loss, or even blindness, when left untreated. Our professionals at Takle Eye Group are proud to be entrusted with the vision of generations of local families. Please contact us with any questions, or to make an appointment. Mom would approve.
November 2nd, 2017
Omega-3s are a nutrient powerhouse, and two kinds, in particular, are vitally important for eye health: DHA and EPA. The concentration of DHA in the retina is dramatically higher than in any other tissue. In fact about 60 percent of the lipids in the retina are DHA. They make your cell membranes more fluid, which helps brain, eye, and nerve cells function better. Yet most Americans only get 100 mg a day of DHA/EPA, far short of the recommended 250 mg.
Research done as far back as the mid 1990s showed that people with higher levels of DHA in their blood had a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Subsequent research showed that people who consume higher amounts of EPA and DHA have about a 30 to 40 percent lower risk of developing AMD.
There are three main ways you can get DHA/EPA in your diet: by eating foods with naturally occurring DHA/EPA, by eating foods fortified with DHA/EPA or by taking a supplement. Here’s how much you get from various food sources:
- Fish: Wild cold-water fishmake DHA/EPA from the algae they eat, and it’s coupled with fat, which aids its absorption and effectiveness. Per 4-oz. serving you get 2,085 mg from salmon, 1,110 mg from sardines, and 305 mg from light tuna.
- Flax seeds: One ounce of flax seeds packs in 6,388 mg of Omega 3 (nearly 6 times the RDA). You get 1,655 mg of Omega-6 in the process, which helps keep your Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratios in check. To get an even bigger boost, you can take a tablespoon of flax oil which delivers 7,196 mg of Omega-3. Great news for vegans!
All sorts of foods have been adding Omega-3s lately, from orange juice to bread.
- Eggs:Chickens turn some of the Omega-3s from flaxseed in their feed into DHA/EPA. One large egg can contain 30 to 150 mg Omega-3s (some of which is DHA/EPA).
- Milk:Some brands of milk add fish oil or algal oil to give a DHA/EPA boost (don’t worry, you can’t taste it!). One cup of fortified milk delivers 30 to 50 mg of DHA/EPA.
- Peanut butter:Like milk, some brands are adding fish oil. A 2-tablespoon serving provides 32 mg DHA/EPA.
If you’re not getting enough Omega-3s in your diet, you can opt for a supplement, like fish oil pills. There is no shortage of Omega-3 supplements out there, but they vary greatly in quality and effectiveness. Look for supplements with high amounts of DHA/EPA and at least 500 to 1,000 mg of fish oil. Avoid mercury, PCBs, and filler ingredients.
At Takle Eye Group, we appreciate the opportunity to support you in maintaining your eye health through a healthy lifestyle and regular exams. Call us to schedule yours!
November 2nd, 2017
Cataracts usually progress slowly and cause a gradual loss of sight. Most cataracts are a regular part of the aging process. The cataract blocks the passage of light through the eye. A cataract is merely the clouding, or discoloration, of the lens within your eyes. Takle Eye Group will be working closely together as a team to provide you with total eye care services.
This is an outpatient surgery that takes roughly about 10-15 minutes. Most patients have little side effects. If you have Cataract surgery, aftercare is crucial in a good outcome for the operation.
Tips for a successful aftercare:
Have someone to drive you home and get ample amounts of rest. Your body just had an adjustment and rest times will help the body heal and protect.
Most patients require no pain medication. For precautions, you are given similar medications as you would get if you were having a colonoscopy.
A protective eye shield should be worn over the operated eye at night for one week which may be uncomfortable at first but will become second nature.
Eye drops must be placed in the eye several times a day for a few weeks.
Signs, symptoms, and occurrences:
Your vision will take time to adjust to the new bright vision. After you remove the shield, it may seem cloudy, blurry or distorted which is entirely normal. Your eyes altered for the cataract, now they have to adjust to a healthy state.
Your eyes may be red and somewhat bloodshot. This side effect is temporary lasting only a few days. As healing takes place, the eye will return to its normal state.
You may occasionally have a bruised eye. This is usually because of being on blood thinning drugs. Our eyes have very soft tissue around them. Pressing hard or bumping them may cause bruising. Although unappealing, it is very typical and will heal in time.
You may have itchy, dry eyes. This symptom should go away in a short time.
You should be 100% within a month. The following day, you will need to return to the office so we can check your eyes. Aftercare visits will be scheduled one day, one week, and one month after your surgery. These are opportunities for you to discuss any issues you are having. We are supportive of you every step of the Cataract removal. Our experienced staff and team of Ophthalmologists will be your care team. Always know you can trust us with anything you feel is out of the ordinary scope of the procedure.
It’s back to school season, and that means children’s attention has turned from vacation mode to full focused learning. Many schools offer vision screenings for students. However, a 20/20 test result can lead to a false assumption to Parents and Educators that there is no vision problem. It is vital to know that the school screening is testing for distance and acuity. Below are five signs that your child may need a further examination by an eye specialist.
Frequent eye rubbing or blinking- If a child’s eyes are straining to see they may rub their eyes or squint a lot. Moving the child to the front many alleviate this problem, but it isn’t the solution. Rubbing and blinking can be an indicator they need a full screening.
Short attention span-If a child is losing attention regularly in the classroom, there may be a simple adjustment or treatment with Takle Eye Group. Their experience can determine if the root of the problem has a corrective vision solution.
Tilting the head to one side-This can be an indicator that the child is overcompensating for a sight issue. If you notice this becoming a routine habit, see your eye doctor. They can check for problems as a preventative measure to end this.
Losing place when reading. If this becomes a frequent problem, your child may need glasses. Talk to your child and see if they have a lot on their mind or if this is a struggle they feel often.
Difficulty remembering what he or she read-If your child reads a book, a phrase or even a sentence and can’t remember what it is about, you may be dealing with something with their vision. Asking your child simple questions about the reading can help you evaluate this.
There is no need for alarm when these issues arise. The team at Takle Eye Group can give a comprehensive evaluation and solution. They can work with your children to solve vision problems. The goal is to have a great school day, every day. It never hurts to have a routine check-up even if you are slightly concerned. You can walk away with peace of mind and a set of good-looking spectacles.