Bausch & Lomb Ultra Contact Lenses

One of the newest products to arrive in our office is ULTRA Contact Lenses by Bausch & Lomb.  If you are looking to try a new contact lens and/or are looking to improve the comfort and vision of your current contact lenses, make an appointment today.  Talk with our eye care professionals and see if Bausch & Lomb ULTRA contact lenses would be right for you.

The following is information about the Ultra contact lens is courtesy of Bausch & Lomb:

Spending more time on digital devices may mean you are less satisfied with your contact lenses.2 Frequent use of a smart phone, tablet or computer may cause you to blink less, which could contribute to your contact lenses drying out.

In addition, you may experience symptoms such as:2

  • Blurred vision
  • Eye strain
  • Tired eyes
  • Delayed focusing

NEW! Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lenses with MoistureSeal technology – helps prevent lens dehydration that may be caused by reduced blink rates.4

Key Features & Benefits

NEW Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lenses with MoistureSeal technology Feature:

  • MoistureSeal technology to help prevent lens dryness4
  • Retain moisture for a full 16 hours3
  • Provide superior end-of-day vision* for digital device users1
* Among the leading silicone hydrogel lenses
1. Results from a 22-investigator, multi-site study of Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lenses with MoistureSeal technology, on 327 current silicone hydrogel lens wearers. After 7 days of wear, subjects completed an online survey. Subjects rated performance across a range of attributes. Preference comparisons represent only those subjects expressing a preference. Ratio is based on the average across the silicone hydrogel lenses represented in the study.
2. Kadence International Exploring Contact Lens Drop-off May 2013
3. Data on file. Bausch & Lomb Incorporated. Rochester, NY; 2013.
4. Results of an in vitro study in which Bausch + Lomb ULTRA, ACUVUE OASYS, AIR OPTIX AQUA, and Biofinity contact lenses were placed on a model cornea with 0.18 μm of spherical aberration. Images were acquired every 10 seconds up to 30 seconds and analyzed using pattern matching algorithms. A score for each 10-second interval is determined by comparing how closely the test image matches the time 0 image. Mean scores over the 30-second interval were determined and compared.

Eye Strain

Having issues on the computer? Here are some tips to de-stress those eyes so you can stress out about other things.

Keep your glasses up to date! Your body changes over the years and so do your eyes! Have your eyes working comfortably with a new pair of updated glasses.

Keep your work environment eye friendly. Maintain good posture and good lighting conditions.

Take frequent breaks.  Remember to look away from the computer every 20 minutes at something 20 feet away.  It helps relax the eyes and keep them going through the day.

Source: All About Vision
eye strain

Introducing Bausch & Lomb PeroxiClear

PeroxiClearBausch & Lomb has introduced a brand new contact lens solution called PeroxiClear.  This is available in our offices for our patients to try.  Retail stores will begin to see the product April-June 2014. PeroxiClear is a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution.  The solution is for all soft contact lenses, including silicone hydrogel and rigid gas permeable lenses.

Benefits include:

  • Superior All-Day Comfort
  • Lenses are cleaner and moister for longer
  • Exceptional disinfection in only 4 hours

 

Typically, hydrogen peroxide solutions are used with patients who have hypersensitivity to contact lenses and/or solutions.  We recommend hydrogen peroxide solutions to patients with a history of allergies, eczema or prior contact lens related problems.  The cleaning power of the hydrogen peroxide solution makes it a favorite solution for our doctors to recommend to all of our contact lens patients.

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New Contacts in 2014!

Drs. North & Watson is proud to introduce the newest contacts on the market!  We have acquired new daily contact lenses for the presbyopic and astigmatic patients.   We also have a new monthly contact lens that addresses the issues of discomfort and the high demands of today’s contact user, with many patients spending over 10 hours a day on digital devices.

We will profile the new contact lenses individually in future posts.  Stay tuned!

December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

The holiday season is a time for family, fun, and festivity, but it can also be a time of danger.
Each year, many people suffer from eye injuries caused by unsafe toys and celebrations. Inspect the new toys, chill your champagne bottles, cover the cork while releasing it, and celebrate safely. Now that all the toys have been opened, please make sure they are safe and age appropriate.  The following videos offer some tips on toy safety and how to open a champagne bottle. If you experience an eye injury, seek medical attention immediately.

OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)

ivue-11Drs. North & Watson, Optometrists, P.A prides itself in providing the best eyecare to our patients.  Part of  providing quality eyecare is keeping up with the latest in science and technology.  It seems like we are always adding new equipment, and we are!

In November we have added The Optovue Ivue OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography).  The OCT is like an MRI of the eye, but painless and quick.  The results provide high definition cross sections of the eye.  This advanced technology can help detect potential vision threatening diseases in their early stages when they are most treatable.  More importantly, the doctor is able to see the layers in your eye that are invisible with traditional eye examination techniques.

This is the new standard of care and will be offered to every patient.  The patient will be able to see their eye in high definition and in three dimensional cross sections during their eye exam.  The doctor will go over the results with each patient.

Below is a video from a segment on Good Morning America about the OCT and the importance of including it in your wellness visit.

Dr. Watson in Thailand

Dr. Watson and Roseville LensCrafters associate, Crys, are in Thailand this week on a OneSight mission.  Onesight’s mission is to eradicate the global vision care crisis.  There are millions of people around the world that are suffering from vision loss.  In half of the cases, the vision loss can be helped with a simple eye exam and a pair of glasses.

According to Team Thailand, their goal is to help 4,000 people during the week of their trip. So far they have seen 3,378 patients!  With one day of clinic remaining they only have to see 622 more patients to reach their goal.  At the rate they are going, they are bound to surpass it.

Team Thailand has created a blog that contains photos and team members sharing their experiences during their trip.  There are some great stories there!  Check out the blog.  http://stories.onesight.org/thailand/

The following video is not from the Onesight team that is currently in Thailand.  This video is from another Onesight team that went to Thailand earlier in 2013.  This is an excellent example of what happens on these missions and how much the teams have to be proud of. Thank you Dr. Watson, and Crys for representing us and dedicating yourselves to this wonderful cause.

Halloween Contact Lenses

halloweenAs Halloween approaches in the next few days, we would like to send out a friendly reminder about eye safety at this time.  As everyone scrambles to put together the award winning Halloween costume, please remember that ALL contact lenses are medical devices that should be sold and monitored by a medical professional.  This includes cosmetic contact lenses that have no prescription in them.

Cosmetic contacts should be fit and monitored by a professional.  Contact lenses are not one size fits all.  When consumers buy cosmetic contact lens from the internet, flea markets, and small novelty shops, they put themselves at a high risk for serious, even blinding, infections and complications.

If you have purchased this type of cosmetic contact lens, please remove them at any sign of pain or discomfort.  If you experience any complications, please visit your eye care professional right away.  And, NEVER, share contact lenses between friends!

Here are some interesting articles about this topic.

In General:

Contact lenses are medical devices that can only dispensed by prescription. Contact lens prescriptions expire after one year (or sooner if the doctor determines a medical reason for a shorter expiration date). Contact lenses must be regarded with the same caution you would use for prescription drugs, which include prescription expiration dates and follow up visits with your eye doctor. Your contact lens prescription will include the power of your contact lenses, the type of contact lenses you wear, the shape of the contact lenses (curvature) and any information determined by the doctor to be necessary for a proper contact lens fit.

Your eyes go through gradual changes in size, shape and physiological requirements (such as oxygen and moisture) while wearing contact lenses. These changes can affect the health of the cornea and need to be monitored annually. The federal government requires contact lens prescriptions to expire after one year for these reasons.