Blepharitis and Dry Eye

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, March 30, 2012

Blepharitis is a condition caused by an overgrowth of the bacteria that is normally found on the skin. It is usually due to seborrheic dermatitis or a bacterial infection, but both may be present at the same time. The cause is an overgrowth of the bacteria that is normally found on the skin. It affects the eyelid and symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itchiness

It can cause foreign body sensation (the feeling that there is something in your eye). Posterior blepharitis, also known as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), can be a source of tear film lipid deficiencies and water loss from the ocular surface. Since there is an overlap in symptoms of dry eye, it may be easy to confuse blepharitis with dry eye. An eye care practitioner can diagnose a patient accurately based on symptoms and when they occur.

Up to one half of all contact lens wearers report symptoms of dry eye. Chronic blepharitis and its overlap with dry eye is another cause for contact lens intolerance. However, contact lens wearers don’t have to suffer in silence. Both dry eye and blepharitis are treatable. For more information, contact an eye care professional here.

The Importance of Comfortable Contacts

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One of the main reasons why patients stop wearing contact lenses is because of discomfort. Across all regions, discomfort while wearing contact lenses is the biggest issue. Among contact lens dropouts, the major reasons for not wearing contact lenses are: discomfort, dry eyes, and redness. The good news is that contact lenses do not have to be uncomfortable. There are new options for comfortable contact lens wear that an eye care professional can recommend:

  • Daily Disposable Lenses
  • Since discomfort can be caused by deposits from protein build up or even allergens that get stuck to contact lenses, starting with a new lens every day can help alleviate discomfort. With CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day lenses, proteins and allergens don't have time to build up on lenses and may help with patients who suffer from seasonal ocular allergies.
  • Silicone Hydrogel Lenses
  • Another good option for contact lens wearers who suffer from discomfort are silicone hydrogel contact lenses. As we wrote about in a previous post about silicone hydrogels , they allow for a greater flow of oxygen which means healthier corneas and greater comfort. CooperVision’s Biofinity contact lenses are made from Aquaform Comfort Science Technology, a unique material that is highly breathable and moist. High levels of oxygen flow freely through these silicone hydrogel lenses, helping to keep eyes clear, white and healthy looking.
  • FDA Indicated For Dry Eye
  • Contact lenses that are specifically developed to help improve dry eye can help with discomfort. CooperVision’s Proclear contact lenses are the only contact lenses made of a material with a FDA-cleared indication relating to improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience dryness or mild discomfort during lens wear For more information, contact an eye care professional here to learn more about options for comfortable contact lens wear.

Free Webinar On Building Your Practice With Daily Disposables

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Are you interested in building your practice? Make sure to register for the first webinar in a three part series called Your Practice in Focus. This webinar series will be in partnership with ODWire.org and will focus on important topics and trends that will help eye care practitioners build their practices. Make sure to attend all three if you can!

The first webinar in the series will be Building Your Practice With Daily Disposables. Daily disposable lenses have many advantages over other lens modalities. However, making 1-Days a significant part of your contact lens practice can be tough. This webinar, hosted by Dr. Kerry Gelb, will offer concrete and practical advice on how to boost 1-Day usage in order to make this modality a large portion of your contact lens practice. Specifically, Dr. Gelb will discuss:
  • Advantages of One Days
  • Patient Compliance with 1-Days vs. other modalities
  • Overcoming a patient's financial concerns with 1-Days
  • Trends in Market Share & Growth and how to leverage these in your practice
  • A discussion of the greater acceptance of 1-Day modality
  • Make sure to register for this exciting webinar here .

Teens and Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, March 19, 2012

Teens may not want to wear glasses for different reasons. Teens may feel self conscious about wearing eyeglasses because their glasses will be the first thing that their peers notice. Also, it is more challenging to play sports while wearing eyeglasses. As a result, teens may want consider contact lenses as an alternative to glasses.

