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  • 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.

  • March is Save Your Vision Awareness Month

    save-your-visionSome may not be aware of this, but the month of March is Save Your Vision Month.

    Here at CLEContactLenses.com feel that the best way to protect your eyes is to get a comprehensive eye exam each year. By doing so, you can detect a vision problem and prevent, delay or even reverse its progression depending on the prognosis.

    People who sit in front of a computer for long periods of time often encounter a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Headaches, neck strain, backaches and wrist pain are common, but, sadly, the most prevalent symptoms of prolonged computer use-eye strain, blurred vision and dry eye-are often overlooked. In fact, eye and vision problems are the most frequently reported health care problems among computer users!

    Sitting at a computer generally causes a person to look straight ahead for long stretches, work in a dry office or home environment, and to blink less often. These factors can lead to vision problems. It is not just the continuous looking at the screen that takes the full blame, since many of factors add to this issue. Such factors are: improper screen resolution and contrast, screen glare, improper eye to screen distance.

    In order to help combat these controllable items, one should always set their computer monitor resolution to the highest resolution the monitor can support since it provides greater clarity and usually leads to improved comfort. Another step would be to adjust the contrast so that the computer monitor is not to bright and not to dark.

    Now depending on your desks location, a worker may deal with glare and reflections. To combat this one could add a monitor screen protector to help cut down on the glare . Another option would be to add window treatments to help cut down on the sun glare.

    To help combat the distance issue, one should always position their computer monitor at a distance that allows them to clearly see their monitor so that they do not need to tilt their head in a manner that changes their posture. The recommended eye distance to your monitor should be 20”– 26”. This factor all depends on your monitor size so adjust the distance accordingly.

    Now just by performing these changes, will not help save you from eye strain so we here at CLEContactLenses.com encourage computer users to also take breaks from their computer monitor so that one’s eyes are not always focused on just their monitor.

    For all those that have had an eye exam, we are sure you have herd of the 20-20-20 rule. For all those that do not know what this is, it is an eye exercise one should practice to help reduce eye strain. The way to perform this exercise is by performing the following:

    For every 20 minutes of computer use,  take a 20 second break and look at an object that is 20 feet away.

    We are sure many computer users are saying “That’s easier said than done”. Little do they know,  there are free software programs that can help remind you of this exercise so that you don’t forget. The key here is repetition.

    To help celebrate Save your Vision awareness month,  as well as the upcoming March Madness of College Basketball, we are offering free shipping within the US for all orders that are placed between March 1-3. In order to obtain free shipping you will need to enter the following coupon code during checkout: 142994436

    Now remember only you can help save your vision, so make sure you have a yearly eye exam and at minimum be conscientious about digital eye strain.

  • (Free Samples) - Free Menicon Menicare Contact Solution and Wetting & Rewetting Starter Kit

    Today we are offering a free contact solution starter kit of Menicare CDS and WRW to all of our new FaceBook fans, Twitter and Pinterest followers that use rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens. All one needs to do to claim this offer is like us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and send us a message containing your mailing information and we will mail you a free contact lens solution starter kit from Menicon.

    For those that are not aware what Menicon CDS and WRW is, here is an overview of each product:

    MeniCare GP Cleaning & Disinfecting Contact Lens Solution

    Menicare CDS and Menicare WRWThis product is a sterile cleaning, disinfecting and storage solution for use with fluorosilicone acrylate and silicon acrylate rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens. When used as directed, Menicare GP CDS solution cleans and disinfects RGP contact lens and hard contact lens. This product contains no Polyquad, Chlorhexidine, Polyaminoproply Biguanide, or BAK.

    MeniCare GP Cleaning & Disinfecting Contact Lens Solution is highly effective against lipid deposition and it is a non-abrasive solution which avoids lens damage. Deposits and particles continuously adhere to contact lens surfaces. The ingredient "HYPROMELLOSE" increases the viscosity of MeniCare Plus which facilitates mechanical cleaning with the fingers or palms of the hand. Deposits and particles on the lens surface can be then easily rinsed off.

    Ingredients: Menicon's unique PROLEX system
    Size: 30ML
    Indications: For Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses.

     

    MeniCare GP WRW - Wetting & Rewetting Contact Lens Drop

    Menicare GP WRW wets lenses prior to insertion. This product can also be used directly in the eye during the wearing cycle to relieve occasional dryness and discomfort. This product is intended for Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lens (FluoroSilicon Acyrlate and Silicone Acyrlate) and hard lenses. This product is highly recommended for RGP lenses made in Menicon Z material. This product contains no Polyquad, Chlorhexidine, Polyaminoproply Biguanide, or BAK.

