on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
September is Home Eye Safety Awareness Month. Prevent Blindness America has declared this as a month to make people aware of the dangers around the home that can damage the precious gift of sight. According to Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America, it only takes a moment to lose your eyesight in an accident at home: “All too often, when we’re working around the house and doing chores that we've done a thousand times before without incident, we forget about the risks we take by not protecting our eyes. But all it takes is one split-second accident that could damage your vision for a lifetime."
90% of eye injuries are preventable by wearing the proper eye protection. The AAO and the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT) recommends that every home have at least one pair of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved eyewear in order to prevent eye injuries around the house. The eyewear should have the "Z-87" logo stamped on the frames and can be found at hardware stores and home building centers.
Protective eyewear should be used for tasks such as using power tools, rotary mowers, line lawn trimmers, or hammering on metal, and when using any chemical. Wearing protective eyewear especially during yard and garden work is critical because 40% of all eye injuries sustained at home happen during these chores. Even if you do wear eye protection during such tasks, make sure to be mindful of passersby such as small children. If they approach you, shut off all power tools.
If you, or a loved one does suffer an eye injury at home, make sure to talk to an eye doctor immediately.
on Monday, September 17, 2012
While the office of your eye care professional is the best resource when it comes to caring for your lenses, it is easy to forget some of the advice he or she has given you. As a result, the concept of trying to remove a contact lens may seem difficult. The good news is that with a little practice and some tips, you will be handling your lenses like a pro. Here is a helpful video and written tips on how to insert and remove your contact lenses. If you need additional tips on how to remove a contact lens, here are some that may help you:
- Wash your hands with soap and dry with a towel first. This helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria to your eye.
- In order to ensure easy removal, lubricate the eye with a drop of contact lens rewetting drops.
- Look up and pull your lower lid down.
- Use your index finger to touch and bring lens down to the lower white part of your eye.
- Squeeze the lens with your thumb and index finger gently in order to remove without excessive folding.
- Repeat with the other contact lens
- Remember to remove the contact lenses in the same order so that you don’t get your lenses mixed up.
We hope that these tips help you remove a contact lens easily. If you still seem to have difficulty removing your contact lens, make sure to ask your eye doctor. If you have eye pain, tearing, excessive redness, or eye swelling, contact your eye doctor immediately.
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.
on Monday, September 10, 2012
September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month. According to Prevent Blindness America, there are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports and hazards around the house. Here are some tips that you can use to help prevent eye injuries:
Wear eye protection
Did you know that almost 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing eye protection? Protecting eyes during sports and risky household chores can help prevent blindness and permanent eye damage.
Some sports are riskier than others. Click here for a list of sports that you may need to wear protective eyewear.
Also make sure to wear protective eyewear when performing risky household tasks such as:
- Clipping hedges
- Mowing the lawn
- Cooking food that can cause oil to splatter
- Opening champagne bottles
- Drilling or hammering
- Cleaning with hazardous chemicals
Use protective shields while cooking
Read labels of chemical cleaning products before using them.
Inspect the lawn or area where you will perform yard work for potential flying debris.
Cushion sharp edges on furniture if you have children or elderly individuals in the house
Check to ensure that spray nozzles are pointing away from you
Use tools that are in good condition
If you think you have an eye injury, make sure to contact an eye doctor immediately.
on Thursday, August 30, 2012
CooperVision is a proud sponsor of the global charity Optometry Giving Sight. We are excited to share the second installation of a monthly series of posts from Optometry Giving Sight called “Making a Difference: Real Stories from Optometry Giving Sight.” This series will be about how patients have been given back the gift of sight with the help of Optometry Giving Sight.
Here is Davida’s story as shared to us from Optometry Giving Sight:
”Davida lives in Mozambique – a country with 20 million people and not a single optometrist. Optometry Giving Sight works with partners to fund projects like the Mozambique Eyecare Project, which is training local optometrists to ensure that people like Davida are never limited by poor vision.
Davida works as a domestic worker, but she can only see clearly 7cm in front of her; she was effectively blind.
Optometrist James Loughman was astonished when he performed her first eye exam. Every time James tried a stronger lens she would give a small gasp and then smile approvingly. Her vision would continuously improve until he found the right prescription for her.
