Color Contact Lens Safety

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Color Contact Lens Safety

Unveiling the Secret to Color Contact Lens Safety

Are you thinking about changing your appearance with color contact lenses? They can be a fun way to change your eye color or enhance your natural look. But keeping your eyes safe is a top priority.

What Makes Color Contact Lenses So Appealing?

Color contact lenses have gained popularity for various reasons, especially among teens. Here’s why they’re so attractive:

  • Aesthetic Variety: Color contacts come in shades and patterns to match your mood or style.
  • Cosplay and Fun: They’re popular for dressing up as your favorite characters or having creative fun.
  • Functional and Stylish: Color contacts can be a stylish way to see clearly for those needing vision correction.
  • Boost in Confidence: Changing your eye color can be a great confidence booster.

But before you dive in, let’s understand the potential dangers:

The Dangers of Color Contact Lenses

  • Infections and Irritation: Not practicing good hygiene can introduce harmful bacteria into your eyes, causing infections or severe irritation.
  • Allergic Reactions: The materials used in color contacts can trigger allergies, leading to redness, discomfort, and vision problems in some individuals.
  • Inaccurate Vision Correction: Non-prescription color contacts may lead to blurred vision and eye strain in those who need vision correction.
  • Poor Fit: Ill-fitting lenses can harm the cornea, causing ulcers and abrasions.

Now, let’s explore how you can make safety your top priority when using color contact lenses:

Prioritizing Color Contact Lens Safety

Consult Your Eye Doctor:

Before you even think about purchasing color contacts, make an appointment with your eye doctor. They will assess your eye health, prescribe necessary lenses, and help you choose the right color contacts.

Get a Prescription:

Even if you don’t need vision correction, always get a prescription for color contacts. Prescription lenses are specially fitted for your eyes and made from materials suitable for your unique eye conditions.

Choose Trusted Sources:

Buy your color contacts from authorized and reliable sources like your eye doctor’s office. Avoid unregulated sellers to ensure the safety and quality of your lenses. 

Maintain Good Hygiene:

Follow a strict hygiene routine when handling your colored contacts. Wash your hands with non-oil soap before inserting or removing lenses, and clean and store them as instructed by your eye care professional.

No Sharing Allowed:

Keep your color contacts private from others. Sharing lenses can lead to the spread of eye infections, and it’s best avoided.

Watch Out for Red Flags:

Be on the lookout for any discomfort, redness, or sudden changes in your vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately remove your contact lenses and consult your eye doctor immediately.

Stick to the Wear Schedule:

Adhere to the recommended wear schedule provided by your eye care professional. Avoid sleeping in your colored contacts, as it can restrict oxygen flow to your eyes, leading to eye problems.

Your Eyes Are Priceless

Color contact lenses can be a fantastic way to change your look and boost your confidence, but safety should always come first. By consulting your eye doctor, getting a prescription, and practicing proper hygiene, you can enjoy the beauty of color contacts without risking your vision.

Call or text our office at 219-659-3050 to safely explore color contact lenses. 

The Importance Of Keeping Eyelids Clean

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Your eyelids do more than blink!

They also protect your eyes from dirt, dust, and other irritants affecting your eyelids and vision. We can help you manage and prevent these common eyelid disorders from keeping your eyes healthy and looking their best.

Don’t let eyelid issues keep you from seeing clearly. 

The eyes are the window to the soul, but the eyelids are the guardians that protect them. Eyelids are the first line of defense against harmful particles, dust, and other irritants that can damage the eyes. They also play a crucial role in maintaining eye health and vision. However, like any other body part, eyelids are prone to various disorders affecting their functions. We’ll look closer at eyelids’ functions, some of the most common ailments, and how to keep eyelids clean.

Functions of Eyelids:

Eyelids are an essential part of the eye, performing several functions to maintain eye health and vision. One of their primary functions is to protect the eyes from dirt, dust, and other irritants that can cause damage or infection. They also help keep the eyes moist and lubricated by producing tears, which are essential for preventing dryness and discomfort. Additionally, eyelids regulate the amount of light that enters the eyes, ensuring that the eyes are not overloaded with too much light, which can cause damage.

