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By O’Donnell Eye Institute
November 19, 2020
Category: General
Tags: Glaucoma  

Having a yearly physical or dental cleaning may be a normal part of your life, but what about eye exams? Unless you wear glasses, you may not regularly visit an optometrist. However, scheduling an eye exam can be instrumental in detecting eye problems such as glaucoma, which can cause vision loss or total blindness.

Drs. Lan O'Donnell and Heidi Gonzalez frequently diagnose and treat glaucoma at O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and they want to make sure their patients are aware of the warning signs of glaucoma. Although there are several types, this article will concentrate on the two main classifications: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and angle-closure glaucoma (ACG).

Glaucoma basics

Behind both of your eyes is an optic nerve that sends visual signals to the brain for processing. Glaucoma causes pressure to build up behind the eyes and damages the optic nerve. Anyone is at risk for developing glaucoma, although people over age 60 and those with a family history are more susceptible. The causes of glaucoma are largely unknown.

Visual changes

Changes in the way you see often accompany ACG. Many of our patients at O'Donnell Eye Institute report a new haziness or blurriness. When looking at bright lights, some people notice rainbow-like halos around them. A few people will have a sudden loss of sight. The visual disturbances with POAG are more subtle and can affect the peripheral, or sides, of your visual field. Although these symptoms can be indicative of other conditions, any unexplained changes in your vision should be evaluated by your Santa Rosa Beach eye doctor at once.

Neurological symptoms

Because of the pressure that has to build up behind the eyes, those with glaucoma may experience a new and very uncomfortable headache or eye pain. It can even cause nausea or vomiting due to a response called the oculoabdominal reflex.

No symptoms

The idea that you are developing irreversible damage to your eyes without your knowledge is a scary one, but this can be a reality for those with POAG. By the time POAG begins to noticeably affect vision, it is often advanced and has caused significant damage to the optic nerve. The good news is that by scheduling yearly eye exams with your Santa Rosa Beach optometrist, both types of glaucoma can be detected and treated in their early stages.

To schedule a glaucoma evaluation with Dr. Lan O'Donnell or Dr. Heidi Gonzalez, contact O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, by calling (850) 622-4000 today!

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
July 23, 2020
Category: Eye Exam
Tags: Eyeglasses   Lenses  

The decisions don't end once you select a pair of eyeglass frames. You'll also need to consider the type of lenses that will best fit your lifestyle. Fortunately, your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrists, Drs. Lan O'Donnell and Heidi Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute can offer a little guidance that will help you choose your next pair of eyeglasses.

Single vision lenses, bifocals, trifocals or progressives? Which is right for you?

Single vision lenses can improve your vision if you have myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). They also provide clear vision if you have astigmatism, which causes blurred vision at any distance due to an abnormal curvature of the cornea. (The cornea is the clear tissue that covers your iris and pupil.) Single vision lenses only have one lens power throughout the entire lens.

Bifocals and trifocals have two or three different lens powers in one lens. Each power is separated by a visible line on the lens. People of ages in Santa Rosa Beach use bifocals and trifocals, but they're most often prescribed when presbyopia becomes a problem.

Presbyopia makes it hard to see near objects and usually occurs around age 40 when the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible. Bifocals or trifocals provide a separate lens power for near vision that makes it possible to read the small print on a prescription bottle or thread a needle.

Progressive lenses contain two or three lens powers in a single lens just like bifocals or trifocals. Unlike these types of lenses, progressives have no lines separating each power.

Other lens choices

After deciding whether you want single vision lenses, bifocals, trifocals or progressive lenses, you'll also need to consider the materials used to make the lenses. They include:

  • Plastic: Break-resistant and good for everyday wear, plastic lenses are also the least expensive choice.
  • High-Index Plastic: These lenses are thinner, making them fit your frames better if you have a high prescription.
  • Polycarbonate: Shatter-proof polycarbonate lenses are lighter and thinner than plastic lenses and are also used in safety glasses and sports goggles.
  • Trivex: Trivex lenses offer the sharpest vision and are lighter than either polycarbonate or plastic lenses.

Is it time to replace your eyeglasses? Whether your vision has gotten a little blurry or you want to try a new style, you'll find plenty of frame and lens styles at O'Donnell Eye Institute. Call your optometrists in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Drs. O'Donnell and Gonzalez, at (850) 622-4000 to schedule your appointment.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
July 08, 2020
Category: General
Tags: Eye Exam  

How an eye exam from your eye doctors in Santa Rosa Beach FL can protect your vision

If you want to protect your vision, having an eye exam at least once each year is an excellent way to start. Annual eye exams are important for everyone, especially as you get older.

Dr. Lan O’Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez at O’Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach FL offer comprehensive eye care services, including annual eye exams.

Why Get an Eye Exam Santa Rosa Beach

An eye exam every year helps your eye doctor diagnose problems early, which leads to earlier corrective treatment and a better outcome for you.

