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What to Do When Soap Gets in Your Eyes

When soap stings your eyes, how can you make it stop?

Getting soap in your eyes is a common mistake that can be very painful, causing burning, redness, and severe discomfort.

Read the following guidelines from our eye doctor at Village Eye Centre for what to do. However, if your pain persists, contact one of our eye care centers in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta, for treatment.

How to get soap out of your eyes

  1. Don’t rub your eyes. The stinging is caused by the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent. Rubbing your eyes can activate this ingredient and worsen your symptoms.
  2. While in the shower, close your eyes and lean over from your waist to prevent more shampoo entering your eyes. Stay in this position as you rinse out the suds. Don’t tilt your head forward, because this will allow more shampoo to drip down.
  3. Rinse your eyes with cool water. In the shower, open your eyes wide and turn your face upwards to receive a gentle stream of water. Turn your head from side to side to catch enough water. If you’re out of the shower, cup cool water from the sink in both your hands and splash it in your eyes repeatedly.
  4. Try to cry! Of course, your eyes might already be filled with natural tears. But if not, forcing yourself to cry can help remove any irritating suds.

If despite all your attempts to remove the soap, you’re still suffering from severe eye pain and/or blurriness, contact our eye doctor. It’s possible that you may have had an allergic reaction to a specific ingredient in the soap. We offer urgent eye exams in all of our eye care offices, located in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.

At Village Eye Centre, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-410-5920 or book an appointment online to see one of our North Edmonton eye doctors.

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Which Eye Emergency is Common in the Elderly?

While retinal detachment is painless, it’s not to be taken lightly! It’s a serious medical emergency that can threaten your vision.

Retinal detachment is more common in people who are in their 60s and 70s, with rates of about 20 in every 100,000 people, as reported by the journal Ophthalmology. To protect your vision, it’s essential to be fully familiar with the warning symptoms of retinal detachment. These signs are a powerful heads-up that you need to contact our North Edmonton, Alberta, optometrist for an emergency eye exam at Village Eye Centre.

Don’t delay – the longer you wait to treat retinal detachment, the greater your risk of losing vision permanently in that eye!

What is retinal detachment?

You’ve heard the term and you know it’s a dangerous condition, but do you know what retinal detachment is? It occurs when the retina, a thin layer of tissue at the back of your eye, pulls away from its normal position. The retina is composed of specialized nerve tissue that enables you to see. When it detaches, it is because of fluid that has gathered between the eye wall and the retina. A detached retina cannot receive the nourishment and oxygen it needs to function properly.

Why does retinal detachment happen?

First, a tear or hole must develop in the retina, which allows fluid to accumulate beneath the retina. As people age, a natural separation of the vitreous from the retina occurs (called posterior vitreous detachment – PVD). This is when retinal detachments are more common because PVD can lead to a retinal tear, which causes retinal detachment.

Is everyone at risk for retinal detachment?

This emergency eye condition can be frightening, and many of our elderly North Edmonton, Alberta, eye care patients worry about whether it will happen to them. Who is at an increased risk?

  • People over age 60
  • People at a higher risk for a retinal tear or hole
  • People with high myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Anyone who suffered a previous eye injury
  • Post-cataract surgery patients
  • People with a weak spot in the retina or a history of retinal tears
  • Family history of retinal tears or detachments

What are the warning signs of retinal detachment?

When it comes to the damage that can be caused by retinal detachment, paying attention to the following symptoms and booking an emergency eye exam with our North Edmonton, Alberta, optometrist can make the difference between saving or losing your vision! Warning signs to watch for include:

  • New floaters
  • Intermittent flashing lights
  • Seeing “cobwebs” or a shower of black dots
  • A shadow or gray curtain that slides across your field of vision
  • Gradually reduced side vision

What treatment is done for retinal detachment?

When a retinal tear leads to detachment, surgery is almost always necessary for treatment. The specific timing and type of surgery will depend on details about the detachment. Some can be repaired in-office, but most retinal detachments must be fixed in an operating room.

Types of surgeries:

  • Vitrectomy – this is the most common surgical repair for retinal detachment and must be done in an operating room. The eye surgeon removes the vitreous gel and the fluid under the retina, so the retina can lie flat against the eye wall. Laser is then used to seal the retinal tear, and a gas bubble is injected to fill the eye. You must keep your head in a particular position for a few days afterward so the gas bubble is positioned correctly.
  • Pneumatic retinopexy – a two-step operation performed in your optometrist’s office; first, a gas bubble is injected into the eye to push the detached retina back against its original position by the eyewall. Then, laser or freezing treatment is used to seal the retinal tear and prevent detachment from recurring. Once the gas is injected into the eye, you must hold your head in a specific position for a few days.
  • Scleral buckle – this surgery must be done in an operating room; a small silicone band is placed around the eye to support the detached retina externally. Then, a freezing treatment seals the retinal tears. Often, the fluid under the detached retina is drained so the retina can return to its proper position. In most patients, the scleral buckle is permanent, but cannot be seen because it is fixed in place deep behind the eyelids.

