• Contact Lens Problems and How To Avoid Them

    Contacts lenses are simply foreign bodies we are introducing to the eye to assist with correcting our vision. Since these medical devices are foreign to the surface of the cornea, improper care, maintenance and handling of contacts can result in very serious sometimes vision threatening complications. The body often reacts to objects it perceives as threats by engaging the immune system. The eye is no different than any other major organ or system. Planned replacement lenses which are often worn for a regimen of several weeks or months are especially prone to such problems...

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  • Contact Lenses For Kids

    Some small children wear contacts, babies as well. There are some teenagers who should not wear contacts. It all boils down to one basic question: is your child mature enough to wear contacts? Is the parent available to give the child the attention they need to safely wear and maintain their lenses? Most eyecare practitioners are reluctant to fit children with contacts before the age of 12, however; depending on the maturity level of the child, the professional may decide to make exceptions....

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  • Contact Lenses For Teenagers

    Once you've made the determination as to whether your teen is mature enough to handle the responsibility of the care and maintenance of contact lenses, it's time to look at the different lenses on the market and what's available to meet certain eyecare needs. You should ask yourself a few questions: how active is my teen? Does my teen play sports? Would it be better for my teen to use daily disposable lenses or planned replacement contacts? Does my teen's ocular history provide certain extenuating circumstances such as ocular allergies or uncomfortable contacts when previously fitted? Are there any activities which would preclude my teen from wearing contacts?

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  • Contact Lenses For Mature Wearers

    Let's face it: as we grow older our bodies go through changes. These changes typically aren't for the better. Our skin loses its elasticity and begins to thin and get wrinkled. Bones become less calcified and more brittle. We begin to lose muscle mass as they begin to atrophy and become harder to maintain. Our neurosensory system begins to slow down and we react to stimuli more slowly. Our gastrointestinal system may develop ulcers, acid reflux or not digest foods as efficiently. Cardiovascular disease may become an issue as cardiac muscles begin to weaken or exhibit signs of disorder. Incontinence often becomes a concern. Women go through menopause. Men produce less testosterone. Our immune systems are not as strong as they once were. To put it bluntly: growing old isn't for sissies!...

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  • Eye Care Professionals Defined

    Your Eye-care Professional (ECP) is the best source of information for eye problems. Your ECP will test your eyes, examine symptoms, recommend products, and issue a prescription which is by law required before you buy any contact lens (including costume lenses) in the United States. A visit to your ECP is always a small price to pay for healthy vision. ECPs have different qualifications and functions...

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