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 .

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.

Real Stories from Contact Lens Wearers

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, July 14, 2011

What's it like to wear contacts? We asked teens to share their contact lens stories with us to feature on our teen website, mycontactsports.com. Here's an excerpt from one of the featured stories on our site:

My name is Ellen. Here is my story and experience with contact lenses. I started wearing contact lenses last year in 7th grade. The main reason for me to get contacts was that I was tired of worrying about my glasses. Before, I would have to worry about my glasses accidentally falling off while running in my P.E. classes. After I started to wear contact lenses, I didn’t have to worry about it anymore.

The brand of contact lenses I wear is CooperVision Proclear [1 Day] daily disposable. They are very comfortable lenses and sometimes I literally forget that I have them on. Wearing contact lenses made my life much easier both at school and at home. When I played piano with my glasses on, they used to slide down to the tip of my nose, and I would have to stop playing just to push my glasses up. With contacts, I don’t have to worry about the glasses falling off anymore. Now, the only time I wear my glasses is when it is really late or when my eyes start to feel dry. Wearing contacts changed my life and it is one of the best decisions I ever made.

To read more stories from real teens, visit mycontactsports.com.

Save on Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, July 7, 2011
Follow our 3 simple steps to save up to $100 on your contact lens purchase:

1. Visit your eye care practitioner for a complete eye exam and to be fitted for your contact lenses. Your eye care practitioner will provide you with the lens that works best for you. To help you start the conversation, take our Lens Finder quiz.
2. Purchase your CooperVision contact lenses and begin the rebate submission process by completing this form.
3. Mail in your completed form; allow 10-12 weeks to receive your rebate.

For more information on product and new wearer rebates, please click here. Enjoy the extra money in your pocket!

Summer Eye Health Reminders

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, June 21, 2011
June 21st marks the official start of summer and we'd like to remind you about the importance of eye health and safety during the summer months. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you spend the summer enjoying the sun, vacationing, and spending time with family and friends:

Protect your eyes
UV-A and UV-B rays can be damaging to your eyes as well as your skin. Whenever you will be exposed to sunlight, be sure to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses or goggles that offer both UV-A and UV-B protection. If you're unsure about the level of protection, check the product label or consult your eye care practitioner. And don't forget the sunscreen!

Be compliant
Contact lens compliance is an important factor in maintaining good eye health. Please refer to your eye care practitioner's recommended wearing schedule as contact lenses come in a variety of modalities. If you're on the go this summer, try 1 Day contact lenses as an alternative to glasses or longer modality contact lenses. Avoid the hassle of packing lens solution - wear them for a day and throw them out after a single use. For more information about 1 Day contact lenses from CooperVision, please click here.

Schedule an annual eye exam
Summertime is the perfect time of year to schedule a back-to-school or annual eye exam. An annual eye exam is recommended for school aged children and teens and regular visits (once every 2 years) are recommended for adults. Regular eye exams are important as both your vision and eye health are checked, so be sure to contact your eye care practitioner today. Need a practitioner? Click here to find one near you.

Happy summer!

New to Contact Lenses? We've Got You Covered!

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Whether you're considering contact lenses or you've recently started wearing them, we've got you covered with all the information you'll need to know about wearing and caring for your contact lenses:

  • Rookie Playbook: from tips for talking to your parents about contacts, to helpful do's and don'ts for contact lens wear and care, you'll find everything you need to know about contact lenses in this new-to-contacts guide.
  • Application & Removal Video: follow these simple steps to properly apply and remove your contact lenses.
  • Replacement Schedules: you have options when it comes to contact lenses. A replacement schedule is the length of time your contacts can be worn before you need to replace them. CooperVision contacts come in Daily, Two-Week, and Monthly modalities. Learn more!
  • Lens Finder: take this lifestyle quiz to see which of our contact lenses could help you enjoy the best in vision, health and comfort.
  • Practitioner Locator: find an eye care provider close to your home or work.

For more information, check out our most frequently asked questions.