    Ingredients: Menicon's unique PROLEX system
    Size: 10ML
    Indications: For Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses.

    The Menicare starter kit also comes with a contact lens case so that you can soak, clean and disinfect your RGP contact lenses using the Menicare CDS.

    So what are you waiting for?  Head on over to our FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest pages and send us a message with your mailing address and we will send you a free starter kit.

  • Prevent dry eyes during the winter months

    Do you tend to have dry eyes during the winter months? It's not uncommon for people to suffer from dry eyes in the colder months of the year. When it's cold, wet or snowing outside but yet warm inside, the combination of weather can cause tears to evaporate sooner leaving behind feelings of irritation, dryness and pain. Unfortunately in persistently cold conditions the eye is unable to produce tears quick enough, so dry eye sensations can continue. Some will even experience watery eyes, as our body attempts to compensate for the lack of tear production. However, despite what you make think these tears don't improve the situation, they're called "reflex tears" and don't contain the components that keep the eyes hydrated, only watery.

    Here are a few tips to help avoid dry eyes in the winter:

    Eye Drops
    There is a wide range of artificial-tears available to buy over the counter, that can help re-wet your eyes to stop dry and gritty feelings. If you wear contact lenses, there's also a great selection of eye drops on the market that can be applied to your contact lenses as well to help keep them moist.

    Blink More
    The rate you blink is reduced over a period of time when you focus on something for a long period of time. On average a person blinks around 18 times per minute. Your average bink is cut in half when looking at a digital device.

    Sunglasses
    You may be wondering what’s the point of wearing sunglasses on a cold day? Sunglasses help diminish the brightness on chilly days and shielding your eyes from the sun is important. Sunglasses will not only provide the necessary UV protection but will also stop any cold wind coming into direct contact with your eyes, and shield them from dust and grit which can also contribute to dry eye.

    A Good Night's Sleep
    Resting your eyes is very important, as your focus on things throughout the day your eyes get tired, just like the rest of your body and the right amount of sleep will keep them feeling healthy and refreshed.

    Omega 3
    Research has shown that regular Omega 3 supplements can significantly improve ocular comfort, as well as being good for the heart and brain. You can buy Omega 3 supplements in most pharmacies, supermarkets or even online.

    Humidifier
    Invest in a humidifier for your home or office as it can help maintain the right amount of moisture in the air, replacing the tears lost as a result of indoor heating drawing the moisture out of the air.

    Stay Hydrated
    Studies have revealed that drinking water can significantly reduce dry eye symptoms. So in the winter why not drink a few extra glasses to compensate for the cold weather.

    As you can see there are many steps one can take to prevent dry eyes during the winter months, so make sure to bookmark these tips to ensure you don't get dry eyes.

  • (Free Samples) - Give Biotrue multi-purpose contact lens solution a free try

    Last week we mentioned that we had free trials of Ocuvite Adult 50+ for all of those that are looking to give them a try. This week we have trial packs of Biotrue multi-purpose contact solution made by Bausch & Lomb.

    Biotrue multipurpose contact solutionPlease note that the Biotrue multipurpose contact solution is intended for soft contact lenses including silicone hydrogel lenses.

    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. Biotrue multi-purpose contact solution moistens in a way your eyes do as it uses a lubricant also found in your eyes, and it is ph balanced to match healthy tears. Biotrue multi-purpose contact solution helps prevent certain tear proteins from denaturing for clean lenses and fights germs for healthy lens wear.

    Biotrue multi-purpose contact solution conditions, cleans, removes protein, disinfects, rinses and helps store your contact lenses while you give your eyes the rest that they need.

    If you wish to receive a trial sample of Biotrue multi-purpose contact solution, like us on Facebook and send us a private message with your address and we will gladly send you a Biotrue 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.

  • (Free Samples) - Give Ocuvite Adult 50+ Eye Vitamin & Mineral Supplement a Try

    Since this month is Glaucoma awareness month, we here at CLEContactLenses.com wish to further help promote eye care awareness to those that are currently doing nothing to help preserve their vision.

    Knowing that Glaucoma is very prominent in African American and Hispanic ethnicity's but also with aging, many do not take preventative action like taking a vitamin or supplement to help protect their eye health. If we all just took a daily vitamin we would all be a little healthier. Not to mention a yearly eye exam.

    Ocuvite Adult 50+ Vitamin and Mineral SupplementTo help promote better eye health we are willing to provide trial samples of Ocuvite Adult 50+ formula with Lutein, Zeaxanthin & Omega 3 to all that become a fan of our Facebook page and request it. It’s as simple as that! No hoops to jump through. No tricky coupons to mail it. Simply Like us on Facebook and send us a message containing your mailing address and we will ship you a trial pair of Ocuvite 50+ for free. No strings attached.

