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COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures

Adlington Eye Center is open for appointments. We are seeing individuals by appointment only for eye exams and for choosing eyewear. Appointments for dispensing, repairs and adjustments are also being made in order to limit the number of people in the office at any given time and honor social distancing.

Outside prescriptions are welcome.

Please bring a mask to your appointment and call in from the parking lot once you arrive. Our number is posted on a sign in front of our office. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to fill out a Covid-related health questionnaire. A staff person will escort you into the office and we ask that you enter alone, unless you require assistance or are a minor accompanied by a parent.

Our hours of operation are back to full time, Tuesday through Saturday.

Tuesday-Friday: 9:30-6:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00-4:00 pm

Please call or text to set up an appointment: 775 284-3937

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dry Eye – Learn More

Northern Nevada is a beautiful place to live, work and play. However, the harsh Northern Nevada climate with its low humidity, pollens and drying desert winds can challenge even the most normal eyes to maintain levels of tears that are sufficient for maximum eye health.

Studies show that nearly 20% of North Americans, middle aged and older, suffer from dry eye disease, causing symptoms such as blurry vision, irritated eyes and sometimes even watery eyes as a protective mechanism.

There are two primary and distinct forms of dry eye syndrome. Evaporative, by far the most common form, arises from the inability of the glands in the lids to secrete the oil layer that floats on top of the tear film to prevent its evaporation. Production Deficiency is the inability to produce the liquid layers of the tears that prescription eye drops target.

The tear film is a wonderfully designed protective mechanism that is complexly created to protect, nourish and help maintain eye health. With dryness comes inflammation, which damages the tissues that are critical to tear production. Their inability to work efficiently then continues the vicious cycle of dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome has recently been classified as a progressive disease of the eye, causing us to take its early management seriously.

The good news is that we can take control:

  • Wear protective eyewear to reduce the damage form UV rays when outside, and from blue light emitted from computers and electronic devices.
  • Daily removal of makeup to prevent blockage of the glands that secrets the oil layer of the tear filmWarm compresses and lid massages have proven helpful.
  • Use high quality non-preserved artificial tears to enhance the tear film. Add gels and ointments at night. Oasis Tears are the author’s choice.
  • Take Omega and flax oil capsules orally.
  • Be aware of fans, open car windows, exposure to toxins, chemicals and allergens in your environment.
  • Check side effects of certain medications. Most notable are diuretics, antidepressants and anti-histamines.
  • During computer use and near work, take frequent breaks. The 20/20 rule is: Stop every 20 minutes and look at a distant target for 20 seconds.

For more information on eye care please visit us and consult your eye doctor to individualize an eye wellness plan specifically for you.

Danger of UV Rays

Costa 20sunglassesThe Medical Daily reports that the Vision Council has recently issued their 2016 UV Protection Report. This reveals that “three-quarters of Americans are worried about eye damage from the sun’s ultravoilet (UV) rays but only 31 percent actually take action to somehow protect their eyes” by wearing sunglasses. The report’s authors concluded . “Americans’ lax approach to sunglass use reveals that they are likely underestimating the danger of UV.”

Smart Contacts Green-lighted for Human Tests

Smart contacts green-lighted for human tests.  Ready or not, here come smart contacts.  Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis publicly revealed plans to roll out human trials of its prototype smart contact lens technology in 2016, according to a September 5, 2015 Reuters report.

This initial prototype smart lens is purportedly designed to help with presbyopia, though the company eyes other applications, as well.

In July 2014, Novartis penned a collaborative agreement with Google, Inc., to bring the tech giant's blood-glucose monitoring smart lenses to market. The technology could redefine the way patients with diabetes track their glucose levels, offering a painless, more continual tracking method versus the tried-and-true finger-stick blood test.

Although Google provided a peek at how its proposed smart lenses would work—using miniaturized sensors imbedded in the hydrogel lens to collect tear fluid and transmit data to a handheld monitor—Novartis has not revealed designs for its accommodative vision correction smart lenses.

Contact lenses of the future, today, turning science fiction into science fact, smart contact lenses look to be the latest in a line of wearable technology that marries digital connectivity with bio-sensing capabilities to clue in consumers about their personal health and wellbeing.

Currently, about 1 in 10 U.S. adults have diabetes, a number projected to grow to 1 in 3 by 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stay tuned to Adlington Eye Center for the latest information on these lenses as it becomes available.

Flex Savings Accounts

  You can use, and have always been able to use, your FSA dollars for eyecare, eyewear, contact lenses and solutions.  This is a great option for those of you who have the "use-it-or-lose-it"  plans and have all your medical costs caught up.  The rules for FSAs changed in 2013.  Many plans allow you to carry up to $500 into the next year to cover qualifying medical expenses.  Check with your employer to see which kind of plan you have. 

Decorative Contact Lenses for Halloween

With Halloween rapidly approaching, the American Optometric Association is again conducting media outreach to warn consumers about the risks of purchasing and wearing decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription and proper medical evaluation from a doctor of optometry. 

 Costume shops, tanning salons and other local businesses sometimes  sell colored contact lenses without a prescription.

 The American Optometric Association  advises consumers that all contact lenses are classified as medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and require a valid prescription, whether they correct their vision or are worn simply for a special occasion, like Halloween, proms or weddings. 

If you need lenses for special occasions, we can order them for you.  As of today, October 14th, there is still enough time to get them for Halloween.  Come on in and check out the spooky and fun special contact lenses.

Stay safe, healthy and happy this Halloween! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FDA Approves Eye Implant To Treat Diabetic Macular Edema.

