Oh no!!! My contact lens rolled up into my eye! Is it stuck FOREVER!?!?

It’s happened to pretty much all of us.  You either rubbed your eye or blinked the wrong way and your lens rolls or folds up.  It then defies gravity and moves UP to the upper pocket above your eye and you start to panic.  Will I need surgery to remove it?  Is it stuck forever?  What if it get’s lodged into my brain?!?

Let’s relax everyone.  It won’t end up in your brain, or behind your eye or stuck back there forever.  Sometimes you’re lucky and you’ll be able to blink it out.  When that doesn’t happen, you can try flushing out your eyes with saline solution.  When all that fails, visit a local Optometrist and we can usually find and removed the lens with a moistened cotton swab. 

So, where does the lens go and how come it doesn’t end up in our brain?  There’s a thin membrane known as your conjunctiva and it almost covers the entire surface of your eyes from the inside of the lids to the edge of your cornea.  It folds over itself and forms a pocket above and below your eyes called a fornix. Imagine clear plastic wrap over your eye.  That membrane and fornix keeps the lens from ending up behind the eyeball.  It’s kinda like when you tuck your chewing gum way up in the space between your cheek and gums.  It stops there and can’t go any further.  Same goes for the contacts.

Hopefully, this will ease your worries the next time it happens.

Take care!

Dennis Cheng, O.D.

 dc optics

390 Myrtle Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11205

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When can my child get an eye exam?

When can my child get an eye exam?.

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When can my child get an eye exam?

As parents, we obviously love our children and want to do the best for them in terms of their health. An area that is often overlooked is our child’s ocular health.

Many parents think having the Pediatrician look at their baby’s eyes is sufficient enough for an eye exam. Sadly, it’s not. The American Optometric Association recommends children have their first eye exam at 6 months old! Then another check up when they are 3 and 5 years old. Once school begins, children need regular yearly comprehensive eye exams, with dilation, from a Pediatric Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.

During the early years, a child’s eyes are still developing and it’s critical to catch any problems before the age of 7. After that age, it becomes much more difficult to correct problems such as amblyopia, also known as a ‘lazy eye’. We can’t count on our children to tell us when something is wrong: poor vision in one eye is not noticeable by a child if they’ve had it for a long time.  How often have you covered one eye and then the other to compare the vision?  Children pretty much never do this.  Infant and toddler exams are mostly objective and do not require any verbal response. The Optometrist can check rough visual acuities (how clear they see), check the health of the developing ocular structures, and evaluate eye muscle movement and coordination.   As they get older, we begin to check color vision, depth perception and prescriptions.  Many ocular conditions are causes for behavioral problems, inability to learn in school and conditions such as AD/HD.  An Optometrist can even detect a form of cancer called Retinoblastoma in a child’s eye.

Here are some signs to look for to check if your child may have a vision problem:

-Child tilts their head to the side or towards one eye when reading or watching TV

-A white pupil in the center of in one eye

-Dislikes, removes 3-D glasses or complains about blurriness when watching a 3-D movie

-Squinting when reading or watching TV

-Needing to read with their fingers on the page

-Preference for using one eye or using hair to cover one eye all the time

-Headaches after a few minutes of reading or falls asleep while reading when they should not be tired

-Skipping words or lines when reading

-Holding books/reading materials unusually close

-One eye moves or drifts inward or outwards

-Constant eye rubbing

To all the parents, I hope this encourages you to take an active role in caring for your child’s eyes.  We can’t wait until our children tell us there’s a problem because by then, it may be too late.

-Dr. Dennis Cheng

dc optics

Fort Greene, Brooklyn

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Can I use any contact solution? No, and here’s why…

We have discovered the importance of using specific contact solutions with specific lenses. Back in the day, people would use whatever solution was on sale and few patients had any particular loyalty to a specific solution. Those days are gone.

Now, it’s very important to use the right solution for your lenses. Studies have shown that certain combinations of contacts and solutions have potentially harmful reactions that can affect the health, comfort and clarity of your eyes. On top of that, generic solutions often contain disinfectants and preservatives that may be harmful to the surface of your eyes. I’ve seen many patients who thought their contacts were bad or their vision was worsening when in fact they were reacting to using the wrong solution! Imagine using the wrong detergent for your laundry or washing your hair with Comet dish cleaner.

So, be sure to ask your Optometrist about which solution is best for your lens. You can also avoid these problems altogether by switching to daily disposable contacts.

-Dr. Dennis Cheng
dc optics
Learning is seeing.

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Eye boogers, crusties, eye gunk…what is it?!

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We’ve all had them…beautiful crystallized crud on our eyelashes when we wake up or stringy eye gunk that we keep wiping away. There’s several reasons for why we get them and some are cause for more concern than others.

Dryness – Our tears are made up of three main components: water, oil and mucus. When we sleep, the water part is produced less and evaporates, leaving the oil and mucus. By the time you wake up, you just have dried oil and mucus on your lashes. Very common and no need to worry. Hakuna matata! Drink more water, eat more olive oil, try a nighttime artificial tear gel and maybe a humidifier.

Allergies – Just like how your nose and throat make mucus to expel pollen and dust, so do your eyes. You’ll get red, watery, itchy eyes and a stringy discharge that comes back even after you wipe them away. You can try rinsing the eyes out with cold saline solution, over the counter allergy drops or prescription drops. Definitely have an exam done to ensure the proper diagnosis.

Infection -Double trouble here. It usually starts in one eye and you’ll wake up with greenish colored crusts that almost seal your eye shut! And then, throughout the day, more greenish discharge (bacterial pus) that you keep wiping away. Definitely definitely definitely see an Optometrist for the proper diagnosis and antibiotic treatment. It’s very contagious, so don’t wipe one eye and then the other.

Dr. Dennis Cheng
dc optics
Learning is seeing.

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An eye exam is just the glasses prescription, right? Wrong.

An eye exam is just the glasses prescription, right? Wrong..

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An eye exam is just the glasses prescription, right? Wrong.

I’ve lost track of how many patients feel an eye exam is ‘just checking the prescription’.  There is so much more to it than the prescription.  We check for signs of early systemic and ocular disease, track current ocular conditions and ailments, treat acute problems like bacterial infections and corneal abrasions, ensure proper development of a child’s eye, and help the aging eyes continue to see clearly and comfortably.

The next time you get an eye exam, think about this: Does a dental exam only involve a cleaning? Does your yearly physical only involve weight and height measurements?  As health care professionals, we are want people to understand the importance of preventative care.  If your last exam lasted 5 minutes, perhaps consider finding a place that will conduct a more thorough exam and be more open about your personal and family medical history and social history.  That exam may cost a few more bucks, but isn’t your health worth it?  I hope so.

Dr. Dennis Cheng

dc optics, 390 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn.

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