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Eye Nutrition Tips

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, July 12, 2012

Eye nutrition is important. Did you know that there are five essential nutrients that help promote healthy vision and may reduce the risk of eye disease? Certain studies have shown that taking an antioxidant or vitamin supplement can reduce the risk of advanced AMD progression and visual acuity loss. Since not all of these nutrients are created in the body, it is crucial to get these nutrients from diet or supplements. Here is a list of the 5 essential nutrients for healthy eyes and what patients should eat:

Lutein With Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are nutrients that are naturally found together in foods such as leafy spinach, kale, eggs, and corn. These two nutrients act as antioxidants by helping protect and maintain healthy cells in the eye. The amount of lutein and zeaxanthin deposited in the macula can be measured macular pigment potical density (MPOD). Research has shown that higher levels of MPOD can increase levels of visual range and visual performance. Studies have also shown that patients with higher levels of MPOD have a greater tolerance for the intensity of glaring light and a shorter recovery time from glare.

Foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin are: spinach, collard greens, corn, eggs, turnips, green peas, broccoli, and oranges.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is typically found in fruits and vegetables. It helps promote healthy capillaries, cartilage, and iron absorption. It helps support the health of ocular blood vessels too. When taken in combination with other essential nutrients, evidence has shown that vitamin C can slow the progression of AMD and visual acuity loss. Vitamin C can also lowers the risk of developing cataracts.

Good sources of vitamin C are: oranges, orange juice, grapefruit, spinach, bananas, apples, and peaches.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E isn’t just great for your skin, it is a powerful antioxidant for your eyes too. It helps promote the health of cell membranes and DNA repair. It not only helps promote a healthy immune system, it can also slow the progression of AMD and visual acuity loss when taken in combination with other essential nutrients.

Make sure to get your intake of vitamin E by eating the following foods: sweet potatoes, almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts and peanut butter.

DHA/EPA

Dietary fats like DHA and EPA are necessary building blocks of fat molecules. They are important for visual development and retinal function. In fact, low levels of DHA and EPA have been linked to dry eye syndrome and associated with eye diseases such as AMD and diabetic retinopathy.

In order to get your share of DHA and EPA, eat: tuna, salmon, mackerel, trout, anchovies or scallops.

Zinc

Zinc is an essential trace mineral that helps your eyes by slowing the progression of AMD and visual acuity loss. It is known as a helper molecule because it helps bring vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order produce melanin. Melanin is a protective pigment in the eyes. This mineral is recommended for individuals who are diagnosed with a high risk for AMD. Deficiencies in zinc has been linked to impaired vision, poor night vision, and cloudy cataracts.

Some zinc rich foods are: lobster, beef, pork, yogurt, salmon, milk and eggs.

For more eye nutrition tips, make sure to speak with an eye doctor. An eye doctor can assess what is best for your eyes and health.

Contacts For Sports

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Patients who are athletes may be wondering about contacts for sports. This is because having optimum vision while playing sports is essential. However, not all athletes want to wear eyeglasses while playing sports. With the possibility of glasses falling off during play, fogging up, or just being clunky under protective eyewear, a good alternative for athletes is contact lenses. Here are some key advantages to wearing contacts for sports:

  • Wider Field of Peripheral Vision: Wearing contact lenses for sports can help athletes by giving them a wider field of peripheral vision. Most prescription eyeglasses have small, relatively flat lenses and small frames that can obstruct an athlete’s field of vision. With contact lenses, athletes don’t have to worry about a limited field of peripheral vision.
  • Less Vision Distortion:Eyeglass lenses can distort an athlete’s field of vision. With contact lenses, athletes get a more natural vision versus the possible changes in image sizes that eyeglasses sometimes produce.
  • More Vision Stability:Eyeglasses can slip around during sports activities. This can cause a disturbance in vision. There is also the chance that glasses can fall off of an athlete’s face too. With contact lenses, there is less vision disturbance.
  • Less Chance of Injury: If an athlete takes a hit to the face, his/her eyeglasses can break. There is a greater chance of having an eye injury if this happens. With contact lenses, athletes don’t have to worry about eye injuries. In fact, with contact lenses, athletes can wear a broader array of protective eyewear in order to prevent eye injuries from sports.

Even if patients prefer wearing eyeglasses at other times, contact lenses may be a good option for occasional wear during sports activities. There are a variety of different contact lens options for every patient. CooperVision even offers a Find Lens quiz that patients can take so that patients can decide what lens is right for them.

New Proclear Family Packaging

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, July 6, 2012

As you may have noticed, we here at CooperVision have started to change the packaging for our Proclear family of products. The new packaging reflects CooperVision's revitalized brand. The brand platform features a striking visual identity based on watercolors, providing an unexpected departure from the industry's standard brand concept of literal representations of water. This new packaging is a fresh and original take on the concept of moisture and color. It celebrates the refreshing perspective contact lens wearers enjoy with CooperVision lenses.

