At Greene Eyes, we utilize the latest technology to ensure the most complete eye and vision evaluation possible while providing the least discomfort and disruption to your day! We do not use the “air puff machine” that many offices use to check pressure; we have a new tonometer to more quickly and comfortably get a pressure reading. We also are equipped with the Optomap retina imaging machine which enables the doctor to evaluate retinal health without having to dilate your eyes. Come experience a more comfortable and convenient eye exam at Greene Eyes!
Metal foreign bodies in the cornea:
We frequently see patients with small pieces of metal lodged in their cornea. Very often these are people who work as machinists, welders, or mechanics. The epithelium, or outer layer of the cornea, is soft and metal fragments easily become stuck within the cornea. There is usually immediate pain when the foreign body gets into the cornea. The foreign body begins to rust and the pain slightly decreases because the outer surface of the metal fragment becomes less jagged and sharp. The pain worsens the next day as the entire eye becomes red and inflamed. Eventually, a severe inflammation called uveitis may develop and this complicates the treatment.
We will numb the cornea with eye drops and then remove the foreign body using a small tool and a high-powered biomicroscope to allow for easy visualization. If the metal fragment has been in the cornea for much more than one day, the rusting increases and permeates deeper into the cornea. We must remove this rust or the eye will not heal properly. We use a low-intensity spinning burr to remove this rust.
The important point I am trying to make is the sooner we get to remove the metal, the less chance there is of complications and the quicker the healing process. It is much better when we see these patients the same day they get the foreign body into their eye. We would much prefer to fix this problem on a Saturday then deal with a more painful and serious problem on Monday morning!
If you think you may have gotten metal in your eye, or any other foreign body, please call the office immediately! If it is during office hours (M-F 8-5, or Sat 8-1) you may walk in and you will be squeezed into the schedule.
The Perfect Pair
Greene Eyes provides full optical services for our patients. Our opticians have many years of experience and will provide you with personalized care when choosing frames, sunglasses and accessories. We have many designer brands, popular styles and a large selection of children’s frames. Our opticians will work with you to ensure you have the best vision and comfort with your new glasses.
- Kate Spade
- Ralph Lauren
- Calvin Klein
- Cole Haan
- Vera Bradley
Blue Light Lenses
Digital Eye Strain and Computer Vision Syndrome are growing issues faced by many people. We offer a selection of digital lenses for glasses that block blue light. Call today to learn more.
The Perfect Fit
These day, nearly everyone is a candidate for contact lenses! New technology in contact lenses makes it possible for more patients to be comfortable in contacts, even if they have astigmatism, dry eyes, or allergies!
We also utilize many different varieties of multifocal lenses for patients who would like to get rid of their reading glasses or are having trouble seeing fine print. Some of them have special blue light and anti-reflective materials to make computer use more comfortable as well.
So if you have thought you were not a candidate for contact lenses in the past, schedule a contact lens consultation and fitting today!
- Air Optix Colors
- Total 30 and Total 30 Astigmatism
- Dailies Total 1
- Dailies Total 1 Multifocal
- Acuvue Oasys Max Multifocal
- Precision 1 day
The Right Age for Contacts
Parents spend many years looking forward to a time when their children will be more independent. It’s difficult to care for one or more little people and still care for yourself! When children start growing into teenagers and young adults, parents often agonize over when their children are ready for these newer and greater responsibilities. One question we are often asked is, “What is the right age for contacts?”
As you can imagine, there is no definitive answer. It depends on the child. Physically, even young children are able to wear contacts, but are not ready to handle the responsibility of proper eye care. Some babies can wear contact lenses from birth as part of a treatment plan or vision correction process. Many elementary and middle school children have to continue developing to understand and practice proper procedures, but a surprising number can perform the tasks without incident.
Contacts for Children FAQs
When studied, 90 percent of children in a group of eight to 11 year olds were able to use daily disposable contact lenses with little to no trouble.* Even though many parents won’t consider contact lenses for their children until they are teenagers, clearly younger children can learn proper hygiene and usage of contact lenses.
If you are considering contact lenses for your child, talk to our staff about how they handle other responsibilities. Does he or she need regular reminders to wash their hands, close doors or containers, or to provide other kinds of self-care? If yes, your child may need some more time before learning how to use contact lenses. If you feel your child is mature enough to complete everyday self-care tasks, remembers to wash their hands, and will practice putting lenses in and taking them out carefully, they may be ready to try.