Katie prides herself on being as efficient as possible. She was growing tired of spending several minutes every day dealing with contact lenses and glasses. She made the decision to undergo Lasik and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. Katie is happy to no longer worry about having to pack her contact lens solution everywhere she goes. As a mom, she can now wake up in the middle of the night to care for her young son without fumbling around looking for glasses.
Joan is an assistant finance director for the City of Escondido. She and her husband are very active, yet outdoor activities were sometimes challenging with contact lenses. Since having Lasik, Joan is so excited to hike, kayak, and snorkel without worrying about lenses. She is especially thrilled to camp and finally be able to see the stars and birds with her own eyes.
After wearing contact lenses for 16 years, Jacqueline was ready for a change. She was not feeling the ease of the lenses and was never a big fan of wearing glasses.
She visited Dr. Sandy T. Feldman to determine if she’s a candidate for Lasik and was very impressed with the pre-screening process and tests. Lasik has been life-changing for Jacqueline. She can now see 20/15 and is thrilled!
With Halloween only a few days away, many of you are looking for ways to spice up your Halloween costumes with accessories such as facial masks, special makeup and costume contact lenses. After all, what could be a better disguise than different eye color? However, wearing non-prescription contact lenses can result in a painful eye injury or even permanent damage to vision.
These lenses may look neat, especially those that give the appearance of tiger eyes, orange eyes, checkered pupils, and numerous other spooky effects. However they are not sterile, poorly fit the eye, and are often sold illegally.
“Most people who purchase costume contacts don’t have a clue about the dangers they can pose, such as eye infections, corneal abrasions, and even blindness,” said Dr. Sandy T. Feldman. “That’s why the Federal Drug Administration regulates the sale of all contact lenses, to prevent serious damage that non-prescription lenses can cause if they don’t fit right or aren’t properly cleaned or disinfected. Contact lenses need to be cleaned daily.”
The FDA banned the sale of all non-prescription contact lenses ten years ago, classifying all contact lenses as medical devices and allowing only licensed eye care professionals to distribute and prescribe them to patients.
If you’re planning to wear a Halloween costume this year that requires decorative lenses, make sure to following Dr. Feldman’s advice:
- Consult a professional: When purchasing costume contact lenses, it is best to consult first with an eye care professional, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
- Get an eye exam: An eye exam is important in order to ensure that the contact lenses fit properly and are appropriate for the user.
- Follow proper care instructions: Be sure to follow the specific instructions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing your lenses.
- Be aware of unusual symptoms: When wearing contact lenses, be aware of any unusual or excessive discharge, redness, swelling, or discomfort.
- Check the fit of face masks: Make sure the eyeholes are large enough that they don’t restrict vision.
- Do a trial run with costume makeup: Chemicals in costume makeup can irritate the skin and eyes, so be sure to do a small test patch of any product on your hand well before the big night.
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These days, it’s easier than ever to wear and care for contact lenses. However, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that 99 percent of contact lens wearers have at some point engaged in bad habits that can lead to a painful eye infection and possibly even long-term vision damage.
Dr. Sandy T. Feldman is not surprised by the CDC’s latest findings. “I’ve probably seen it all over the years. Lenses that aren’t cleaned properly. Dirty lens cases. Reusing the same solution over and over. Sleeping with contacts, swimming with contacts, wearing disposable lenses far longer than they’re meant to be used. Any one of these things can put the health of the eyes at risk,” said Dr. Feldman.
The CDC report reveals that most contact lens wearers have been guilty of some form or another of questionable lens hygiene. Nearly one-third of the 1,000 lens wearers surveyed experienced a red or painful eye that required a visit to a doctor’s office. It’s estimated that more than 40 million people in the U.S. wear contacts.
Dr. Feldman offers some simple tips for caring for contact lenses:
- Clean lenses daily, using only recommended products for your type of lens.
- Clean the lens case daily and replace it every three months. Cases should be rinsed out with disinfecting contact lens solution and air-dried every day.
- Replace the disinfectant solution every time you store contact lenses in a case. Don’t re-use the same solution multiple days or “top off” old solution.
- Avoid wearing lenses when swimming or showering, which can lead to an eye infection caused by bacteria, fungus and even amoebas in the water. If vision is an issue, consider prescription goggles. If contacts are worn in water, they should be disinfected afterwards or thrown away if they are disposable lenses.
- Don’t attempt to extend the life of disposable contacts. This can result in a scratched cornea, allowing germs to infiltrate the eye and become a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Don’t go to sleep without removing contact lenses. This is one of the most common causes of eye infections.
- Use daily disposable contact lenses only as directed. Try to avoid the temptation to economize by wearing them beyond a day.
“Contact lenses are a great option for people who want freedom from glasses. However, it’s important to take good care of your contacts to avoid irritated eyes or an infection,” Dr. Feldman cautions. “It’s all too easy to cut corners to save some time, but that can really have a negative impact on the health of your eyes.”
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Jennifer was not sure if she was a candidate for Lasik because her prescription for nearsightedness was so strong. But when she learned she was eligible for the procedure, she trusted her eyes to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman. Jennifer feels strongly that undergoing Lasik impacts your life very little when it comes to time and money, but makes a huge impact with respect to the freedom that was hampered by wearing contact lenses and glasses.
Clearview patients love life after Lasik and eye surgery. San Diegans are experiencing the magic of Disneyland like never before; refereeing football without the hassle of glasses; and running without the worry of contact lenses drying out. Thanks to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, these patients are living life to the fullest.
Jennifer works for a graphic design company where she constantly works on a computer. She decided one day that she was finished wearing contact lenses and glasses, and turned to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman for Lasik. Waking up the morning after her procedure, Jennifer had no pain or discomfort and was able to see the alarm clock as if she were wearing contacts.
Amy is a San Diegan who loves being active, doing circuit training and hiking outside. She can often be found practicing hot yoga where the studio temperature reaches 95-degrees. During those workouts, Amy would notice the sweat dripping into her eyes and moving her contact lenses around. Tired of that trouble, she trusted her eyes to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and underwent Lasik treatment. Amy couldn’t be happier with the results and now practices yoga with ease.
Jacob is an athlete who spends a lot of time running, working out and swimming. He was tired of worrying about contact lenses, from keeping them safe to cleaning and replacing them each year. After doing the research, he turned to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman for Lasik and has never been happier.