Optical Tips and FAQ

Caring for your Contact Lens

  • Wash and rinse your hands before touching your lenses. Do not put lotion on your hands until AFTER you put in your contacts.
  • Always read and follow the directions that came with your lenses, lens cleaner, and eye drops. If you change lens cleaner, it is important you read the direction on the bottle or box. Different cleaners have different usage instructions.
  • Use only the lens cleaners and eye drops that your eye doctor suggests. Never spit on your lenses to clean them, don’t use tap water, bottled water, or salt water made at home to store or rinse your lenses. Any one of these can cause serious eye infections.
  • Remove your lenses at the end of the day or anytime you plan on taking a nap. Do not sleep with lenses in – even the extended wear lenses should be removed before you sleep. Never wear your lenses longer than you eye doctor says is acceptable.
  • Clean, rinse, and dry your lens case each time you take out your lenses. Get a new lens case every six months. Eye infections are often caused by bacteria not on the lenses, but on the case the lenses sit in.

What is Astigmatism?

  • What is astigmatism?
  • Astigmatism is a common irregularity in the cornea of the eye that distorts vision. Instead of a round baseball shape, the cornea is elongated, like a football. Almost half of the people in the U.S. who need vision correction have astigmatism.
  • Astigmatism distorts images much like a funhouse mirror. Depending on the direction of astigmatism, the cornea can stretch images vertically, horizontally, or at an angle.
  • Is there an easy way to correct astigmatism?
  • Yes, finally there are with Focus Toric, Air Optix,and Belcon a break through disposable contact lens designed for people with astigmatism.

  • Now, the convenience you want with vision you can count on.
  • New fresh look toric lenses give clear, crisp vision and the convenience of lenses you replace frequently.
  • Easy to handle.
  • For your convenience, the Freshlook toric lens has a light green handling tint. It won’t change your eye color, and it won’t affect your vision-but it will make your lenses easier to find in the case or the sink. There’s also a special Fresh Mark that helps you insert your lenses properly.
  • Less cleaning.
  • With Freshlook Toric disposable contacts, you can forget about weekly enzyme cleaning. And that not only saves you time it saves you money.
  • Less deposit buildup.
  • While conventional toric lenses can show a buildup of irritating deposits after repeated wear, Freshlook Toric lenses or Air Optix stay clean and clear because you replace them frequently as prescribed by your eye care professional. That’s healthier for your eyes and a lot more comfortable too.

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What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Computer Vision Syndrome describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing a computer screen for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use.

The most common symptoms associated with Syndrome (CVS) are:
  • · Eye strain
  • · Headaches
  • · Blurred vision
  • · Dry eyes
  • · Neck and shoulder pain
  • · Burning eyes
  • · Grainy feeling
  • · Photophobia
  • · Muscle spasms
These symptoms may be caused by:
  • · poor lighting
  • · glare on the computer screen
  • · improper viewing distances
  • · poor seating posture
  • · uncorrected vision problems
  • · a combination of these factors
The extent to which individuals experience visual symptoms often depends on the level of their visual abilities and the amount of time spent looking at the computer screen. Uncorrected vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, inadequate eye focusing and aging changes the eyes, such as presbyopia, can all contribute to the development of visual symptoms when using a computer.

Many of the visual symptoms experienced by computer users are only temporary and will decline after stopping computer work. However, some individuals may experience continued reduced visual abilities, such as blurred distance vision, even after stopping work at a computer. If nothing is done to address the cause of the problem, the symptoms will continue to recur and perhaps worsen with future computer use. Prevention or reduction of the vision problems associated with Computer Vision Syndrome involves taking steps to control lighting and glare on the computer screen, establishing proper working distances and posture for computer viewing, and assuring that even minor vision problems are properly corrected.

Computer Eye Strain: 10 Steps For Relief
Here are steps both workers and employers can take to reduce computer eye strain

1. Get a computer eye exam.
2. Use proper lighting.
3. Minimize glare.
4. Upgrade your display.
5. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer screen.
6. Blink more often.
7. Exercise your eyes.
8. Take frequent breaks
9. Modify your workstation.
10. Consider computer eyewear.

For the greatest comfort at your computer, you may benefit from having a customized eyeglasses prescription for your computer work. However if you are a contact lens wearer, opt for a silicone hydrogel contact lens material, since a regular contact lenses may become dry and uncomfortable during sustained computer work. Silicon hydrogel contact lenses provides the highest oxygen transmissibility, reducing eye discomfort caused by dryness.

How often should I have an Eye Exam?

  • We recommend regular eye examinations for everyone at every six (6) months intervals or as advised by your optometrist. However, different eye conditions will require different frequencies of follow-up so you should follow your optometrist's recommendation since it is specific for your eyes and vision.