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Why Replacement Schedules Are Important

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, November 15, 2012

How often do you replace your contact lenses? Your replacement schedule is the length of time your contact lenses can be worn before they need to be replaced with new lenses. Do you know what replacement schedule your eye doctor recommended for you? Typically an eye doctor prescribes a specific contact lens replacement schedule based on lifestyle and vision correction needs. As we have written about in a previous post, there are different replacement schedule options that you can discuss with your eye doctor.

However, no matter that your replacement schedule is, it is important for you to be consistent about replacing your contact lenses. Some of the benefits of being compliant with your replacement schedule include:

  • Comfort: Compliance with a replacement schedule, regardless of modality, is associated with better comfort and vision at the end of the day and at the end of the wear cycle. When you replace your contact lens according to its replacement schedule, you are less likely to encounter discomfort due to build up from lipids, proteins, and microorganisms.
  • Lowers Infection Risks: Poor contact lens hygiene, including not being compliant about contact lens replacement may contribute to infections such as microbial keratitis
  • Better Vision: If a patient sticks to a regular contact lens replacement schedule, there is less likelihood of contact lens build up which can affect visual acuity.

No matter what your replacement schedule is, always follow it to keep your eyes healthy, unless otherwise directed by your eye care practitioner.

Vision and Night Driving

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

As the days get shorter during these winter months, eye care patients will have to drive in the dark earlier. Driving at night can be a challenge because the human eye’s field of vision is much smaller without the help of natural light. There are also patients such as older patients, patients with dry eye, and patients who have higher order aberrations (optical imperfections that can’t be corrected with contact lenses or glasses) that may have a more challenging time driving when it is dark out. Here are a few important things that patients should know about their vision and night driving:

  • Make Sure Your Prescription Is Up to Date: One way motorists can overcome visual challenges while driving at night safely is making sure their prescription is current. Getting regular eye exams is one way to ensure that. An eye doctor can also check and let patients know if fading night vision could be a problem.
  • Older Patients Should Get Tested More Often: Older patients may struggle to focus on the road at night, where lighting is poor and more complex visual tasks are required. There are also eye conditions that can cause vision loss as patients age. These conditions include: cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. By getting regular eye exams, older patients can check with their eye doctor about the risks of driving at night.
  • Be Prepared: Before patients go for a drive, it can help to check and see if the windshield and mirrors are clear of any debris.
  • Talk To Your Eye Doctor: If a patient notices that his or her vision seems to be worse at night, talking to your eye doctor can help. An eye doctor can recommend tips and steps that a patient can take in order to stay safe on the road at night.

Diabetes and The Eye

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Patients with diabetes have an increased risk for glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye problems. While people with diabetes do have a higher risk of blindness than people without diabetes, most patients who have diabetes have nothing more than minor eye conditions. With regular checkups, patients can work with their eye doctor to keep their eyes healthy. And if diabetic patients develop a major problem, there are treatments that often work well if you begin them right away. Here are some tips for patients to keep their eyes healthy:

Get Regular Eye Exams: Diabetic patients should get an annual eye exam by an eye doctor. Patients can even find eye doctors who specifically treat diabetic patients. Eye exams may include dilating the eye so that the eye doctor can see the blood vessels in the entire retina. This will allow an eye doctor to see if there is diabetic retinopathy, a condition where diabetes damages the blood vessels in the retina.

Work With A Doctor To Control Blood Sugar: Patients who work with their doctor to control blood sugar levels may lower their risk of having eye problems. According to the American Diabetes Association, having high blood sugar can make your vision blurry temporarily.

Maintain a Healthy Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can make eye problems worse.

Quit Smoking: Patients can ask their physician for help if they need it.

Know When To Call An Eye Doctor: If patients have any issues like blurry vision, trouble reading, seeing double, eye pressure, or any other vision problems, they should make sure to see an eye doctor immediately.

CooperVision’s Avaira: A Comfortable Lens Wearing Experience

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Are you an eye doctor interested in upgrading your patients in a 2-week contact lens? Introduce them to Avaira.

As the only two-week lens to have polyethylene glycol (PEG), as an integral component of the contact lens, Avaira lenses provide comfort for patients. Not only at the end of each day, but during the entire wearing cycle. This is due in part to PEG’s ability to tightly bind water, helping maintain hydration, and helping eliminate the need for rewetting agents. Many patients are also intrinsically familiar with PEG's benefits because it is a key ingredient in leading dry eye relief drops.

The Avaira family of soft contact lenses is the only naturally wettable two-week silicone hydrogel contact lens. 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 as the result of our unique Aquaform® Technology. It creates a softer, more flexible lens material, which help contribute to Avaira's long-lasting comfort.

