Cosmetic Precautions for Contact Lens Wearers

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mixing contact lenses and cosmetics can be a messy situation.  Here are some tips from the American Optometric Association (AOA) that will help you keep your eyes safe while using cosmetics and contact lenses.

  • Put on soft contact lenses before applying makeup.
  • Put on rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses after makeup is applied.
  • Avoid lash-extending mascara, which has fibers that can irritate the eyes, and waterproof mascara, which cannot be easily removed with water and may stain soft contact lenses.
  • Do not use hand creams.
  •  Remove contact lenses before removing makeup.
  • Choose an oil-free moisturizer or lotions before applying contacts.  They can leave film on your lenses.
  • Use hairspray before putting on your contacts. If you use hairspray while you are wearing your contacts, close your eyes during spraying and for a few seconds afterwards.
  • Blink your eyes frequently while under a hair drier or blower to keep your eyes from getting too dry.
  • Keep false eyelash cement, nail polish and remover, perfume and cologne away from the lenses. They can damage the plastic.
  • Choose water-based, hypo-allergenic liquid foundations. Cream makeup may leave a film on your lenses.¹

 ¹http://www.aoa.org/x5236.xml

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, January 23, 2012

January has been declared National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness globally.  According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation glaucoma is known as "a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning."1

Because glaucoma is so hard to detect in the early stages it is important to be screened on a regular basis.  Visit the Glaucoma Research Foundation's website for more information, including risk factors for the disease and to learn how you can help find a cure. Contact your eye care practitioner today to schedule your next eye exam. To find an eye care provider near you, please click here.

1 Glaucoma awareness month. Glaucoma Research Foundation, Retrieved from <http://www.glaucoma.org/learn/glaucoma_awaren.php>.

The importance or winter eye protection

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It is extremely important to be sure that eyes are protected in the winter months, especially if you are a contact lens wearer. Many outdoor activities should be accompanied by eye protection; from debris, and from the sun.  Activities in the snow such as skiing, snowboarding and sledding should be accompanied by goggles that also have UVA and UVB protection.  “On a sunny winter day, snow can reflect 80% of all UV rays.”¹  Light reflecting from the snow can damage eyes; even if the sun may not seem as strong as the summer.   It is also extremely important to protect children’s eyes; this may decrease chances of certain eye diseases later in life.  

Be sure to remind your patients about the importance of eye protection in the colder months.  For more some information on how CooperVision’s contact lenses can improve your overall sports performance please click here.

¹http://www.chla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.6063229/k.AD84/Winter_Sports_Eye_Safety__Eye_Health_Tips__The_Vision_Center.htm

Replacement Schedules

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, January 12, 2012

CooperVision offers a variety of Lenses with different replacement schedules.  Whether you're an extended wearer or change daily, CooperVision has the contact lenses to suit your eyes and your lifestyle!

CooperVision has a selection of lenses that are recommended to be replaced daily, bi-weekly or monthly.  Your Eye Care Practitioner will recommend a replacement schedule depending on your prescribed lenses, your eye condition and your lifestyle.  Be sure to bring up any concerns about replacement recommendation s to your Eye Care Practitioner when getting fitted for your contacts.   It is important to follow your replacement schedule to achieve comfortable problem-free lens wear.  To be sure you are getting the most out of your lenses follow our Contact Lens Care tips.

Need help catching up with your favorite team?

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Football playoff season is in full gear and fans around the country are courageously rooting for their favorite team.   We want to make sure that everyone can see their teams clearly — near, far and everywhere in between!

With today’s smartphone and tablet technologies keeping up with scores and stats should be easy, right? Maybe not for those over 40 fans suffering from presbyopia, switching from small screens near and far can be a challenge.   CooperVision’s Biofinity Multifocal Contact Lenses can provide patients with outstanding vision, health and comfort all day.

Multifocal contact lenses focus light from both near, intermediate, and far distances to the back of the eye, creating the clearest possible image. This unique system uses two different, yet complementary, lenses that work together to provide clear vision near or far.

Ask your eye care practitioner if our Biofinity Multifocal lenses can help you keep up with your favorite team this season!  Click here to find an eye care practitioner near you.

Experiencing Dry Eye Symptoms this winter?

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dry eye is a condition in which one’s eyes do not produce enough tears, or produce tears which do not have the proper chemical composition.  Symptoms of dry eye may include irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable, or red eyes; a burning sensation or feeling of something foreign in your eyes; and blurred vision. Excessive dry eyes may damage eye tissue, scar your cornea (the front covering of your eyes) and impair vision, and make wearing contact lenses difficult1.

Did you know that CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day Lenses may bring comfort to contact wearers with Dry Eye Symdrome?

CooperVIsion’s Proclear 1 Day lenses are Proclear 1 Day lenses are the only daily disposable contact lenses with a FDA clearance for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear."²

If you think you may be experiencing dry eye symptoms, contact your eye care practitioner today! Be sure to mention our Proclear 1 day lenses for some potential comfort from your Dry Eye Syndrome.  Click here to find an eye care practitioner near you.

1Reference: AOA. http://www.aoa.org/x4717.xml#1
²Reference: CooperVision.

New Year’s resolution for your eyes!

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The New Years is a time for change and positive outlook for the upcoming year.  Setting a goal for the New Year is tradition; but can bring health and happiness. Investing in your eye health is an easy resolution that consists of a quick visit to your optometrist! Regular eye exams are essential to keeping your eyes in check, but they can also be extremely important for your overall health. 

A basic eye exam can reveal some more serious diseases that may affect more than just your vision.  An exam can potentially uncover hidden medical conditions such as:  high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammations, and infections.  Be sure to schedule you’re eye exam for the New Year!

If you don't already have an eye care practitioner, click here to find one near you.

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