Golden State Warriors šŸ€ point guard, Stephen Curry ā›¹šŸ½ā€ā™‚ļø, had a shooting slump recently and guessed what he changed to improve it?

CONTACTS! šŸ‘€ Seriously! Curry has a condition called #keratoconus in which the cornea, normally a circle, progressively thins and takes on a cone shape. When the cornea has a cone shape, it is unable distribute the light entering the eye equally and leads to blurred or distorted vision. Schedule an annual eye exam with our šŸ‘€ doctors and you too can become a shooting legend like Steph Curry (sorry, no guarantees šŸ˜œ)

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Bad Habits of Contact Lens Wearers

Here is a great infographic from the American Optometric Association regarding the “Bad Habits of Contact Lens Wearers”

You know who you are…

  • Wash your hands before handling lenses.
  • Don’t sleep in lenses not intended for overnight wear.
  • Keep your case clean using fresh solution every time and replace it every three months.
  • Get an eye exam yearly.

Bad Habits of contact lens wearers infographic

Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween

Whether youā€™re goblin or ghoul, vampire or witch, poor costume choicesā€”including decorative contact lenses and flammable costumesā€”and face paint allergies can haunt you long after Halloween if they cause injury.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following the ā€œlucky 13ā€ guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  1. Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials; look for ā€œflame resistantā€ on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
  2. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so youā€™ll be more visible; make sure the costumes arenā€™t so long that youā€™re in danger of tripping.
  3. Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
  4. Test the makeup you plan to use by putting a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it a couple of days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that’s a sign of a possible allergy.
  5. Check FDAā€™s list of color additives to see if makeup additives are FDA approved. If they arenā€™t approved for their intended use, donā€™t use it.
  6. Donā€™t wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional and gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses.

Safe Treats

Eating sweet treats is also a big part of the fun on Halloween. If youā€™re trick-or-treating, health and safety experts say you should remember these tips:

  1. Donā€™t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  2. Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they wonā€™t be tempted to nibble on treats that havenā€™t been inspected.
  3. Tell children not to acceptā€”or eatā€”anything that isnā€™t commercially wrapped.
  4. Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
  5. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.Ā Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

For partygoers and party throwers, FDA recommends the following tips for two seasonal favorites:

  1. Look for the warning label to avoid juice that hasnā€™t been pasteurized or otherwise processed, especially packaged juice products that may have been made on site. When in doubt, ask! Always ask if you are unsure if a juice product is pasteurized or not. Normally, the juice found in your grocerā€™s frozen food case, refrigerated section, or on the shelf in boxes, bottles, or cans is pasteurized.
  2. Before bobbing for applesā€”a favorite Halloween gameā€”reduce the amount of bacteria that might be on apples by thoroughly rinsing them under cool running water. As an added precaution, use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.

Eye Safety

FDA joins eye care professionalsā€”including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists and the American Optometric Associationā€”in discouraging consumers from using illegal decorative (colored) contact lenses. These are contact lenses that have not been approved by FDA for safety and effectiveness. Consumers should only use brand name contact lenses from well-known contact lens companies.

If you have never worn contact lenses before, Halloween should not be the first time you wear them. Experts warn that buying any kind of contact lensesā€”which are medical devices and regulated as suchā€”without an examination and a prescription from an eye care professional can cause serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. Despite the fact that itā€™s illegal to sell decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription, FDA says the lenses are sold on the Internet and in retail shops and salonsā€”particularly around Halloween.

The decorative lenses make the wearerā€™s eyes appear to glow in the dark, create the illusion of vertical ā€œcat eyes,ā€ or change the wearerā€™s eye color.

ā€œAlthough unauthorized use of decorative contact lenses is a concern year-round, Halloween is the time when people may be inclined to use them, perhaps as costume accessories,ā€ says FDA eye expert Bernard Lepri, O.D., M.S., M.Ed.. ā€œWhat troubles us is when they are bought and used without a valid prescription, without the involvement of a qualified eye care professional, or without appropriate follow-up care. This can lead to significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness.ā€

This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

New 1-Day Acuvue Define Contact Lenses are Here

Acuvue Define 1 day disposable lenses
Acuvue Define

We are excited about the launching of Acuvue’s newest 1 day disposable contact lens to enhance the beauty of your eyes! 1-DAY ACUVUEĀ® DEFINEĀ® Brand Contact Lenses go beyond colored contacts by boosting your natural eye color and creating an authentic look. Available with correction for near and farsighted prescriptions.

If you would like to enhance your natural radiance with 1-Day Acuvue Define contact lenses, call our office to schedule an appointment.

  • Brighten your eyes with expressive Natural Sparkle
  • Highlight and sharpen your eyes with distinctive Natural Shimmer
  • Enlarge and contrast your eyes with striking Natural Shine

ACUVUEĀ® DEFINE

 

Air Optix for Astigmatism Contact Lens

See clearly, comfortably, and consistently

Air Optix for Astigmatism Contact Lenses

Just because you have astigmatism doesnā€™t mean you canā€™t be comfortable in contact lenses. Introducing AIR OPTIXā„¢ for ASTIGMATISM — a breathable contact lens* that offers excellent comfort and crisp, clear, consistent vision to help satisfy the unmet vision and comfort needs of astigmatic patients.

Made of a revolutionary silicone hydrogel material, AIR OPTIX for ASTIGMATISM offers the highest oxygen transmissibility of any available soft toric lens, so eyes can stay whiter, healthy-looking and comfortable, no matter how long lenses are worn each day.

AIR OPTIX for ASTIGMATISM offers the breakthrough Precision 8|4ā„¢ design, which helps minimize the interaction between the lens and the lower lid for excellent comforti. The lenses also feature a patented surface treatment to help resist deposits, which can be a problem for some contact lens wearers, and are easy to handle.

No matter what your day holds, with AIR OPTIX for ASTIGMATISM, you can count on steady vision, high levels of comfort and benefits for the health of your eyes.

AIR OPTIX for ASTIGMATISM lenses are approved for daily wear and up to 6 nights of extended wear, and are recommended for monthly replacement.

Donā€™t settle for less or give up on contacts just because you have astigmatism. Make an appointment today and weā€™ll help determine if AIR OPTIXĀ® for ASTIGMATISM contact lenses are right for you.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a vision disorder in which the cornea is irregularly shaped thereby preventing light from being properly focused on the back of the eye.Ā  This results in distortion or blurry vision and may be corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses.