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Baush + Lomb 40 Years Later - Still atop the Optometry Industry

Baush + Lomb continue to impress at the AOA Conference

Bausch + Lomb continue to impress at the AOA Conference

Bausch + Lomb is at the American Optometric Association’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah this week, and they are still head lining the event with new products. Forty years after they introduced soft contacts to the world, they are bringing some revolutionary innovations to the AOA.

The company will look to debut some of the following innovations this week:

  • Biotrue, a bio-inspired contact lens solution that works like the eyes to help lenses stay clean and moist throughout the day. A recent study indicated Biotrue could keep lenses moist for 20 hours. Biotrue brings together three key innovations: a lubricant called hyaluronan (HA) found naturally in the eyes, matches the pH of healthy tears, and keeps certain beneficial tear proteins active. Introduced one year ago this month, Biotrue has been the fastest-growing lens care product ever.
  • PureVision® 2 HD contact lenses with precision optics are designed for clear, crisp vision in low-light and help reduce halos and glare. These lenses are some of the thinnest on the market today, which allow for gentle lens/lid interaction and comfortable lens wear.
  • Ocuvite® 50+, an eye vitamin supplement developed to help replace essential nutrients which the eyes lose as one ages. Ocuvite contains three important nutrients, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Omega 3 which are key to maintaining eye health.
  • Retisert®, the world’s first intravitreal drug implant for the treatment of chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye. Uveitis is one of the leading causes of blindness for middle-aged people in the Western world.
  • Alaway®, an eye drop designed to provide fast-acting relief to the eyes from itchiness caused by pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander.

Bausch + Lomb continue to be industry leaders in contact lenses and lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. They continue to be a pioneer in the field of vision, even after being in business for over a 150 years.

If you have any questions on how these products or if they may be right for you, contact Gordy EyeCare today.

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The Truth on Contact Lenses for Children

contact lensesMany parents struggle with decision of when is the right time to allow your children to switch from glasses to contact lenses.  The old rule of thumb was to wait until the child was a teenager before allowing them to wear contacts when their eyes will be more capable of adjustment. But a new study might be changing that thought.

In an article published last week, on PR Newswire, a study, funded by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, was done to compare the long term ability to wear contact lenses based on whether you were fitted for the lenses as a child or a teenager.

A total of 175 soft contact lens wearers ages 17 to 30 years who wore lenses for the past ten years participated in this online survey, which compared the self-reported comfort, adverse events, and compliance of patients who were fitted in contact lenses as a child (ages 12 years and younger) to that of patients fitted as teenagers (ages 13 to 19 years).  Of those surveyed, 49 percent were fitted as a child and 51 percent were fitted as a teenager.

Nearly 25 percent of both child fits and teen fits were able to wear contact lenses for as many hours as they wanted.  In addition both child fits and teen fits wore their lenses for more than 14 hours per day (14.8 vs. 14.7), of which more than 13 hours were comfortable.

Even with this new study it is best to still consult your family optometrist if your child is ready to make a switch, as each individual child’s case is different.

For more information on contact lens use and your child, please contact Gordy EyeCare to set an appointment today!

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Contact Lenses Misuse

contact lenseContact lenses have become a great alternative to wearing glasses; they can be used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism or to avoid the use of bifocal lenses. While the popularity of contact lenses has grown, the misuse of them has as well. Many people find themselves dealing with complications from over use of their contact lenses.

  • Make sure you follow the contact lens instructions as directed by your Optometrist and as directed on the packaging.
  • Properly clean the lens as directed and make sure that you are using a contact solution that is recommended by your Optometrist.

Symptoms of contact overuse can range from minor to quite significant and dangerous if left unattended. 

Minor symptoms can include irritation of the eyes, redness, or blurred vision. These can be caused by the contact lenses wearing out or warping and prolonged use of the lens. These are generally considered minor inconveniences but must be evaluated by your optometrist because they could lead to potentially greater problems if left untreated.

Major symptoms can include abrasions, infections, and blood vessel growth toward the cornea. Abrasions usually result from insufficient oxygen reaching the surface of the eye, but also can result from dirt or other foreign bodies getting under the lens. Infections can result from abrasions to the eye or the overuse of the lenses and the lens should be removed immediately if an infection is present. The major symptoms can result in serious eye injury or even blindness, so it is very important that you contact your eye doctor immediately.

Contact lenses can be a simple and worry free alternative to glasses if they are worn properly, with the correct care. Contact Gordy EyeCare today to see if contact lenses are right for you!