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Annual Thank You Celebration

Make sure to to mark your calendars to join us for our Annual Thank You Celebration showing how much we appreciate our patients.

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New Frame Lines!!

June new lines

Strength and Elegance go hand in hand

COMPO-TU-2_sHR.154506The theo collection ‘Gymnasts’ pays homage to four icons in the world of gymnastics. Each in their own way, they have been able to combine strength and grace to lay down an extraordinary performance… And that’s pure magic. Without the strength of the gymnast, the models Epke and Sawao would fall apart, while the Olga and Nadia frames emphasise the grace of the gymnast. Discover the collection at Adlington Eye Center.

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

Computers and Vision

The average American spends 6 to 9 hours every day staring at some type of computer screen, whether it's a tablet, a laptop, or a smartphone. And we're guessing you do, too.

If so, you may join the ranks of the nearly 70% of adults who suffer from "digital eye strain"–a progressive condition that could eventually lead to serious eye diseases, concludes a new report from The Vision Council, a nonprofit organization that supports the optical industry.

Digital eye strain is an escalating health issue. Your eyes aren't made to stare at a fixed point for hours and hours on end, especially one that emits high-energy visible light, a.k.a., artificial "blue light." Overexposure to this type of light–and the fatigue of focusing on the same middle-distant point for a third or more of your day–can strain your eyes and cause dryness or redness, blurred vision, "tired" eyes, headaches, and back or shoulder aches in the short term, the report authors say. (Did you know you can eat for eye-health?

Long term, years of staring at a computer could lead to scarring of your cornea and partial loss of vision, says Clayton Blehm, MD, an ophthalmologist who has published research on computer vision syndrome. Long hours of screen time can also lead to dry eye disease–or an inability to manufacture sufficient tears to keep your eyes lubricated, explains Justin Bazan, OD, a member of the American Optometric Association who also acts as medical advisor to The Vision Council.

How can you tell if you're putting too much electronic stress on your eyes? If you find your vision feels strained, your eyes are watering or red, or you catch yourself rubbing a sore neck, temples, or shoulders, those are all signs you're overworking your eyes, Dr. Bazan says.

To give your eyes a break, Dr. Bazan recommends following the 20-20-20 rule; that is, every 20 minutes you should take a break to stare at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Do this, and you'll help relieve the strain computer screens put on your peepers.

If you normally wear glasses, contacts, or reading glasses, talk to an eye doctor about specially designed computer glasses. "They're built to bring intermediate distance objects, like a computer, into focus and cut glare from competing light sources," he says. Even people who don't normally wear glasses may benefit from these types of specs if they spend a lot of time on a computer, Dr. Bazan adds.

Adlington in the News

Chemists Crack Code of Cataract Creation

 

American academy of optometry news brief

 

      How Vision Dims: Chemists Crack Code of Cataract Creation

Dec. 5, 2013 — Groundbreaking new findings by UC Irvine and German chemists about how cataracts form could be used to help prevent the world's leading cause of blindness, which currently affects nearly 20 million people worldwide.

"That's the dream, and this is a big step," said Rachel Martin, UC Irvine associate professor of chemistry and co-author of a paper featured on the December cover of the journal Structure. "Understanding the molecular mechanism of what goes wrong in the eye that leads to a cataract could lead to the development of better treatment options, including more sophisticated artificial lenses and drugs."

It has long been known that human eyes have a powerful ability to focus because of three kinds of crystallin proteins in their lenses, maintaining transparency via a delicate balance of both repelling and attracting light. Two types of crystallin are structural, but the third — dubbed a "chaperone" — keeps the others from clumping into cataracts if they're modified by genetic mutation, ultraviolet light or chemical damage.

The UC Irvine team painstakingly explored and identified the structures of the normal proteins and a genetic mutation known to cause cataracts in young children. They found that the chaperone proteins bind far more strongly to the mutated proteins in an effort to keep the lens clear. One major problem: Every human eye contains a finite number of the helpful proteins. Once they're used up, the researchers learned, weakened ones quickly begin to aggregate and form blinding cataracts.

Now that this mechanism has been mapped at the molecular level, the team is hopeful that organic chemists can create sight-saving treatments to prevent such aggregation.

While people with adequate medical care can have corrective surgery for cataracts, the World Health Organization has found that millions suffer major vision loss because they do not have access to laser surgery or other options. By 2019, the number of people older than 50 with impaired sight is expected to grow even higher, particularly in China, India, Southeast Asia and Eastern Mediterranean nations.