… .by injection aimed at treating “diabetic macular edema, a condition that can cause blurred vision and blindness.”
        Reuters  (9/26) reports that during the treatment physicians insert a small cylindrical tube with medicine on the back of the eye, the spot where diabetic macular edema usually forms.
For the more technical minded:
ILUVIEN is an injectable, non-erodible, intravitreal implant for the treatment of DME, a potentially blinding condition that affects approximately one million people in the U.S. alone. ILUVIEN is designed to release the drug fluocinolone acetonide (FA) for up to three years. Importantly, the device is small enough to be injected into the back of the eye with a 25 gauge needle creating a self-sealing hole. This insertion procedure is very similar to an intravitreal injection, a procedure commonly employed by retinal specialists.
DME is a common complication of diabetic retinopathy and is caused by fluid build-up in the central vision portion of the retina. Retinal blood vessels in a diabetic's eyes deteriorate and leak, causing retinal swelling.

 

Hot Cars and Eyewear

Summertime and hot weather is here.  The following article gave such great advice about what NOT to leave in your hot car that I just have to share it.  I would include glasses and sunglasses in the list.  Both the frames and lenses can warp and permanently damage the eye wear. Not to mention that when  you pick them up they can actually burn your skin.
 

Posted: Wed 9:58 PM, Jul 02, 2014
 
 
RENO, Nev. — We know that leaving children and pets in a hot car for even five minutes could be lethal, but leaving other things in your car while you take a trip to the coffee shop or run a small errand can be just as dangerous. Here are a few things you should never leave in a hot car.
When the hot sun beats down on your car, the temperature inside can climb up quickly and it's easy to forget that some things shouldn't be kept in the heat.
'It's a really bad day when I leave my M&Ms in the car. You know, chocolate everywhere," said one Reno woman.
"My bottle of water, I come out and the stuff is boiling," said a Reno man.
With temperatures as high as 120 degrees inside your car, the last thing you want to do is take a swig out of your water bottle that's been sitting inside. Experts say the chemicals from the plastic could seep into the water.
The last thing you want to end up with is a hot mess in your car. Crayons make colorful art, but probably not on your car seats. Smart phones, GPS systems and tablets may be high tech, but even those aren't immune to the heat.
"There is liquid inside of your battery and that if it gets hot, it releases gasses, and it can also make the battery sweat, increasing the risk of fire and possible an explosion," said Danny Preston, electronic repairman at Power Up Celluar Repair Center.
All it takes is just 30 to 40 minutes under the sun to fry the mother board. Even when the temperature censor turns on, you're still not in the clear.
"Pretty much all devices are built with a temperature censor that causes it to shut off when it senses the temperatures are high to protect your phone and data, but there comes a point even when the device is turned off, heat damage can occur," Preston said.
Repairs could cost you up to $300 and a headache you can avoid by remembering to take these things with you before closing that door.
You should also avoid leaving groceries in a hot care because food will spoil quicker. Aerosol cans and lighters could explode and start a fire.

Chroma VII Lenses

Chroma VII is the latest addition to the family of transitions lenses. 

Check out the different type of transition lenses that are now offered:


TRANSITIONS® SIGNATURE™ LENSES
THE NEWEST, MOST RESPONSIVE ADAPTIVE LENSES

Fully clear indoors – and outside. They’re more responsive than ever thanks to the exclusive Chromea7™ photochromic technology. They are more reactive to UV light so they get darker in more conditions, including bright sun, partially sunny, cloudy, and everything in between. They also adapt to indirect light – such as light reflected from buildings, cars, and many other surfaces.
* Fully clear indoors and at night
* Fast fade back speed
* Block 100% of UVA & UVB rays
* Fit any prescription and frame
* Suitable for any age including children

TRANSITIONS® VANTAGE™ LENSES
NOTICEABLY CRISPER, SHARPER VISION OUTDOORS

Thanks to breakthrough technology, new Transitions Vantage lenses don’t just adapt to changing light, they also polarize as they darken.  Outdoors, the polarization adjusts to match the level of outdoor glare, which can vary as the day progresses and conditions change.   That means you see life in the best light with less glare for better clarity and color.
* The only everyday lenses with variable polarization
* Polarization adjusts to match the level of outdoor glare
* Block 100% of UVA & UVB rays
* Designed to work with most prescriptions and frames

Transitions® XTRACTIVE® Lenses
MORE ACTIVATION FOR ADDED PROTECTION

All day Transitions XTRActive lenses adapt to help protect your eyes from fatigue and strain caused by UV light and bright glare outdoors, and even activate behind the windshield.  Indoors they have a comfortable hint of tint to shield your eyes from strain caused by harsh indoor light.
* Activation behind the windshield of a car
* Comfortable hint of tint indoors to shield the eyes from harsh indoor light
* Our darkest lens outdoors, even in the hottest temperatures
* Block 100% of UVA & UVB rays
* Designed to work with most prescriptions and frames

TRANSITIONS® DRIVEWEAR® SUN LENSES

Daytime light and weather conditions constantly change while driving and so do Transitions Drivewear sun lenses.
Their NuPolar® polarization removes glare off the road and car hood.
Transitions® photochromic technology adjusts the color and tint of the lenses as light conditions change, providing ideal color and clarity for driving:
* In low light or overcast conditions, the lenses are agreen/yellow color that provide high contrast and minimize glare
* Behind the windshield, the lenses activate to a copper color enhancing color recognition and depth perception
* In bright outdoor light, the lenses activate to a dark red-brown filtering excess light to provide maximum comfort
* Lenses that work with most prescriptions and frames

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