If you are attending the American Academy of Optometry Meeting in Phoenix this week, make sure to stop by the CooperVision booth to learn more about how Avaira can help grow your practice. For more information on the Avaira family of contact lenses, click here.

What Are My Contact Lens Storage Options?

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, October 19, 2012

Contact lens wearers have more options than ever when it comes to contact lens storage. Patients who prefer a low maintenance routine may want to consider an option like daily disposable contact lenses. Daily disposable contact lenses like CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day, are contact lenses that don’t require much contact lens maintenance. Patients can simply open a fresh package every day and wear their lenses. Once they are done wearing them for the day, patients simply need to throw the contact lenses away. There is no need for a contact lens case.

For any other contact lens, a contact lens case is necessary for storage. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your contact lens case in tip top shape:

  • Rinse your case with an approved disinfecting solution. Air dry face down to prevent the accumulation of lint or debris.
  • Replace your contact lens case every 3-6 months depending on your eye doctor’s recommendation.
  • Don’t use a cracked or damaged lens case.
  • If you are traveling, make sure to pack extra contact lens cases in case the one you are using gets lost or damaged.

Since contact lens storage needs vary based on factors such as replacement schedules, make sure to ask your eye doctor for the best way to store your contact lenses. If you don’t have an eye doctor, feel free to use our Eye Care Practitioner locator.

FREE Webinar Today on Patient Retention: Leveraging the 2-Week Modality

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Don’t miss out the third webinar that is part of the Building Your Practice series today. In this webinar, Dr. Steven Berger will discuss how the use of the 2-week modality can help you keep your contact lens patients comfortable, happy, and prevent them from dropping out!

We'll cover the major reasons — both economic and clinical — that cause patients to discontinue their lens wear, and effective methods to combat these issues.

Dr. Steven Berger, Owner/Operator of Eye to Eye Contact, is celebrating his 25th Anniversary in Delaware County. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Berger has also served as a professional advisor and speaker for both contact lens and spectacle manufacturers, allowing him to always keep a step ahead with the newest technology in optical products.

Make sure to click here to reserve your spot for this exciting webinar.

Halloween Safety Month

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween is almost here, which means that scary costumes and candy are on the minds of many people. While all of this is a lot of fun, be sure to be safe especially with regards to your eyes. Here are some tips to help keep your eyes safe during Halloween:

Always Get Your Contact Lenses From An Eye Doctor

Decorative contact lenses may be tempting to don with a costume for Halloween, but remember to book an appointment with an eye doctor for any contact lenses. Since contact lenses are medical devices regulated by the Food & Drug Administration, obtaining contact lenses from a costume shop, beauty supply chain, or any place other than an eye doctor means that you are putting your eyes at risk for potentially blinding eye infections. Purchase the contact lenses from a licensed eye doctor. This ensures that the contact lenses you use are ordered from a licensed contact lens manufacturer and complies with all FDA regulations.

If blurred vision, redness, discomfort, swelling or discharge occurs, discontinue use of the contact lens immediately and see an eye doctor as soon as possible, as these may be signs of serious eye issues such as corneal abrasion, conjunctivitis, or corneal ulcer.

Avoid Pointed Objects as Costume Props

Costume props such as swords, spears, knives and wands may help make a Halloween costume more dramatic, but it can also be dangerous for your eyes. Should you get poked in the eye with a costume prop, make sure you see an eye doctor immediately.

Only Use FDA Approved Makeup Around the Eyes

Some costumes call for makeup around the eyes. Only use makeup that is approved for use around the eyes. Avoid using any makeup in the waterline (inner rim of the eye) and near the tear ducts. When removing makeup around the eyes, use an eye makeup remover instead of water and soap in order to avoid eye irritation. If the eye is red or irritated for a prolonged period of time, make sure to see an eye doctor.

Have a very safe and happy Halloween!

Don’t Miss It! Free Webinar on Patient Retention: Leveraging the 2 Week Modality

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Are you interested in building your practice? Make sure to register for the third webinar in a three part series called Your Practice in Focus. This webinar series is in partnership with and will focus on important topics and trends that will help you build your practice.

The third webinar in the series is on Patient Retention: Leveraging the 2 Week Modality) on October 17 at 9:00 pm (EST). Click here to register.

Retaining contact lens patients is critical to the economic health of any practice -- each patient that drops out can cost a practice $20,000 or more over the practice's lifetime. In this webinar, Dr. Steven Berger from Eye To Eye Contact will discuss how the use of the 2-week modality can help you keep your contact lens patients comfortable, happy, and prevent them from dropping out!

