Facebook Picture Saves 3-Year Old’s Eyesight

April 15th, 2014

When Tennessee mother Tara Taylor posted a picture of her 3-year old daughter, Rylee, on Facebook, she was just expecting some “likes.” But when several friends looked at the picture, they saw something else besides an adorable little girl: Rylee’s left eye was glowing.

Taylor’s friends alerted her that, while it was probably nothing, a glowing yellow pupil could indicate a vision problem with Rylee, and they encouraged her to make an appointment for her daughter with an eye doctor.

It turns out that Taylor’s Facebook friends helped save Rylee’s left eye from blindness.

After visiting an ophthalmologist, Rylee was diagnosed with Coats disease, a rare degenerative eye disease that usually occurs in childhood, with an onset beginning as early as 12 months. In Coats disease, the eye’s blood vessels are abnormally dilated, twisted, and leaky. These abnormalities prevent the normal blood flow to the retina. Instead, the fluid leaking from the blood vessels causes fluid to build up in the retina.

If enough fluid builds up, it can cause the retina to detach, which equates to a loss of vision. A common sign of Coats disease is a yellow glowing eye captured in flash photography; just what Taylor’s friends saw in her Facebook photo.

Fortunately for Rylee, her condition was caught early enough to prevent a complete loss of vision in her left eye. She now sees an ophthalmologist specializing in retina disorders every few months to receive treatments that help keep Coats disease at bay.

According to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, there are five defined stages of Coats disease, and the type of treatment a patient receives depends on the stage of Coats disease they have:

  • Stage 1: Abnormal blood vessels are apparent in the retina, but aren’t yet leaky. An ophthalmologist can treat this stage with laser therapy and some, if not most, vision can be saved.
  • Stage 2: The abnormal blood vessels have begun to leak in the retina. Vision may be normal if not much fluid has leaked, or, if a good deal of fluid has built up, vision loss may be severe. Laser therapy and cryotherapy can be used to help save some amount of vision, depending on how significant the fluid buildup is at time of treatment.
  • Stage 3: The build of fluid is so significant that it has caused the retina to detach. Depending on the progression of the disease, cyrotherapy or surgery to reattach the retina can be used to help restore some amount of vision.
  • Stage 4: The retina is detached and raised pressure in the eye has caused the onset of glaucoma. In this stage, vision is not treatable.
  • Stage 5: Blindness occurs and the accompanying glaucoma may be painful.

Coats disease is dangerous to children’s vision precisely because they’re at an age during the disease’s onset that they’re unlikely to express (or are unaware) of any changes to their vision. And while children may receive a vision screening at school, this vision screening may not pickup on potential eye disease, or the school screening may catch a disease like Coats too late.

In addition to any vision screenings, all children should have a comprehensive eye exam, which includes a close evaluation of eye health. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that children have an eye exam at the age of three years, before beginning first grade, and every two years thereafter.

At Gainesville’s Accent on Vision, we’re here to serve your vision needs, regardless of your age. If you’d like peace of mind that your child’s vision is developing normally, make an appointment with our expert medical staff today.

Treating Eye Disorders with Laser Photocoagulation

April 3rd, 2014

Laser photocoagulation is a surgical procedure that is used to help correct seepage from a patient’s eye. This seepage may be due to damaged macula or from a ruptured blood vessel.

How Laser Photocoagulation Works

A doctor uses a laser to cause the tissue around the location of the leak to coagulate and seal. The light energy from the laser converts to heat and this concentrated beam seals the rupture. The procedure makes it possible that the damage is either partially or completely repaired; thus, restoring at least some visual acuity for the patient. As a bonus, laser photocoagulation leaves behind less scar tissue which may promote more vision return.

Conditions treated with laser photocoagulation

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal ischemia
  • Posterior capsular opacification
    • Brought on as a result of cataract surgery
    • Helps remove elements that obscure vision

Advantages of Laser Photocoagulation

  • Often the treatment is able to be administered on an outpatient basis. Laser photocoagulation is performed using a local or topical anesthetic
  • For those suffering from damaged retinal blood vessels (or other diabetic retinopathy), laser photocoagulation may mean a quicker recovery time and/or better results than older methods.
  • Patients are also likely to experience less pain during treatment and post-operative period.

What to Expect After Surgery

After surgery, you will need someone to drive you home from the doctor’s office or clinic. This is because eye drops will be used to dilate the pupils and they will stay dilated for several hours after. It is also important to remember to bring sunglasses as they will help keep bright light out of your eyes while they are dilated. Your vision may stay blurry and you may feel some pain for a day or two after the treatment.

