We Want to Hear From You!

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Do you have a great contact lens story? We want to hear it! We are currently collecting testimonials for our website and marketing materials. Email us at blogadmin@coopervision.com, tell us your CooperVision contact lens story, and you may be featured in our upcoming campaigns.

Think Twice About Lady GaGa's Wide Eyed Look

Posted by Harvard Sylvan, OD on Thursday, July 15, 2010

A new trend in cosmetic contact lenses has caught a lot of attention in the media lately due in part to a recent music video debut from pop phenom Lady GaGa.  A ‘Circle Contact’ is a specific type of cosmetic contact lens that is manufactured in South Korea, in which the iris appears larger due to the opaque design of the large diameter contact lens covering a portion of the sclera (the white part of the eye).  This trend is modeled after Japanese anime cartoon characters, in which the eyes (and in particular, the pupils) of characters are enlarged to make the appearance of doll-like eyes. While Lady GaGa’s look from her “Bad Romance” video is reportedly computerized, the trend of purchasing the non-FDA approved contacts is growing.

Watch this clip from ABC News detailing the dangers of this trend.

‘Circle Contacts’ are not FDA approved and are not approved for purchase in the US as sales of lenses without a valid prescription have been banned since 2005.   While the cartoonish-look may be desirable to some, the potential dangers and risks outweigh any fashionable benefit.

Contact lenses are a medical device. To prevent potential eye problems, some of which may be serious, contacts need to be fit properly, require a prescription from a licensed eye care professional and the health of the eye needs to be monitored periodically.   Always consult an eye doctor before considering or using any type of contact lenses.  To find an eye doctor closest to you, please click here.


The Bet at Grand Central Station: Presbyopia vs. Astigmatism

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, June 3, 2010

Watch Mark Malkoff as he tests unsuspecting people in Grand Central Station on their knowledge of presbyopia and astigmatism, two common vision problems that affect millions of Americans. Play the video and test your knowledge!

The Bet at Grand Central Station: Presbyopia vs. Astigmatism

So, what is presbyopia? Presbyopia is a common vision disorder that occurs in most people after they reach 40, making it difficult to read small print. Not many people know what presbyopia is, but fortunately CooperVision multifocal contact lenses are available to correct this condition. Watch Mark Malkoff hit Grand Central Station in New York to find out if anyone can define presbyopia:

What is Presbyopia?

What is astigmatism? Astigmatism is an eye disorder where the cornea (the clear tissue covering the front of the eye) is abnormally curved, causing your vision to be out of focus. Not many people know what astigmatism is, but the good news is CooperVision offers a variety of toric lenses that correct this common condition. Watch Mark Malkoff hit New York City's Grand Central Station to see who can define astigmatism:

What is Astigmatism?

Dr. Glazier and CooperVision Help Student Get Contacts in Time for Prom

Posted by Dr. Alan Glazier on Thursday, May 27, 2010

Prom season is upon us! This is a popular time for contact lens fittings. Dr. Alan Glazier from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care in Rockville, Maryland, recently encountered a patient with a difficult to fit prescription and the prom was only a week away. Luckily, Dr. Glazier's CooperVision representative, Brian Christie, was there to remind him that CooperVision contacts are available in a wide range of parameters, including the particular prescription the patient needed. Below is an excerpt from Dr. Glazier's blog:

 I would like to share a story, a story with a happy ending.  It involves helping a young patient of mine last week.  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, and the doctor might not even be able to get the contact lenses shipped before the big day!

One of my 17 year old patient’s and a friend’s daughter found herself in this exact situation.  Due to her extremely nearsighted prescription, the companies that offered soft disposable contact lenses in her prescription range were few, typically not in stock at the doctors office and needed to be ordered and shipped.  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.   CooperVisions 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 childrens 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!


Check out CooperVisions excellent website http://www.mycontactsports.com to learn more about how contact lenses can help improve your game and watch a video featuring soccer star Heather O'Reilly

Courtesy of the Doctors at Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care; Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians serving the Rockville, Potomac and Gaithersburg Maryland suburbs of Washington DC.  For more information visit youreyesite.com



To read more about Dr. Glazier, visit his blog or follow his Twitter feed. To read more about Proclear, the CooperVision contact lenses featured in this story, click here.

CooperVision Announces Strategic Alliance to Serve U.S. Military Personnel

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CooperVision today announced a partnership with Armed Forces Eyewear, reinforcing the global contact lens manufacturer's commitment to serving the U.S. military community. Through a unique micro-site, www.ArmedForcesContactLenses.com, military personnel and their families can learn more about CooperVision's innovative portfolio and click through www.ArmedForcesEyewear.com to purchase CooperVision's contact lenses affordably, and get guaranteed delivery wherever they are located around the world.

"As a former member of the U.S. Armed Services, I understand and appreciate the unique demands placed on our military personnel and their families," stated John Weber, president of CooperVision. "It is important we support our service members and their families. The new CooperVision program will make it easier for patients to experience the performance and value of CooperVision's lenses. CooperVision is honored to be a strategic partner in this exciting initiative." 

Additionally, a percentage of each CooperVision contact lens purchase will be donated to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) fund to support military Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs aimed at improving the quality of life for troops. Programs range from youth services and Armed Forces Recreation Centers, to arts and crafts and aquatic centers. AAFES provides merchandise and services to both active and inactive military personnel and their families at competitively low prices.

"We are thrilled to extend this exclusive offer to the military family," said James Gardner, vice president of Marketing, the Americas, "CooperVision has a broad range of contact lenses, which enables military eye care professionals to recommend the best fit and option for each patient. We are proud to offer our products and direct delivery to the military community."

Armed Forces Eyewear is a service mark of Frames Direct. Frames Direct has been a leader in online eyewear since 1996.

New to Contact Lenses?

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, May 13, 2010

Considering contacts? Or just getting used to wearing them? Either way, our teen dedicated website www.mycontactsports.com has tips and information to help you make the decision and support your contact lens needs. Download the Rookie Playbook which details both how to prepare for the contact lens decision (including tips for talking to your parents) and how to properly wear and care for them.

Contact lenses are an easy and comfortable option for correcting your eyesight when you’re on the go or just hanging with your friends. Concerned about the cost of contacts? Don’t be! Check out the annual comparison chart we’ve created to demonstrate the cost of contacts in terms of other purchases you’re likely to make. For example, if your lens of choice is a monthly silicone hydrogel product (like Biofinity) it will cost you about $15 a month, around the same price as going out to the movies. Plus, we offer money saving rebates on specific products.

Click here to hear from real teens who shared their contact lens story with us. Also hear from professional women’s soccer player and two time Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly and BMX bike phenom and Dew Tour winner Daniel Dhers, two young athletes whose sports performance improved when they started wearing contacts. Do you have a contact lens story you want to share? Share your story by leaving a comment or posting on our Facebook wall!

Life is a contact sport – Gear Up!

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