Dr. Berger will cover the major reasons -- both economic and clinical -- that cause patients to drop out of contact lens wear, and what ODs like you can do to prevent contact lens dropout.

There will be an open Q&A at the end of the talk, so make sure to bring your questions!

Dr. Steven Berger is an independent OD with his practice Eye to Eye Contact. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Berger has also served as a professional advisor and speaker for both contact lens and spectacle manufacturers, allowing him to always stay in the loop with the newest technology in optical products.

Ten Tips for Computer Vision Syndrome Relief

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

With new electronic devices like the iPhone 5, iPad, and others, there may be a rise in patients who suffer from computer vision syndrome. Computer vision syndrome is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Problems from computer vision syndrome can range from physical fatigue to eye twitching. If you think you are suffering from computer vision syndrome, it is important to see an eye doctor who can assess the best personalized treatment for you.

However, if you are like most people who work on electronic devices all day, there are things that you can do to prevent computer vision syndrome. Here are some tips that you can use:

  • See An Eye Doctor: The first step to preventing computer vision syndrome is seeing your eye doctor for an eye exam. It is one of the only ways to keep track of your eye health. Make sure to tell your eye doctor if you are a heavy user of electronic devices.
  • Embrace the 20/20/20 Rule: If you work on a computer at your desk, make sure to take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and shift your vision to something else 20 feet away.
  • Remember to Blink: When you work at a computer or on other electronic devices, you are less likely to blink. However, blinking is important because it keeps your eyes moist and prevents dry eye. So remember to blink when you are using electronic devices.
  • Take Mini Breaks: Most people only take two 15 minute breaks throughout the work day, but taking shorter more frequent breaks from working on electronic devices like computers are easier on your eyes. Make sure to get up, stretch, and move around during your breaks so that your eyes get a break from looking at a screen.
  • Check Your Monitor: According to the AOA, most people find it easier to view a computer screen at a downward angle. The AOA recommends that the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level (about 4 or 5 inches) as measured from the center of the screen and 20 to 28 inches from the eyes.
  • Check Your Lighting: Make sure to position your computer screen from overhead fluorescent lights in order to avoid glare. Using curtains on windows can also help prevent glare from outdoor light. Another good trick is to use floor lamps instead of overhead lighting in order to reduce glare.
  • Make Sure To Adjust Your Computer Display Settings: Tweaking the display settings of your computer can help you avoid straining your eyes. Adjust the brightness of your screen so that it matches the light around you. If your screen looks like a light source, it is too bright. If it looks dull or gray, it is too dark. Text size and contrast make a difference too. Typically, looking at dark letter against a light background is easier on the eyes.
  • Check Your Chair: Adjusting your seat can help prevent your eyes from getting too fatigued. Chairs should be comfortably padded and conform to the body. Your feet should rest flat on the floor, so you may need to adjust your chair height. Check your arm rests to ensure that they are providing support while you type.
  • Invest In a Document Holder: If you need to work with reference materials, make sure that you have a document holder that can tilt and display your materials at an angle in front of your computer screen. It should be placed below your monitor but above your key board.
  • Ask About Computer Eyewear: Your eye doctor may be able to prescribe computer eyewear that can help alleviate eye strain.

Contact Lens FAQS

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

If you are an eyecare patient interested in wearing contact lenses, you may have some questions that you will want to discuss with your eye doctor. Here is a list of commonly asked questions and answers that you can use to start a dialogue with your eye doctor about contact lenses:

  • What are contact lenses?: Contact lenses are a medical device and can be worn to correct vision. Contact lenses are also worn for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. In the United States, all contact lenses require a prescription. They must be prescribed and properly fitted by an eye doctor such as an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or licensed optician.
  • How do I know if contact lenses are right for me?: Talking to your eye doctor will help. Your eye doctor can assess if contact lenses are a good option for you based on your prescription, your lifestyle, and other factors. There are a wide variety of contact lens options available to correct vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.
  • I don’t need contact lenses for vision correction, but I want to wear them for cosmetic reasons. Do I still need a prescription?: Yes, since contact lenses are a medical device, you will need to see your eye doctor to get a prescription for any type of contact lenses. You should not buy or wear cosmetic contact lenses without seeing an eye doctor first. Buying and wearing contact lenses without the guidance of an eye doctor or without a valid prescription can put you at risk for serious eye infections.
  • Where can I get contact lenses? You can purchase contact lenses from your eye doctor. If you need help locating an eye doctor, you can locate one with our Find A Practitioner locator here.

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