We often tell our patients that it’s possible for other diseases to be detected by your eye doctor during the course of a dilated eye exam. Diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even diabetes; sometimes sooner than your primary doctor. Did you know though that certain autoimmune diseases may also be detected?
Autoimmune disease, by definition, develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. In response, your immune system attacks the healthy cells.
There are many autoimmune diseases that can affect the eye. Such as:
·         Bechet Disease
·         Lupus
·         MS
·         Psoriasis
·         Reiter Syndrome
·         Rheumatoid Arthritis
·         Sjorens Syndrome
The most common symptom of many patients is a complaint of dry eye. It’s important to clarify not all patients with dry eye have an autoimmune disorder. There are a number of reasons why a person could have dry eye. Certain medications can have dry eye as a side effect, it could be due to environmental reasons or even contact lens wear.
One of the things your eye care professional should do is look at tear break up time and assess tear film stability. Those tears and the quality of them can reveal a lot of information to your doctor. Your doctor may do some in office testing to measure tear production or look for signs of corneal erosions. This data will be evaluated along with your history to determine if perhaps an appointment to your primary doctor or a rheumatologist may be in order.
Other similar symptoms include a foreign body sensation, irritation or light sensitivity. This is why it is critical to mention anything that isn’t normal and bring in a list of your medications.  Your eye care professional is another extension to help you remain healthy.
If you’ve been putting off making your appointment – why not make the call today? Accepting new patients in our Fremont office at 419-334-8121 and Fostoria office 419-435-3842.
For many people, trying to afford their monthly prescriptions can be difficult. When living on a fixed income, choices sometimes have
to be made: do I buy groceries this month or do I get medicine? Some are fortunate enough to receive assistance from the State,
however there are still plenty for whom this is a monthly struggle.
There is help!
Many companies that manufacture medicines have some type of assistance available. Allergan offers assistance for the following eye medications:
  • Acuvail
  • Alphagan
  • Combigan
  • Lumigan
  • Pred Forte
  • Restasis
For those taking Travatan Z you can look to the Openings Patient Support Group. Even Merch and Company offers help to fill Cosopt. Each program assistance plan has their own rules and application procedures to foloow. Your doctor will be able to help you complete the application process.
You don't have to be frustrated or without. Help is out there.
Links to assistance programs:
Autumn in Ohio; a time the trees are showing their sparkling foliage, the sound of a crackling fire can be heard and thoughts turn to colder days that will soon arrive. Fall also means it’s a little darker in the morning and sunsets that come way too early.
For many Nyctalopia, night blindness, is a very real problem. What exactly is it? Night blindness is a condition making it difficult or impossible to see in relatively low light and can be the symptom of several eye diseases from Glaucoma to Retinitis Pigmentosa. The only way to determine the source of the issue is to have a fully dilated eye exam.
Depending on the cause there are some things you can do to improve it. Cataracts can be removed. Eat foods rich in Vitamin A. Wear corrective lenses if prescribed
As always make sure you talk with your eye care professional about any visual issues you are experiencing. If you haven’t been in to see a doctor within the last year, why not schedule your appointment today. (419) 334-8121 or (419) 435-3482.
The opticians’ role in an office is spent evaluating the doctor’s prescription and learning what visual requirements the patients work and hobbies require to provide a customized medical device that is fashionable and trendy. It is also their duty to make recommendations to you that will help you enjoy your favorite activities, perhaps a little more.
One of the questions our staff gets asked semi frequently about, is tints. Can you tint this or do you tint at all?  YES! Yes we can.
There are different tints available however, I’ll just talk about a few of them.
Green – a green tint does a great job of transmitting all colors evenly. Works great with all outdoor activities and all weather conditions
Brown & Amber – these colors do a great job improving contrast. A favorite for shooters it works great where distance needs to be judged. Works best in partly cloudy to sunny.
Yellow – yellow tints minimize the blue light rays that can make focusing difficult.  These lenses also make a great choice for target shooting, hunting or even hitting slopes.
Pink & Red – these tints are great at reducing eye strain. They provide great road visibility and help with depth perception. Works in most weather conditions, even snow!
Stop in and talk with one of our opticians about the things you like to do, or call and schedule your appointment today. (419) 334-8121 Fremont or (419) 435-3482  Fostoria.
Chances are there is a tint we can add to make it crisper, clearer and better on your eyes.

Contact Eye Centers Of Northwest Ohio

2311 Hayes Avenue
Fremont, Ohio 43420
(419) 334-8121
622 Parkway Drive
Fostoria, Ohio 44830
(419) 435-3482
Fremont: (419) 334-8121 - Fostoria: (419) 435-3482