Common Disorders of Eyelids:

  1. Blepharitis: This is a common condition where the eyelids become inflamed and swollen. A bacterial infection typically causes it and can cause redness, itching, and irritation.
  2. Ptosis: This is a condition where the upper eyelid droops over the eye, partially or entirely blocking the vision. It is caused by weakness in the muscles that control the eyelid.
  3. Entropion: This is a condition where the eyelid turns inward, causing the eyelashes to rub against the eye’s surface. This can cause irritation, redness, and even damage to the cornea.
  4. Ectropion: This is a condition where the eyelid turns outward, exposing the inner surface of the eyelid. This can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation.
  5. Style: A stye is a small, painful lump that forms on the eyelid. A bacterial infection usually causes it and can cause redness, swelling, and tenderness.

Managing and Preventing Eyelid Disorders:

Good eyelid hygiene is essential for preventing infections and other eyelid disorders. Fortunately, many eyelid disorders are preventable and treatable. Wash your face and eyelids regularly with a gentle cleanser, avoiding rubbing or scratching your eyes and keeping your hands clean. If you wear contact lenses, follow proper hygiene practices, such as disinfecting them regularly. Our office recommends using Occusoft eyelid scrub and cleansers for an easy solution to good eyelid hygiene and assist in keeping eyelids clean. 

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If you experience any eyelid disorder symptoms, such as redness, swelling, or pain, seeking immediate medical attention is essential. We can diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms and provide the necessary treatment.

Call or text us at 219-659-3050 to schedule an appointment, and let us help you see clearly for years to come.

Don’t wait until it’s too late; take action now to protect your eyesight.

Combat Digital Eye Strain

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How much of your day do you spend looking at a screen?

Whether it’s your work computer, a tablet, or your smartphone, odds are if you’re living in the modern world, you’re probably spending a big chunk of your day with your eyes fixed on a bright screen. Unfortunately, digital eye strain is a common result. It takes less than two hours of daily screen time to create a 90% risk of digital eye strain. No wonder over ten million people see eye doctors about it each year!

Symptoms and how to combat Digital Eye Strain

There’s a good chance that many of our parents are dealing with digital eye strain symptoms without realizing it, such as:

  • An itching or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Either an unusually dry or watery feeling in the eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Frequent headaches and neck, shoulders, or back soreness
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty keeping eyes open

Many of these symptoms can be a drain on productivity, which is a serious problem for anyone who works on their computer. One way to fight back is to reduce screen time, but that isn’t possible for everyone. Fortunately, there are several easy strategies we can follow to keep the strain away.

Optimize Your Workspace for Eye Comfort

Did you know that the angle of your computer screen can make a big difference to your eyes? Maximize eye comfort by keeping the screen at least 20 inches away from your eyes, a little below eye level, and angled slightly upward. Keep reference materials in easy view so that you don’t have to constantly turn your head to look at them.

What Other Light Sources Are You Using?

The screen itself might not be the only issue. Are your eyes dealing with a combination of the screen, overhead lighting, and glare from the windows? See if you can eliminate sources of glare without compromising that comfortable screen-to-eye angle and distance. If you don’t have the ability to rearrange your workspace, a glare filter is a good alternative.

Live by the 20-20-20 Rule

One reason we become so susceptible to eye strain while looking at screens is that we tend not to blink as often as we would otherwise. A great trick to compensate for this is following the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes of screen time, take a quick 20-second break to focus on an object at least 20 feet away. You can start out with reminders until it becomes a natural habit.

Reduce Strain With Computer Glasses

The same way we use sunglasses to protect our eyes from the sun, we can wear computer glasses that filter out blue light to make those bright screens a little easier on our eyes. This solution might not work for everyone; computer glasses often have a yellow tint, so they probably aren’t the best option for graphic designers.

Ask the Optometrist

The last, best resource you have to combat digital eye strain is the optometrist! Don’t keep suffering these symptoms in silence. Come see us and we can discuss the best solutions for your eye strain. We can also make sure the symptoms aren’t coming from a different problem with your vision.

Thank you for making us your partners in lifelong vision health!

Thank You For Voting Levin Eye Care Center The Best Eye Care Center Again!

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Best Vision Care NWI Levin Eye Care Center

Levin Eye Care Center has proudly served Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland for nearly 50 years and our doctors and team provides the finest quality care to every patient who walks through the door.

Whether we’re administering our award-winning Vision Therapy Program to identify hidden learning-related vision problems or treating and rehabilitating everything from lazy eye to misaligned eyes to visual motor complications from traumatic brain injury.The goal is the same: to provide the quality comprehensive eye exams and superior patient care that leads to visual enjoyment and a higher quality of life.

“We could not have won the honor of Best Vision Care again without our doctors and staff who are committed to excellence and take pride in the care we offer to each patient,” says Dr. Steven Levin, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Optometric Association in 2021. “And we look forward to continuing to serve the eye care needs of the Region for many years to come.”

