Contact Lens Options While On the Road

Posted by CooperVision 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.

Fall Allergy Tips

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Allergy sufferers should be ready for a bad fall allergy season this year. Fall allergies are typically from high pollen counts. High pollen counts happen when there are warm temperatures and rainfall in the summer. High pollen counts coupled with dry weather afterwards set the stage for a tough allergy season ahead.

Eye allergies, also known as ocular allergies, occur when an allergen irritates the conjunctiva of a patient. The conjunctiva is a delicate membrane that covers the eye and the inside of the eyelid. Ocular allergies can cause eyes to hurt, water, become itchy, red, or swollen. While eye allergies can be unpleasant, it doesn’t pose a risk to a patient’s eyesight except for temporary blurriness. Some possible allergens that can cause eye allergies are: pollen, mold spores, dust mites, and pet dander. Pollen and mold spores are seasonal allergens while the other allergens can cause eye allergies year round.

Here are some tips that patients can use in order to survive fall allergy season:

  • If you have eye allergy symptoms, see an eye doctor
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses when you head outside in order to reduce the amount of allergens that can blow into your eyes.
  • Flush allergens out with eye drops recommended by your eye doctor
  • Vacuum and use a HEPA filter. That can prevent the buildup of allergens around the house.
  • Avoid going outdoors during high pollen count days.
  • Keep windows closed at night if possible in order to avoid getting pollen in the house.

What are some allergy tips that work for you during fall? Share them with us in our comments section.

Myopia Signs and Symptoms in Children

Posted by Harvard Sylvan, OD on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Myopia, also called nearsightedness, is a common problem where light rays passing through the eye are focused before they reach the retina. The retina is the light sensing membrane at the back of the eye that contains the rods and cones that collect and transfer the light via the optic nerve to the brain that then produces the images that we call ‘seeing’.

Ideally, light passing through the eye will come to a sharp focal point at the retina. When light is focused in front of the retina, as in myopia, distance vision becomes blurred. The degree of blur depends on how far the focal point is in front of the retina. While distance vision is blurred, near vision is usually clear. Myopia in children is usually the result of the length of the eye being too long with regard to the focusing power of the cornea and/or lens or the focusing power of the cornea and/or lens being too strong for the particular length of the eye.

The most common signs that should alert parents that their child may be myopic are squinting when looking at objects that are not close and sitting close to the TV. Headaches are also common as are complaints of ‘eyestrain’. Poor grades may be another sign as the student may not be able to see the board in school clearly. Difficulty in sports may also be due to myopia. There is a genetic basis to myopia. If both parents are myopic, there is a greater chance that the child will also become myopic. The age at which a child develops myopia varies, but generally, 7 to 12 years old is a common age range.

Blurred distance vision due to myopia is most frequently corrected by prescription glasses or contact lenses. If the child is mature enough to handle contacts, daily disposable contact lenses, such as CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day lenses, are recommended.

Myopia control is the subject of much research as there is a significant increase in the prevalence of myopia globally. Several studies have demonstrated that taking part in outdoor activities for some portion of the day results in less myopic development. One theory is that the ambient outdoor light is a key factor in less myopic development. Certain topical drugs can be used to slow the progression of myopia, but they cause a reduction in the ability to see up close and they also cause the pupil to dilate and therefore increase light sensitivity. The use of special bifocal contact lenses and lenses that reshape the cornea have both demonstrated some ability to slow the development of myopia but are not yet approved for that use.

If your child is having trouble academically or in sports, squints when looking at objects that are not close, sits too close to the TV or complains that he/she can’t see objects in the distance that others can see, have an evaluation by an eye doctor to determine the underlying cause.

Prom Ready With Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision 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!

Essential Eye Tips For Spring Outdoor Activities

Posted by CooperVision 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.

Contact Lens Tips For Travel

Posted by CooperVision 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.

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 .

Experiencing Dry Eye Symptoms this winter?

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dry eye is a condition in which one’s eyes do not produce enough tears, or produce tears which do not have the proper chemical composition.  Symptoms of dry eye may include irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable, or red eyes; a burning sensation or feeling of something foreign in your eyes; and blurred vision. Excessive dry eyes may damage eye tissue, scar your cornea (the front covering of your eyes) and impair vision, and make wearing contact lenses difficult1.

Did you know that CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day Lenses may bring comfort to contact wearers with Dry Eye Symdrome?

CooperVIsion’s Proclear 1 Day lenses are Proclear 1 Day lenses are the only daily disposable contact lenses with a FDA clearance for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear."²

If you think you may be experiencing dry eye symptoms, contact your eye care practitioner today! Be sure to mention our Proclear 1 day lenses for some potential comfort from your Dry Eye Syndrome.  Click here to find an eye care practitioner near you.

1Reference: AOA. http://www.aoa.org/x4717.xml#1
²Reference: CooperVision.

Fall Allergies

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, October 6, 2011
Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies and many experience allergy symptoms in their eyes, including itching, tearing and redness. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently released their annual study of the top US cities identified as the worst fall allergy hotspots. The rankings are determined by analyzing three factors including pollen scores, the number of allergy medications used, and the number of allergy specialists in the area. Knoxville, Tennessee takes the #1 spot for 2011. For more information and to see if your city makes the list, click here.

For contact lens wearers, allergy season can be a frustrating time. 1 Day lenses are a great solution to help reduce allergy symptoms - a fresh lens is used every morning and disposed of at night, so the accumulation of allergens on the lens is reduced, meaning a more comfortable wearing experience for you.

Proclear 1 Day lenses are the only daily disposable contact lenses with FDA clearance for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear." If you live in one of the top 100 cities for 2011 fall allergies or suffer from seasonal allergies, talk to your eye care provider about Proclear 1 Day. Try them for free* with this free trial offer and start to enjoy fall! For more information on contact lenses and allergies, click here.

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

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