Don’t Let Contact Lens Solutions keep you from wearing contacts!

DOES IT MATTER WHAT CONTACT LENS SOLUTIONS I USE?

 

There are many contact lens solutions on the market to store and disinfect your contact lenses.  Many people wear disposable contacts and all except the one day disposable contacts require contact lens solutions to prevent bacteria from growing in your contacts that can cause sight threatening conditions.  Prior to using a new solution, read all the instructions on the box and bottle and follow them carefully. If you have questions, contact your eye care provider.

One of the most effective solutions is a hydrogen peroxide system.  These don’t have preservatives in them. This solution can be a good choice for people who are allergic to preservatives in many contact lens solutions.  Never rinse contact lenses with hydrogen peroxide solutions. And, don’t put these solutions directly in your eyes, the FDA cautions. Hydrogen peroxide solutions come in a red bottle cap to help avoid confusion.

BE CAREFUL:  Without neutralizing the peroxide, when you put contacts in your eyes YOU will have tremendous burning, stinging and irritation and possible corneal abrasions . Sometimes, the contact lens case contains a neutralizer, but if not, you’ll need to add a special tablet to neutralize the solution.

Before choosing a contact lens solution, talk to your eye doctor about what is the best cleaning and disinfecting method for your contact lenses. Never change your contact lens care system without consulting your provider.

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Dr. Warren Johnson |  Dr. Do Nguyen   Eyewear Gallery Memphis, Tenn.       http://www.EyewearGallery.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eyewear Gallery staff help at FedEx House for Kids!

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Eyewear Gallery sponsors many charitable organizations locally and otherwise.  We close our office every week for a couple of hours to come up with ideas to help each other take care of our patients.  As a result of these meetings, we pick events and charities where we can give back to the community.  This gives us more than we give. Our entire staff vote to pick a charity and we embrace the effort to give back because so many people give to us in our practice.  We appreciate the efforts that our staff make to make that happen.  We are impressed with the efforts of the FedEx house team who work to make life comfortable and more tolerable for the families and kids of St. Jude who are given a place to live while they undergo a difficult time in their lives.

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Do Sunglasses lenses wear out?

 

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When our patients come in to our office, we want to make sure we practice preventive eye care in their yearly comprehensive eye exam, so people don’t outlive their vision.  The age old saying “carrots are good for your eyes.” is true but many things protect our vision throughout our lives.  Foods help protect our vision and are very important.  We discuss this as part of the eye exam and explain to our patients why they are important.

Food groups such as green leafy vegetables and colored vegetables provide protection to our eyes whether we are exposed to UV or not.  The other layer of vision health protection are glasses with lenses that provide Ultraviolet protection.  How do we protect our eyes when indoors or outdoors?  What comes to mind?  Outdoors would be sunglasses.  Indoors would be clear lenses that have Ultraviolet protection as well and preferably with a blue light absorption component.  Most people don’t know the importance of UV protection indoors.

Indoors and outdoors we need Ultraviolet protection.  Don’t be duped by seeing and getting sunglasses you see have UV protective stickers because they may or may not be and can possibly do more harm than good even if you like the way you look in them!:)  Do you ever see UV stickers on pickup readers?

Do Sunglasses wear out?  Does the UV protection in glasses for indoors wear out?

Exposure to the sun may deteriorate your sunglasses over time and the lenses may become lighter in color and alter their full need for vision protection.  It may also diminish the impact resistance of lenses which means how ‘shatterproof’ the lenses are.  Current national standards require that sunglasses provide levels of UV protection.  But some slip through to the consumer that are not.

The aging test on Ultraviolet protection in lenses was done in Europe, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia.  These were countries that they felt UV exposure might be at its greatest based on their proximity to their regions and equator.  The test exposes sun glasses and Indoor glasses to a simulator for 50 hours.   The lamp exposure is equivalent to two days in a natural environment on a summer’s day, or four days in winter.

Interesting to find out that most Brazilians replace their sunglasses every two years. Tests for ultraviolet protection was done to see how UV safe the sunglasses are to wear for these two years.  The test assumed that the people wore glasses and/or sunglasses 2 hours/day.

Exposure will vary among world latitudes, with tropical countries being of most concern, as UV indexes are extremely high in summer and remain high in the winter. Therefore, sunglasses worn in the southern hemisphere may need replacing more often than in those worn in the northern hemisphere.