It is important to remember that laser surgery will not restore any vision that has already been lost. However, when done promptly, laser photocoagulation may help to slow the rate of any further damage.

Possible Side Effects

Luckily there are only few potential side effects that can occur with laser photocoagulation. Furthermore, when side effects do occur, they occur infrequently and are temporary in nature. These side effects include:

  • Loss in peripheral vision
  • Decrease in the ability to recognize certain colors
  • Permanent reduction in night vision capability
  • Small chance of hemorrhaging in the eye, resulting in partial loss of vision

Patients experiencing any side effects should immediately report them to their doctor.

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Easing Glaucoma Symptoms with Canaloplasty

March 31st, 2014

Glaucoma, a condition that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve, is often associated with a buildup of pressure inside the eye. In a healthy eye, aqueous humor (the clear fluid that makes up the front of the eye) helps to maintain the shape of the eye through intraocular pressure (or IOP).

vision with glaucoma

However, for someone suffering from glaucoma, this system does not work properly and the fluid cannot drain properly. Without treatment (managing treatment as there is no cure for glaucoma), the high pressure on the optic nerve will cause permanent vision loss – possibly within only a few years.

To stop further vision loss, dropping the IOP is crucial.

Traditionally, a trabeculectomy has been the most common surgery used to help lower pressure. In trabeculectomy, a surgeon creates a hole in the sclera of a patient’s eye to let the aqueous fluid drain into the outer cyst or bleb. While trabeculectomy is still the standard procedure, there can be risks such as infection, leakage, and irritation associated and canaloplasty lessens these risks.

What Is Canaloplasty?

Canaloplasty is a newer, more advanced form of surgery for the management of glaucoma, and is just one of the available glaucoma treatments. The advancement of canaloplasty makes it possible to reduce eye pressure by almost 40%. Most glaucoma patients make use of special eye drops to help their eyesight.

However, with canaloplasty, patients have been able to cut their drops by half.

How Canaloplasty Surgery Is Performed

Canaloplasty uses a micro-catheter in order to open the eye’s natural drainage system (…known as a Schlemm’s canal).  This canal is opened using a gel-like material. Then the catheter is removed and a suture is threaded through Schlemm’s canal and then tied down to the inner wall of the canal.  This suture can keep the canal stretched open for years.  Once opened, the pressure buildup caused by the eye’s fluid can exit more naturally.

Canaloplasty surgery is a good option if:

  • You suffer from open-angle glaucoma
  • Glaucoma drops are inconvenient, difficult, or costly
  • Medications have stopped working
  • You are uncertain about invasive glaucoma surgery

And some of the benefits of canaloplasty include the following:

  • Restores the eye’s natural drainage system
  • Reduces pressure in the eye
  • Reduces the need for glaucoma drops
  • Quicker recovery than previous treatment(s)

Continue reading for more information about canaloplasty and other glaucoma surgery options today. And to discuss your individual condition, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Most Recent Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery

March 26th, 2014

In the age of “selfies”, plastic surgery is becoming more popular with Americans under the age of 30. That’s according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual poll (AAFPRS). The poll, which surveys a select group of the Academy’s 2,700 members, tracks the latest trends in facial plastic surgery.

The most recent annual survey’s results were released March 11th.  Here are five fascinating facial plastic surgery trends of 2013:

  1. Selfies are fueling the plastic surgery industry: One third of responding plastic surgeons saw an increase in aesthetic treatment requests due to patients’ dissatisfaction with the way they appeared in social media. Sites like Instagram and Snap chat that are image-dependent are causing more people to focus in on their appearance and seek out cosmetic procedures as a way to “put their best face forward,” according to AAFPRS President Dr. Edward Farrior.
  1. Plastic Surgery Patients are Getting Younger: It’s no surprise that if social media is leading to cosmetic procedures, then the patients of these procedures are younger than the typical patient seeking plastic surgery. In fact, the annual survey found that more than half of plastic surgeon saw an increase in surgery or injectables in use of those adults under the age of 30.  Many young women are actually seeking out cosmetic procedures to delay the signs of aging for longer. The most popular non-surgery option for these women is Botox injections, followed by hyaluronic acid and peels.
  1. The Nose Job Still Rules: As with previous years, rhinoplasty, also known as the nose job, is still the most requested facial cosmetic surgery procedure by both men and women under the age of 35, making up 90% of women’s surgery requests and 86% of men’s.
  1. Family Procedures are on the Rise: Many women, as well as men, are opting to have cosmetic surgery done with a family member. Women having a procedure done with another female family member increased by 8% last year, while 31% of surgeons noticed an increase of married couples coming in together for procedures. With most of these couples, females in the relationship fueled the male’s participation.
  1. Men and Women Want Different Procedures: The survey found, unsurprisingly, that men and women are seeking different outcomes from cosmetic procedures. Women are most interested in nose jobs and facelifts, with Botox injections being the most popular non-surgical procedure.  Men are more concerned with wrinkles and having a head full of hair with hair transplants.

