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By O’Donnell Eye Institute
November 12, 2021
Category: Eye Disorders
Tags: Glaucoma  

If you think you may be suffering from glaucoma in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, visit the O’Donnell Eye Institute and see Dr. Lan O’Donnell or Dr. Heidi Gonzalez for a comprehensive eye exam. It will give you the answer you need. 

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is not just one disease, according to the American Optometric Association, it is a group of eye disorders. What they have in common is the increase in pressure within the eye. This leads to damage to the optic nerve and can result in loss of sight, even complete loss. This is a condition that needs to be taken seriously and caught early. 

Types of Glaucoma

Two primary types of glaucoma can affect your eyes. They are primary open-angle glaucoma, which is by far the most common, and angle-closure glaucoma. 

Who Should Worry About Glaucoma? 

 Different types of glaucoma can have different risk levels and causes. Some reasons you should worry about are:

  • An immediate family member has glaucoma
  • You are over 60
  • You are African American 
  • You are Hispanic over 60
  • You are Asian
  • You use steroids
  • You have suffered an eye injury
  • You have hypertension
  • You are nearsighted

As you can see, age and ethnicity are important factors when assessing your potential risk of developing glaucoma. It makes it even more important that you get regular eye exams for glaucoma in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 

What Are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?

No obvious symptoms can be found when primary open-angle glaucoma is in the early stages. By the time it is obvious that something is wrong, the damage has been done. By getting regular comprehensive eye exams, you stand a much better chance of having it caught and getting the treatment you need to relieve the eye pressure that can damage the optic nerve. 

Acute angle-closure glaucoma causes blurry vision, auras, pain in the eyes and head, and sudden sight loss. The eye pain may be accompanied by nausea. 

Treatment

If caught early, blindness does not have to be the end result of glaucoma. But even with proper early treatment, about 10% of those with glaucoma will lose their vision. For most people, eye drops will be able to relieve the pressure in the eye. For more severe cases, surgery with laser or incision is the proper treatment.  

If you are in danger of suffering from glaucoma in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, or have already had a diagnosis, visiting the O'Donnell Eye Institute can make sure your condition is kept under observation by Dr. O'Donnell and Dr.Gonzalez. Call their office for an appointment at (850) 622-4000. 

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
November 03, 2021
Category: Vision Problems
Tags: Eyeglasses   Astigmatism  

Are you having vision issues and sometimes have to strain to see things at various distances? You may be dealing with astigmatism and should consult with an eye care professional about eyeglasses in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Dr. Lan O’ Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez at the O’Donnell Eye Institute can help you with your eye care needs.

What Is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is when the surface curvature of the eye's cornea or lens refracts light to more than one focal point on the eye. This disorder results from unequal curves in different parts of the cornea. As many as one out of three people in the United States deal with astigmatism. 

You may have astigmatism if your vision has become blurry or distorted at more than one distance. Uncorrected astigmatism may cause eyestrain, headaches, poor night vision, etc. However, astigmatism will not always affect your vision. 

If you want help correcting your astigmatism, a safe way to do so is by finding the right pair of eyeglasses in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

What Kind of Glasses Should I Use For Astigmatism?

Look for eyeglasses that have a special cylindrical lens. This type of lens can help adjust how light passes through your cornea. Your eye doctor may prescribe single vision lenses for you. On the other hand, if you are over 40 years old, your doctor may give you bifocal glasses instead. 

When buying eyeglasses for astigmatism, try not to get caught up in just a cute pair of frames. Make sure you get the right prescription for your eye disorder. 

Astigmatism patients should also focus on the thickness of the lens when buying eyeglasses. You should get a high index or trivex lens if you have a high level of astigmatism. You should also look for an anti-reflective coating on your eyeglasses to protect your eyes from excessive glare.

If you are dealing with astigmatism in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eyeglasses can be purchased after consulting with the professionals at the O’Donnell Eye Institute. Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Gonzalez are experienced professionals that can help you with your eye-care needs. Call us at (850) 622-4000 for a consultation today.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
August 13, 2021
Category: Vision Problems
Tags: Eyeglasses  

When it comes to getting prescription eyeglasses, our needs are different. Your optometrist, Dr. Lan O'Donnell, and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute can get you the correct eyeglasses in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, for your eye condition.

Eyeglasses That Correct Your Vision

Do you have trouble seeing near or far objects? Single vision eyeglass lenses can correct eye defects such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Eye defects such as presbyopia might require bifocal or progressive lenses.

Getting the correct lenses for your eye defects is essential if you want to see better. Your optometrist can help you diagnose your eye condition during your next appointment and get you the proper lenses to correct your vision.

Eyeglasses That Protect Your Eyes

Your doctor can customize your eyeglasses to give them special protective features. By adding a special coating to your eyeglass lens, your doctor can make them better suited for your lifestyle. For instance, you could get photochromic lenses that filter UV light and adapts to varying brightness levels. UV lenses filter UV light too and are great if you spend lots of time outdoors.

