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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • 10 Foods To Help Save Your Vision

    10-foodsAre you eating foods that will help improve eye health? As we are approaching the end of Save Your Vision month, we here at CLEContactLenses.com would like to discuss another way anyone can help save their vision and that is by consuming healthier foods. We are sure you have herd this news from your doctor during your annual physical to help prevent cholesterol and heart disease, but did you know that having a healthy diet you can also help preserve your vision as well?

    Here are 10 delicious choices that help minimize age-related vision changes and reduce the risk of serious eye diseases, too.

    Carrots & Apricots

    We are sure a few of you have probably heard that carrots promote eye health and protect vision, and it's true. Carrots and apricots are rich in beta carotene, a carotenoid that the body converts to vitamin A. Beta-carotene, gives these foods their orange hue, helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function smoothly. Research has shown that beta carotene may help with night vision -- and possibly even play a part in preventing cataracts. Do you have trouble seeing at night? Try some carrots or apricots.

    Eating your way to good eyesight isn't only about beta-carotene. Though their connection to vision isn't as well-known, many other vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy eyes.

    Leafy greens

    Cooked kale, spinach, collards, and turnip greens (along with broccoli and eggs) are crammed full of lutein and zeaxanthin -- two powerful antioxidants that may help protect against retinal damage and the onset of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

    Eggs

    The yolk of an egg is a prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin—plus zinc, which also helps reduce your macular degeneration risk.

    Kidney Beans

    Believe it or not but your eyes love a cup of red kidney beans straight out of the can. Why you ask? Because they are a good source of zinc, a mineral that is vital to eye health. Zinc helps get vitamin A from the liver to the retina for eye-protective melanin production. Proper amounts of zinc also help with night vision and cataract prevention, as well.

    Whole Grains

    A recent study suggests that a low-glycemic-index (GI) diet may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by almost 8%. One way to quickly lower the GI of a meal is to use high-fiber whole grains instead of refined carbs. In this sense think quinoa, brown rice, whole oats, and whole-wheat breads and pasta rather than products made from refined grains or refined, enriched flour.

    Citrus and berries

    These fruits are powerhouses of vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. Vitamin C-rich fruits and veggies -- like oranges, peaches, strawberries, tomatoes, red bell peppers and lemons-- help support blood vessels in the eye and may reduce the risk of cataracts.

    Nuts

    They're filled with vitamin E, which slows macular degeneration, research shows. One handful (an ounce) provides about half of your daily dose of E.

    Peanuts and almonds are a good source of vitamin E, a nutrient known for protecting eyes from free-radical damage. Vitamin E may also hinder the progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts are other good sources of vitamin E.

    Fatty fish

    Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in DHA, a fatty acid found in your retina. These fatty fish have two types of omega-3 fatty acids -- docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) -- both of which may be important in preventing or slowing down eye diseases. A lack of omega-3s may also contribute to dry eye syndrome. Other omega-3 sources include walnuts, and flaxseeds.

    Try combining them

    Emerging research suggests that getting eye-supporting nutrients in combination -- in the context of a low-glycemic-index diet -- may have the most profound effect on slowing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). So do your eyes an even bigger favor: Don't focus on a single nutrient. Instead, eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, choose healthy fats and high-fiber carbs, and reduce your intake of red meat, sugars, and refined flours

    Make these 10 foods a staple of your diet to keep your peepers in tip-top shape.

  • There is still time to stock up before these Acuvue products are gone forever

    Last month Vistakon a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., announced that three Acuvue contact lens brands will be removed from its U.S. product portfolio later this year.  Acuvue Bifocal, Acuvue 2 Colour and select base curves and parameters of Acuvue brand contact lenses will be discontinued at different points throughout the year.

    On July 1, 2013 the first wave of discontinuance will begin with all Acuvue brand contact lenses no longer being available in 9.1 base curves or 8.4 and 8.8 base curves of parameters from -6.50 to -11.0.  Acuvue products with 8.4 and 8.8 base curves and parameters ranging from -0.50 to -6.00 however will continue to be available.

    Acuvue 2 ColoursAcuvue Bifocal

    The final wave of Acuvue discontinuation will take place on December. 31, 2013. All parameters of Acuvue Bifocal and Acuvue 2 Colours will be discontinued.

    With this move, Vistakon is encouraging eye doctors and eyecare professionals to upgrade patients from older lenses to “more popular and innovative brands” such as Acuvue Oasys, 1-Day Acuvue Moist and 1-Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses. “These brands are better poised to help make patients happy about the contact lenses they wear, and the doctor who fits them,” Brown said.