While trends in plastic surgery are always changing, the need to seek out an aesthetic center supervised by a board-certified plastic surgeon does not.  While you will of course seek out a certified surgeon for surgery, it may be tempting to visit a freestanding aesthetic center for procedures like microdermabrasion in hopes of cost savings.

But to minimize the risks that come with all non-surgical cosmetic procedures, it’s important to seek treatment in a center with a professional staff. Our staff at Accent Plastics aims to provide you with top quality treatment, regardless of your elected procedure or motivations for doing so. Contact our Gainesville office today if you’re ready for a cosmetic procedure consultation.

Microdermabrasion: Is It Right For You?

March 18th, 2014

Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The procedure is fairly low cost and minimally invasive, making it a popular option for people who are looking for a little skin refresher. But is microdermabrasion right for you? Read on to learn more:

Understanding the Microdermabrasion Process

Your skin has two layers. The dermis is the inner layer of skin that provides structure. The epidermis is the outer layer of skin that is exposed to the elements. The uppermost layer of the layer of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum. The epidermis, but particularly the stratum corneum, takes the effects of the sun, as well as acne, scarring, and aging.

Microdermabrasion uses either a diamond-tip wand or a crystal wand to remove the superficial stratum corneum layer of the epidermis, improving the appearance and texture of your skin. The process can reduce the appearance of:

  • Fine lines
  • Light scarring
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Sun damage
  • Large pores.

In addition, microdermabrasion treatments thicken the skin’s collagen. Collagen is the protein that provides skin with a taut and smooth look. While microdermabrasion is usually used on the face and neck, it can also lessen the appearance of stretch marks on other parts of the body.

When to Choose Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a great option for those who have superficial skin damage. Its cost is fairly low compared to other aesthetic treatments. It is also a minimally invasive procedure that may, at most, cause some light bruising or a red complexion for a few days. A treatment usually takes less than an hour, though you will need a series of treatments. The number and frequency of treatments will depend on the extent of your skin’s damage.

When Another Aesthetic Treatment Option is Better

Microdermabrasion is not a good option when skin damage extends beyond the epidermis into the dermal layer of skin. The procedure will not effectively treat:

  • Deep wrinkles
  • Deep scars
  • Extensive discoloration

For this type of skin damage, a chemical peel or laser resurfacing of the skin may be better, more effective options.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re unsure of what the best treatment option is for your skin, call and schedule an aesthetic consultation with Accent Plastics. Our team of expert technicians under the direct supervision of Dr. Daniel Hall will ensure not only that you’re receiving the best aesthetic treatment to meet your goals, but also that you’re taken care of in a safe medical treatment center.

The ASPS always encourages you to seek out an aesthetic center under the direct supervision of a doctor board-certified in plastic surgery in order to minimize the potential negative side effects that come with any treatment option.

Microdermabrasion can leave your skin looking smoother, more even, and younger. It can leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Contact Northern Florida’s Accent on Plastics today to experience for yourself why microdermabrasion is the aesthetic treatment choice of so many people.

At-Home Laser Removal: 3 Downfalls

March 11th, 2014

Spa treatment

You’ve likely seen the advertisements for at-home laser hair removal devices. They cost less than $500 and they promise hair removal that’s just as effective as going to a professional aesthetics center.  But are these devices worth the discounted price? Here, we’ll examine at-home laser hair removal and discuss three potential downfalls compared to seeing a qualified aesthetic specialist.

About Home Lasers

The FDA approved at home hair removal lasers for home use in 2008. They work just like the laser hair removal systems at aesthetic centers, but they are far less robust, operating at a fraction of the power.

The devices cover about a square centimeter at a time, and must be used every two weeks for three months to achieve permanent results. The laser can be used on both the body and the face.