Blue light protection lenses help filter blue light from the sun and screens. It is a great feature to have if you spend lots of time in front of your computer screen. You could also get anti-glare lenses that protect your eyes from bright light.

Eyeglasses With Special Features

When it comes to choosing your eyeglasses in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you'll have to consider your lifestyle too. For instance, if you spend lots of time outdoors your optometrist can add special features to your eyeglasses that are compatible with your lifestyle.

Some special features can also help your eyeglasses last longer by preventing scratches and dust. Examples of special lenses include:

  • Water repellent lens
  • Anti-dust lens
  • Anti-scratch lens
  • Anti-smudge lens
  • Anti-fog lens
  • High index lens

Eyeglass Frames

Getting the right frames is just as important as getting the right lens. Your eyeglass frames should be sturdy so that they last long. They should also suit your taste. Your optometrist offers you hundreds of designer eyeglass frames to choose from so that you get the eyeglasses that you love.

The right eyeglasses for your condition should be one that you like, correct your vision, and fit your lifestyle. Call (850) 622-4000 to schedule a consultation with your optometrist, Dr. O'Donnell, and Dr. Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute for your eyeglasses in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
June 29, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Eye Exam  

When was the last time you had an eye exam?

Why do you need an eye exam at all if you can see just fine? Eye exams help your eyes doctor check for vision issues so visit your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrists, Dr. Lan O'Donnell and Dr.Heidi Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute.

What Issues Could an Eye Exam Identify?

Eye exams are more than just figuring out if you need glasses or contact lenses. Your optometrist uses this opportunity to find out if you may be allergic to contact lenses if your eyesight has deteriorated or if you're suffering from a disease like cancer or glaucoma. Don't skip visiting your Santa Rosa Beach, Fl, doctors. Identifying issues in their earlier stages makes them easier to treat.

Types of Eye Exams

  • Lifestyle Exams: The type of glasses you need depends on your work and hobbies, whether it's staring at a computer screen all day or planting flowers. Poor eyewear may lead to headaches and strained eyes. Your eye doctor may ask you if you spend a lot of time outside or if you wear goggles when you play a sport.
  • Pediatric Eye Exam: Parents aren't always aware their children have a problem with their vision. Parents should ask teachers if their children are having issues seeing the board, screens, or frequently squint while reading. This will strain their eyes, cause headaches and, probably affect schoolwork and coordination. Make sure you take your child to visit the eye doctor to ensure there isn't a problem.
  • Medical Eye Exam: A medical eye exam examines the health of your eyes to help treat or manage dry eye, glare, changes in colors, difficulty seeing close objects, and other issues or conditions like glaucoma, ocular hypertension, and macular degeneration.

Do You Need an Eye Exam?

You need to protect your eyesight. Regular eye exams can help keep you healthy. Call your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrists, Dr. O'Donnell and Dr. Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute at (850) 622-4000 to schedule an appointment.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
April 09, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Eyeglasses  

Here are some helpful tips for finding the right pair of eyeglasses.

While the main purpose of getting eyeglasses is for you to see better, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style for sight. These days, your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctors, Dr. Lan O’Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez, offer such a wide range of eyeglasses to fit patient’s ever-changing needs, personalities, and styles. If you’re thinking about coming into our office to shop for some new eyeglasses, here is a helpful guide to make choosing the perfect pair of glasses easier.

Know Your Face Shape

The shape of your face will often dictate which eyeglass shapes and styles will work best. The different face shapes include:

  • Round: rectangular frames are often best for round face shapes
  • Square: round or oval frames can help to balance out a defined or sharp jaw and forehead
  • Oval: most eyeglass shapes will look great on you 
  • Heart: square, rectangular and aviator-style glasses work best for those with a heart-shaped face
  • Diamond: cat-eye or decorative frames that pull focus to the eyes will work best
  • Rectangular: round, rectangular, and square frames help to balance the longer length of the face

If you’re not sure what your face shape is, this guide may help you find out. There is even a FaceShape App that can determine your face shape from a photo. Or, you can simply ask our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctors during your next consultation.

How Do They Fit Your Nose?

You’ll be wearing your glasses most, if not all, of the day so you want your glasses to fit perfectly and feel comfortable. If the glasses you’re trying on tend to slide down your nose or leave marks, this isn’t going to be something that you’ll want to deal with all day long. Shake your head from side to side. Do the glasses move? If so, they are probably just a little too big. While we can make some slight adjustments to the glasses it’s important to know how they will fit and keep that in mind when shopping.

Choose a Color That Compliments You

Those with cooler tones in their skin can get away with most frame colors including black, silver, and blue. Those with warmer tones will want to look for lighter frame colors but will want to avoid pastels, which could wash them out.

Are you ready to go shopping for a new pair of eyeglasses? It might be time to visit our Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctors. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Gonzalez of O’Donnell Eye Institute at (850) 622-4000.





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