Patient Success Story: Getting Contacts in Time for Prom

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's prom season. Most high school students spend the weeks leading up to prom prepping for the event - ordering flowers, renting a tux, shopping for the perfect dress. But what if you're a busy high school student who wears glasses, has a difficult-to-fit prescription, and wants to go to prom glasses-free? Maybe you've tried contacts before but never really had the best luck? Make an appointment to discuss CooperVision contacts with your eye care provider - CooperVision offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Dr. Alan Glazier from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care in Rockville, Maryland, shares a patient success story for one frustrated-turned-happy high school senior who was able to go to prom glasses-free:

Imagine this – you are a 17 year old senior – prom is less than a week away – you are being fit for contact lenses – you have a difficult contact lens prescription, the first few visits the lenses didn’t work for one reason or another and frustration is mounting as you wonder if contact lenses exist that may work for you.   Because of your high prescription, your lenses aren’t in stock at the doctors office. To make matters worse, with the narrow window of time before prom, there was no guarantee the lenses would arrive in time.

Fortunately, the representative from one of the leading contact lens manufacturers, CooperVision (Brian Christie) overheard some of the conversation.  CooperVision had recently expanded the parameters of trial contact lenses they provided to doctors offices, including extremely high powered lenses.  Brian reminded the technicians at Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care that he had days ago stocked the high powered trial lenses my anxious young patient needed.   CooperVision's extremely comfortable Proclear brand’s parameters were expanded to include powers high enough for almost any myopic prescription. Sure enough, there they were.  Dr. Glazier proceeded to fit the Proclear soft contact lenses. The Monthly disposable lenses fit my patient beautifully, gave her perfect 20/20 vision and she left with a smile from ear to ear, comforted in the knowledge that she would see well at her one and only senior prom.

Top takeaways:  Encourage your children and teenagers to get their eyes checked regularly, especially when wearing contact lenses.  Parents who don’t suspect any problems with their children's eyes should have them checked by age 4 at the latest.  If there is a pressing need for contact lenses, give yourself a two week leadtime, and for glasses at least 10 days.

Thank you Brian Christie and CooperVision!  

Get Ready for Prom with Contacts

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, May 11, 2011
It's prom season! Do you plan on wearing glasses or contacts to this year's prom? Share your answer on our Facebook page!

Are you looking to ditch the glasses for a night? Talk to your doctor about 1 day lenses for daily and/or occasional wear. Have astigmatism? You can wear daily disposables, too - ClearSight 1 Day Toric provides astigmatic patients with all the benefits of a daily disposable lens plus correction for astigmatism. For more information about our Daily Wear offerings, visit our website.

Discuss your options with your eye care professional. Print our Free Trial Lens Offer and bring it with you on your visit to try out CooperVision contacts for free*!

*By prescription only. Eye exam may be required and this coupon does not include eye exam or fitting fees.

Find the Right Contact Lens for You

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
When it comes to contact lenses, we all have different needs. But no matter your lifestyle or vision condition needs, there's likely a CooperVision contact lens that's right for you. Visit our website and take our new Lens Finder quiz to find out which of our contact lenses could help you enjoy the best in vision, health, and comfort.

Be sure to print your quiz results and bring them with you to your next appointment to help start the conversation with your eye care practitioner.

Logo Unveil at New York Stock Exchange

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, March 24, 2011
We launched our new corporate positioning in New York City last week, kicking off with a logo unveiling event on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

“Our new brand positioning reflects our commitment to bring a perspective that creates real advantages for our customers and wearers,” said Dennis Murphy, president, the Americas, CooperVision. “We appreciate that no two eyes, no two patients, and no two days are ever the same. That’s why we take a different approach to contact lenses in terms of how we develop and produce our lenses and how we partner with our customers."

Welcome to a new perspective on contact lenses - we are refreshing our look to best reflect our unique offering to eye care professionals and lens wearers. You will notice we are introducing a colorful, refreshing new look. You will soon notice new packaging that reflects the imagery shown to the left. To see more photos from our logo unveiling event at the New York Stock Exchange, please click here.

Tell us what you think of our new logo!

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