There is no change to the actual contact lenses, just the packaging is new. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the new Proclear packaging coming your office soon!

Fireworks Safety and Eyes

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

While Fourth of July is known as a time to celebrate the independence of the United States, it is also a time where fireworks safety is important. Did you know that of the 9,000 fireworks-related injuries each year, 21 percent of those injuries affect the eyes? More than half of the victims of fireworks injuries are young children or teenagers. In fact, 2 out of 5 people injured by fireworks in 2010 were under the age of 15.

All fireworks have the potential to be dangerous; especially to your eyes. They can cause third degree burns, eye lid lacerations, corneal abrasions, traumatic cataract, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage, rupture of the eyeball, eye muscle damage, and even complete blindness. While the idea of these potential eye injuries are alarming, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of fireworks during Fourth of July.

Here are some fireworks safety tips that will help you protect your eyes:

Talk to children about the dangers of fireworks.

Never let children handle any type of fireworks; even if it seems harmless. A common firework that causes eye injuries is a sparkler because it is held at such a close distance to the face.

Don’t use fireworks at home. Leave the fireworks to professional pyrotechnicians.

Always view fireworks from a safe distance.

Be mindful of barriers set up in viewing areas for fireworks

If you find unlit fireworks, don’t try to handle them yourself. Contact your local fire department in order to remove or dispose of them.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July from all of us here at CooperVision!

Summer Tips for Contact Lens Wearers

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, June 21, 2012

Contact lens wearers may be wondering how to protect their eyes this summer. From UV exposure, to sunscreen stings, to swimming, there are plenty of instances where contact lens wearers need to take extra care of their eyes. Here are some easy tips for contact lens wearers to use this summer:

  • Wear Contact Lenses with UV Blockers: Contact lenses with UV blockers can help block harmful UV rays. While they are not a substitute for complete protection from the sun for your eyes, every bit of sun protection helps! CooperVision makes a variety of UV blocking contact lenses such as Avaira contact lenses, Clearsight 1 Day contact lenses and others. Make sure to ask your eye care practitioner about your options for contact lenses with UV protection.
  • Wear Sunglasses: Sunglasses can protect the area of the eyes not protected by your contact lenses as well as delicate tissues around the eyes. However, the Vision Council found that more than 55 percent of adults in the United States lose or break their sunglasses every year. As an effort to increase public awareness about the dangers of UV exposure to the eyes, the Vision Council has created a great social media campaign called The Bureau of the Missing Sunglasses. It is a great resource about how to ensure that you protect your eyes this summer from harmful UV rays. Make sure to give it a read in order to make sure your eyes are protected.
  • Choose Sunscreen Wisely: Most contact lens wearers have experienced that unwelcome sting of sunscreen in their eyes from time to time. Make sure to talk to your dermatologist about gentler options. Ensure you are covered in and out of the water with a waterproof sunscreen. As always, patients should always wash their hands after applying sunscreen and before handling their contact lenses.

Summer is a great time of year! Make sure to use these summer eyecare tips and get out and enjoy the great weather summer has to offer.

Dry Eyes and Menopause

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Older women may not know, but dry eyes are a condition commonly associated with menopause. In fact, according to the Society of Women’s Health Research, 62% of women have dry eye symptoms but only 16% of them knew that it may be linked to menopause.

While the cause of dry eyes in menopausal women is not yet known, some theories are that menopausal women have a decrease in certain hormones that help with tear production, or menopausal women experience a disruption of chemical signals that maintain a healthy tear film. Whatever the cause may be, dry eyes can affect a patient’s quality of life.

Some symptoms of dry eye are irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable, or red eyes; a burning sensation, foreign body sensation in your eyes, and blurred vision. Excessive dry eyes may damage eye tissue, scar corneas, and impair vision. Dry eye symptoms tend to be worse at the end of the day; after a long time reading, or looking at a computer screen.

Patients with dry eyes don’t need suffer in silence. There are treatments available to patients to help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes. An eye care practitioner can recommend a variety of remedies. Some remedies include eye drops, dietary supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, or a combination of remedies.

For patients interested in wearing contact lenses, an eye care practitioner may be able to direct dry eye patients to a contact lens that suits their special needs. Proclear lenses such as Proclear 1 day multifocal contact lenses 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.’

Make sure to see an eye care practitioner if you want to learn more about dry eyes and menopause.

