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Contact Lenses and Cold Weather

This time of year is perfect for wrapping up in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate and spending time with family. However, with the season comes cold and bitter weather, and these conditions can be extremely harsh on your eyes and contact lenses.

But don’t worry. Like always, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure your eyes stay happy and healthy during even the chilliest days.

Winter and Dry Eyes

Michigan winters are packed with snow, wind and bitter temperatures. We love how beautiful our state gets in cold weather, but these harsh conditions can often irritate eyes.

The winter months are drier than others, which can stimulate a tearing reflex in our eyes. That’s why you might find yourself blinking away tears when the temperatures drop.

When the whipping winds make contact with the eyes’ surface, even if you’re wearing contact lenses, the moisture of your eyes gets stripped. As a result, your eyes try to counteract the dryness by producing more tears.

To help cut down on random crying while still keeping your eyes moisturized, try artificial tears, contact lens specific lubricating drops, a humidifier, or some of these tricks!

Eye Protection

Yes, even in the cold months, it’s important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

You might be surprised to learn that your eyes can suffer from sunburn. You might be even more surprised to learn that the light reflecting off the snow and ice can evoke some very powerful UV rays, even on a cloudy day!

If your eyes do suffer from sunburn, the condition generally clears up after a few days, but during that time, you can’t wear your contacts.

Protect your eyes this year by making sure you wear sunglasses all year round. Not only do sunglasses protect you from UV rays, but they can act as a barrier between your eyes and the wind. That can help reduce dry eyes and irritation from winter breezes.

Contact Care

Despite what you may have heard, we can confidently tell you your contact lenses won’t freeze to your eyes even on the coldest of days.

Although you won’t be in danger of frozen lenses, it is important to keep your contacts moist. You’ll also need lenses that are best suited for your eyes. If you have naturally dry eyes, specialized lenses may be a good option for the cold months. Our team can help you find the right fit to keep your eyes happy all season long.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with us to prepare for the upcoming cold weather. We can help you find properly fitted lenses that will suit all of your winter needs.

Rx Optical Blog Halloween Eye Safety 10.19.18

Get Spooky: Halloween Costumes and Eye Safety

Fun costumes are one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween. Depending on the costume, sometimes it takes a bit of makeup and even crazy eyewear in order to fully pull off the look you’re going for. When you’re swept up in the excitement of dressing up, it is easy to forget about eye safety and the potential risks your costume may be creating.

Our treat to you this Halloween season is informing you of certain costume accessories that could cause you harm and potentially ruin your Halloween celebrations.

Cosmetic Contact Lenses

October is Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month, and, coincidently, a popular trend for enhancing Halloween costumes is cosmetic contact lenses. Cosmetic lenses can make quite a fashion statement, but when bought without a prescription at boutiques, tattoo parlors, and other nonprofessional retailers, they pose serious health risks.

All contact lenses, including prescription or cosmetic, are classified as medical devices and it is illegal for anyone to sell contact lenses without a prescription, because of the medical and health risks that this creates. Non-prescription costume contacts can cut, scratch, and infect your eye if they are not properly fitted. From this mis-sizing, corneal abrasions and bacterial infections are the most common injuries that occur. Unfortunately, treatment for these injuries can require surgery and sometimes the treatment does not work.

Why are costume lenses unsafe? The lenses are developed in a way that does not allow enough oxygen get through to the eye due to the paints and pigments used to create the colors in the cosmetic lens. There are about 13,000 emergency room cases each year due to the use of non-prescription cosmetic lenses.

How do you get safe, colored contact lenses? The only way to safely wear contact lenses is with a prescription. Our Optometrists would be happy to determine your prescription and contact fit at an eye exam. If cosmetic lenses will complete your Halloween costume, be sure to go the safe route and schedule an eye exam.

Costume Makeup, Paint, and Glitter

Makeup, paint, and glitter are quite common when it comes to Halloween costume essentials, but these also all pose a risk. It is important that when using costume makeup, paint, or glitter, you test a small area before placing the makeup on the entire face. It is especially important with costume makeup to keep it away from the eyes and eye area so that they eyes are protected from any irritation or stinging and burning.

After the costume comes off, don’t forget to take off your makeup, too. No matter how tired you are, the irritation from costume makeup can cause infection if left on for too long, so don’t go to sleep without washing your face. Be sure to look for swelling, rashes, and irritation on the face or around the eyes the day after the makeup is applied.