During an annual eye exam, your eye doctor will screen for these common vision issues:

  • Difficulties with depth perception
  • Difficulties with peripheral vision
  • Indicators of hypertension in your eyes
  • Difficulties distinguishing color
  • Problems with muscle imbalance
  • Difficulties with tracking and focusing

Other tests included in your Eye Exam Santa Rosa Beach are:

  • Eye pressure testing, which can indicate glaucoma
  • A structural evaluation of your eyes

The information gained at your annual eye exam is used to determine your vision correction prescription for glasses, contact lenses, or both.

An eye exam is an important part of taking care of your eyes, and there are other things you can do too. Remember to:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Stop smoking
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes
  • Keep your contact lenses and glasses clean
  • Don’t forget to wear protective eyewear, especially when you play sports or do activities which may be hazardous to your eyes.

At O’Donnell Eye Institute, your eye doctors can help prevent eye problems with an Eye Exam Santa Rosa Beach but that’s just one of the many eye care services they offer. They can also treat eye conditions like dry eye, pink eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and other eye problems.

Call Us Today For Your Eye Exam Santa Rosa Beach

You deserve to enjoy great vision, and your eye doctor can help. To find out more about eye exams and additional eye care services, call Dr. Lan O’Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez of O’Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach FL at (850) 622-4000. Enjoy great vision by calling today!

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
March 25, 2020
Category: General
Tags: Eye Exams  

Do you need eyeglasses or contact lenses? At O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrists, Dr. Lan O'Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez, perform important eye exams for patients of all ages. They also provide the stylish eyeglasses you and your family need for the sharpest vision possible.

Who needs an eye exam?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends an annual medical eye exam for adults 40 and over. Additionally, your child's pediatrician should perform an eye chart exam beginning at age three.

Why should you get an eye exam?

Eye exams at O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, help determine if someone needs eyeglasses. Additionally, these simple tests screen for serious health conditions such as retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration and more.

Additionally, when Dr. O'Donnell or Dr. Gonzalez perform a medical eye exam at O'Donnell Eye Institute, they observe indicators of their patients' overall health. It's said that eyes are windows of the soul, and in fact, they show us many other things about:

  • High cholesterol levels
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Some forms of cancer

Types of eye exams at O'Donnell Eye Institute

  • Lifestyle exam What's your daily occupation? Are you a sports enthusiast? Your optometrist will delve into your personality and lifestyle to understand what eyewear will give you the best protection, vision and wearability.
  • Pediatric exam Our optometrists screen children from toddlerhood on up to detect astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, crossed eyes and more.
  • Contact lens exam This exam determines how appropriate contact lenses are for your vision issues, age, occupation and more. The proper fit of these innovative lenses is critical to sharp vision and eye comfort.
  • Medical exam Your optometrist in Santa Rosa Beach screens all her patients for medical issues such as glaucoma, retinal disease and more. For adults, she'll do an intraocular pressure test, dilated eye exam for the retina, and a slit lamp exam of the iris, lens and cornea at the front of the eye.

Everything you need for your eyes

Eyeglasses and more... Find them at O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Call today for an eye exam appointment with Dr. Lan O'Donnell or Dr. Heidi Gonzalez: (850) 622-4000. Come in to see our wide selection of designer eyewear.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
February 20, 2020
Category: General
Tags: Glasses  

How your eye doctors in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, can help you see better

If you are having vision problems, you could be missing a lot! Fortunately, it's often easy to have your vision corrected so you can see the world more clearly. The answer is the right pair of eyeglasses! Here at O’Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Dr. Lan O’Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez offer a full range of vision services, including an outstanding selection of glasses.

More about Eyeglasses

There are many reasons why you might need a pair of glasses. One of the most common is normal aging. After all, your body goes through a number of changes as you age, and so do your eyes. These are some of the common eye problems you may experience as you get older:

  • Dry eyes, due to less tear production
  • Needing a brighter light for working and reading
  • Problems with glare at night

Age-related vision problems make it more likely you will need glasses, as your ability to see things up-close diminishes with age. This is a problem known as presbyopia, which results in a loss of flexibility to change focus viewing close up to far away. Presbyopia can be corrected with bifocal glasses, contact lenses, or surgery.

You may also need glasses if you have problems seeing things that are far away. This is a condition called myopia or nearsightedness. Myopia is caused by objects being focused in front of the retina, instead of directly on it.

The opposite condition, known as hyperopia, or farsightedness, means you can see things far away, though not close up. It’s caused by objects being focused behind the retina because of weak focusing ability.

Another common reason you may need glasses is due to astigmatism, which occurs because your eye is irregularly shaped.

So, how do you know if you need glasses? There are a few signs and symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty with night vision due to glare
  • Difficulty adjusting from dark to light
  • Problems working on the computer
  • Eye fatigue, strain, and frequent headaches
  • Double, or wavy vision
  • Seeing halos around objects
  • Feeling pressure behind your eyes

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, the first step is to schedule an eye exam so that your doctor can determine a lens preceiprion. To learn more about how eyeglasses can help you see better, call Dr. Lan O’Donnell and Dr. Heidi Gonzalez of O’Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, today by dialing (850) 622-4000.

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