Here are some commonly asked questions about contact lenses that teens will want to know the answer to:

  • How Old Do You Have To Be To Wear Contacts?
  • There are no age limitations on when someone can wear contact lenses. Parents often worry about whether their teens can properly wear and care for their contact lenses. However, this is something that parents can discuss with their teen and an eye care professional.
  • Is It Hard To Care For Lenses?
  • Taking care of contact lenses is getting easier and easier. Most contact lens users just use a clean case and a bottle of multipurpose solution to care and store for their lenses. Even better, daily disposable lenses like CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day take the hassle of cleaning out of the equation. All wearers have to do is just remove the lenses and throw them out at the end of the day. How easy is that?
  • Aren’t Contact Lenses Expensive?
  • Prices will vary with different contact lenses, but for a frame of reference, daily disposable lenses typically cost around $1 a day which is affordable for most patients.
  • Do I Need A Prescription?
  • Yes, contact lenses are a medical device. You will need a prescription dispensed by an eye care professional in order to get contact lenses. This is because the contact lens must be fitted properly to the eye by an eye care professional even if there is no vision correction needed.
  • How Do I Know Which Contact Lens Is Best?
  • That is something patients can discuss with their doctors. Patients can learn more about what contact lens is right for them using this Find A Lens Quiz .

Contact Lens Tips For Spring

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As the weather gets warmer, eye care concerns for contact lens patients can change. Here are some contact lens tips and trends for spring 2012:

  • Learn About Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Since the announcement and pending arrival of the iPad 3 this spring, eye care professionals are getting more concerned about the possibility of computer vision among patients who use smaller electronic devices. Computer vision syndrome is a term used to describe a a group of eye and vision related problems that stem from the extended use of a computer. The most common symptoms of computer vision are: eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eye, and neck and shoulder pain. Eye patients with computer vision may want to consider a contact lens that provides improved comfort for mild dryness or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear. CooperVision’s Proclear lenses are the only contact lenses that are approved by the FDA to do just that.

  • Beat Allergies
  • Allergy sufferers know that their allergies seem the worst in the springtime. One of the worst things about allergies is that they make contact lens wearers suffer from red, puffy, and itchy eyes. As we wrote in a previous post, daily disposables may be recommended to allergy sufferers over other contacts since they are discarded after each use; eliminating the accumulation of allergy-causing debris on the lenses from day to day. In fact, there have been clinical studies that show how daily disposable lenses can significantly reduce the number of eye symptoms among allergy sufferers. CooperVision Proclear One Day daily disposable lenses may be an option to consider.
  • Avoid Water
  • Make sure that you don’t wear your contact lenses while swimming in lakes, showering, or even washing your face. All of that water can lead to exposure to the Acanthamoeba , an organism that commonly lives in tap water and lakes and can lead to difficult to treat, painful, and even blinding infections," explains Thomas L. Steinemann, an ophthalmologist and professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

    Remember to stay tuned to the On Eye Blog for more information about your eyes and contact lenses.

Helping Presbyopes With Multifocal Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, March 9, 2012

As eye care patients reach the age of 40, their eye care needs will change. Specifically, they will start to realize that they need multifocal lenses or reading glasses. This is because patients over the age of 40 will be affected by an eye condition known as presbyopia. As we wrote about in a previous post on presbyopia, presbyopia is a natural age related loss of the ability to focus on close distance objects. While reading glasses used to be the only option for what patients jokingly refer to as “short arm syndrome,” there are now a variety of multifocal lenses available for presbyopes (patients with presbyopia) to consider.

Multifocal lenses are a great option for presbyopes that don’t want to compromise their active lifestyle . It provides patients the ability to see both near, intermediate, and far distances without the hassle of wearing glasses. Presbyopes can go hiking, play tennis or go biking without having to worry about their vision.

CooperVision offers the broadest range of multifocal contact lenses in terms of product and parameters. Even better, with the introduction of Biofinity Multifocal , our latest and most advanced multifocal lens, CooperVision has combined our Balanced Progressive™ Technology and the Biofinity silicone hydrogel lens material into a lens that offers presbyopes a premium lens. For presbyopes that suffer from dry eye, CooperVision offers a Proclear multifocal lens that is cleared by the FDA for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear."

Remember, communication between a patient and an eye care professional is essential in order to determine if a multifocal lens is a good fit. But the first step for eye care professionals and presbyopes is to have an open dialogue about all of the options available. Make sure you start the dialogue about multifocal lenses today!

All About Low Vision

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Low vision is a term that is used for patients that have visual acuities ranging from 20/70 or lower and can’t be fully corrected with glasses, contacts, or surgery. Patients with low vision are different from patients who are blind because low vision patients have some useful sight. However, many low vision patients are not able to perform daily tasks such as reading, driving, or even differentiating colors and shapes from a distance.