Potential Downfalls of the Lasers

While these lasers are FDA approved for home use, they’re not foolproof. Making mistakes with a laser can cause lasting effects to your skin.  Here are three potential downfalls of at home hair removal lasers:

1) They are only recommended for certain skin pigmentations. There is more than just one type of laser, and different lasers achieve different results depending on skin tone and hair color. At-home lasers utilize a laser that only works on medium to fair skin with dark hair growth.

If a woman with a darker skin tone or a tan uses an at-home laser, it can cause permanent discoloration of her skin. That means that at-home hair removal isn’t for everyone and that many people will still need to visit a cosmetic service center for access to a laser removal system that will work for them.

2) You have to be committed and careful. When it comes to at-home lasers, you are the technician. That means that you have to be willing to crane over whatever part of the body you want treated for up to a couple of hours each session. Since the lasers cover such a small portion of skin at a time, it’s going to take a while. Plus, you’ll need to be aware of where you’ve been and where you’re going with the laser so that you don’t miss large patches of hair.

3) You will be missing the oversight of a medical professional. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that a qualified technician who is under direct oversight of a physician perform all laser hair removal. A trained cosmetic services professional will help you asses if laser hair removal is best for your situation. They’ll also remind you about important factors that can affect the efficacy of your treatment; like making sure you are always wearing broad spectrum sunscreen and that you’re not tweezing your hair before a session.

Overall, at home laser hair removal systems are only a good as the operator that uses them.  Laser hair removal done under a qualified technician in a doctor’s office is still the safest and best way to go. At Accent Aesthetics, we believe that experience and expertise are worth the price when it comes to your body and image. Contact our Gainesville office today to schedule a laser hair removal (http://www.accentmd.com/florida-cosmetic-surgery/laser-hair-removal.html) or other cosmetic service consultation today.

Easing Fears about Lacrimal Surgery

March 4th, 2014

The lacrimal system involves tear production, as well as, the ducts that tears move through, which include the eyes and nose. Problems arise in the lacrimal system when one of two conditions occur: there are excess tearing and mucous discharge from the eye(s) or there is a decrease in drainage from the system or a combination.

Types of Lacrimal System Problems

Overproduction

Overproduction of tears can occur due to several different irritants. These include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Allergies
  • Ocular surface irritation
  • Infection
  • Eyelid inflammation or blepharitis

The majority of the above conditions will clear up with little or no help including treatment with artificial tears, allergy medication (pills and/or allergy eye drops); prescription antibiotic drops or ointment; or oral medications. Persistence of any of these conditions may point to more serious issues that will need to be diagnosed by a eye specialist – http://www.accentmd.com/florida-ophthalmology/.

Decreased Drainage

Consisting of two small openings, each eye lid creates a passage way for fluids to move from the eye down through to the nose. Decreased drainage from the eye can be an indicator that a tear duct as a blockage. While it sounds contradictory, decreased drainage from the eye can cause an increase in tear production, as well as recurring eye infections.

Eye infection symptoms include a sense of warmth and/or redness between the eye and nose, discharge and an irritated (often pink) eye. To confirm the presence of a blocked tear duct, a physician will irrigate a saline solution through the duct system. Common solutions to a blocked tear ducts are steroid drops or, if the blockage is severe, surgery.

Lacrimal Surgery Types

Depending on the severity of the lacrimal problem (i.e. blockage), there are a variety of surgery options, including:

  • Punctoplasty
  • Probe and tube
  • Dacryocystorhinsotomy (DCR)
  • Conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy (CDCR)

Punctoplasty is fairly uncomplicated and performed in the physician’s office under a local anesthetic. The doctor will dilate the small openings (puncta) of the tear duct with a small instrument and make a small incision to open the duct further allowing for increased drainage. The patient may experience some minor swelling; however, they can, typically, resume normal activity immediately.

Probe and tube, DCR and CDCR are all surgical procedures technically speaking. However, probe and tube is fairly uncomplicated and takes approximately 15 minutes.

For more information about eye health and procedures (http://www.accentmd.com/florida-ophthalmology/eye-surgery.html), please continue browsing our website or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

How an Experimental Vision Treatment Saved the US Olympics Bobsledding Team

February 28th, 2014

Winter Olympic Games

If you watched the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, you might recognize the name of Steve Holcomb, a US bobsled driver who’s bringing the US team back on top of the sport. This year, Holcomb won bronze in the two-man bobsled, which is the first medal for the U.S. team in that race since 1952. He also won gold for the 4-man bobsled at the Vancouver Olympics, the first medal the US had won in that event since 1948.

While you might be surprised at how long the US went without medalling in bobsledding, you might also be surprised to learn that the Olympian who put us back on top almost didn’t have an Olympic career. That’s because early in his career, Holcomb was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease called keratoconus.