Nutrition and Vision

The Huffington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/16) recommended:

Orange juice, which has vitamin C.

 Oysters, the “best source for zinc,” which enables vitamin A to produce melanin to protect the eyes and improve night vision.

Cooked kale, which is high in two antioxidants – lutein and zeaxanthin.

Peanuts that contain vitamin E,  and the omega-3 fats DHA and EPA.

Quinoa because research has shown that a low-glycemic diet could reduce the risk for AMD.

New AREDS Study of Macular Degeneration

The AREDS 2 study results are in:

  • The only subgroup which showed a benefit of adding more lutein and zeaxanthin to the current recommended dosage, were those patients who were in the lowest quintile of dietary consumption of lutein and zeaxanthin.
  • The most appropriate recommendation for most patients is incorporate sources of lutein and zeaxanthin into their diet.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids were also shown to have no effect on macular degeneration, when added to the ocular vitamins.

 

 

For specific information about AREDS2, visit www.nei.nih.gov/areds2

Diet And Eye Health

Over the past two decades a lot of research has been done to link  diet and nutrition with decreasing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.  The studies confirm the value of the following nutrients:

Zinc:  This is a trace mineral that assists vitamin A on its journey to the retina to produce melanin.  Melanin is a protective pigment in our eyes.  Red meat, chicken,  shellfish, milk, and whole grains are a good source of zinc.

Essential fatty acids:  These assist in maintenance of our nervous system and boost our immune system by fueling cells. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve visual development and retinal function.  Good sources for Omega-3 fatty acits are flax seed oil and fatty fish, like salmon, tuna and sardines.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that works to protect our eyes from free radicals.   Almonds, pecans, sweet potatoes, and sunflower seeds are delicious foods that provide vitamin E.

Vitamin C has shown promise in reducing the risk of cataracts and the progression of macular degeneration.  Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes to name a few foods that enhance visual health.

Lutein has been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.  Colorful fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, peas, oranges, and many others provide lutein

Zeaxanthin has also been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.  As with lutein, colorful vegetables are a great source.

A new find is a site that has recipes that support eye health.  Visit:  http://www.aoa.org/x11857.xml and get some creative ideas for your next meal.

 

 

 

Adlington Eye Center joins WIN

WIN meets the last Friday of the month, from 7-9, at the Peppermill, and has the most inspiring speakers.  Doc Hendley spoke about a charity he created  for the purpose of prividing people with clean drinking water.  Check out his "water to wine" website for inspiration and news that definitely will make you feel great about the state of humanity. 

Aspirin and macular degeneration

 

All studies are informational only, and should be used to educate us to enable us to better understand our own health care and make more educated decisions, together with our doctors and health care team.  

   It was reported that  investigators followed nearly 2,400 middle aged and elderly people for 15 years.

MedPage Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (1/22, Walsh) reports, "After adjustment for age, sex, and history of smoking, the odds ratio for macular degeneration in aspirin users was 2.37 (95% CI 1.25 to 4.49)." The investigators reported that, "with further adjustment for body mass index, systolic blood pressure, and history of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the association remained (OR 2.46, 95% CI 1.25 to 4.83)."

        HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (1/22, Reinberg) reports, "People taking aspirin for heart and stroke prevention benefits should not be alarmed, however…said" study senior researcher Jie Jin Wang. According to Wang, "Currently, there is insufficient evidence to recommend changing clinical practice, except perhaps in cases of patients with strong risk factors for age-related macular degeneration, such as existing age-related macular degeneration in one eye." The Daily Mail (UK) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (1/22, Hope) also covers the story.

It is always crucial to talk with your health care professionals to determine the best course of treatment for you.  More often, then not, the benefits to your health outweigh the risks, otherwise your doctor would not have prescribed the medication.  Be sure to take a proactive part in your health care by letting your doctors and other healt care professionals know about your eye health, especially if you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration.

Skin care products from your kitchen

 

This is what they had to say (taken directly from their Women's Health article):

1.  First, take a trip to your own pantry and medicine cabinet–these simple at-home ingredients can treat your blemishes effectively (and economically).

2.  Apple cider vinegar balances pH levels of skin and hosts natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties to nip acne-causing bacteria in the bud. It also contains malic acid and lactic acid that gently exfoliate and soften skin.