There are a variety of causes of low vision. Some of the most common causes of low vision are:

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Birth Defects
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Injuries
  • Inherited Diseases
  • Aging

The loss of vision can be devastating for some patients; especially once they learn that their vision can never be restored. It is important for patients to see an eye care professional if they experience symptoms of vision loss. Some symptoms of vision loss are:

  • Not being able to read
  • Not being able to write
  • Having a hard time watching television
  • Not being able to shop
  • Being unable to drive
  • Having a hard time recognizing faces
Another symptom low vision patients may encounter is known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome. This is when patients see things that are not really there. This is not a mental issue. This is simply the brain trying to replace images that the eye can’t see. These symptoms can often startle or upset patients. However, it is important to remember that patients with low vision have support groups, visual aids, and other resources available to them. For more information on low vision resources, click here.

Look Your Best This Allergy Season

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, March 5, 2012

Allergies don’t just leave people tired and irritable. They leave people feeling like they look their worst instead of their best. According to a survey conducted by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAPA), 40% of female allergy sufferers who were surveyed said that they felt that the red and puffy eyes as a result of their allergies made them look tired and unattractive. Even if female allergy sufferers tried to remedy that with makeup, 52% of the women reported that allergies made their eyes so itchy that it caused them to rub their eyes and rub off their makeup. In fact, 12% of patients surveyed said that they stopped wearing contact lenses altogether due to allergies. That may mean having to wear glasses to prom, your wedding, during key presentations at work, or while exercising all because of allergy season.

How Can Allergy Sufferers Look And Feel Their Best This Allergy Season?

Clinical research has shown that wearing daily disposable contact lenses significantly reduces a number of eye symptoms among allergy sufferers. This is great news for patients who want to continue to wear contact lenses to look and feel their best. Daily disposables may be recommended to allergy sufferers over other contacts since they are discarded after each use; eliminating the accumulation of allergy-causing debris on the lenses from day to day.

Time for a Makeover

If you are a female allergy sufferer, here are some tips to help you look your best during allergy season:

  • Try White Eyeliner: Rimming the inner eye with a pearlescent white pencil will help deflect the redness of the eye and make puffy eyes appear wider.
  • Curl Lashes: Curling your lashes will help sleep deprived allergy sufferers look wide awake and more alert.
  • Use Concealer Sparingly: Apply concealer with a light hand to avoid looking like a reverse raccoon but still deflecting dark shadows under the eyes
  • Wear Contacts That Are Allergy Friendly: Not all contacts are created equal, so make sure to try a daily disposable contact lens to prevent allergen buildup in the eyes. A good pick is CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day lenses which are the only contact lens with an FDA-cleared indication relating to improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience dryness or mild discomfort during lens wear.

Dry Eye and Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, March 2, 2012

A common complaint among contact lens users is that their eyes are dry. It may be a reason that some eye care patients avoid wearing contacts at all. In fact, recent studies have shown that up to 52.7% of contact lens wearers suffer from dry eye . However, eye care patients should know there are options out there to help improve the discomfort of dry eye.

Dry eye is typically related to an insufficiency in tear film. Tear film is a mixture of water, fatty oils, proteins, and electrolytes . Tear film helps the eye stay hydrated, maintain a smooth and clear surface, and helps to prevent infections. When a patient either has decreased amounts of tear volume, or an increase in tear evaporation, that patient will suffer from dry eye. Some of the most common complaints of patients suffering from dry eye are: stinging, burning, grittiness, the feeling of something in the eye, and blurry vision.

Patients can work with their eye care practitioner to find a dry eye solution that works for them. The first step is to make an appointment with an eye care practitioner and discuss these complaints. Some patients worry that bringing up dry eye issues will mean that they will have to give up wearing contact lenses, but an eye care practitioner may be able to recommend contact lenses and a regimen that can keep patients looking and feeling their best.

An eye care practitioner may be able to direct dry eye patients to a contact lens that suits their needs. According to All About Vision , “Some brands have been found to be particularly useful contact lenses for dry eyes. Proclear lenses (CooperVision, Inc.), for example, are the only contact lenses on the market to carry the FDA-approved labeling statement, ‘May provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear.’” While there are many ways to address dry eye, patients can talk to their eye care practitioner about what dry eye solution is best for them.

For more information about CooperVision’s Proclear products, please visit our product page .

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