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Monthly Archives: October 2018

  • HALLOWEEN CONTACT LENSES – BE CAREFUL

    Purchasing non-FDA approved contact lenses can lead to risks such as irritation, infection and blindness.

    Adding colored contacts can take your Halloween costume to the next level. But there are risks when purchasing and wearing contact lenses that are not prescribed by a doctor, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

    Decorative contact lenses are actually considered medical devices by the FDA, which oversees them just as it would prescription contact lenses.

    The agency outlined the following risks:
    •A cut or scratch on the top layer of your eyeball (Corneal Abrasion)
    •Allergic reactions like itchy, watery red eyes
    •Decreased vision
    •Infection
    •Blindness

    If you have red and irritated eyes that last for an unusual period of time or decreased vision, this may be a sign of an eye infection. Infections may cause blindness and scheduling an appointment with an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) should be done right away.

    Places to avoid purchasing contact lenses include street vendors, a beauty supply store, Halloween store, flea markets and online companies that are not FDA approved.

    Buying colored contact lenses is still possible, so long as you schedule an exam with an eye doctor and buy from them or on the internet from an FDA-approved company that will require a prescription. Make sure you follow your doctor’s recommendations on how to properly disinfect and remove or put on your contact lenses to avoid damage and infection to your eyes.

  • WORLD SIGHT DAY


    World Sight Day is the most important advocacy and communications event on the eye health calendar. It is a great time to engage with the world around us – a patient’s family, those who seldom get an eye exam, diabetics. We have the data and evidence. We also have projections into the future–and we know things can go bad, if we don’t act now.

    This year, let us draw attention to eye care issues so that everyone, everywhere has access to good eye health. What’s the first thing you can do? Plan for an eye examination. Look around in your family, especially for those who are vulnerable: young, school-going children, the elderly, those with diabetes.

    World Sight Day 2018 will be on 11 October 2018. This year’s call to action: Eye Care Everywhere
    We know now that 1.2 billion people don’t have access to glasses. Over 3 out of 4–>75% – of the world’s vision impaired are avoidably so. What can be done to arrest this unconscionable fact? First, arm yourself with your country’s prevalence data and Eye Health system information–the number of trained eye health personnel, your country’s plans to tackle blindness.

    This World Sight Day, let’s find the solutions to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to sight.

  • RON BAKER USES MOUTH TO CLEAN CONTACT LENSES

    Even Ron Baker does not have enough time for overtime preseason basketball.

    With a minute left in overtime of the preseason contest between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks, Baker got hit in the upperbody forcing his trainer to pull out the remains of a contact lens. Not wanting to wait for his trainer to run over and get cleaner solution for a new lens, Baker took matters into his own hands.

    Or we should say mouth.

    The Knicks guard took the new lens, popped it into his mouth, gave it a good Listerine swish and then attempted to place the lens back in his eye.

    Just look at the trainer's face. Perhaps it was fitting that Baker's replacement attempt was unsuccessful.

    After he affixed the new lens, presumably under better supervision from the trainer, Baker nailed two free throws to help clinch the game for New York.

    New York won the preseason opener for both teams 124-121. Baker finished with seven points on 2-for-2 shooting.

    It was a game that not only went to overtime to start the new season, it also saw Markieff Morris ejected in the first half and then this.

    Welcome back to the NBA everyone.

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