Keratoconus is caused when the fibers in front part of the eyeball, called the cornea, begin to thin, causing the cornea to lose its round shape and instead bulge into a cone shape. The thinning of these fibers and the bulging of the cornea causes nearsightedness and astigmatism, as well as other symptoms such as halos around light and blurred vision. The disease occurs in an estimated 1 in 2,000 people, according to the National Keratoconus Foundation.

According to a recent article by Fox News, just as Holcomb’s bobsledding career was taking off about ten years ago, he received the devastating diagnosis that he had keratoconus.  It turned out that Holcomb had a severe case of the disease that quickly degenerated his eyesight. Just a few years later, Holcomb’s vision was 20/500. He was unable to read even the top line of the vision chart and was basically driving the bobsled by feel, reports his eye surgeon, Dr. Brian Boxer Walcher.

Other eye surgeons (http://www.accentmd.com/florida-ophthalmology/eye-surgery.html) had told Holcomb that he would need a corneal transplant, a surgery that takes several years to recover from. The recovery period was so long that it would essentially end his bobsledding career. Overwhelmed by his loss of eyesight and the fear of injuring his teammates due to his poor vision, Holcomb attempted to take his own life.

Fortunately, Holcomb survived his suicide attempt and was soon introduced to Boxer Walcher who offered Holcomb an alternative to corneal transplants, an experimental procedure called corneal cross-linking. In corneal cross-linking, the cornea of the eye is coated with vitamins, including riboflavin, that aim to strengthen the corneal fibers and reverse conical bulge.

The procedure, in use since 1999 according to the Cleveland Eye Clinic, only takes a couple of hours or less and sometimes results in immediate improvements in vision.  Holcomb decided to undergo the procedure, along with having contacts implanted in his eyes. According to Boxer Walcher, Holcomb was able to see better than he had in years after the procedure.

A year later, Holcomb went on to win gold at the Vancouver Olympics.

The type of corneal cross-linking Holcomb underwent is called the Holcomb C3-R. All types of corneal cross-linking are deemed experimental and are still undergoing clinical trials in the United States. The Cleveland Eye Clinic, which is performing clinic trials of corneal cross-linking, notes that the procedure is being performed already in over 400 eye clinics across the world.

While you may not have keratoconus, Holcomb’s story should serve as inspiration for everyone who might be struggling with a vision problem in private. Holcomb’s story reminds us that most eye disorders, even the most serious ones, often have a variety of solutions, if only you seek out the help of a good ophthalmologist.

If you’re having vision problems you haven’t addressed yet, contact Accent on Eyes to make an appointment today. Our expert ophthalmologists and optometrists can help you find the eye care solutions that can help you go on to gain your own personal achievements.

Dizziness: Serious Problem or Electrolyte Imbalance?

February 21st, 2014

The feeling of the room spinning, unstable on one’s feet? These are signs of dizziness (or to a more severe degree) vertigo. Dizziness is characterized by a room that begins to spin causing an individual to sit down or get into a reclined position—both to help relieve the symptoms or (in the case of the elderly) to avoid injury. In addition, confusion may combine with dizziness to cause a person to forget their surroundings, resulting in a fall. People may also suffer from slurred speech or inability to speak.

While some times confused with issues with the central nervous system, vertigo and dizziness are more associated with inner-ear diseases. Dizziness and vertigo are very common ailments—in fact, together, dizziness and vertigo are among the most often ailments (on par with back pain and headaches) people visit their primary care physicians for. While people visit their primary care physicians when they are afflicted with episodes of dizziness and/or vertigo, they will receive proper treatment at an otolaryngologist (more commonly known as an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician – http://www.accentmd.com/florida-ent/).

Dizziness Statistics

According to the National Dizzy and Balance Center (NDBC):

•          Dizziness/vertigo is prevalent, with estimates ranging from 1.8% in young adults to more than 30% in the elderly, and causing considerable morbidity and utilization of health services.

•          23-30% of adults have experienced at least one episode of dizziness and 3.5% of adults experience a chronic recurrent episode greater than a one-year duration by age 65.

•          There are an estimated 5 to 8 million physician visits for dizziness in the United States each year.

•          One in three people will experience dizziness or imbalance during their lifetime.

•          In the US, the estimated cost of medical care for patients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion annually.