“The study calculations were carried out in 27 Brazilian state capitals and data for 110 national capitals in the northern hemisphere were also included. Calculating the equivalence of the simulator to natural light is an estimate because when an individual wears sunglasses, the lenses are not directly exposed to the sun, as they are usually worn in the vertical position.”

The studies did show that UV protection in lenses did diminish with time and light exposure in and out of doors on cloudy and sunny days.

Lenses should provide adequate UV filters, because insufficient protection could lead to deterioration to the cornea which is the windshield of the eye as well as to the internal structures of the eye. This UV exposure was the potential cause of edema (swelling of the eye which can distort vision), pterygium (growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the white of the eye that can interfere with vision), cataract (clouding of the lens of the eye) and retina damage in the form of macular degeneration( permanent loss of central vision).

Be an advocate for eye health and eye exams!

People ask if they need to wear sunglasses in non summer months or cloudy days and we tell them definitely yes.  They then ask why do I need to protect my eyes inside as well.  It is because of the exposure we have to ultraviolet light in the blue light color spectrum. Where does that come from indoors?  It comes from our light bulbs, our phones, our kindles, our computers and electronic pads.  The bottom line is that natural and non natural light damages our vision.

The confusion is obvious.  The word sunglasses denotes their need only when the sun is out.  Most of us think of the sun being out when it is summer time and the sun is out most of our waking hours and more hours that time of year.  Indoor glasses are not thought of in terms of them needing to be protective to our eyes as well.  I know we see UV protection stickers on Sunglasses in stores that people pickup but have you ever seen pickup reading glasses with a UV sticker.

I found this story interesting and thought it would incorporate what we preach in our practice about UV exposure.  I think people would better understand the need for UV protection if we designated its level of protection on clear lenses and I’d like to change the name for Sunglasses to “Outdoor Glasses! ,” b/c they should be worn any season when someone is outdoors on cloudy or sunny days.

This story was one we practice and when we found the story on the loss of UV protection in aging lenses we thought it would be good to share.

Thanks

http://www.EyewearGallery.com                                         Drs. Warren Johnson and Do Nguyen

 

 

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What is your Face Shape?

Glasses are a fun and cool accessory to your personality, style and clothing.  Not all glasses are suitable or complement a person’s face or personality. Many people assume they know what looks good but it might not be the best style based on your facial features.  Visit our website to help you determine the best look for your best glasses styles.  There are four main face shapes.  It’s best to determe what is you face shape, with a makeup makeover before choosing the right shape of glasses and sunglasses.  Eyewear Gallery has the best designer glasses and sunglasses, the best experts and the most current technology to help you see yourself in different styles of glasses.  So, start with your makeup and makeover so you can be the best model for a glasses styling makeover!

http://www.EyewearGallery.com  Dr. Warren Johnson| Dr. Do Nguyen  901-763-2020

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How do I pick the right pair of glasses?

Eyewear Gallery specializes in taking care of you.  When people need new glasses, they always need help.  Many men and women may pick glasses that don’t complement their face shape or color.  Watch this video to help you determine which glasses are best for you before you go shopping.

After seeing this video visit Eyewear Gallery’s website http://www.EyewearGallery.com and look at our videos under View Our Selection for a personalized style guide for men, women, tweens and kids!  We look forward to seeing you.

http://www.EyewearGallery.com  Dr. Warren Johnson | Dr. Do Nguyen  901-763-2020

 

 

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Iconic Ray Bans at Eyewear Gallery!

We have one of the largest selections of Ray Bans in our area.  See our Video and our staff optician Aleisha explain all the ways you can wear your Ray Bans.  They are for dress, casual, fun, sun and shade/s.

Call to Schedule your Eyewear Makeover and / or your eye exam.

http://www.EyewearGallery.com         Dr. Warren Johnson| Dr. Do Nguyen

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Sports and Eye Safety!

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Do you have the right glasses lenses and contacts for your sport of choice?  The COMPETITIVE Edge prevails in all aspects of life but none so strong as the playing field in sports.  Some sports are contact, some are not and some are competitive against ourselves.  The fact remains that we are enjoying something physical that relies on our eyes and their protection.

If you are one who likes to participate in an outdoor sports activity of any kind,  you may never have known about the hazards of non protected eyes.  Some people may need visual correction or maybe they don’t.  In either case,  protect your eyes to enjoy your activity.

Some people wear or may need prescription sports Sunglasses, contact lenses or both.  But what about their specific lens options?  Nobody really thinks about what type of impact resistant lenses will make the best corrective and protective decision.

