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Eye Care Professionals need to strongly emphasize the consequences
CDC Report finds all contact lens wearers engage in at least one behavior that could put them at risk for an eye infection.
CLEAN, RINSE, DISINFECT
your hands so that you minimize the transfer of foreign objects
and germs into your eyes. Avoid moisturizing soaps. They should
not be used with contact lenses. Dry your hands with a lint-free
"Risk of serious eye problems (i.e., corneal ulcer) is greater for extended wear. In rare cases, loss of vision may result. Side effects like discomfort, mild burning or stinging may occur." -- AirOptix
Beyond Clean, Rinse and Disinfect
Protein. Depending on what kind of contact lenses you wear and how
much protein your eyes deposit on your contacts, your doctor
may recommend you use a product for protein removal.
Solution is for rinsing and storing contact
lenses, when you're using a heat or UV disinfection system.
You may also need it for use with enzymatic cleaning tablets
or cleaning/disinfecting devices. Never use saline products
for cleaning and disinfection.
contact lens wear requires
FDA Warns Eye Care Professionals About LASIK Claims
Speaking on behalf of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Dr. Eric D. Donnenfeld said the group supports the FDA's latest efforts regarding LASIK providers making false claims.
LASIK is exceptionally safe when done by the right doctor on the right patient, stressed Donnenfeld, who is an ophthalmologist with offices throughout Long Island, NY. However, he said that "choosing the right doctor is the most important thing one can do." See LASIK Surgeon Ratings.
According to Donnenfeld, LASIK surgeons should be members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. LASIK surgeons should also be board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
"A lot of patients make a decision based on an ad in a magazine or an audio clip on radio," Donnenfeld said. This may not be the smartest approach, he said, because" there are a lot of very good doctors who advertise, but it doesn't mean a doctor is good because he advertises or offers group discounts."
"We have to go beyond the advertising or Groupons and have to treat [LASIK] as a surgical procedure," he said.
Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK, either, Donnenfeld added. People with thin or irregular corneas and other eye diseases such as dry eye, glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye) or cataract (cloudy areas in the lens) might be advised against the procedure, for example.
Donnenfeld's advice for finding a good LASIK surgeon: ask your eye doctor who he or she would see for their own eyes.
But he also stressed that as LASIK technology has improved many risks have been minimized, if not eliminated. For example, "the risk of glare and halo have largely gone away," Donnenfeld said.
"Dry eye is common after LASIK and it almost always goes away after three or six months," he noted, and people who already have dry eye prior to the surgery are not candidates for LASIK.
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