List source: NDBC (above link)

Discerning the Distinction between an Inner-Ear or an Electrolyte Imbalance

Experts conclude that dizziness and confusion are typically the two most common signs and/or symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance. Sufferers of dizziness and/or vertigo should take these symptoms seriously since they can accompany any number of more serious health conditions. One condition which may cause dizziness and/or vertigo is an electrolyte imbalance.

What are electrolytes?

Electrolytes are substances that help the body to conduct electricity—specifically by communicating between the cells (especially those in the nerves, heart and/or muscles) to control electrical impulses (nerve impulses and muscle contractions specifically) across these cells themselves and to others.

The human body requires a proper balance of electrolytes in order for the organs to function properly.

Electrolytes further help the human body to regulate its myocardial and neurological functions, fluid balance, and the ability to deliver the body oxygen properly. Without a proper electrolyte balance, aside from episodes of dizziness, the body can suffer from ingestion and, in serious cases, renal failure.

Common electrolytes include: sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate.

In order to discern whether a person is suffering from dizziness from an electrolyte imbalance or an underlying problem, the best course of action is to seek medical attention at an ENT specialist to rule out a vestibular (i.e. inner-ear) problem. An ENT will perform auditory and vestibular tests (usually in conjunction with blood and radiological testing) as a course of action and to narrow down their diagnosis. If a vestibular problem is diagnosed, the typical treatment includes vestibular rehabilitation.

If you or a loved one are experiencing dizziness and don’t know why, we invite you to visit our Gainesville ENT clinic online at http://www.accentmd.com/florida-ent/hearing-balance.html to learn more.  Continue browsing our site for general info, or schedule an appointment to discuss your individual condition today.

Choosing Your Eyeglasses: 3 Factors to Consider

February 14th, 2014

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There’s no doubt that choosing a pair of eyeglasses is a highly personalized decision that no one else can make for you. But when it’s just you and a gazillion pairs of glasses to try on, how do you know where to start?

If you’re getting ready to go in for a new pair of glasses, it helps to have an idea of what kind of glasses might best fit your needs and your face. Here are 3 tips that can help you get started:

1) Consider The Frame Material

Before you even start trying glasses on for looks, ask to try on some frames in different materials to get an idea of the frame that might be most comfortable for you. There are several different types of materials to choose from:

  • Titanium and Stainless Steel: These materials are hypoallergenic, lightweight, and durable.  Titanium frames are particularly tough and light, a good combination for people who might be less than ginger with their frames.
  • Plastic: Plastic frames usually offer a uniform frame that many people find comfortable because of its lightweight nature.  Some highly active people, ones who might work out in their glasses, for example, may find that plastic frames slip off their faces. The plastic frame is an ideal choice for fashion seekers who want bright colors or patterns.
  • Memory Metals: If you’re searching for a durable pair of glasses for a child or an active adult, memory metal frames are a great choice. These frames can be bent and contorted and then will return to their original shape. While it’s obviously not encouraged to twist your frames for fun, these glasses can hold up to much more abuse than other frames, and will require less adjustments.

2) Consider Your Face Shape

The rule of thumb for glasses is that the shape of frame ought to contrast your face shape. Round faces look better in angular frames, while angular faces benefit from a round frame.  If you’re unsure of your face type, don’t be afraid to ask an optician for help.

Frames should also balance with your face’s proportions, though current fashion suggests otherwise. Ultimately, you should choose a frame that feels good and that you like on your face.

3) Be Prepared to Learn About Lenses

You might think that all your work is done when you’ve finally picked out the perfect frames, but you thought wrong. Choosing a lens for your lifestyle and budget can be a little overwhelming if you’re not prepared for all the possible choices.

While all glasses have a lens, there are different lens treatments that your optician will explore with you:

  • Anti-reflective coatings are a good choice for most people, particularly those who drive often at night or who work in front of a computer screen.
  • Scratch resistant coatings are good for those people who are a little rough on their glasses or may not be as careful when cleaning them.
  • Transitional Lenses may be a good choice for people who want one pair of glasses for both indoor and outdoor conditions
  • Hydrophobic coatings can help prevent against glasses fogging up for people who live in colder climates or who work out in their glasses.

While picking out the perfect pair of glasses can be a process, it can be a lot easier with a good optician in your corner. Our Gainesville optical store (accentmd.com/florida-ophthalmology/optical-store.html) offers experience, affordability, and a wide selection of glasses to meet everyone’s needs.

At Accent on Eyes, we’re here to help you through every stage of the eyeglasses process, from the initial exam to choosing the best frame for your lifestyle. Contact our Gainesville office today to schedule an appointment.