As many of us know, we are in the midst of the spring allergy season. Some of us are sensitive to tree pollen, some grass pollen, others to both. But one thing that all doctors can agree on is that we see a B I G increase in eyelid swelling, eyelid infections, and most of all… WE SEE A BUNCH OF STYES in our offices.
A stye is a red, sore lump near the edge of the eyelid caused by an infected eyelash follicle. A chalazion is sometimes confused with a stye, which also appears as a lump on the eyelid. Chalazia tend to develop farther from the edge of the eyelid than styes. In some situations it may be difficult to distinguish between a chalazion and stye.
Can somebody anybody tell me why?
Hey, can somebody anybody tell me why we STYE, we STYE?
I don’t wanna a STYE
(Thank You Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for the inspiration)
So great news, well maybe, we have research, fresh off the press, that demonstrated the uptick in eye surface inflammation, caused by allergies, leads to the dysfunction of the meibomian aka oil glands. This means that allergies are actually causing the oil glands to get clogged and not function optimally.
Just a quick refresh, meibomian or oil glands are tube-like structures lining the inside of our eyelids. These glands pump oil that, “SHOULD”, be released every time we blink. The reason I lace the word, “should” in quotations is because these oil glands are not always open and un-obstructed, so when these glands are not releasing oil at each blink our Dry Eye symptoms slowly start to increase and become a more common occurrence.
So now what?
If you know you are an eye allergy sufferer, make sure you are making timely visits to your Dry Eye Specialist every spring and fall to have an Eyelid Cleaning and expression performed to reduce the chance of getting more STYES.
Posted on 28 Apr 2019
Scleral Lenses, What are THOSE!
Scleral contacts are basicallyB I Glenses whose edges, "land", on the white part of the eye, known as the sclera.
These types of lenses allow us to improve patient’s vision that otherwise cannot be fixed with other contact lenses or glasses. If you've been told in the past that you cannot wear contact lenses because of an irregular cornea or other problems, you may want to get a second opinion and ask your eye doctor about scleral contact lenses. When it comes to Dry Eye, scleral contact lenses are typically reserved for helping us manage moderate to severe dry eye disease. These eyes are stubborn and tend to resist most of the therapies we throw at them.
We have helped a lot of people see better with Scleral contacts at our office. We have had patients travel from as far away as Poland to come see us and be fitted with Scleral lenses.
Bottom line is we love fitting scleral contact lenses, they allow us to provide many of our patients with healthy and crisp vision when nothing else will.
Posted on 28 Apr 2019
The Self-Inflicted Dry Eye
As any Dry Eye specialist will tell you, there are many different variations of dry eye disease. The specific one we are going to discuss in this blog post is the one I term, “The Self-Inflicted Dry Eye”.
No, I don’t mean that folks are blow-drying their eyes as some new weird type of social media challenge, what I am talking about is Makeup, specifically, eye makeup, like, eye-liner and mascara.
Heavy Eyeliner is pretty popular these days across many age ranges. One thing that women, who are using eyeliner, don’t realize is that, when applied to the rim of the eyelid (see pic above) it blocks the openings of our oil-glands. Our oil glands are located inside our upper and lower eyelids and produce oil throughout one’s life.
What many of us don’t realize is that these oil glands are under constant attack by bacteria that commonly live on our skin throughout our lives. Bacteria species like Staph break up the oil released by our glands daily and release toxins that aid in creating a fine, clear, film that coats our oil glands and plugs up their openings. Adding eyeliner to the rim of our eyelids is bad because the ingredients in many makeup products have very harsh preservatives that can harm or destroy oil glands over time. More acutely, smearing eyeliner all over the openings of our oil glands, artificially plugs these delicate oil pumps.
So now what… Here I will list off a few options.
Avoid applying makeup to the eyelid rim.
Avoid ‘water-proof’ makeup completely.
After applying makeup, run a wet Q-Tip along the eyelid margin to remove the excess eyeliner.
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The Itchy and Scratchy Eye Show
Tis the season for watery, itchy, puffy, and red eyes. Every year during this time all doctors across this great land get an influx of folks suffering from the Itchy and Scratchy Show. Eye symptoms are caused by the same irritants that cause sneezing and a runny nose among seasonal allergy sufferers.
By the Numbers
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that:
50 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies, and its prevalence is increasing.
30 percent of those are adults.
40 percent are children.
In addition to having symptoms of sneezing, congestion and a runny nose, most of these allergy sufferers also experience itchyeyes, watery eyes, red eyes and swollen eyelids.
The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies are pollen, mold, dust and pet dander aka Cat Hugs.
Eye allergies also can be caused by reactions to certain cosmetics or eye drops, including artificial tears used for treating dry eyes that contain preservatives, this is the big reason our team of doctors always recommend abstaining from “bottled” eye drops during this time period and switching over to a non-preserved lubricant like Oasis Tears.