Thank you for your continued support and for making Levin Eye Care Center the best eye care center in Northwest Indiana!

Story originally posted in the Northwest Indiana Times Best of the Region 2022 Healthcare 

Contact Lens Care Tips and Tricks

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Do you have a habit of rubbing your eyes? You could be spreading germs and increasing your risk of eye infections!

Each time we touch our eyes, we’re introducing all kinds of germs from our fingers and whatever else we’ve touched. A wide variety of microscopic organisms live on our skin. They make up an entire ecosystem referred to as “skin flora.” They aren’t all bad; some microorganisms are actually beneficial to our health. Others can cause infections or diseases if they get past the barrier of the skin, which is what makes the eyes such a convenient entry point for them. Germs stick to our skin any time we touch a surface, and they particularly become trapped under the fingernails where they can breed and spread to other surfaces.

Care and Safety of Your Contact Lenses

Taking care of contact lenses is a slightly more involved process. Contact lenses are medical devices that sit directly on the eye, so cleaning them is more about hygiene than maintenance. Here are the major points:

  • Make sure to only ever handle your contact lenses with freshly cleaned hands.
  • Never reuse contact lens solution for cleaning or storage. All it takes is one use to contaminate the solution!
  • Never use water on contact lenses (definitely never use spit!). All sources of freshwater contain microorganisms that you don’t want in your eyes.
  • Follow the packaging instructions for how frequently to replace your contacts and how long to wear them before taking them out.

Don’t cut corners on your contact lens care! Even if it saves you a little money in new bottles of contact lens solution, it could cost you an eye infection somewhere down the line. The trade-off isn’t worth it.

Contact Lens Care Tips and Tricks

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The Eye’s Defenses

The good news is that our eyes aren’t completely defenseless. Eyelashes aren’t just there to flutter at a crush, they keep out irritants. Blinking sweeps away debris that enters the eye. The tear film is a complex three-layer drainage system that keeps irritants away kind of like a moat around a castle. However, when we rub our eyes, we can create injuries to the cornea that give germs a way to get past our defenses.

Helping Protect Our Eyes from Germs

We encourage our patients to avoid frequently touching their eyes, particularly those who wear contact lenses. On occasions when you need to, such as to put in those contacts or take them out, you can minimize the risk of infection or contamination by washing your hands with soap first and keeping your fingernails trimmed. Fingernail germs are so difficult to scrub away that they’re the main reason doctors and nurses wear medical gloves! (Fake nails aren’t exempt from this problem either.)

Bring Us Your Eye Infection Concerns

If enjoyed this article about contact lens care tips and tricks or you’re ever experiencing eye symptoms like redness, itchiness, watering, tenderness, and burning, that could mean an eye infection. Schedule an appointment so that we can help you fight the infection or determine if it’s something else, and try not to rub your eyes in the meantime!

Show your eyes love by booking an appointment with our award winning team and doctors at Levin Eye Care Center!

Call or Text 219-659-3050 and give your eyes the quality care they deserve.


Are Scleral Lenses Right For You?

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Scleral lenses are an exciting innovation in contact lens technology that is used to treat a patient with high astigmatism, irregular astigmatism, keratoconus and dry eye disease.

With these specialty lenses the contact lens vaults over the cornea creating a new surface free of astigmatism or irregularities such as those found in patients with keratoconus, high astigmatism, and irregular astigmatism.

We have had successful fittings that brought vision from just seeing ‘the big E’ to almost perfect vision while wearing the lenses.  Successful use has helped people maintain their employment, regain their ability to drive, and enjoy their life.

Benefits of wearing Scleral Lenses :

  • Stable Vision for those with High Prescriptions
  • Helps with High Astigmatism
  • Keratoconus Correction
  • Wearing Comfort for Dry Eye
  • Can promote healing of the Ocular Surface

An added benefit of the lenses’ ability to vault over the cornea is that it creates a moisture lock on the cornea all day long. Unlike other contact lenses that pull moisture away from the cornea, the liquid chamber beneath the scleral lens creates a moist environment for the cornea all day long.

Whether a patient suffers from Dry Eye Syndrome, has an anatomical abnormality of the eye or an autoimmune condition that contributes to their dry eye, scleral lenses do not discriminate the cause and they can help maintain moisture on the cornea and provide relief.

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Schedule a comprehensive evaluation today at Levin Eye Care Center to see if Scleral Lenses are right for you!