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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.

  • Spring Is Here And So Are Allergies

    allergy-seasonNow that Spring time is here, we can all enjoy the outdoors a little more thanks to more hours of daylight along with warmer temperatures. Whether you find yourself hiking, gardening or enjoying a nice bike ride, most will be effected by the change of season in an unpleasant way.

    The down side to spring time is the rise in seasonal allergies. Seasonal eye allergies are largely due to the release of tree and flower pollen into the atmosphere and can cause a severe impact on everyday functioning for those that experience them. It is these types of allergies that cause the eyes to become red, itchy or watery.

    How can you defend your eyes during pollen season? Well the immediate answer would be to decrease contact with pollen which means staying indoors, particularly on days with a high pollen count. Keeping windows closed and wearing sunglasses may also help to protect your eyes from irritants in the atmosphere.
    Now if you do become effected by these allergens especially for people that do not wear contact lenses, this nuisance can be solved with over-the-counter rewetting drop is sufficient to moisturize and relieve itchy eyes or red eyes and cleanse the eye of irritants. Medicines containing antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers can alleviate irritation of the eyes and treat other symptoms such as cold-like symptoms. Eye drops often work better than pills or liquid medications to treat eye problems.

    As for people that wear contact lenses, this issue is a little more severe as well as costly. It is believed that contact lens wearers suffer more during eye allergy season due to the fact that irritants are more likely to enter the eye and stick to the exterior of the lens, bringing irritation. This is made worse when oral antihistamines are taken which have a drying effect on the eyes. Those who wear contact lenses are advised to ensure their eyes are moist and replace lenses as directed. Many optometrists recommend switching to daily disposable contacts, since changing your contact lenses daily greatly diminishes the chances of buildup and inflammation.

    During the Spring time contact lens wearers find themselves using more contact lens solution and or wetting & cleaning drops to help prevent their lenses from becoming damaged.

    A key point to remember for anyone is, don't rub your eyes. Doing so can only intensify the irritation. Because often products that work to alleviate symptoms do require a prescription, if over-the-counter options do not help, see your eye doctor.

    To help contact lens wearers this allergy season, we are offering free shipping on all orders $99 and more beginning today and lasting until this Friday. To make things even easier no coupon code is needed in order to take advantage of this offer.

    So go ahead and enjoy the fresh air of spring time.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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