If you need or currently wear contacts, something to consider is monthly vs. daily lenses. While some patients prefer monthly contacts – mainly due to the perceived costs associated with dailies – there are several reasons why daily contacts are the better choice.
Disposable contacts have become a mainstay in the contact lens world. They are convenient and, for the most part, much healthier for our eyes. If you are a contact lens wearer you know how great that fresh pair of contacts feels, but do you really need to change as frequently as we recommend?
In just a few weeks ghosts, goblins, vampires and princesses will be showing up at your front door hoping for treats instead of tricks. Halloween can be a really fun time for both children and adults to don costumes and transform themselves into something different for a day. One costume trend you may have seen in recent years is decorative or "cosmetic" contact lenses. These lenses come in many styles – from zombies and vampires to sports team logos and animal prints. They can be pretty cool to look at, but are they safe?
You knew the day was coming. After years of happily wearing contacts it’s time for bifocals. You're not old enough for that, are you? Of course not! Lucky for you Proclear® now offers a 1 day Multifocal lens that has all the comfort and convenience you expect from a daily disposable lens!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since the first disposable contact lens was released. Many advances have been made over the years and this spring is no exception. Acuvue® just unveiled their latest breakthrough with their 1-Day Moist® for Astigmatism contact lenses.
It is not a strange sight to see. In fact, it is becoming a trend for teens and young adults to have "wild eyes," also known as decorative contact lenses. These contact lenses come in many styles – from cat eyes, sports team logos, and aliens, to what appears to be a spider in the middle of the eye. You probably saw quite a few of these at Halloween.
You may have noticed that stores like your pharmacy and grocer sell store-branded contact lens care products, also known as "private label" products. Often they are considerably cheaper than name-brand products. Should you use them?
These products are safe and FDA-approved, or they couldn't be sold. But there are potential problems. Sometimes private label products are made from older formulations, which don't offer the same advantages as newer products.
But here's a bigger problem: As you know, you shouldn't switch products without consulting your doctor to make sure the new solution is compatible with your lenses. Let's say that you buy a bottle of Store-brand X. You use the product, and everything is dandy. Next time you buy Store-brand X, it may not be the same product. That's because the store doesn't, of course, make its own solution. They buy it from a supplier. If a better deal comes along, they might switch suppliers - and even formulations - but still sell the revised product under the "Store-brand X" name. The revised formulation may or may not be right for your eyes or your particular contact lenses.
More information on picking the right contact lens solution in the next issue! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to
After inserting your contact lenses and rinsing the case with disinfectant, do you let the case air-dry face-up or face-down?
Face-down seems to be better, says a recent study that checked microbial contamination in cases placed in four different locations: toilet, bathroom, office and bedroom. The cases were rinsed with sterile saline and placed on facial tissue paper.
Spring is here and so are allergies!So what can you do to make yourself feel better during this beautiful time of year? Here are a few pointers:
For more information about allergies, visit http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/allergies.htm
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