I love the hygienic aspect and comfort of contact lenses that are disposed of daily for my patients. It avoids so many complications due to incorrect cleaning or disinfection of contact lens cases. However as someone who cares about the environment, I dislike all the waste that daily disposable contact lenses create.
Here is how to recycle your contact lens blister packs:
1.) Save all the contact lens packs after inserting your contact lenses by placing the...
Living in the Southwest, I have many patients who complain of itchy, dry, red eyes. Itching can come as a by-product of dryness or a direct reaction from an allergen, classifying it as allergic conjunctivitis.
Here are a few all natural but effective ways to relieve itching that I recommend to my patients:
1.) Put your artificial tear drops into the fridge.
This is a great way to not only flush out the particles that are making you itchy, but to use th...
The tear film has 3 layers: mucous (from cells on the white part of your eye), aqueous (watery tears made by your lacrimal gland and accessory glands), and oil layer (created by glands inside your eyelids called meibomian glands).
These 3 layers contribute to overall health of the tear film. Other things that contribute are:
1.) How much inflammation is seen in your eyes?
2.) Do you have an underlying systemic (bodily) condition tha...
Just when you think you're up to date on all the current research, something comes out of nowhere to surprise you. This device was brought to my attention by a lovely legally blind (meaning both eyes WITH glasses are less than 20/200 vision) patient who had just ordered one. It's supposed to help the blind to see!
What is the device? The name is eSight and they are electronic glasses that use a camera to take real-time video and display it on a screen that...
On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson announced that they had teamed up with Transitions Optical to create a contact lens that darkens and lightens depending on the amount of light entering the eye.
This is an interesting advancement that may be a great option for people who play outdoor sports who are unable to wear sunglasses during the game. It also would be a viable option for those who naturally have extreme light sensitivity.
A lot of discussion in the keratoconus blogs I am a part of talk about how frustrating it is to not be able to see, even with glasses. People who do not have keratoconus don't understand why these patients are unable to use glasses to see well. Why they need special contact lenses. Keratoconus is a condition where the corneas become thinner and bulge forward, creating an ectasia. Here is a drawing to hopefully help explain.
PREPARATION! Contact lens wearers are more prone to comfort issues with their eyes secondary to dry eye. The reason is because with a contact lens, the tear film on the eye is split into two (half of the tears go behind, and half go in front of the lens). To be successful, we need to get ahead of this issue and create a healthy environment so that contact lenses feel comfortable on the eye. I recommend all of my patients insert a drop of artificial tears in...