How To Use It: Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 3 teaspoons of water. Cleanse and dry your face. Moisten a cotton ball and swipe over entire face, avoiding eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with tepid water. Use up to 3 times a day.

3.  Distilled from the leaves an Australian shrub, tea tree oil contains powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal compound called terpenoids that kill bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Studies show that they daily use of tea tree is as effective as benzoyl peroxide (found in most over the counter acne creams and gels) to reduce inflammation of mild to moderate acne. While tea tree's effects work more slowly than benzoyl peroxide, it's a lot less drying and irritating to skin.

How To Use It: It's potent stuff and should be diluted before applying to skin. Mix 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of water or aloe vera juice or gel. Moisten a cotton ball with the solution and use to spot-treat problem areas. Use daily or 2 times a day.

4.  Lemon juice contains L-asorbic acid, which works as a natural astringent to reduce excess oil and as a mild exfoliant to slough off dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. Plus, lemon contains natural antibacterial compounds that disinfect bacteria that can lead to acne.

How To Use It: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice (not bottled) for maximum efficacy. Moisten a cotton ball with the juice and use it to swipe over affected areas. For sensitive skin, dilute with water. Leave on for 30 minutes and as long as overnight before rinsing with tepid water. Use every 1 to 3 days.

5.  Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, balances pH levels of skin thanks to its amphoteric properties (meaning it can act both as an acid or alkaline depending on what it interacts with). It works to remedy imbalanced pH levels that contribute to and aggravate acne. Baking soda's mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties also calm skin and cool out exacerbation of inflamed acne. Plus, the grain of baking soda powder is round, so it works as a gentle exfoliate that won't harm skin.

How To Use It: Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water or lemon juice to form a paste. Cleanse your face and use baking soda to gently exfoliate damp skin with your fingertips. Rinse with tepid water to remove completely. Use 2 to 3 times per week.

6.  Witch hazel, a solution distilled from the leaves and bark of a North American shrub, contains tannins, which have astringent effects on skin to effectively soothe inflammation and reduce excess oil. Plus, its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties help curb bacterial colonization.

How To Use It: Use alcohol-free witch hazel without artificial fragrances or ingredients. Cleanse and dry skin. Moisten a cotton ball with it and apply to problem areas. No need to rinse. Use up to 3 times per day.

7.   Hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, is an antiseptic that kills bacteria that can lead to acne and also oxygenates pores to potentially prevent future breakouts.

How To Use It: Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution (yep, the same stuff you use to clean and disinfect cuts). Cleanse and dry your face. Moisten a cotton ball with it and apply to problem areas. No need to rinse. Use daily when breakouts occur.

8.  The sap of aloe vera leaves, a cactus-like succulent plant, contains gibberellins and polysaccharides, which have antibacterial properties to kill the bacteria that instigates acne, anti-inflammatory properties to soothe aggravated skin, and astringent properties to heal harmed skin. Aloe also helps heal scars, balances moisture in skin and stimulates new skin growth.

How To Use It: Cleanse and dry your face. If using gel or juice, use a cotton ball to apply over your entire face. If using a fresh leaf, peel away the green skin (especially the prickly edges!) and apply directly to skin. Let it dry completely before rinsing with tepid water. Use daily or several times per week.

We welcome any feedback or other suggestion for healthy  and natural living.  Post your ideas and healthful living routines on our facebook page (facebook.com/AdlingtonEyeCenter).  We'd love to hear from you!

Visual Hallucinations? – Dementia

 

A recent e-mail reminded me that blindness can result in visual hallucinations.   This lead me to think of the ramifications of macular degeneration and the fact that it can cause central blindness, it affects an older population, and  might result in visual hallucinations.  It would be disorienting to have these hallucinations and easy to fear that those around you would jump to the conclusion that you were experiencing dementia, if you shared your symptoms.  For those of us who are caretakers of the elderly, this is something to consider, in an effort to be compassionate and to avoid an inappropriate diagnosis of dementia.  The news article follows:

 

Syndrome May Cause Visual Hallucinations In The Blind.

