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  • Seasonal Allergies Contact Solution Promo

    Last month we discussed in a blog post the effects of allergy season for those who wear contact lenses. In the mentioned blog post, we provided the various ways contact lens users can cope with allergy season. Such ways include switching to a daily disposable contact lens or the other option is to re wet your contact lenses during the day and making sure to soak/clean them over night.

    Since the option of switching to daily disposable contact lenses during allergy season would require you to make an appointment with your optometrist along with having to buy new contact lenses thus requiring more cost, we felt the need to help those patients out that cannot afford to have another dr’s visit and purchase a set a different contact lenses to provide them with a little ease during this ongoing hard economic times.

    The way we plan to offer some ease, is to offer an extremely limited time offer on contact lens solution as well as comfort drops. Buy 5 bottles of any contact lens solution or comfort drops and your 6th one is on us. You read that right… Buy 5 bottles of ANY contact lens solution or comfort drops we sell on our website http://www.clecontactlenses.com and we’ll include a 6th bottle absolutely free. Boston Solutions, Lobob Solutions, Menicare Solutions, Bausch & Lomb, Aquify etc.

    Our seasonal allergy contact solution and comfort drops promotion is limited to the quantities we have on hand and this offer will NOT be repeated. Simply enter free 6th bottle in the notes along with your order or call us with your order and reference this blog post before supplies are depleted.

    Our seasonal allergy contact solution and comfort drops promotion is valid through the end of this week or until supplies are depleted whichever happens first. Offer limited to one free bottle per household.

    So go ahead and enjoy the fresh air of spring and save a few dollars while you’re at it with our limited Seasonal Allergies Contact Solution and comfort drops promotion.

  • May is UV Awareness Month

    uv-monthTo educate the public on the importance of eye protection from the sun, Prevent Blindness America is urging the public to recognize May as Ultraviolet Awareness Month. The association has created a website offering free information on the dangers and prevention of UV damage, and recommends that measures of UV protection be taken to avoid damage to the eyes now as well as later in life.

    According to PBA, UV-B radiation is absorbed mainly by the cornea and lens of the eye, causing damage to those tissues. UV-A light, though less dangerous, penetrates deep into the eye and may cause damage to the macula, the part of the retina responsible for sight in the center field of vision. Further, UV damage is cumulative and has been linked to eye problems including tumors, cataracts and macular degeneration.

    “UV can cause immediate damage to the eyes, as is the case with a corneal sunburn, or cause damage that surfaces later in life,” said Hugh R. Parry, PBA president and CEO. “The key to healthy vision is to make eye protection part of our daily routine. We encourage everyone to make a committed effort to wear UV-blocking sunglasses year-round to help protect the gift of sight.”

    Corneal sunburn, or photokeratitis, is a condition resulting from over exposure to UV-B. Those at risk include individuals who spend long hours on the beach, in the water or on ski slopes without proper eye protection. The condition, PBA said, can be painful and cause temporary loss of vision for up to two days. Also at greater risk for future eye problems are those who have had cataract surgery or retinal disorders, and those who take medicines such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics or tranquilizers.

    To prevent immediate and future damage to the eyes from UV light, PBA recommends both adults and children wear a wide-brimmed hat and proper UV-rated sunglasses. Sunglasses without UV protection shade the eyes but cause pupils to dilate allowing the absorption of more harmful rays, PBA said. The association also advises that although some contact lenses may offer UV protection, they do not protect the whole eye, or the skin around the eye.

    For a full guide on the dangers of UV exposure and how to implement UV protection, visit preventblindness.org/uv or call (800) 331-2020.

  • Earn a quick $20

    Prior to the new year, Eye Care Associates owners of CLEContactLenses.com made a decision to better help its patrons and visitors of eye care products by creating 2 separate YouTube Channels to provide product reviews, updates on discontinued & new products and in depth “how to” product information videos relating to eye care products to better help our current patients as well as potential customers.

    As a visitor, we’d like to thank you by offering $20 off any order you place on either of our websites.

    In order to receive your $20 simply visit our YouTube channels by clicking on the link below and become a subscriber of each channel.

    Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/CleContactLenses and become a subscriber and you’ll get a $10 voucher good for any of our products on any of our sites, anytime –

    Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/ShopCLE and become a subscriber and you’ll get another $10 voucher good for any of our products on any of our sites, anytime –

    Once we discover that you have subscribed to our YouTube Channel’s, we will email you a coupon code(s).

    Subscribe to both and you just made $20. It’s that simple. So head on over to our YouTube channels now and have a look at our most recent face shape series of videos which help you determine which frames work best for your face shape.

    Thank you for your time and we hope you enjoy our informative videos.

  • April Is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

    women-eye-health-monthIt is safe to say that everyone has a special woman in their life whether it is your mother, daughter, grandmother, aunt or significant other; we here at CLEContactLenses.com are helping spread the word that the month of April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month.

    In an effort to education women about sight preservation, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has again designated April has Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. According to PBA, women are more susceptible than men to vision impairment, comprising 2.6 of the 4.1 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind.

    In a recent study conducted by PBA, Vision Problems in the U.S., data showed that more women than men experience age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, which are the four most prevalent eye diseases in the U.S. Reasons for the gender discrepancy, according to the National Eye Institute, include longevity and hormonal factors.

    “The first thing every woman should do, especially those ages 40 and older, is get a dilated eye exam," said Hugh R. Parry, PBA president and CEO. "Through early detection and treatment, vision loss can be lessened.”

    In addition to having eyes examined, PBA recommends that women eat healthy, quit smoking, take supplements approved by a medical professional and protect eyes from the sun with UV-blocking sunglasses and headwear, as well as educate themselves on any possible family history of eye disease.

    If anyone is experiencing any of the following symptoms, an appointment with an eyecare professional should be made immediately:

    • Unusual trouble adjusting to dark rooms;
    • Difficulty focusing on near or distant objects;
    • Squinting or blinking due to unusual sensitivity to light or glare;
    • Change in color of iris;
    • Red-rimmed, encrusted or swollen lids;
    • Recurrent pain in or around eyes;
    • Double vision;
    • Dark spot at the center of viewing;
    • Lines and edges appear distorted or wavy;
    • Excess tearing or "watery eyes";
    • Dry eyes with itching or burning; and
    • Seeing spots, ghost-like images.

    The FDA has also created an article on how to Use Eye Cosmetics Safely.  The article mentioned the following points:

    • Keep everything clean - Dangerous bacteria or fungi can grow in some cosmetic products, as well as their containers. Cleanliness can help prevent eye infections.
    • Always wash your hands before applying eye cosmetics, and be sure that any instrument you place near your eyes is clean. Be especially careful not to contaminate cosmetics by introducing microorganisms. For example, don't lay an eyelash wand on a countertop where it can pick up bacteria. Keep containers clean, since these may also be a source of contamination.
    • Don't moisten cosmetic products. Don't add saliva or water to moisten eye cosmetics. Doing so can introduce bacteria. Problems can arise if you overpower a product's preservative capability.
    • Don't share or swap - People can be harmed by others' germs when they share eye makeup. Keep this in mind when you come across "testers" at retail stores. If you do sample cosmetics at a store, be sure to use single-use applicators, such as clean cotton swabs.
    • Don't apply or remove eye makeup in a moving vehicle. Any bump or sudden stop can cause injury to your eye with a mascara wand or other applicator.
    • Check ingredients, including color additives. As with any cosmetic product sold to consumers, eye cosmetics are required to have an ingredient declaration on the label. If they don't, they are considered misbranded and illegal.
    • Use only cosmetics intended for the eyes on the eyes - Don't use a lip liner as an eye liner, for example. You may expose eyes either to contamination from your mouth or to color additives that are not approved for use near the eyes.
    • Don't dye eyelashes and eyebrows -  No color additives are approved by FDA for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes and eyebrows. Permanent eyelash and eyebrow tints and dyes have been known to cause serious eye injuries.
    • Use care with false eyelashes or extensions - False eyelashes and extensions, as well as their adhesives, must meet the safety and labeling requirements for cosmetics. Since the eyelids are delicate, an allergic reaction, irritation, or injury in the eye area can occur. Check the ingredients to make sure you are not allergic to the adhesives.
    • Don't use eye cosmetics that cause irritation. Stop using a product immediately if irritation occurs. See a doctor if irritation persists.
    • Avoid using eye cosmetics if you have an eye infection. Discard any eye cosmetics you were using when you got the infection. Also, don't use eye cosmetics if the skin around the eye is inflamed.
    • Don't use old eye cosmetics. Manufacturers usually recommend discarding mascara two to four months after purchase. Discard dried-up mascara.
    • Don't store cosmetics at temperatures above 85° F. Preservatives that keep bacteria or fungi from growing can lose their effectiveness, for example, in cosmetics kept for long periods in hot cars.

