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By aitkineyeca32139567, Feb 11 2020 05:00PM

Tears: Not Just For Sad Movies

We are all familiar with the runny, salty fluid that comes out of our eyes when we cry. But tears are much more complex than you may think. Tears play a critical role for our vision and eye health. Here is a brief overview of tears:

Tears have 3 main components.

1. A watery component made up of water, salts, and proteins. The water forms a smooth surface on the cornea (the front surface of the eye) to allow light to be focused clearly inside the eye. Without water in the tears we would not see clearly. The salts and proteins have mild antibacterial properties to help prevent infections.

2. Mucus is a sticky substance produced in many part of the body. On the eye it serves as a way for the tears to “stick” to the cornea, helping the tears coat the eye without running off the eye. Too little mucus results in “watery eyes”.

3. An oil component that provides lubrication when we blink and prevents evaporation of the water component of the tears. Omega 3 fatty acids are the building blocks of the oil found in tears. If you are lacking the proper amount of oil in your tears, your eyes may burn and feel scratchy, and your vision may fluctuate.

The proper mixture of water, oil, and mucus is important for healthy tears. Healthy tears are in turn important for clear vision and comfortable, healthy eyes. Any disruption in the mixture of water, oil, and mucus can result in what is often called “dry eyes.” The symptoms of “dry eyes” can vary widely, from scratchy eyes all the way to watery eyes. Sometimes “dry eyes” feel fine but just don’t see clearly.

Fortunately problems with your tears can be detected during a routine eye exam. The doctors at the EyeCare Centers of Aitkin and McGregor can diagnose “dry eyes” and provide multiple treatment options to get your vision and eye comfort back to normal.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Feb 3 2020 07:00AM

Why Consider Daily Disposable Contact Lenses?


Contact lenses have been around for decades. Just like other medical technologies, contact lenses are continually improving. One major improvement has been contact lenses designed to be worn only once. Known as daily disposable contact lenses, these lenses have many benefits.


Convenient: wear them and dispose of them, no more cleaning or disinfecting

Comfortable: a fresh, new lens every time you wear contact lenses

Healthy: most sanitary way to wear contact lenses

Vision: clear optics every time

Quick and easy: less handling and less hassle


Daily disposable contact lenses are available for near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism, and even bifocals.


All 3 doctors at the EyeCare Centers of Aitkin and McGregor recommend and fit daily disposable contact lenses. Whether you are new to contact lenses or have worn contacts for years, we would be happy to help you decide if daily disposable contact lenses are the best option for you.



By aitkineyeca32139567, Jan 27 2020 07:00AM

Recommended Care and Cleaning of Your Eyeglasses

• Always rinse off lenses with water before wiping or cleaning.

• Clean the lenses with eyeglass cleaner or mild soap and warm water. Never use chemicals not specifically designed for eyeglasses.

• Use a soft, clean cotton cloth or lens tissue (such as Kimwipes) to dry the lenses. Then polish the lenses with a microfiber lens cleaning cloth to eliminate any residual streaks or smudges. Do not use paper towels or tissues. For your convenience we have bottles of lens cleaner and Kimwipe lens tissues for sale.

• Never lay your eyeglasses face down. Store your eyeglasses in their case when you are not wearing them.

• Never keep your eyeglasses in an automobile where temperatures inside can warp and misshape frame and lenses as well as damage lens treatments and coatings.

• To keep your eyeglasses in proper adjustment and to avoid strain on frame parts, use both hands to put on or take off your eyeglasses.

• Even if you follow these guidelines, your eyeglasses may need adjustments or repairs. Feel free to stop in… we are local eye care professionals committed to taking care of you and your eyeglasses!

By aitkineyeca32139567, Jan 20 2020 02:00PM

Are You at Risk for Glaucoma?


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and I wanted to share with you the importance of being monitored for this “sneak thief of sight.” Glaucoma slowly causes the loss of eyesight by damaging the optic nerve.


Because symptoms often don’t accompany glaucoma and because it’s not usually painful, you may be suffering from this condition and not even know it. Thankfully, your eye doctor can monitor your risk levels if you stay committed to regular exams. Glaucoma can be controlled but not cured, so early detection is critical.


If you have any of the risk factors for glaucoma and haven’t had an exam recently, you definitely need to be seen by your optometrist. Some risk factors include age (60 years or older), ethnicity (African-Americans and Hispanics are at a higher risk), family history, steroid use, diabetes, high-blood pressure, and high eye pressure levels.


If you fall into any of these categories, make an appointment today to assess your risk for glaucoma. Eyesight is precious; don’t let the “sneak thief of sight” take it from you.



By aitkineyeca32139567, Jan 16 2020 07:45PM

Happy New Year!

2020 is the perfect year to make your eyes a priority. If you are not in the habit of getting an annual eye exam this is the perfect year to schedule a comprehensive vision and eye health exam.

We all tend to take our vision for granted. When we see a beautiful sunset, enjoy watching a movie or TV show, or read a text on our phone we rarely think about all that has to happen in our eyes to “see”. Our eyes have to be healthy and all the parts work together properly to see 20/20.

A comprehensive vision and eye health examination can detect a need for glasses as well as detect signs of diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Don’t take your eyes for granted. Make sure you are seeing your best now and ensure you see well for years to come. A comprehensive eye exam is a great idea every year… but especially in 2020!

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