In an opinion piece in the New York Times  (11/4, SR5, Sacks, Subscription Publication), Oliver Sacks, MD, of the New York University School of Medicine, wrote about visual hallucinations experienced by blind people or the visually impaired. For example, in Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS), "if the visual parts of the brain are deprived of actual input, they are hungry for stimulation and may concoct images of their own." Sacks pointed out that "a recent study of elderly blind patients in the Netherlands…found that only a quarter of people with CBS mentioned it to their doctors — the others were too afraid or too ashamed. It is only when physicians gently inquire (often avoiding the word 'hallucination') that people feel free to admit seeing things that are not there — despite their blindness."

 

 

Best Of in RN&R

Thank YOU for voting for us as the "Best Optical" again this year.  We are also honored that you voted for us as the "Best Sunglass" boutique too.  We take this honor very seriously and will always strive to earn the trust you have placed in us.

FDA Warns Of Dangers To Young Children From Swallowing Eyedrops, Nasal Decongestants.

 

The Los Angeles Times   (10/26, Maugh) "Science Now" blog reports that on Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration "warned parents and pediatricians about the dangers of swallowing over-the-counter eyedrops and nasal decongestants by children age five and younger." According to the article, "the agency cited 96 cases of serious illness resulting from accidental swallowing of the products, with 53 hospitalizations." There have been no deaths reported. The Times says that "when the products are ingested by young children, even at levels as small as 1 or 2 milliliters (5 milliliters are in a teaspoon) they can cause serious or even life-threatening side effects."

        MedPage Today  (10/26) reports that "the agency noted that, although no deaths have been reported, 53 patients required hospitalization for symptoms including nausea, vomiting, lethargy, tachycardia, decreased respiration, bradycardia, hypotension, hypertension, sedation, somnolence, mydriasis, stupor, hypothermia, drooling, and coma with amounts as little as 1 to 2 mL." According to the article, the FDA said in a statement that "most over-the-counter nasal decongestants and anti-redness eye drops are not packaged with childproof closures." In light of this, "parents should store such products out of reach of children."

        WebMD  (10/26, DeNoon) reports that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) "has proposed a new rule requiring child-resistant packaging for these products," but the "rule has yet to be finalized."

 

The Los Angeles Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/26, Maugh) "Science Now" blog reports that on Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration "warned parents and pediatricians about the dangers of swallowing over-the-counter eyedrops and nasal decongestants by children age five and younger." According to the article, "the agency cited 96 cases of serious illness resulting from accidental swallowing of the products, with 53 hospitalizations." There have been no deaths reported. The Times says that "when the products are ingested by young children, even at levels as small as 1 or 2 milliliters (5 milliliters are in a teaspoon) they can cause serious or even life-threatening side effects."

        MedPage Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/26) reports that "the agency noted that, although no deaths have been reported, 53 patients required hospitalization for symptoms including nausea, vomiting, lethargy, tachycardia, decreased respiration, bradycardia, hypotension, hypertension, sedation, somnolence, mydriasis, stupor, hypothermia, drooling, and coma with amounts as little as 1 to 2 mL." According to the article, the FDA said in a statement that "most over-the-counter nasal decongestants and anti-redness eye drops are not packaged with childproof closures." In light of this, "parents should store such products out of reach of children."

        WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/26, DeNoon) reports that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) "has proposed a new rule requiring child-resistant packaging for these products," but the "rule has yet to be finalized."

 

Halloween and Contact Lenses

The York (PA) Daily Record Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/25, Zaleski) notes that the Food and Drug Administration “regulates all contact lenses — including decorative ones — because they are medical devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.” With Halloween just around the corner, the agency has released a consumer update Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (pdf) about decorative lenses, which “pose risks, including allergic reactions, corneal abrasion, infection, decreased vision and blindness.” For those who are interested in wearing decorative contact lenses, the FDA update provides tips to ensure they are purchased safely. Notably, FDA spokesperson Sarah Clark-Lynn says, “Anyone selling contact lenses must get a prescription from the buyer and verify it with the customer’s doctor.”

Approved contact lenses for Halloween are sold at our office and we will be happy to answer any of your questions and fit you in the perfect lenses.

Visual Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

The October 2012 issue of the America Journal of Ophthalomology reports that retinal artery occlusion (RAO) can be a side effect of the improper use of dermal fillers that are used to treat frown lines and laugh lines.  Twelve patients with sudden vision loss after filler injections were studied and it was found that retinal artery occlusion with choroidal ischemia was the most prevalent finding and led to permanent vision loss in some patients.  This is not the norm, however it should be noted and discussed with your physician as the consequescences can be vision threatening.

Visian ICL lenses

The Visian ICL is a soft, flexible lens that is surgically placed in a near sighted eye to correct vision to reduce the dependency on glasses and/or contact lenses.  It is typically reserved for higher prescriptions, starting at -6.00 and up to -20.00, however it is available for as little as -3.00 diopters of correction. 

The lens is soft, like a contact lens, and is surgically positioned in the eye behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) and in front of the lens of the eye.  It corrects your vision and is basically invisible once implanted.  The Visian ICL does not involve any reshaping surgery of your cornea and it can be removed if your vision changes dramatically, or if you need cataract surgery later in life.  It also offers Ultra Violet protection.

The procedure takes15-20 minutes and the recovery time is quick. 

We look forward to talking to you about your possible candidacy for this type of refractive surgery, and to answering any questions you may have.

3D movies and 3D glasses

Impact of 3D Technology on Vision Care

The ability to perceive three dimensional (3D) images involves the ability of both eyes to function together as they converge, focus and track the 3D image on the movie screen.  Therefore, people who experience fatigue, discomfort, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness or even nausea when viewing 3D movies could be experiencing binocular vision problems.

Don't feel bad if you are a person who has difficulty with the 3D images because you are not alone.   According to the American Optometric Association, 3  to  9 million people have binocular vision problems. Viewing 3D media can actually act as a visual screening device to detect problems and open the door to treatment.

Early detection is especially important in children, when treatment is most effective.  Treatment can maximize performance in school and prevent or minimize developmental problems.

Using both eyes (binocular vision)  is necessary to see the 3D effects in the movies.  A viewer lacking binocular vision simply won't see 3D.  This serves as a vision screening that something is not normal.  It is a good idea to get in for an eye exam to determine is your symptoms are within the normal range, or indicative of more serious health problems. 

Great news for those of you who see 3D with ease:

3D magnetic lenses are available that "click" right on to your current prescription glasses.  They are amazing!  Stop by our office to take a look at the possibilities for viewing 3D movies in comfort and fashion.

 

Chronic Dry Eyes

Restasis® is a medication that can help increase your natural ability to produce tears.  It usually takes up to 3-6 months, after beginning the Restasis® eye drops, to begin to notice an increase in tear production.  One drop is taken in each eye, two times a day.  They are packaged in a convenient one month supply of 60 vials.  After being on Restasis® for a few months you may notice that you are less reliant on artificial tears. 

Chronic dry eye is common in Northern Nevada and can become more intense with advanced age, contact lens wear,  with certain medications and with some eye diseases.  Chronic dry eye and decreased tear production caused by inflammation that requires constant artificial tears will likely benefit from Restasis®.

Ask your doctor if Restasis® is right for you.

Venus solar eclipse

First things first:  There are a few safe ways to view the eclipse, but please do NOT stare at the sun to view this phenomenon as your eyes will be permanently damaged.  The sun can burn the retina and cause a permanent blind spot in your vision.

To view this safely, use special eclipse glasses, welder's galsses (# 14 or darker), or through a telescope with solar viewing filters (usually found at observatories).  On line you can learn how to create a pinhole projector to view the image of the eclipse.  Realize that you cannot safely view the eclipse through a pinhole, the image must be projected onto another surface for viewing. 

According to Reno news the transit of Venus' silhouette across the face of the sun will happen on Tuesday June 5, 2012.  The viewing time for the Western hemisphere will be on Tuesday starting about 3pm and ending at sunset. 

Harmful practices I observed during the lunar eclipse last month:  1.  People making a pinhole with thier fingers or cardboard to view the eclipse–Not safe.  2.  People using sunglasses (including polarized sunglasses) to take a "quick" look–Not safe.  2.  People looking out of the "corner fo their eye"–Not safe.  

Keep your eyes healthy and strong and enjoy great vision for the rest of your life.

Contact Lens Facts

The great news is that contact lenses cannot get lost behind your eye.  There are two parts of the conjunctiva, the bulbar/white part, and the palpebral/lid part.  The innermost thin layer of of the lid is the palpebral portion of the conjunctiva which literally makes a u-turn at the base of the lid and forms the white part of the eyeball.  This cul-de-sac creates a barrier between the front and back of the eyeball.  When a contact lens becomes dislodged and moves toward the back of your eye it may feel like it has moved behind your eye.  Usually gentle massage, using your finger over a closed eyelid, will bring the contact lens back into place.  Sometimes the lens can fall out and still feel like it is in your eye.  The massaging and poking may have caused a little swelling of the conjunctiva which can appear like the contact is still there.  Be careful not to pull on this thin delicate layer in an effort to remove a lens that is no longer there.  When in doubt, call for a quick appointment with one of our optometrists.