Masks and Accessories

Watch out for any costume items that could penetrate or scratch the eye. Think plastic masks that could break into the eye or tripping while carrying a prop sword. Any accessory or prop you use should be soft, flexible, and short, in order to avoid injury to the eye.

Signs of Infection

After your celebrations, watch out for these signs of infection:

  • Unexplained eye discomfort or pain
  • Redness of the eye and/or discharge
  • Watering eyes
  • Vision changes

Want to learn more about safe Halloween costume practices or interested in setting up an eye exam to get a prescription for colored contact lenses? Give our office a call or schedule your appointment online. One of our doctors would be more than happy to assist in your fun and safe Halloween!

GLASSES OR CONTACTS? THAT IS THE QUESTION.

Let’s say you just found out, from Rx Optical, that you need glasses…now what? Usually, the first question that patients have is, “Glasses or contacts?” Don’t worry; we’re here to help. Our opticians will sit down with you and discuss your lifestyle, activities, and the pros and cons of both glasses and contacts. We have so many options available that you don’t need to choose one or the other.

For those that need a little extra vision enhancement, we have a ton of options to choose from. From Progressive to BlueTech lenses, to the latest contact lens technology, at RX Optical we think your glasses or lenses should not only enhance your vision but should fit every part of your life.

At Rx Optical, we offer both a wide array of lenses and frames for glasses and also competitively priced contact lenses. Here are the perks of both.

Glasses:

If you want your eyewear to make a statement about who you are, glasses might be the way to go. We offer an assortment of frames in styles that endure, so while your prescription might get outdated, your frames never will.

Your glasses should protect your vision and support your style. So, pair your favorite frames with the perfect lenses to blend style and function. Today, lenses do more than simply enhance your vision. BluTech lenses protect your eyes from the harmful light of your devices. Progressive Lenses make bifocal glasses less obvious and make the transition easier for the wearer.

More benefits:

  • Our specials and promotions make it easy to afford multiple frames so your glasses can fit your ever-evolving style
  • Less likely to irritate eyes, dry out eyes

Contacts:

When you choose contacts, the perfect fit is key. Our doctors measure you for the best fit and recommend and prescribe the latest in contact lens technology. We want you to have a comfortable contact lens wearing experience so our lenses fit all lifestyles.

If you’re worried about price, we have priced our contact lenses to beat the big names on the internet – just high enough for us to keep the lights on, but low enough to make sure you don’t need to go anywhere else.

If you lead an active lifestyle, play sports, have an active job or are constantly on the move, contacts are a great choice. For the most active wearer, daily contacts might be the best choice.

Contacts also:

  •  Won’t block peripheral vision like frames can
  •  Aren’t affected by weather conditions, won’t fog up

But, before deciding between contacts and glasses, keep in mind that one is not necessarily better than the other, and the best choice may be both. You should always have an up-to-date pair of glasses just in case you need to stop wearing your contacts, your eyes feel irritated, or you just want a different look for the day.

If you’re still unsure which route to go, give us a call today at (800) RX CARES.

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CONTACTS ON THE DAILY: THE CONVENIENCE FACTOR

Whether you are into extreme sports or just enjoy getting your sweat on at hot yoga, contacts can absolutely make your life easier. However, they can also be a hassle. A lot of patients struggle with day-to-day care of their lenses and contacts often become cloudy, torn, and dirty. Daily disposables are a convenient and affordable solution that is also better for your eyes.

At Rx Optical, we always prescribe the latest contact lens technologies so that you can be confident that you will have the most comfortable contact lens wearing experience.

Dailies eliminate the inconvenience of cleaning and storing your contacts. Life is busy and your contacts need to work for you. With disposables you just pop the contacts in when you wake up and toss them at the end of the day. The convenience is a given, but there are also considerable health benefits surrounding dailies. Replacing your contact lenses regularly will keep your eyes healthy and comfortable.

Even if you plan to use daily disposables most of the time, keep your eye glass prescription up to date. We definitely recommend balancing your contact wear with your glasses to keep your eyes healthy and happy.

Check out our latest contact brands here and schedule an appointment with us today!

Disclaimer:

Choosing the right contact lens is a decision you should make with your doctor. Whether you are an experienced contact wearer or first-timer, scheduling a contact lens exam is the first step in getting your hands on some daily disposables. At Rx Optical, our doctors recommend and prescribe the latest contact lens technologies so that you can be confident that you will have the most comfortable contact lens wearing experience.