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Teens in Contacts?


Contacts, Eye Care | August 30, 2011

Needing to purchase eyeglasses is often met with great resistance from a teenager. Adolescents may cringe at the idea of being seen in eyeglasses and looking ”nerdy”. As opposed to glasses, kids and teens who opt for contact lenses feel a significant enhancement in their appearance, a newly published report shows. The research results show that starting at the age of eight, children may prefer being offered the choice of contact lenses. Results were recorded in the November issue of Eye & Contact Lens, published by the Contact Lens Association.

What is it about contacts that adolescents prefer? Young adults are self-conscious, and they often feel better about themselves if they don’t have eye glasses being the center of their appearance. Contact lenses may increase a young adult’s self-image by providing them a less visible alternative for their vision needs.

Although teens are generally provided with contact lenses, children under 13 are usually not offered the choice of contacts, since eye care providers or parents don’t feel that children are ready to deal with them appropriately. However, with proper guidance, children as young as eight are as competent at using and caring for contacts and they should be offered the choice.

Generally before your child purchases lenses you will want to consult your optometrist to go over any possible problems your child might have. Our Rockford IL optometry practice can assist you in determining the right prescription for your teenager’s contact lenses.

There are many options in disposable lenses that make lens wear both safe and convenient Dr Facchiano says. The ultimate in safety if your concerned about your child’s compliance is our the daily use type available in single vision and with astigmatism. With emerging nearsighted prescriptions some patients are great candidates for our genital corneal molding programs ( CRT). The CRT programs offer device free vision throughout the day while treating the condition in just overnight wear. ( for more information please review our links under More Eye Care Resources: Paragon Contact Therapy Lenses

If your pre-teen or teenager is in need of vision correction, why not consider contacts? Through just a simple contact lens, you can really change your teen’s life. With the wide variety of contacts on the market, you and your eye doctor can work with your child to decide what modality is most suitable for their personality, maturity and lifestyle.

To your eye health ,

Dr Facchiano and Staff

Can I sleep in my contacts?

Yes.. and no.

There are two different types of contact lenses available daily wear (you remove them before sleeping) and extended wear (you leave them in overnight). The extended wear lenses allow for more oxygen to reach your cornea, thus making it more acceptable to be slept in. These lenses are typically allowed to be left in without removal for up to seven days.

The latest technology in contact lens material called silicone hydrogel, are approved by the FDA for up to 30 days of wear without removal. If interested, please consult your doctor about these lenses. “Continuous wear” lenses, also known as gas permeable lenses may also be worn for up to a month at a time. “After recent improvements in design and materials, these lenses now can be worn safely for the full 30 days for those who can tolerate them. Your optometrist will advise you about how your eyes are responding to extended wear and how frequently you should remove your lenses.”

So you’ve heard the “You’ll be more prone to eye infections if you leave your contacts in!” Well its true, researchers found that eye infections are greater among people who sleep with their contacts in. FDA has approved the maximum extended wear period to just seven days.

Our doctor’s still do not recommend leaving them in for a full seven-day period. Taking them out before you go to sleep will help decrease the chance of getting an eye infection significantly. Extended wear lenses are a concern for dangerous little organisms that start on your finger, may get on your contact, and then in your eye! These bacteria may lead to infections such as pink eye and in very serious conditions even blindness! If you feel you are having any problems with your contacts from extended wear, please consult with your Optometrist.

Sleeping in your contacts is possible with new silicone hydrogel lenses as they provide more oxygen to the eye than previous soft lenses. Although these materials make overnight wear safer, keep in mind the possibility for infections!

If you are interested in extended wear type contacts, please consult with your Optometrist at Dr. Facchiano and Associates. Call (815) 332-2223

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Comfortable Contacts You’ve Been Looking For!


Contacts | January 14, 2011

Looking for more comfortable contact lenses? These videos from CooperVision explain the benefits of Biofinity and Proclear contacts.

HD Optics


Contacts | December 14, 2010

There is a marketing buzz word going around right now for contact lenses that you might be hearing about more next year and it is called “HD Optics.” If you are like me and wear corrective lenses like glasses or contacts, you might notice “halo” effects or glare from lights or other bright objects. Glasses already have an option to reduce  these sometimes bothersome effects with anti-reflective coating that helps with eye strain as well. Contacts haven’t been as fortunate, until now. To put it in simple terms, “HD Optics” for contact lenses is essentially like the anti-reflective option for glasses. For people who don’t wear glasses or contact lenses, trying to explain how light “looks” different with a pair of corrective lenses is actually pretty tough. That is probably why the term “HD Optics” was born, to simplify things.

One of the first contact lenses to go all out with an “HD” option is Bausch + Lomb’s PureVision 2 monthly disposable lens. With this heir to the original PureVision line, Bausch + Lomb is  starting to incorporate the latest technology to sharpen up images as much as possible. I pulled an image from the B+L website that does its best to simulate what it means in terms of “HD.”

The face of Big Ben doesn’t have any sort of funky lighting effect, which is supposed to emulate what the PureVision 2 HD will do for patients. If you want to read up more on the lens, you can check out the official webpage or talk to your optometrist.

So that is the fuss about “HD Optics.” It is a way of telling people that contacts are making progress in reducing halo and glare and now, more than ever, there will be an option for everyone if they choose to wear contact lenses.

How Multifocal Contacts Work


Contacts | December 13, 2010

I’ve said it about a thousand times, but there is a contact lens out there for everybody. When people hit the age of 40, the eyes start doing all kinds of weird things and that is around the time patients start noticing the need for bifocals and rush to their eye doctor to get it corrected. For contact lens wearers, that shift in the need for a more specialized correction meant they had to go back to glasses. Now, there are many options available that incorporate different prescription powers so that those in need of multifocal contacts have options.

How do these multifocal contact lenses work? Most people are familiar with glasses and the no-line transitions but how multifocal contacts work is slightly different. Kinda.

There are actually a few ways that multifocal contacts correct for mutliple distances. One common method used by contact lens makers is to put concentric circles in the lens that correct for different distances. The following crudely drawn diagram I found through an image search actually does a good job at showing what I am talking about

This is just one way of correcting for multiple points of focus. There are also a few other ways to correct with multifocal contact lenses that are closer in proximity to how no-line progressive lenses glasses work, just on a much smaller scale.

Now the question becomes, how does the contact move to the right area of correction. The trick is that the the eye is the one that “moves” to focus on the right part of the contact. It is such a slight focus adjustment that people will not be able to tell the eyes have “moved.” That, in a nut shell, is how multifocal contacts work. Remember, your optometrist will have more information when you go in for your next contact lens fitting if you are really looking to get the fine details on how the mutlifocal contacts work.