Yes, kids can wear contact lenses too.  Many children are very successful with contact lenses.  The care and handling of the lenses can be trained to become as routine as brushing teeth.

Contact lenses do need to be replaced as prescribed.  The replacement schedules are scientifically based with consideration of lens material, and water content.  Your doctor also takes your eye health and physiology into account when recommending replacement schedules.  The biofilm that develops in your eyes and on your contact lenses is sticky and impossible to remove completely.  Over time this builds up and can cause minor irritation to your eyes, with minimal symptoms.  Longterm overwear may have a cummulative effect and can result in infection and inflammation.

Cleaning and rinsing solutions should be used as prescribed and water should never be used on contact lenses.  The solutions that your doctor prescribes for you have been scientifically formulated to be compatible with the lens material of the lens you are wearing.  The soaking solution disinfects your lenses while they soak overnight.  Saline is more pure than water and should be used in place of water.  Water has microorganisms in it that can damage your eyes and some that can devistate the cornea.  This is more significant when wearing contact lenses because the lens actually holds the organisms on your eye for greater periods of time, than occurs with simply splashing water in your eye does.

 

Prevention of Macular Degeneration

 

 

The Greenville (SC) News reported that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) "is an eye disorder that causes the gradual loss of close-up vision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.8 million Americans are currently affected by macular degeneration, and that number is expected to climb to 2.95 million by 2020 as the baby boomer generation continues to age." While AMD is "most common in people over 60" and the tendency toward it may be inherited, eye expert Blake Myers, MD, said that "stopping smoking reduces the risk of getting macular degeneration by 30 percent…and taking specific vitamins reduces the risk by 11 percent." Exercise and eating a healthy diet may also help reduce risk.

 

COACH eyewear has arrived!

 

COACH is known for their fashionable and beautiful purses and shoes.  Now you can add fashion eyewear to your list of COACH accessories.  COACH makes frames for your prescription glasses and they make beautiful sunglasses.  You can even put your prescription in many of their sunglass frames.  Please come by our boutique to see how you look in the latest designs by COACH.

Contact Lens Care and Eye Health

1.  The first and most important step in contact lens care involves washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.  The best soaps to use are those without oils or lotions, and they are usually scent free.  After your hands are clean and dry, be cognizant of anything you touch that may contiminatte your clean hands.

2.  After removing your contact lens place it in the palm of your hand (concave side up), place a few drops of Multi-purpose solution on the lens and gently rub the lens in a back and forth motion for approximately 5 seconds.  Circular rubbing can more easily cause tearing of the lens, becaquse of how the lenses are fabricated.  Removing the lens debris by rubbing is recommended even with solutions that state they are "no-rub".  (Hydrogen peroxide care systems have their own set of unique rules).

3.  Always empty the old solution and add fresh solution to your contact lens case before storing your lenses.  Avoid using saline to store your lenses, as it does not have disinfection capabilities.  Saline can safely be used to rinse your lenses (never water).

4.  Cover your lenses completely with the solution, and allow them to sit for at least 4-6 hours in order to maximize the disinfection process. 

5.  Use the solutions recommended by your doctor.  Generics most often have different ingredients and preservatives that can cause eye discomfort.

6.  Between uses, your contact lens case should be thoroughly rinsed and air dried.  Cases should be changed out everytime you purchase new solutions.

We are honored that we were selected as ‘renosbest’ eyeglass gallery.

Our boutique offers frame selections that fit every need, from prescriptions to sunglasses to over the counter readers.  We continue to search the world for quality eyeglasses, frames, sunglasses and lenses that are comparable to those found in the larger cities so you can shop locally and find everything for your eye care and eye wear needs.  Our brands include eyeglass frames that are totally covered by your insurance, as well as luxury frame lines such as Chanel and Cartier.  Alain Mikli, Oliver Peoples and JF Rey continue to be some of our most popular designers.  Lindberg and eyephorics 2.5 are light as a feather and are preferred by those who want to design their own custom shapes.  We look forward to seeing you and helping you choose the perfect eye wear.  

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