Many changes have recently taken place in the contact lens industry. The biggest advance is the introduction of silicone plastics. Even though silicone materials have been around for some time, they didn't work well for soft contact lenses because the stiffness of the plastic and the surface dryness lead to discomfort. The biggest advantage of silicone materials is that they allow a great deal of oxygen to flow through them. Just recently, lens manufacturers have developed ways to make them less stiff and more wettable, which makes them more comfortable.
Say goodbye to dry!!
The new Oasys™ lens from ACUVUE® maker Vistakon/Johnson & Johnson may be the best of the new wave of silicone soft contact lenses. Family EyeCare Center is involved with the Oasys lens early product launch, and we are thrilled with the lens performance. Smooth and soft, many patients can hardly feel it when it's on.
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See your world in High Definition!
The new PureVision™ contact lens by Bausch & Lomb allows so much oxygen to pass through to the eye that the FDA has approved it for up to 30 days of continuous use. PureVision is now also available as a toric lens for astigmatism.
We have one of the best selections of new contact lenses anywhere in the Bay Area. Whether you have eyes with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or simply blurred reading views we can help you with contact lenses. We even have the "Wild Eyes" tinted contact lenses for Halloween! Ask us about contact lenses today.
Contact Lens Fitting
There are literally hundreds of types of contact lenses available. Determining what is best for you is our job. There may actually be a dozen types of lenses that may work for you, but only one or two will be optimal. In order to determine the best type of contact lens for you, specific contact lens measurements may be necessary. The doctors at Family EyeCare Center have been at the forefront in contact lens technology for over 20 years. The doctors have participated in many contact lens clinical studies that have benefited thousands of their patients. Family EyeCare Center has one of the largest and most complete contact lens inventories in Northern California. In most cases, the doctors at Family EyeCare Center can start the fitting process (Program of Care) the same day as you general eye examination. 85% of our patients can be successfully fit their first visit. Our extensive contact lens inventory and expertise will save you time and frustration. The large inventory also allows for super quick emergency service. We guarantee you will be happy with your service and your new contact lenses. You will never be stuck with contacts that don't fit!
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Contact Lens Wearers to Take Proper Precautions
Warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about increased reports of a serious eye fungus among Americans, doctors of optometry from the American Optometric Association's (AOA) Contact Lens and Cornea Section urge contact lens wearers to take proper precautions to prevent the potentially sight-threatening eye infection called Fusarium keratitis.
Bausch & Lomb voluntarily suspended shipment of a contact lens solution
after reports from federal health officials that Fusarium keratitis, a severe corneal fungal infection, has been potentially linked to their ReNu® with MoistureLoc® brand contact lens solution.
As of April 9, 2006, 109 cases of suspected Fusarium keratitis are under investigation by the CDC and public health authorities in 17 states around the United States. Federal and state health officials have interviewed 30 of those patients. Of the 28 who wore soft contact lenses, 26 reported using Bausch & Lomb's ReNu® brand or a generic brand manufactured by Bausch & Lomb.
AOA optometrists are taking an active role in reporting their cases to the CDC and the FDA, where all eye doctors are strongly urged to report diagnosed cases of Fusarium keratitis.
Patients should be concerned but not alarmed, as the number of patients affected is still relatively small. However this is a serious infection that can cause permanent loss of sight. Some patients have reported a significant loss of vision and have undergone corneal
transplants. With recent increases in confirmed cases and cases being investigated, it is crucial that the public and eye care professionals are aware and remain vigilant to quickly diagnose and initiate treatment of this serious eye disease."
U.S. health officials say the investigation is still in the early stages; however, optometrists are cautioning contact lens wearers to be on alert after a recent similar outbreak of severe corneal infections in Asia. According to the CDC, in February, Bausch & Lomb voluntarily withdrew sales of its ReNu® contact lens solution in Singapore and Hong Kong after 39 cases were reported in Singapore. Just this week, May 16th, 2006, Bausch & Lomb has indefinitely withdrawn ReNu® with MoistureLoc for sale worldwide.
It is important that contact lens users seek proper medical attention immediately if they notice changes to their eyes or vision. Doctors Ross, Wan, Taylor and Tuan urge anyone who experiences the following symptoms to contact our office immediately: (408) 866-2020.
- Sudden blurred or fuzzy vision
- Red and irritated eyes lasting for an unusually long period of time
- Pain in and around the eyes
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Excessive eye tearing
In addition, regardless of which cleaning/disinfecting solution consumers use, contact lens wearers should take extra precautions with lens hygiene habits. According to the AOA, clean and safe handling of contact lenses is one of the most important measures Americans can take to protect their sight.
If you are currently using ReNu or store brands such as Walgreens, Target, Costco or Walmart, please contact our office. These products may be the ReNu solution but under the private label branding.