How to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Now that summer is here, you may be wondering how to protect your eyes. From being out in the sun, to swimming in pools or the ocean, there are plenty of instances where you need to take extra care of your eyes. Here are some easy tips that you can use to protect your eyes while enjoying all that summer has to offer:

  • Protect your eyes from the sun: Eye damage from the sun can affect surface tissues and internal structures such as the cornea and the lens. Make sure that you wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Make sure to wear eye protection when doing home improvements: It is important to protect your eyes while doing things such as mowing the lawn, sanding down planks, or any other home improvement projects. Eye injuries that require surgery can happen even from something as routine as yard work.
  • Wear protection when playing sports: Eye care professionals recommend wearing protective eye wear such as safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards while playing sports . Using protective eye wear can prevent serious eye injuries from sports equipment. Here is a helpful list of sports according to eye injury risk . You can talk to an eyecare professional about the right type of protective eyewear and to ensure proper fit.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses when swimming or showering: Wearing contact lenses when swimming may cause an Acanthamoeba keratitis infection. Acanthamoebakeratitis has also been isolated from virtually all water sources—from pools to hot tubs to showers.

Summer is a fun time of the year so make sure to enjoy it! Just remember to be good to your eyes too while enjoying the season.

CooperVision Introduces Proclear® 1 day multifocal lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More than one billion people worldwide have a vision condition called presbyopia, which is a natural decrease in the ability of the lens in the eye to change its shape to focus on close objects. We’ve all seen others struggle with trying to read menus and newspapers. Maybe it has even happened to you.

CooperVision announced the launch of Proclear® 1 day multifocal daily disposable contact lenses for patients like you who are looking for a convenient, comfortable, and healthier lens to wear full time, occasionally, or to complement progressive eyeglasses or reading glasses.

“When it comes to your vision or the way you live your life, we don’t think anyone should have to compromise,” said Dennis Murphy, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, CooperVision. “With Proclear® 1 day multifocal lenses, vision is clear near, far, and in-between, without the need for spectacles.”

Not only is it a high performance contact lens, it is comfortable too. Proclear® is the only lens material cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the claim that it: “May provide improved comfort for those who experience dryness or mild discomfort during lens wear.” This is especially important for patients who often find that age-related dryness is an issue and deterrent for wearing contact lenses. Proclear® also offers natural biocompatibility, meaning that the lenses are made to imitate the cells of the human eye.

It is convenient too. With daily disposable lenses, the cost and hassle of contact lens maintenance is eliminated. And because the lenses are replaced each day, they are one of the healthiest contact lens options available. Proclear® 1 day multifocal lenses provide patients with the freedom to maintain an active and social lifestyle, allowing the wearer to decide whether to wear the lenses all day, part of the day, or reserve them for special situations. Plus, as your prescription changes, your eye care practitioner can easily adjust it, which means minimal disturbance to your vision, shorter appointments, and fewer follow-ups.

The lens will be launched initially in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and a number of European countries. Click here to learn more on the Proclear® 1 day multifocal.

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!

Trying Contacts After 40

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, May 7, 2012

Patients who may have had perfect vision all of their life will start to notice vision issues after the age of 40. This is a normal part of the aging process. Just like a patient’s body, a patient’s eyes will change after time. Aging changes in various parts of the eye can result in a number of noticeable differences in how well a patient can see.

One issue that affects older patients is presbyopia. As we wrote about in a previous blog post, presbyopia is a condition that affects patients over the age of 40. It’s a natural process that makes it difficult to read small print because the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible. This flexibility allows the eye to change focus from objects that are far to objects that are close. While it is a normal part of the aging process, it can be a cause of frustration for some patients. The good news is that there are a variety of different options to correct presbyopia. Some common options are bifocal glasses, reading glasses, or contact lenses. Here are some contact lens options for presbyopic patients:

  • Proclear EP: For patients who are showing early signs of presbyopia, CooperVision has contact lenses called Proclear EP. Proclear EP is the first and only contact lens designed specifically for people who are just beginning to have trouble reading small type and seeing objects up close because of presbyopia.
  • Proclear Multifocal: Proclear Multifocal contact lenses are the only lenses designed to address two common conditions experienced by those with aging eyes: presbyopia and eye dryness. In fact, only Proclear lenses are cleared by the FDA for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear."
  • Proclear Multifocal Toric: Proclear Multifocal Toric contact lenses are the only monthly replacement lens designed to address both astigmatism and presbyopia. As we wrote about in a previous post, astigmatism is a common refractive error that causes vision to be out of focus because the cornea is abnormally curved. So for patients who have both astigmatism and presbyopia, there is an option!
  • Biofinity Multifocal: CooperVision's Biofinity Multifocal is a high-performance, monthly silicone hydrogel lens for patients with presbyopia. It provides excellent vision at distance, intermediate and near with Balanced Progressive Technology multifocal contact lens design. Since these contact lenses are an extended wear option, an eyecare professional can recommend these contact lenses for patients who require overnight wear.
  • Proclear 1 Day Multifocal: Coming soon, CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day Multifocal contact lenses will be the newest offering for presbyopic patients. This is a great option for patients who want the convenience of a daily disposable contact lens but need vision correction for presbyopia. Look for it in early summer!

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