    For more information on women’s eye health, including fact sheets on eye diseases, pregnancy & vision and the safe use of cosmetic contact lenses, visit http://www.preventblindness.org/fact-sheets.

    In honor of Women's Eye Health and Safety Month we are offering 3% Off + Free Shipping – valid Saturday and Sunday when you use the following coupon code at checkout: 782611928

    Please help spread the word too all of the lovely ladies in your life to help them preserve their vision, so that they can continue to enjoy seeing us as much as we enjoy seeing them.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Cyber Monday deals in advance to our social followers on Black Friday

    Come Black Friday, we will provide our social followers a leg up with their holiday shopping by announcing our Cyber Monday deals in advance to help them receive their items ahead of the rush while supplies last.

    The partners of CLEcontactlenses.com, feel this is a great opportunity for us to reward our loyal social fans and followers alike to avoid the Black Friday madness and waiting 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. By providing our Cyber Monday deals on Black Friday, our social fans and followers can 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 have to offer.

    Some consumer’s tend to forget the meaning of the holiday and turn into crazed shoppers. It never fails that you hear of multiple injuries on the news due to Black Friday 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 comes with Black Friday, we wishes for 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 their pre Cyber Monday deals on Black Friday.

    If you wish to see what deals we will be offering to our social fans and followers before Cyber Monday, you can do so by becoming a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cle.contactlenses and or a follower on Twitter at https://twitter.com/clecontacts

    Wewould like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

  • The Little Company That Could

    Clecontactlenses.com parent company Eye Care Associates remains committed to excellent customer service even during post Hurricane Sandy and the latest nor'easter that rocked the east coast. As a New York and New Jersey based company, they have been impacted severely in that their offices and employees homes have all suffered power losses as well as damage from the storm. Thankfully, all are accounted for and no serious damage was done.

    Till this day, many of the employees are still without power and heat in their homes. The Cle Contact Lenses New Jersey office was down all last week thus reducing work flow. Somehow CLE Contact Lenses still managed to operate on partial power in there Elmsford, New York office. Many of the employees from Long Island and New Jersey are still having trouble coming in, but somehow the business still found a way to make sure they can fulfill their longstanding customer orders. Thanks to the employees from Westchester, Rockland and Northern Westchester counties, Cle Contact Lenses was able to ensure customers receive their ordered goods. The way that they have managed to run their offices is by running extension cords, internet cables and relocating computers to parts of the building that only have power just to maintain their commitment to customer excellence while remaining positive about what has transpired in the past weeks.

    Everyone at CLE Contact Lenses considers each other family and was able to lean on each other for support during these hard times while keeping busy to help customers receive their orders and keeping business moving forward.

    Unfortunately, the same is not the case for many of their neighbors, brothers and sisters in the tri-state area. As such, CLE Contact Lenses wants to offer a helping hand, even if in a small way. CLE Contact Lenses currently is contributing $2 for every order that is placed on their website http://www.clecontactlenses.com to the Red Cross, and in particular the NY branch of the Red Cross to assist in their efforts to help those that have been lost so much in this terrible storm.

    There is no need to order from CLE Contact Lenses in order for you to help the cause as anyone can make a donation by directly visiting the Red Cross website and making a donation to their hurricane relief program(s). For more information on the Red Cross, hurricane relief programs you can visit their website at: http://www.redcross.org/what-we-do/disaster-relief/hurricane-recovery-program or to make a donation you can visit the Red Cross disaster relief at: https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod60003.

    “I always knew our teams commitment to customer service was second to none but to see some of our people literally walking to work just to make sure our orders got out – was beyond impressive!”  -  Carl Verga, Operations Manager

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