What about the future of my vision?

Nowadays, after surgery for retinal detachment, the future looks good! More than 98% of retinal detachments can be fixed. Depending on the degree of detachment, some people need additional surgery, and vision can take months or years to improve. The exact amount of vision improvement following surgery is impossible to know in advance, but the sooner you get treatment – the better your prognosis!

At Village Eye Centre, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-410-5920 or book an appointment online to see one of our North Edmonton eye doctors.

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9 Tips on How to Protect Your Eyes in the Sun

Bright advice from your North Edmonton, Alberta, eye doctor

The sun can damage more than just your skin, and your eyes are particularly at risk. Ultraviolet rays can lead to a variety of health problems, such as eye and eyelid cancer and photokeratitis, which is like a sunburn on your cornea. Overexposure to UV rays can also raise your chances of cataracts in the future. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to protect your vision. Our North Edmonton, Alberta, eye doctor at Village Eye Centre has prepared the following list:

1. UV Protection

The sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage your retina and the lasting health of your eyes. That’s why it is essential to wear sunglasses that provide protection against 100% of UV light and hazardous blue light rays. Don’t be tempted into buying cheap low quality sunglasses, or your vision can pay a steep price. Take care to purchase your sunglasses from an optical store you can trust, and not from a trending department store at the local mall.

2. Introducing the E-SPF®3 index

Our North Edmonton, Alberta, eye doctor recommends purchasing sunglasses with lenses that have E-SPF®3, a gauge to measure UV reflections from the front and back surfaces of the lens. Ultimate protection for your eyes can be found in lenses with E-SPF® 50+, the highest level of the index.

3. Darker is not better

Ultra-dark sunglasses lenses prompt your pupil to dilate wider, which can allow a larger amount of UV rays and dangerous blue light to enter. Although it sounds counter-intuitive, very dark tinted sunglasses can actually be worse for your eyes over time.

4. Vision is for life – start with sun safety for kids

The effects of UV exposure are cumulative, and studies show that approximately 85% of UV damage actually occurs during childhood – before 18 ½ years old. This statistic is primarily to blame on the fact that most kids don’t wear sunglasses with adequate UV protection. When you purchase your kids’ wardrobe for sunny days, be sure to stop by your nearby optical store to choose a stylish, quality pair of sunglasses.

5. Sunglasses contact lenses put an end to squinting

Sunglasses are not always the most convenient eyewear for protecting your vision while you’re working up a sweat outdoors. They can slip down your nose, fog up, or accumulate water drops from the ocean spray. Other than squinting, how else can you limit the effects of the sun’s bright rays? Sunglasses contact lenses are a new, breakthrough solution. These dynamic contacts have Transitions technology that darken in response to UV rays, just like photochromic glasses lenses do.

6. Put on a hat

A wide brimmed hat is a fantastic way to keep your eyes in the shade, protected from the sun. Even if you always wear sunglasses when you head outdoors, you are leaving your eye area vulnerable to sun rays that can get in through gaps along the sides of your frames. A hat with a brim that’s at least 3 inches wide will eliminate those gaps.

7. Watch the clock

Be aware of when the sun is shines strongest and stay indoors during those hours. You may be surprised to learn that your exposure to the highest amounts of UV radiation is actually in the early morning hours and throughout the mid-afternoon – and not at noon, like most people believe.

8. The design of your frames matters

While most discussions about UV protection revolve around the type of lenses that are in your sunglasses, our North Edmonton, Alberta, optometrist points out that the style of your frames is also significant. Wrap-around sunglasses provide the most coverage for your eyes and sensitive skin that surrounds them.

9. Keep chemicals out of your eyes

Sunscreen is a staple for outdoor safety. However, if you get sunscreen in your eyes it can cause many painful symptoms, including redness and severe stinging. Take care not to smear large globs of sunscreen close to your eyes. Thicker sunscreen creams, as opposed to runny lotions that may drip into your eyes, are recommended for the facial area.

We sell a wide range of stylish premium sunglasses for adults and children – with full UV protection – at our North Edmonton, Alberta, optical store. Stop by anytime to take a look!

At Village Eye Centre, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-410-5920 or book an appointment online to see one of our North Edmonton eye doctors.

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