Two good friends of mine recently made interesting comments. One said she had LASIK surgery and sees well so she didn’t feel the need for an exam. The other friend said he’s always seen well so didn’t think he needed a check up either.
It’s very easy for folks to think this way. Lots of people don’t see a regular primary care doctor unless something is wrong. However, seeing well or feeling okay and healthy aren’t reasons to not see a doctor. If someone has a nice smile, should they never see a dentist? Of course not! Think about athletes; they’re incredibly healthy but I bet you they see several doctors year round. Just like how routine maintenance on a car keeps it running well, so can routine health check ups.
We often look to doctors to fix problems but we should also count on them for preventative care and maintaining good health. A dilated eye exam can reveal signs of early disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure since these signs usually show up before the symptoms. So for all you naturally 20/20 patients and post-LASIK peeps, get yourself in here for a comprehensive exam to make sure your eyes stay healthy. It’s a lot easier to prevent a problem than to fix it.
Learning is Seeing.
-Dennis Cheng, O.D.
390 Myrtle Ave
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.
Dennis Cheng, O.D.
390 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
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.