Davida’s new glasses will not just allow her to see better so that she can perform her job, it will allow her and her family to have a better life and future. Now, when she looks in the mirror, she can see just how beautiful her smile is.”
Did you know that CooperVision patients have the opportunity to donate their CooperVision rebates to Optometry Giving Sight? Learn more about CooperVision’s partnership with Optometry Giving Sight here.
on Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A replacement schedule is the length of time your contacts can be worn before they need to be replaced with new lenses (taking them out at night is a given unless you have "extended wear" contacts). Your eye doctor can help you decide what the best replacement and wearing schedule for you is based on your lifestyle and vision correction needs. Here is a list of the different replacement schedule options you can discuss with your eye doctor.
This replacement schedule is ideal for patients who may suffer from allergies from contact lens solutions because daily disposable contact lenses eliminate the need for lens cleaning or disinfection. Since daily disposable contact lenses are replaced each day, they're also the healthiest lens option and can help those that suffer from ocular allergies. CooperVision makes great daily disposable contact lens options. One option is Proclear 1 Day contact lenses. They are made with PC Technology™, which is a lens material that contains molecules found naturally in human cell membranes. These molecules attract and surround themselves with water, keeping Proclear contact lenses moist and comfortable, even after 12 hours of wear. In fact, Proclear lenses are the only contact lenses for dry eyes 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."
Contact lenses that are replaced every two weeks are also known as disposable lenses. It is the most popular replacement schedule in the U.S. because of a combination of affordability and convenience. CooperVision offers Avaira contact lenses in this replacement schedule. Avaira contact lenses are made from material that uses Aquaform® Comfort Science Technology. As a result, the lens material is a softer, more flexible one, contributing to Avaira's extremely comfortable lens wearing experience.
This replacement schedule is when contact lenses are replaced on a monthly basis. This schedule is convenient because it contains contact lenses that are made from silicone hydrogel materials that are FDA approved for extended wear. These materials offer the highest levels of oxygen to the eye, which significantly reduces the effects of hypoxic stress to the cornea. Extended wear is when a contact lens wearer chooses to sleep in their contact lenses. CooperVision offers a monthly contact lens line called Biofinity for this replacement schedule. It is FDA approved for 6 nights and 7 days of extended wear. Patients who choose to wear monthly lenses for extended wear should consult their eye doctor about their exact replacement schedule.
As long as the contact lenses are properly cared for and a patient follows the replacement schedule recommended by his/her eye doctor, contact lenses are a safe and convenient option for correcting vision. Make sure to talk to your eye doctor about you contact lens options. No matter what replacement schedule you choose, CooperVision is sure to have a contact lens for you.
on Monday, August 20, 2012
Patients over the age 40 have the ability to look best they have ever looked. The key is to refine the look that you have been cultivating for years. Think of it as a great opportunity to look your best because you know what looks great on you and what trends to steer clear of. Here are some tips that can help you look your best in your 40s:
Ditch the Bifocals: If you are over 40, then you may need vision correction for presbyopia. As we have written about before, presbyopia is a condition that makes it difficult to read small print because the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible as a patient ages. A great option for vision correction is multifocal contact lenses. CooperVision has a variety of options such as Proclear 1 day multifocal contact lenses, Biofinity multifocal contact lenses, or even Proclear EP for early presbyopes. Make sure to talk to an eye doctor about which multifocal contact lens option is right for you.
Refine Your Look: The 40s are a time for patients to assess what is flattering and what is not. In terms of wardrobe, any style can work with any age as long as you pay attention to the details. For example, a patient over 40 can pull off a trendy pair of skinny jeans, but may want to pair the jeans with a tailored top. For men, it may be time to look for t-shirts that are fitted to be flattering versus a shapeless t-shirt. It is all about taking what you have worn for years but improving it with little details such as tailoring and length.
