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.
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 .
on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Contacts lenses are a safe and reliable way for eye care patients to correct their vision without compromising an active lifestyle. In fact, as we covered in a previous post about contact lenses and sports, the most important reason for younger patients switching contact lenses was because of sports activity However, sports is not the only reason that patients may want to switch from eyeglasses to contacts. Whatever the reason may be, it is important that patients to know what factors to consider when choosing a contact lens with their eye care practitioner.
CooperVision offers a great resource called “The Right Contact Lens For You .” It is a simple questionnaire that patients can use to find out which contact lens can help achieve the best vision, comfort and overall health. It is a great way for patients to start the contact lens conversation with their eye care practitioner.
Here are some other factors that patients should consider :
Astigmatism: As we wrote about in an earlier post , astigmatism is a common refractive error that causes vision to be blurry because the cornea is abnormally curved. If a patient has astigmatism, contacts lenses known as toric lenses may be recommended. CooperVision offers toric lenses in all of our brands: Proclear, Avaira, and Biofinity.
Modality: Contact lenses are typically grouped by how long a contact lens can be worn before it is replaced . This is known as modality. Currently, there are three different modalities for patients and eye care practitioners to choose from.
The first is known as 1 day; or daily disposable contacts. These lenses are worn in the morning by the patient and discarded at night. This is a great modality in terms of convenience for patients. CooperVision offers a 1 day contact lens with the Proclear brand .
The second modality patients can choose from is known as 2 week contacts. Patients who prefer this modality can benefit from a more cost effective alternative to daily disposables . CooperVision offers 2 week lenses with the Avaira brand .
The final modality is the monthly wear contact lens. This is the most cost effective lens and is ideal for patients who can be sure to care for their lenses and be compliant with eye care practitioners’ advice. CooperVision offers a brand in this modality known as Biofinity .
Special Lifestyle Needs: Are you a patient that suffers from dry eyes or allergies? Do you need a contact lens that will remain comfortable from extended wear? Are you planning to sleep with your contact lenses? These are all special lifestyle questions that are important when it comes to selecting a contact lens. For more information on contact lenses, make sure to talk to an eye care practitioner near you.
on Wednesday, September 7, 2011
School is back in session! Are you having trouble reading the board? Do you find yourself squinting to read street signs while driving? You may be experiencing myopia, one of the most common vision conditions. An estimated 70 million people in the United States suffer from myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, a condition in which the eye sees near objects clearly but distant objects appear blurry. How can I tell if I have myopia?
Symptoms include distant objects appearing blurry, squinting, and eyestrain. Myopia is often diagnosed in children, but as the eyeball continues to grow, it is likely that the myopia will also worsen. The condition generally stabilizes around age 16 for women and around age 25 for men; however some cases can worsen with age. The condition can be hereditary - you have a greater risk if both of your parents are nearsighted.
The best way to ensure that the symptoms you're experiencing are attributed to myopia is to discuss them with your eye care professional, who can perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose the condition. To find an eye care professional near you, please click here
.How is myopia treated?
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