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Why You Should Be Afraid — Very Afraid — Of Non-prescription Costume Contact Lenses for Halloween

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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An Eye Doctor’s Tips for Navigating Drugstore Aisles

Have you ever walked through the aisles of your local drugstore and felt overwhelmed? Often times, you’ll encounter a dizzying array of over-the-counter products, including contact lens solutions, lubricating drops, and ready-made reading glasses.  With an overabundance of eye-care products on the shelves, so many consumers end up with feelings of “option paralysis.” So how do you determine what products are best for you and your eyes?

“It’s wonderful that we have so many over-the-counter options for eye-care now, but many people find it rather overwhelming,” says Dr. Sandy T. Feldman. She offers some tips for navigating today’s ever-expanding selection of drugstore products:

Contact lens solutions

“If you wear contacts, never switch care regimens without asking your eye doctor first,” Dr. Feldman cautions. “Some products are not compatible with each other, or shouldn’t be used with certain types of contacts.”

  • Use daily cleaner to clean your contacts each and every day. Place a few drops in the palm of your hand and gently rub the lens for about 10 to 20 seconds to loosen debris.
  • Use disinfectant solution to sterilize the lenses. Always use fresh disinfectant solution—never “top off” old solution.If your eye doctor recommends it, use an enzymatic cleaner or daily protein removal liquid to remove protein buildup.
  • Use products marked “preservative-free” if you have sensitive eyes or develop an allergy to the chemicals in contact lens solutions.Multipurpose solutions can clean, rinse, and disinfect, all with a single product.
  • Store lenses in a clean case with saline solution that is frequently changed. Be sure to change the case itself on a frequent basis, too. Using a dirty lens case can lead to a painful eye infection.

Eye drops

“The eye drops section of the drugstore can be especially daunting, as there are literally dozens of products available now for purchase,” says Dr. Feldman. “The key thing to remember is that OTC eye drops are for short-term use only. If your eyes are frequently irritated, see your eye doctor to determine the cause, such as allergens or inflammation. And to avoid infection, never share or borrow eye drops!”

  • Use artificial tears to lubricate and soothe dry eyes.
  • If you have itchy, red, or watery eyes, talk to your doctor about using eye drops with antihistamines, decongestants, or other medications. Overusing “get the red out” medications can make your eyes even redder.Most eye drops come in a liquid that imitates the feel of real tears. For longer lasting relief from dry eyes, opt for a thicker gel version.
  • Contact lens wearers can use specially formulated eye drops that are gentler and won’t interfere with lenses.

Eyeglasses

“Ready-made reading glasses are fine for many people, but they aren’t for everyone,” says Dr. Feldman. “For example, drugstore glasses can’t correct astigmatism, and they also don’t work for nearsighted people.”

  • All ready-made reading glasses have stickers indicating their power, ranging from +1 to +4 diopter, in increments of +.25. Try the lowest power (+1) first.Many drugstores don’t carry “high power” readers—glasses with a power of +2.75 or more. If you need stronger magnification, you may need a prescription pair.
  • Note that the powers of ready-made reading glasses are the same for each eye. If you need a different power for each eye, you’ll need to get a prescription pair.
  • Hold some reading material at a comfortable distance, about 12 to 24 inches. If you have to hold the material too far out to be able to read it, increase the power. Keep testing different powers until you can read clearly.
  • There are many styles of readers to choose from, but you may want to start with a larger pair. You can always go down in size once you’re used to wearing them.

“If you’ve tried drugstore glasses and still have trouble with your vision, see an optometrist or an eye doctor for prescription readers, bifocals, or another solution that’s tailor-made for your eyes,” suggests Dr. Feldman. “In the long run, it’s never worth taking shortcuts when it comes at the expense of your vision.”

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Dr. Feldman Helps Patients With Keratoconus See Again

Jose turned to Clearview Eyes for treatment for keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea becomes weak and irregularly shaped. After undergoing tests and talking to Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, he felt very comfortable trusting her with his eyes and undergoing treatment. In just a few days after the procedure, Jose was able to see better again.

Learn more about how this procedure can improve your life. Contact us today!

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Susanna Turned to Dr. Feldman for Keratoconus Treatment

Susanna realized she had keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea becomes weak and irregularly shaped, when she found herself driving and suddenly not able to see the license plate of the car in front of her. She immediately made an appointment with Dr. Sandy T. Feldman and scheduled a corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) procedure.

Susanna was extremely happy with Dr. Feldman, the Clearview staff and the results. Just two days after the procedure, she went from having 20/70 vision in her right eye to 20/25.

Learn more about how this procedure can improve your life. Contact us today!