    If you find yourself asking: “How do I know if Ocuvite is right for me?” we have provided some simple questions to ask yourself:

    • Are you over the age of 45?
    • Are you concerned about the health of your eyes?
    • Do you want to help protect your eye health as you age?
    • Do you want your eyes to get the vital nutrients known to help protect eye health?
    • Do you want to replenish the nutrients eyes can lose as they age?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Ocuvite is right for you.

    Ocuvite Adult 50+ Formula with Lutein, Zeaxanthin, & Omega-3 Soft Gels help replenish the vital nutrients your eyes can lose as you age with a unique formula to help protect your eye health. This product contains 5 mg of Lutein and 1 mg of Zeaxanthin, plus 250 mg of Omega-3 which are important for proper retinal function and support overall eye health. Ocuvite Adult 50+ also contains antioxidants and nutrients, including vitamins C, E, and Zinc which are found in the other Ocuvite products.

    As you can read, Ocuvue is chock full of eye healthy vitamins & mineral supplements to keep your eye working at their best.

    Again we are willing to provide a trial pair for all of those who are willing to try them if you find yourself sitting on the fence.

    Here is the current public commercial that is being circulated nationwide about Ocuvite Adult 50+.

    Here are the nutritional facts about Ocuvite 50+ so that there is no mistaking the vital facts of what really is in this vitamin and mineral supplement:

    For those that are currently taking the Ocuvite 50+ and are looking to save a few dollars, head on over to our website to purchase the Ocuvite 50+ Formula Eye Vitamin & Mineral Supplement

    Again, if you wish to receive a trial sample all you need to do is simply Like us on Facebook and send us a message on Facebook containing your mailing address and we will ship you a trial pair of Ocuvite 50+ for free. No strings attached.

  • January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

    January is Glaucoma Awareness MonthJanuary is Glaucoma Awareness Month January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

    Some may not be aware of this, but the month of January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. This disease does not receive the attention that many other popular diseases receive, so we here at CLEContactLenses.com feel the need to spread the word about this sight stealing disease.

    Currently, 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58% increase.

    Glaucoma is referred to as "the sneak thief of sight" in the ophthalmology field since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.

    Many are unaware that Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. What is even more alarming, is that this disease is more prevalent among African American and Latinos. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.

    Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of these people are unaware that they even have it. In combination with an aging population, an epidemic of blindness is looming if awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision is not promoted. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.

    Help Raise Awareness About Glaucoma

    In the United States, approximately 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. Here are three ways you can help raise awareness:

    • Talk to friends and family about glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Let your family members know.
    • Refer interested parties to the Glaucoma Research Foundation web site to better educate them.
    • Ask the Glaucoma Research Foundation to send you a free educational booklet to you or a friend in need.

    What is Glaucoma?

    Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without any type of warning. The most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, but do be aware that glaucoma can affect people of all ages and not just the middle-aged and elderly.

    Vision loss in Glaucoma is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.

    Unfortunately there is no current cure for glaucoma as of yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss if acted upon in a timely manner. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease.

    Types of Glaucoma

    Yes there is more than one type! The misconception is that there is just one version. With this being said, the two main types of glaucoma are the following: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a normal IOP, this is called normal tension glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss.

    Facts and Statistics About Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision. If you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost.

    The best way to protect your eyes from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye exam each year. In doing so, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately.

    Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among African-Americans and among Hispanics in older age groups. Also, siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have a significantly increased risk of having glaucoma due to their genealogy.

    Risk Factors About Glaucoma

    Do you feel you are at risk for glaucoma? Those at higher risk include people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent. Other high-risk groups include: people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted. Regular eye exams are especially important for those at higher risk for glaucoma, and may help to prevent unnecessary vision loss.

    Help Find a Cure for Glaucoma

    The Glaucoma Research Foundation is a national non-profit organization funding innovative research to preserve vision and find a cure for glaucoma. Gifts of every size make a difference for finding a cure for this disease that is known for being the sneak thief of sight. Donate today and help find a cure.

    Now that we have made you aware that January is Glaucoma Awareness Month and provided you with some juicy heath finding facts, will you take the initiative to have an eye exam and make others aware of this sight stealing disease and help promote prevention or will you do nothing about it?