LIKE SHOES:

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Accurate, safe sports vision can require multiple pairs depending on the sport or sports. I explain it to patients by telling them that “eyewear is like shoes; different pairs are worn for different activities.”

In addition, how dangerous is your patient’s sport from a visual perspective?  Low-impact and high impact sports dictate that you use different materials.  We use polycarbonate and Trivex materials for impact resistance, depending on the patient’s visual needs and level of sports protection required.

Lens Treatments

Lenses that darken upon exposure to UV on cloudy or sunny days, polarized, anti-glare, sports specific tints, and more becomes confusing for patients and consumers.  They might ask, How can you get this performance enhancing treatment in your sports glasses?

The first step in determining your vision needs is asking, listening, and learning what patients do with their eyes.  This is especially important with sports vision in order to fill the right needs and weed out what won’t work.

Sports specific tints in standard and polarized options, are a growing area of interest with patients today.  They are learning that these lenses sharpen their vision and increase their sports performance.

We’re recommending more and more sports specialized tints like teal for tennis and yellow or copper for hunting and shooting.  There are now more polarized colors available and expansion in regular tints, like specialized colors for pilots.

Polarized lenses are one of the solutions to vision enhancement.  Polarized lenses are a solid solution for water sports, they are not optimal for all sports.

We recommend polarized for outdoor sports with caution.  Polarized lenses for skiing or serious golfing may interfere with viewing terrain surfaces.  Polarization in lenses may cause difficulty in viewing digital devices.  “One driver told me that his digital dashboard blacked out when using polarized lenses.”

Even photochromic lenses are getting into the game as an Rx and plano sports sunwear option. In fact, many sports eyewear makers now offer plano sunwear with light adaptive polarized lenses that change tint relative to the wearer’s light conditions. Sports, such as mountain biking or trail running, where light conditions are changing constantly, photochromics can be a true benefit.

Many parents today are wanting photochromic or transition lenses as a sports solution for their children. Many parents like adaptable lenses, because their kids play multiple sports so they get day-to-night, indoor-outdoor lens performance benefits.  We also fit anti-glare lenses for sports, especially when reflections at night are a consideration, like for those who play soccer or football under the lights.

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Contact Lenses

Eyecare professionals and their patients might choose contact lenses as a sports vision solution based on factors including personal preference, comfort, and visual performance.

For safety’s sake, and depending on the visual risk, many situations call for contact lenses combined with non prescription sports eyewear.

We prefer protective eyewear for sports but many patients want to wear contact lenses for sports because some athletes demonstrate better performance and cannot fit sports glasses under their head protection.  Contacts may also have the added benefit of providing peripheral vision.  “When there is a risk of eye injury, like in racket sports, we fit contact lens wearers with sports protective eyewear.  One of the biggest movements in contacts for sports and beyond is daily wear lenses, which can help make wearing contacts for sports easy.

Children are playing at a higher intensity than ever before. More than 40% of parents with children who play organized sports say their children do so year-round according to a report for The Aspen Institute’s Project Play by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard, and NPR.  Those parents are also more concerned than ever about their kids’ safety while involved in sports.

The optical industry has responded to this call with a full lineup of sports safety eyewear, taking adult models and downsizing and adapting the technology to the future sports stars of tomorrow in training. While the color palettes may be brighter and the looks more decorative, the performance details remain at the heart of today’s designs.

The scope of protective eyewear is also expanding, growing the potential audience beyond children with vision correction and including all participants in sports to meet the need for eye protection. The National Eye Institute notes that while many youth sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear, parents and coaches should encourage its use.

In addition, many kids’ styles feature stability as a major factor in their safety eyewear, often offering a strap temple option for comfort under helmets and strap-ready openings in temple tips to keep eyewear where it should be;  doing its job and protecting eyes to the max.

RISKY BUSINESS?

Which sports hold the most risk for your youngest patients? The following sports are ranked as the highest risk for eye injuries by the National Eye Institute.

Baseball

Basketball

Boxing

Hockey

Paintball

Racquetball

Softball

Squash

To summarize, no matter the activity or age, sports lenses, materials, colors and certain frames can make the difference in exceptional play but also prevent the loss of an eye.  Parents and adults should be the role models by both explaining and wearing protective lenses themselves so what they preach is acted upon by everyone no matter the age or sport or outdoor activity.

Schedule Your Sports Vision Eye Exam  Dr. Warren Johnson| Dr. Do Nguyen

http://www.EyewearGallery.com      901-763-2020          Memphis, Tennessee

 

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