    If you are a contact lens user of any of the following brands, base curves or parameters, again we urge you to schedule an appointment with your optometrist so that you can discuss your replacement contact lens options prior to July 1st so that you will have ample time to try all of your different options before the first wave of discontinuation occurs.

    As some were not pleased with this news, patients have begun to stock up on their current contact lenses now while they are still being produced. If you find yourself in this same situation we recommend that you either schedule a visit with your doctor to begin finding a replacement contact lens or begin to stock up before they are gone forever.

    Check out our video on this as well

  • Give RevitaLens OcuTec multi-purpose contact lens solution a free try

    RevitaLens Multi Putpose Contact Lenses SolutionThis week we have trial packs of RevitaLens OcuTec multi-purpose contact solution made by Abbott.

    When wearing contact lenses, especially in a world of less sleep and more computer use, makes it more challenging for eyes to stay comfortable and healthy. To care for your lenses and your eyes, a lens care solution that works like your eyes was created. RevitaLens OcuTec multi-purpose contact solutiondelivers comfort and disinfection for soft contact lenses, including silicone hydrogel lenses and posseses a 16+ hours of duration for that end of day comfort.

    The OcuTec activity delivers effective cleaning and robust dual disinfection and removes protein and other deposits that commmonly accumilate during lens wear - a clean lens is a comfortable lens.

    RevitaLens ocuTec MPDS with its advanced technology:

    • Delivers brilliantly clean and clear contact lenses
    • Conditions the lenses to maintain surface moisture
    • Provides clearer vision and increases end of day comfort
    • Provides safe storage up to 30 days

    Here is a video more about the product

    If you wish to receive a trial sample of RevitaLens OcuTec multi-purpose contact solution, like us on Facebook and send us a private message with your address and we will gladly send you a RevitaLens multi-purpose contact solution trial pack. That’s it. Sounds pretty simple. Now what are you waiting for? Head on over to our Facebook page and claim your free trial while supplies last.

    *Please note that the RevitaLens ocutec multipurpose contact solution is intended for soft contact lenses including silicone hydrogel lenses.

  • This Year Johnson & Johnson's Vistakon Will Discontinue Select Acuvue Contact Lens Brands From U.S. Market

    For those that might not have herd or even know, Vistakon is a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Vistakon has recently announced that three Acuvue contact lens brands will be removed from its U.S. product portfolio later this year.  Acuvue Bifocal, Acuvue 2 Colour and select base curves and parameters of Acuvue brand contact lenses will be discontinued at different points throughout the year.

    Beginning on July 1, 2013, Acuvue brand contact lenses will no longer be available in 9.1 base curves or 8.4 and 8.8 base curves of parameters from -6.50 to -11.0.  Products with 8.4 and 8.8 base curves and parameters ranging from -0.50 to -6.00 however will continue to be available.

    Acuvue 2 ColoursAcuvue Bifocal

    Beginning on December. 31, 2013, all parameters of Acuvue Bifocal and Acuvue 2 Colours will be discontinued.

    “Contact lens wearers continue to embrace innovative new materials, technologies, and designs that meet their vision, comfort and lifestyle needs,” said Vistakon president Dave Brown. “Providing patients the best vision correction product experience is a critical factor in helping eyecare professionals serve their patients and grow their practice.”

    Vistakon is encouraging eye doctors and eyecare professionals to upgrade patients from older lenses to “more popular and innovative brands” such as Acuvue Oasys, 1-Day Acuvue Moist and 1-Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses. “These brands are better poised to help make patients happy about the contact lenses they wear, and the doctor who fits them,” Brown said.

    According to a survey administered by Vistakon, nine out of 10 doctors believe that their contact lens patients associate their contact lens wear experience with their opinion of them as a doctor and that patients’ product experience is either “extremely” or “very important” to the likelihood of them returning to the office for their next eye exam. Further, 99 percent of optometrists surveyed by Vistakon agree that keeping patients happy leads to practice growth through referrals.

    If you are a user of any of the following brands, base curves or parameters, we urge you to schedule an appointment with your optometrist so that you can discuss your replacement contact lens options prior to July 1st so that you will have ample time to try all of your different options before the discontinue date.

    If you are not pleased with this news, you next best option would be to stock up on your current contact lenses now while they are still being produced. However, you will eventually need to find a replacement contact lens brand once your contact lens stock pile becomes depleted.

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