Soften Your Makeup: That bright glitter eyeshadow you used when you were in your 20s may not look so great in your 40s. The key to looking great in your 40s is to smudge and diffuse lines. Stick to neutrals and make sure to blend well in order to avoid looking too harsh. A smoky eye is timeless, but make sure to use softer colors like gray and taupe instead of black. If you wear contact lenses, make sure to check out our makeup tips for contact lens wearers here.
on Friday, August 10, 2012
A lot of patients don’t realize it, but the human eye is an amazing organ that allows us to live our lives everyday. Here are some interesting and fun facts about the eyes that you may not have known:
- More than half of all people in the United States use some type of lens to correct their vision. Are you one of them? Make sure to ask your eye doctor about contact lenses as an option. You can take this survey to find out which of our contact lenses are right for you and get the conversation started.
- Your eyes keep growing after birth which is why refractive changes can occur during childhood and require corrective lenses such as contact lenses. This is why it is important for everyone to get regular eye exams because everyone’s eyes change over time.
- All types of eye drops sting less if you store them in the refrigerator.
- When you blink, you shut your eyes for 0.3 seconds. That’s a total of 30 minutes each day. However, when people stare at computer screens for too long, they may blink less. Blinking less can lead to eye strain, fatigue and dry eye. Make sure to talk to an eye doctor about ways to make sure you can avoid computer vision.
- The retina is about the size of a postage stamp. It has 130 million light sensitive cells.
Did you know any of these fun eye facts? Let us know.
on Monday, August 6, 2012
When can a child safely wear contact lenses? This is a question that many parents may ask an eye doctor before school starts. The surprising answer is that physically, a child's eyes can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age. Even some infants are fitted with contact lenses due to congenital cataracts or other eye conditions present at birth. While this may be true, more than half (51%) of optometrists feel it is appropriate to introduce children to soft contact lenses between the ages of 10 and 12 years old, while nearly one in four (23%) feel 13-14 years old is a suitable age for a child to begin wearing contact lenses.
Exactly when a child patient is ready for contact lenses should be based on the patient’s maturity and ability to handle contact lenses responsibly. If a child is interested in wearing contact lenses, daily disposable contact lenses like Proclear 1 Day may be a great option. In a recent study that involved fitting myopic children of ages 8-11 with one-day disposable contact lenses, 90 percent of the kids had no trouble applying or removing the contacts without assistance from their parents.
Here are some indicators that parents can use to decide if their children are ready for contact lenses:
- The child has consistent grooming habits and does not need to be reminded to perform tasks such as brushing their teeth.
- The child is responsible and performs routine chores on his or her own.
- The child follows through on schoolwork
While these are some possible signs that a child may be ready for contact lenses, the best way to decide if a child is ready is to discuss this option with the child along with an eye doctor. Click here for an eye doctor near you.
on Friday, August 3, 2012
August is National Children's Vision & Learning Month. The goal of this national observance is to help educate parents and educators about the critical link between vision and learning.Vision problems are the 4th most prevalent class of disability in the United States and one of the most prevalent conditions in childhood. According to All About Vision, experts say that roughly 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. Seeing is our dominant sense and our primary source for gathering information in learning. Vision problems can have a profound effect on how children learn. Many kids who are struggling in school may have vision problems that are not detected during a typical school vision screening.
Some of the vision conditions commonly found in children are:
- Amblyopia:is the loss or lack of development of central vision in one eye that is unrelated to any eye health problem and is not correctable with lenses. It can result from a failure to use both eyes together. Lazy eye is often associated with crossed-eyes or a large difference in the degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness between the two eyes. It usually develops before the age of 6, and it does not affect side vision. Symptoms may include noticeably favoring one eye or a tendency to bump into objects on one side.
- Strabismus: is a condition in which both eyes do not look at the same place at the same time. It is commonly known as crossed eyes. It occurs when an eye turns in, out, up or down and is usually caused by poor eye muscle control or a high amount of farsightedness.
- Refractive Errors: are vision conditions that affect how the eyes bend or “refract” light. Common refractive errors are: astigmatism, nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia).
It is important to know that a vision screening by a child's pediatrician or at his or her school is not the same as a comprehensive eye and vision examination by an optometrist. Vision screenings are a limited process and can't be used to diagnose an eye or vision problem, but rather may indicate a potential need for further evaluation. They may miss as many as 60% of children with vision problems. Even if a vision screening does not identify a possible vision problem, a child may still have one. Parents should take their children for a thorough optometric examination to ensure that their children are developing their vision properly.