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CONTACT LENSES TIED TO THOUSANDS OF EYE INFECTIONS

Ever wonder why Optometrists recommend replacing your contact lenses frequently? Or why you need an annual eye exam? It’s for your eye’s health!

By RACHAEL RETTNER LIVESCIENCE.COM November 13, 2014, 3:06 PM

CONTACT LENSES TIED TO THOUSANDS OF EYE INFECTIONS

Nearly a million Americans visit the doctor each year for eye infections, which are often related to wearing contact lenses, according to a new report.

In 2010, people made 930,000 doctor’s visits plus 58,000 emergency department visits in the United States for microbial keratitis, according to the report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Microbial keratitis is an infection of the eye’s transparent outer covering caused by bacteria, fungi, amebae or viruses.

The biggest risk factor for microbial keratitis is improperly wearing contact lens — for example, wearing the lenses overnight, not keeping contact lens cases clean and not replacing cases frequently, the CDC said.

In more than three-fourths (76.5 percent) of the visits, the person was given a prescription for antibiotics, the report found. The researchers estimated that visits for these eye infections result in $175 million in direct health care costs yearly. [7 Absolutely Horrible Head Infections]

Keratitis can cause eye pain, redness, blurred vision and even blindness in severe cases.

In July, a woman in Taiwan reportedly went blind because she left her contact lenses in for six months, and developed an infection from an amoeba.

“Contact lenses can provide many benefits, but they are not risk-free — especially if contact lens wearers take shortcuts and don’t take care of their contact lenses and supplies,” Dr. Jennifer Cope, a CDC medical epidemiologist, said in a statement.

It’s estimated that 38 million Americans wear contact lenses. To prevent eye infections, the CDC recommends the following:

Wash hands before touching contact lenses.

Remove contact lenses before bed, showering or swimming.

Rub and rinse contact lenses with disinfecting solution every time they are removed.

Replace old contact-solution with fresh solution every time you store your contact lenses in a case.

Clean contact lens cases after each use.

Replace contact lens cases at least once every three months.

Keratitis can also be caused by factors not related to infection, such as injury to the cornea or chemical exposure, the researchers said, so some of the 1 million doctor’s visits may have been for eye problems not caused by infection. published this week in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CONTACT LENS CASE

While most patients know how important it is to take care of your contact lenses, some don’t know all the proper ways to do it.

Always make sure hands are clean before touching your lenses.

Use new contact lens solution each day or night.

Clean your case at least once a week.

So, what is the proper way to clean your contact lens case?

“The most effective way to reduce the number of microbes on a contact lens case is to fill it 80% with multipurpose solution, rub it for five seconds with the finger, wipe it dry with a tissue, then air dry the case upside down on a clean tissue.”

Never use water to clean your case or your contact lenses. If you do use water, make sure to rinse it thoroughly with contact lens solution.

WORLDS THINNEST CONTACT LENS PACKAGES

At Eye Desire and Roth Eye Care we like to provide our patients with the newest products on the market. Dr. Roth now carries Miru Soft contact lenses.

Miru 1day Menicon Flat Pack is the world’s thinnest package for daily disposable and frequent replacement contact lenses. One strip of Miru 1day contains three lenses and measures 3.44″ by 1.63″ and is less than 0.04″ thick. You can easily store it in your bag, or wallet, and its portability makes it suitable for travel, sports and other occasions. The lens specifications are printed in large easy-to-read type.

Hygienic package design:

Miru 1day Flat Pack was specifically developed to reduce the chance of lens inner surface contamination. When opened, the outer surface of the lens is always facing up, ready to be picked up. This eliminates confusion about lens orientation and reduces the chance of touching the inner surface of the lens. This makes it less likely that skin oil or harmful microorganisms will get trapped between the lens and your eye.

Are you interested in wearing or trying Miru Contacts? Schedule your contact lens exam at with Dr. Roth today. Call 305-374-5127 (Downtown) or 305-673-1211 (Miami Beach).

CONTACT LENS INTOLERANCE

WHAT IS CONTACT LENS INTOLERANCE?

If you’re considering abandoning your contact lenses because you can no longer wear them without feeling dryness, irritation or tearing, you’re not alone. Close to 16 percent of all contact lens wearers are forced to stop wearing lenses because of Contact Lens Intolerance.

WE NOW OFFER ACUVUE 1 DAY DEFINE CONTACT LENSES!


Johnson and Johnson recently announced the release of the new Acuvue 1 day Define contact lenses that will accentuate the eye’s natural beauty. Acuvue 1 Day Define is not a color contact lens but instead enhances the natural look of your eye by brightening your eyes, highlighting, sharpening and enlarging your eyes for a more youthful appearance. Available in three different designs for all eye colors!

Avalible in prescriptions between plano (non corrective) and vision correction ranges from +1.00 D to -9.00 D with a base curve of 8.5 mm and diameter 14.2 mm and is being introduced in three styles to complement all eye colors:

1-Day Acuvue Define in Natural Sparkle

1-Day Acuvue Define in Natural Shimmer

1-Day Acuvue Define in Natural Shine

These contact lenses also offer UV protection!

If you are interested in trying on the Acuvue 1 Day Define visit our Miami Beach location, Eye Desire, for your contact lens exam! Call 305-673-1211 to schedule an appointment.

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reference: http://optometrytimes.modernmedicine.com/optometrytimes/RC/jj-launch-1-day-acuvue-define

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BEWARE OF HALLOWEEN CONTACT LENSES!

Halloween is around the corner! Be educated when you make decisions about your eyes and their health.

Contact lenses are medical devices that require a prescription from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Buying decorative or halloween contact lenses at the beauty store or online is illegal. Contact lenses should be prescribed and examined on your eyes to ensure proper vision and fit. At your contact lens exam your eye doctor will examine the health of your cornea as well as teach you proper care and wear. If you are interested in Halloween contact lenses call our office today and schedule your annual eye exam.

HALLOWEEN LENSES

The scary part about your #Halloween #costume shouldn’t be the damage it does to your #eyes.

To safely wear costume contact lenses for Halloween or any time of year, follow these guidelines:

Get an eye exam from a licensed eye care professional such as an optometrist — who will measure each eye and talk to you about proper contact lens care.

Obtain a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements, and expiration date.

Purchase the colored contact lenses from an eye product retailer who asks for a prescription.

Follow the contact lens care directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses.

Never share contact lenses with another person.

Get follow up exams with your eye care provider.

If you notice redness, swelling, excessive discharge, pain or discomfort from wearing contact lenses, remove the lenses and seek immediate medical attention from your eye doctor.

CLEAR CARE WITH HYDRAGLYDE

We recommend hydrogen peroxide cleaning solutions for your contact lenses because they are the best at disinfecting your lenses as well as getting rid of protein and calcium deposits that accumulate on monthly replacement contact lenses.

HOW TO INSERT AND REMOVE CONTACT LENSES

HOW TO WEAR CONTACTS

If you’re a little nervous about how to put on or take off your contact lenses, don’t be. It’s a lot easier than you might think. ACUVUE® Brand will show you just how simple applying and removing contacts can be. To learn more about ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, go to http://www.facebook.com/Acuvue

HOW TO WEAR CONTACTS

This is a great video by Acuvue that shows step by step instructions on inserting and removing your contact lenses. Remember if you have any other questions about your contacts please call our office. We are happy to help!

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