 

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6 Things to Consider Before Buying Summer Sunglasses

Dr. Sandy T. Feldman recently spoke with Fox Morning News about why sunglasses are just as important as sunscreen to wear during the summer.

When you buy sunglasses, Dr. Feldman suggests looking for a pair that blocks 100 percent of the sun’s ultra-violet light. Here are the other things you should consider when buying sunglasses for optimal eye health and protection.

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See The World Through UV Protected Glasses

From Audrey Hepburn’s oversize lenses in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to John Lennon’s famous round shades to aviators and Ray-Bans that have popped in and out of style, sunglasses have stayed trendy and iconic over time.

But with summer here, health experts said it’s important to remember to pick a pair of shades that are not only trendy, but offer the right protection to ward off cancer in and around the eye.

And in addition to wearing sunglasses during the summer, experts said they should be worn year-round, especially in sunny spots such as San Diego.

“When shopping for sunglasses, people tend to focus more on appearance rather than UV protection. But it’s possible to find sunglasses that look great and protect the eyes from sun damage,” said Dr. Sandy T. Feldman, medical director at San Diego’s Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Center. “We also tend to protect ourselves from the sun only during the summer, but it’s something to be cautious of all year long.”

The potential danger lies in the fact that eyelid skin is very thin, and too much ultraviolet light can lead to eye problems such as cataracts and various types of cancer.

Read more here about how UV protected glasses can decrease your risk of cancer.

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Treat Keratoconus With Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

Andrew suffers from Keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea becomes weak, progressively thins, and produces high levels of astigmatism. The condition interferes with Andrew’s ability to see clearly and enjoy hobbies such as sports and music. For example, he can no longer read sheet music or play football.

His doctor recommended seeing Dr. Sandy T. Feldman for corneal collagen cross-linking, which is a procedure that strengthens the corneas. Andrew is very happy with the care he’s received from Clearview, and loves that the staff takes the time to get to know the patients and puts them at ease.

Read more here about the corneal collagen cross-linking and how it can help your eyes.

 

 

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Clearview Lasik Patients Love Their New Eyesight

These Clearview patients see an entirely new world after undergoing Lasik. Angelica immediately noticed the difference when she walked outside and observed so much more greenery on the trees. Calvin could not stop staring at his hand and noticing details he never saw before. What will you see differently after Lasik?

Learn more about how Lasik can improve your life. Contact us today!

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An Eye Doctor’s Tips for Choosing the Best Sunglasses

The sunshine-filled days of summer are here and many of us are diligently slathering on sunscreen to protect our skin from sun damage. But sunscreen can’t protect everything—the eyes, for example.

Eyelid skin is extremely thin and allowing too much ultraviolet (UV) through can cause a number of eye problems, including cataracts and several kinds of cancer. The best defense: a good pair of sunglasses.

“When shopping for sunglasses, people tend to focus more on appearance rather than UV protection. But it’s possible to find sunglasses that look great and protect the eyes from sun damage,” said Dr. Sandy T. Feldman.

To learn more about how you can avoid UV damage to your eyes, check out these six tips for purchasing sunglasses:

  1. Make it 100 percent. The single most important thing to look for when buying sunglasses is a sticker or tag indicating they block 100 percent of UV rays.
  2. Bigger is better. The more coverage from sunglasses, the less sun damage inflicted on the eyes. Consider buying oversized glasses or wraparound-style glasses, which help cut down on UV light entering the eye from the sides.
  3. Darker lenses don’t always better. Dark lenses may look cool but don’t necessarily block more UV rays.
  4. Color doesn’t matter. Some sunglasses have colored lenses, such as amber, green or grey. These lenses don’t block more sun but they can increase contrast, which may be useful for athletes who play sports such as baseball or golf.
  5. Polarized lenses cut glare, not UV. Polarization reduces glare coming off reflective surfaces like water or pavement. This doesn’t offer more protection from the sun, but can make activities like driving or being on the water safer and more enjoyable.
  6. Cost shouldn’t be a factor. Sunglasses don’t have to cost a lot to work well.

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Look For Ways To Protect Your Eyes

The source can come from anywhere — a splash of a chemical used to clean the pool, the bathroom or the oven. It can come from a spot of grease popping from a frying pan, or a flying cork from a bottle of champagne. It can be the result of a curling iron, or a mascara wand or from routine yard work such as trimming trees or clipping one’s hedges.

There’s nearly no limit on the ways that particles, chemicals, foreign objects or small fragments can enter — or injure — an eye. But there are ways to prevent injuries from happening in the first place, and there is also a proper way to handle an emergency when an eye injury occurs.

Read more about eye injuries and how to prevent them in this San Diego Union-Tribute article.