on Tuesday, September 25, 2012
A common question that contact lens wearers may ask is: “I travel a lot, what contact lens options are right for me?” While the best resource for this question is your eye doctor, there are more options than ever for contact lens wearers who travel. Here is a rundown of contact lens options that travelers may want to consider discussing with their eye doctor:
- Daily disposable contact lenses: daily disposable contact lenses like CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day contact lenses are a convenient option for patients who travel. Daily disposable contact lenses require very little contact lens maintenance so that means patients won’t have to worry about travelling with bottles of contact lens solution or contact lens cases. Patients also get to wear a fresh contact lens every day of their trip. Just make sure to pack extra pairs just in case.
- 2 week contact lenses: If you happen to already wear 2 week contact lenses like Avaira, then you may prefer to use the contact lenses that you have when you travel. But comfort is still important since you will be traveling in airplanes that can dry out your eyes, long car rides, etc. Avaira contact lenses are the only naturally wettable two-week silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Made from a unique material that attracts and binds water to the lens, Avaira lenses stay moist and comfortable without surface treatments or wetting agents that can wash off as you clean your contacts. Ask your doctor about Avaira if you are interested in wearing 2 week contact lenses.
- Monthly contact lenses: Some monthly contact lenses that have extended wear approval may be ideal for patients who need to travel because it is convenient to continuously wear contact lenses while you are travelling. CooperVision’s Biofinity contact lenses are FDA approved for extended wear for up to 7 days and 6 nights. Make sure to ask your eye doctor about extended wear if you want to travel with monthly contact lenses.
No matter what contact lens you decide to use while you are travelling, it helps to talk about a contact lens care and replacement schedules with your eye doctor. If you don’t have an eye doctor, you can find one using our Practitioner Locator.
on Thursday, May 24, 2012
It’s prom season! While most teens are counting down the days to prom by planning out what to wear, hair and makeup ideas, and even the limousine, some teens may want to consider adding an appointment with an eyecare practitioner for contact lenses to their prom calendar too.
Contact lenses allow teens to showcase themselves without having to hide behind their eyeglasses. For teens interested in wearing eye makeup to prom, eyeglasses can distort the way eye makeup looks , so contact lenses are the better option.
There are a variety of contact lenses that teens can choose from, so talking things out with an eye care practitioner can help teen patients select the right contact lens for their specific needs.
Some options for contact lenses include:
- Daily Disposable Contact Lenses:Proclear 1 Day contact lenses that are convenient for occasional wear. So for teens who just love their eyeglasses, but want to feel different for prom night, daily disposables are a good choice. These contact lenses are low maintenance too!
- Extended Wear Contact Lenses:For teen patients who may be too tired from prom at the end of the night to take off their contact lenses, options for extended overnight wear may be ideal. CooperVision offers Biofinity contact lenses for patients who may need overnight wear.
Whatever option teen patients choose, prom is a special night. Patients should contact an eyecare practitioner near them to learn more about their contact lens options for prom. Click here for a free trial!
on Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Now that spring is in the air, it is the perfect time for outdoor activities for many patients. But what do patients do if they want to be active but they need vision correction? Patients who wear eyeglasses may worry about them fogging up, breaking, or falling off their face while they are active.
For active patients, contact lenses may be a better alternative. Contact lenses allows for a wider field of peripheral vision, a greater array of protective eyewear, zero distortion of images, and optimal vision correction from all angles of gaze. While there are plenty of benefits of contact lenses for an active patient, there are still commonly asked questions about contact lenses and outdoor activities that an eyecare professional can answer. Here are some common questions about vision correction and outdoor activities:
What can I do to protect my eyes from UV rays?
An eyecare professional may recommend contact lenses with a UV tint. It is important to remember that while a contact lens may offer UV protection, it is limited to the area of your eye covered by the lenses. It is crucial to wear sunglasses with UV protection in order to ensure complete UV protection of the eye area. CooperVision offers a variety of contact lenses with a UV tint. You can learn more about CooperVision’s contact lenses here.
What do you recommend for overnight outdoor activities?
For convenience, daily disposables such as Proclear 1 Day contact lenses may be a good choice because it removes the hassle of having to remove or clean lenses at night. Wearers simply remove them after a day’s wear. There is no need to worry about lens storage. An eyecare professional can determine which patients are good candidates for daily disposables.
For more in depth questions about contact lenses and outdoor activities, patients should talk to an eye care professional. CooperVision offers an eye care professional locator that allows patients to find a professional near them here.
on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
As you think about spring or summer trips, you could be wondering: “How do I travel with contact lenses?” A lot of patients choose to leave their contacts at home in favor of traditional eyeglasses in order to avoid any hassles with flying with contact lenses. In fact, a few years ago, a couple missed their honeymoon over a bottle of contact lens solution! The good news is that with these contact lens tips, contact lens wearers can look and feel great during their vacations this year.
- Remember the 311 Rule: TSA allows contact lens solution as an exception to their 3.4 oz liquids rule, but travelling with travel sized bottles of solution and rewetting drops may be more convenient. As a rule of thumb, travelers should remember the 311 rule. That means 3.4 oz of acceptable liquids in separate bottles, placed in one quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Once a traveler gets to the checkpoint, he or she should place that plastic bag in a separate bin to be scanned by a TSA agent.
- Pack It All On Carry On: Pack your contact lens solution, rewetting drops, and glasses in your carry-on bag to avoid problems if your checked-in luggage is delayed or lost. Cabin air tends to get dry, so keeping a bottle of rewetting drops can help prevent your contact lenses from drying out while you travel.
- Consider Daily Disposables: In order to prevent issues at TSA checkpoints and while packing, consider trying daily disposable lenses. With daily disposable lenses like CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day contact lenses, there is no need for contact lens cases or solution. Plus, contact lens wearers get the benefit of a fresh pair of contact lenses every day.
- Pack Back Up: In case you don’t wear daily disposables, make sure that you pack a few back up lenses in case your original pair gets torn or lost. Packing your eyeglasses just in case your eyes get too irritated for lens wear may be a good idea too. Always remember to call an eye care professional if you experience any severe eye discomfort.
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: