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Contact Lenses and Sun Protection

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Most patients know it is important to protect their skin from the sun, but what about their eyes? Eye damage from the sun can affect surface tissues and internal structures such as the cornea and the lens. Short term eye damage from the sun can cause a temporary but painful burn to the cornea called photokeratitis. Long term eye damage may cause cataracts, pterygium, pinguecula, and cancer.

Children are especially vulnerable to sun damage to the eyes. Almost half of the time an adult spends outside during his/her lifetime is spent during childhood years. Children are more likely to suffer sun damage to the eyes because the lenses on their eyes are thinner, allowing more of the damaging rays to reach the retina at the back of the eye.

The good news is that patients can prevent eye damage from the sun with UV protection incorporated into eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses. Contact lenses can incorporate UV-blocking optical materials that can offer added protection because they can filter out UV rays that stray past hats and sunglasses. CooperVision offers contact lenses with a UV tint, but remember to use these handy sun protection tips for more complete UV protection:

  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection
  • Use sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Stay out of the sun
  • Make sure kids are protected too
If patients have questions about eye conditions related to sun damage, they should talk to an eyecare professional. Patients can locate an eyecare professional here .

Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day!

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Today is the 60th anniversary of Administrative Professionals’ Day! It is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays. This year’s theme of “Admins, the pulse of the office,” reflects the changing roles of administrative professionals today. While the demands of administrative professionals have come to include new technologies, they always manage to incorporate it with their traditional role of being gatekeepers of any office; including optometry practices. They are the pulse of the office because they know what is going on and when.

Here are some fast facts on Administrative Professionals’ Day:

  • It was started in 1952 as "National Secretaries Week" by the National Secretaries Association (now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals).
  • Mary Barrett, president of the National Secretaries Association, now called IAAP, and C. King Woodbridge, president of Dictaphone Corporation came up with the concept of "National Secretaries Week."
  • It was intended to not only recognize the hard work of administrative professionals, but to help attract new recruits to the field.
  • Today’s holiday is a nice tradition to appreciate professionals who work hard. We'd like to thank all of our wonderful support staff at CooperVision that helps us on a daily basis.

    We encourage eye care professionals to thank the administrative professionals in their staffs today. With more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles, they certainly make a big difference in every office.

Protect Eyes During Sports Activities

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, April 19, 2012

Did you know that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States? Most of these eye injuries are sports related. In fact, most eye injuries among kids ages 11-14 occur while playing sports. Of these eye injuries, almost 90% of them could have been prevented with the use of protective eyewear.

First, an eye exam before enrolling a child in any sport is important. An eye exam done by an eye care professional can help detect preexisting eye conditions in athletes. After an eye exam, an eyecare professional can recommend the best protective eyewear for that patient.

Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards designed for a particular sport. While protective eyewear does not include contact lenses, protective eyewear can easily be worn over them. In fact, all active children are encouraged to wear protective eyewear; not just children who need vision correction. Here is a breakdown of sports according to eye injury risks:

High Risk

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Hockey
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Softball
  • Squash

Moderate Risk

  • Football
  • Golf
  • Badminton
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Fishing

Low Risk

  • Bicycling
  • Diving
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling

The National Eye Institute provides a list of recommended protective eyewear for specific sports here. You can talk to an eyecare professional about the right type of protective eyewear for your child and to ensure proper fit. Remember, protecting eyes during sports can help prevent blindness and permanent eye damage. Make sure to talk about eye safety and sports with an eyecare professional for more information.

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.

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, April 12, 2012
April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety month.More women suffer from visual impairments than men. Women are more susceptible to eye health issues because they tend to live longer than men. Women are also affected by hormonal factors, according to the National Eye Institute. The NEI states that of the 3.6 million Americans age 40 and older who suffer from visual impairment, including blindness, 2.3 million are women. Some other risk factors for visual impairment in women are age, smoking, poor nutrition, obesity. How can women ensure that they have optimal eye health? Here are some tips:
  • See An Eye Care Practitioner
  • Women should make regular eye exams a part of their health routine. Prevent Blindess America recommends everyone receive a comprehensive eye exam by age 40, if not earlier, and follow up care as recommended by an eye care practitioner. You can locate an eye care practitioner near you with CooperVision’s Find A Practitioner tool.
  • Learn More About Dry Eye
  • According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, dry eye affects an estimated 3.2 million American women and 1.6 million American men over age 50. Hispanic and Asian women are more likely to be affected by symptoms of dry eye syndrome. If you are a woman who suffers from dry eye, make sure to ask your eye care practitioner about CooperVision’s Proclear lenses . They are the only contacts 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."
  • Eat For Eye Health
  • Women should eat a diet that is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids to prevent vision loss from eye disease. For more information on eye health, make sure to visit our Facebook Timeline and follow us @CooperVision on Twitter.

Optometry Giving Sight Updates

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, April 5, 2012

CooperVision has increased its partnership commitment to the organization Optometry Giving Sight by becoming a Platinum Global Sponsor, starting January 1, 2012. CooperVision had made a two year commitment to Optometry Giving Sight and is looking forward to building on the Gold Global Sponsorship that was announced last year. The partnership was warmly welcomed by staff throughout the organization. CooperVision customers also welcomed the partnership by making Optometry Giving Sight their International Charity of Choice. Patients can donate to the charity by donating all or a portion of their rebate when submitting their 2012 CooperVision rebate. Since January of this year, patients have contributed over $6,100 through the program with more donations to come.

“This is a huge vote of confidence in Optometry’s efforts to eliminate the backlog of uncorrected refractive error by the year 2020,” said Clive Miller, CEO for Optometry Giving Sight. “CooperVision’s support, along with that of our existing donors and Global and National sponsors, will help us to reach more people in underserved communities and transform the lives of millions in need by providing access to affordable and accessible eye care services delivered by locally trained ECPs.”

Mr. Miller noted that thanks to the support of the global Optometric community, Optometry Giving Sight is currently funding 26 projects in 18 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They include support for Schools of Optometry, the establishment of vision centers, optical laboratories and training clinics, and outreach programs to provide services for those most in need.

Contact Lens Tips For Spring

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As the weather gets warmer, eye care concerns for contact lens patients can change. Here are some contact lens tips and trends for spring 2012:

  • Learn About Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Since the announcement and pending arrival of the iPad 3 this spring, eye care professionals are getting more concerned about the possibility of computer vision among patients who use smaller electronic devices. Computer vision syndrome is a term used to describe a a group of eye and vision related problems that stem from the extended use of a computer. The most common symptoms of computer vision are: eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eye, and neck and shoulder pain. Eye patients with computer vision may want to consider a contact lens that provides improved comfort for mild dryness or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear. CooperVision’s Proclear lenses are the only contact lenses that are approved by the FDA to do just that.

  • Beat Allergies
  • Allergy sufferers know that their allergies seem the worst in the springtime. One of the worst things about allergies is that they make contact lens wearers suffer from red, puffy, and itchy eyes. As we wrote in a previous post, 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. In fact, there have been clinical studies that show how daily disposable lenses can significantly reduce the number of eye symptoms among allergy sufferers. CooperVision Proclear One Day daily disposable lenses may be an option to consider.
  • Avoid Water
  • Make sure that you don’t wear your contact lenses while swimming in lakes, showering, or even washing your face. All of that water can lead to exposure to the Acanthamoeba , an organism that commonly lives in tap water and lakes and can lead to difficult to treat, painful, and even blinding infections," explains Thomas L. Steinemann, an ophthalmologist and professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

    Remember to stay tuned to the On Eye Blog for more information about your eyes and contact lenses.

Look Your Best This Allergy Season

Posted by CooperVision 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.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, January 23, 2012

January has been declared National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness globally.  According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation glaucoma is known as "a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning."1

Because glaucoma is so hard to detect in the early stages it is important to be screened on a regular basis.  Visit the Glaucoma Research Foundation's website for more information, including risk factors for the disease and to learn how you can help find a cure. Contact your eye care practitioner today to schedule your next eye exam. To find an eye care provider near you, please click here.

1 Glaucoma awareness month. Glaucoma Research Foundation, Retrieved from <http://www.glaucoma.org/learn/glaucoma_awaren.php>.

The importance or winter eye protection

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It is extremely important to be sure that eyes are protected in the winter months, especially if you are a contact lens wearer. Many outdoor activities should be accompanied by eye protection; from debris, and from the sun.  Activities in the snow such as skiing, snowboarding and sledding should be accompanied by goggles that also have UVA and UVB protection.  “On a sunny winter day, snow can reflect 80% of all UV rays.”¹  Light reflecting from the snow can damage eyes; even if the sun may not seem as strong as the summer.   It is also extremely important to protect children’s eyes; this may decrease chances of certain eye diseases later in life.  

Be sure to remind your patients about the importance of eye protection in the colder months.  For more some information on how CooperVision’s contact lenses can improve your overall sports performance please click here.

¹http://www.chla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.6063229/k.AD84/Winter_Sports_Eye_Safety__Eye_Health_Tips__The_Vision_Center.htm

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