Patient FAQs

Our Eye Doctors at American Eyecare answer your eyecare questions:

Q. Why are my eyes watery and itchy this time of year?

A: You are suffering like many of us from seasonal allergies which certainly effects your eyes, much like your nose and throat. We have some wonderful topical eye drops that will help eliminate your red, itchy watery eyes. It’s a simple easy convenient once daily eye drop, so come in to our office and get some relief.

Q. Can I wear my contact lenses while I sleep?

A. There are certain lenses that are approved by the FDA for overnight wear. However, this habit can still cause serious infections and permanent eye damage, even if the lenses are FDA approved and you are disposing of them on the proper schedule. If you are going to sleep in lenses, make sure your lens is both approved for overnight wear and that you are following the proper replacement schedule, but it’s best to just take the lenses out at night to allow your eyes to breathe and the lenses to be cleaned!

Q. Why is my vision going bad once I turned 40?

A. Around the age of 40 people start to experience a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia is a natural age related condition in which the eyes have more trouble focusing at near. It a gradual condition that continues to get worse between the ages of 40-65. Someone might experience the feeling that their arms are not long enough or begin noticing they hold things much farther away. They may also complain of blurry vision at near, eyestrain or headaches. This can be corrected with reading glasses, Progressive lenses (no line bifocals), bifocals or contact lenses.

Q. What can I do to prevent Dry Eyes?

A. Around the age of 40 people start to experience a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia is a natural age related condition in which the eyes have more trouble focusing at near. It a gradual condition that continues to get worse between the ages of 40-65. Someone might experience the feeling that their arms are not long enough or begin noticing they hold things much farther away. They may also complain of blurry vision at near, eyestrain or headaches. This can be corrected with reading glasses, Progressive lenses (no line bifocals), bifocals or contact lenses.There are many things that contribute to dry eyes, and many things we can do to reduce symptoms naturally. In the current digital age, we spend a significant time looking at computer, phone, and tablet screens. When using such devices, we tend not to blink as often, which causes dryness because the tears are not being re-distributed frequently. Following the 20/20/20 rule can improve symptoms – for every 20 minutes of screen time, look at something 20 feet away and blink several times for 20 seconds before resuming your activity. Your diet can also play a role in dry eyes. Eating foods rich in Omega 3 Fatty acids, such as fish and flaxseed, improves the oil component of the tears. Warm compresses can also improve the oil gland function. For the ladies, removing eye makeup every night before bed can reduce the risk of makeup-induced dryness.

Q. Is wearing makeup or eye mascara harmful to my eyes?

A. Wearing makeup is not harmful to your eyes if it’s done properly. Some ladies use eyeliner on the inner eyelid margin instead of the outer eyelid margin where it should be worn. This can cause issues with dry eyes because it blocks the openings of the meibomian glands, which secrete oil to keep your tears on your eyes longer. Additionally, all eye makeup should be removed every night before bed. We all have bacteria that lives on our skin – it’s normal. However, the bacteria and mites that live in and around our lashes like to feed on the dried mascara and eyeliner overnight, which can cause bacterial overgrowth and infections. Replace your mascara every 3-4 months – that bacteria gets in the tube as well!