  • Gift of Giving Thanks Holiday Contest

    Beginning on Monday December 17th we will launch our Gift of Giving Thanks Holiday contest. The contest will end at midnight on December 21st. The Gift of Giving Thanks Holiday Contest will consist of our social fans and followers telling us why their chosen loved one should win the daily contest. In order to participate in the contest, each contestant will be asked to write why their suggested loved one should win the gift certificate. Each contestant will need to post their reasons right on our social fan sites or even send us a private/direct message if they wish to keep their motives private.

    Every day, the best reason will be selected and the persons chosen loved one, will receive a $50 gift certificate to clecontactlenses.com via email. The issued gift certificates can be used to purchase any of the products sold on clecontactlenses.com. Such products would consist of Acuvue contact lenses, DVM Contact Lens Removers, Eye Vitamins, Contact Lens Rewetting Drops just to name a few of their products available online.

    The partners of CleContactlenses.com, always like to give back and we can all agree that it is the season for giving. The partners felt the need to reward those who have done good and or have made a difference in someone’s lives and feel the need to thank them. Aside from this contest, the partners are working with Bears 2 Go to donate 100 plush stuffed animals to the following charities: Friends of Karen, The Floating Hospital & Change for Kids. On top of this donation, for every order they receive of $50 or more from now until December 21st, they will donate additional plush stuffed animals to these charities.

    If you would like to enter The Gift of Giving Thanks Holiday Contest, you can do so by becoming a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cle.contactlenses and or becoming a follower on Twitter at https://twitter.com/clecontacts.

    CleContactlenses.com would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday.

  • Air Optix Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses

    Air Optics Aqua Multifocal Contact LensesEnjoy clear vision and smooth transition between distances outstanding vision and comfort. A new and innovative option in contact lenses AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL contact lenses are made for people approaching 40 or over who wear bifocals. AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL is made with TriComfort™ Technology to provide breathability and moisture retention, while resisting deposit buildup.

    The Air Optix Aqua Multifocal contact lenses are manufactured by Ciba Vision and are the latest addition to the Air Optix contact lens brand. Theses multifocal contact lenses provide superior vision for real world situations. Besides, the contacts are produced out of patented lens material which helps minimize the rate of lens dehydration, and really resists deposits, for comfort all day long. Rich, nourishing oxygen flows continuously through the lenses - for white healthy looking eyes. Crisp clear vision at all distances for all stages of presbyopic patients. The Air Optix Aqua Multifocal offers natural feeling all day, every day.

    Air Optics Aqua Multifocal Contact Lenses DiagramProduct Details:

    • soft lenses
    • oxygen flow
    • retains moisture
    • resists deposits

    Many users are enjoying the latest addition to the Air Optix contact lens brand are manufactured by Ciba Vision as seen in these reviews. If you are 40 and over and are tired of looking for your glasses, or feel awkward wearing bifocals, give the AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL contact lenses a try. You can even request a free pair of AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL contact lenses by heading over to their website and filling out a simple form.

    Once you see and feel the difference, come back to CLE Contact Lenses to place you order as we guarantee you the lowest legitimate price possible on all contact lenses.

  • Cyber Monday deals for CLEcontactlenses.com

    All day today, we will provide 11% off plus free ground shipping during our Cyber Monday deals while supplies last when using the following coupon code at checkout: 505512567.

    The partners of CLEcontactlenses.com feel optimistic about this year’s deals and are expecting many more visitors than last year. They also hope many consumers’ avoided the Black Friday madness and did not wait in long lines at all the big box stores just to come away disappointed and not getting that special ticket item they had on their holiday list.

    On Black Friday, we gave our social fans and followers a sneak peak to our Cyber Monday deals hopping our customers would avoid the mad dash by shopping in the comfort of their own homes and enjoying the company of family and friends all while saving time and money and not having to go out and wait in long lines or even having to wait for Cyber Monday to see what deals we were going to offer.

    During the holiday’s some consumer’s tend to forget the meaning of the holiday and turn into crazed shoppers. It never fails, you always hear of multiple injuries on the news due to the Black Friday madness and how customers get trampled upon while trying to get into the store to get that big discounted item and only having to walk away empty handed if they are lucky. In most reported incidents, people have walked away with minor bumps and bruises and in the worst case death.

    Due to the madness that came with Black Friday, we wished our loyal fans and followers to enjoy the holiday at home with their family and friends while still being able to click those holiday items off of their wish list in a matter of a few minutes by taking advantage of our pre Cyber Monday deals on Black Friday.

    If you wish to see what deals we will be offering today on Cyber Monday become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cle.contactlenses and or a follower on Twitter at https://twitter.com/clecontacts

    Everyone here at CLEcontactlenses.com would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday.

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