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Contact Lens Recycling

Contact Lens Recycling

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Have you ever wondered if you could recycle all those used contacts and blister packs? If you wear Bausch + Lomb brand lenses, now you can. TerraCycle and Bausch + Lomb have partnered to create a free recycling program for Biotrue® ONEday contact lenses and blister packs, as well as lenses and packs from other Baush + Lomb brands.

 
Here are the details from the TerraCycle website:

 
HOW IT WORKS

 
Participating is completely free and very easy. Simply visit the Biotrue® ONEday website to access the label request form.

 
WHAT YOU CAN RECYCLE IN THIS PROGRAM

 
Program accepted waste: Biotrue® ONEday brand contact lenses and blister packs, as well as other Bausch + Lomb brand contact lenses and blister packs. We will also accept contact lenses and blister packs from all brands.

 

Please note: Biotrue® ONEday and other Bausch + Lomb brand cardboard boxes are recyclable through regular municipal recycling. Please do not include them in your shipments through this program.

 
Please join us in enjoying excelent vision and engaging in enviormentally friendly disposal practices.

 
Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for contact lenses, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors. For a consultation, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at http://www.matossianeye.com.

 
Jennifer Viscusi, OD
Matossian Eye Associates
1-800-708-8800
http://www.matossianeye.com/

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Cleaning Contact Lens Cases

Cleaning Contact Lens Cases

http://www.matossianeye.com/doylestown/blog/detail/2017/01/17/cleaning-contact-lens-cases.html

Unless you wear daily disposable contact lenses, you probably know that you have to clean your lenses nightly to remove bacteria and contaminants. What about your contact lens case? Did you know that unclean contact lens storage cases can be a major source of contact-lens related eye infections? Here are the proper steps to cleaning and disinfecting your contact lens case:

1. After inserting your contact lenses in your eyes, empty any remaining solution in your case.

Don’t reuse your solution a second night. It loses its disinfecting ability and you put you at risk or infection

2. Rinse you case with fresh contact lens solution.

3. Wipe your case with a clean tissue.

When contacts sit in solution in cases, something called a biofilm can form on the inside of the case. Rubbing or wiping the inside of the case with a tissue is the most effective way to get rid of this biofilm. If not removed, the biofilm can harbor bacteria that could contaminate your contact lenses.

4. Air dry your contact lens case face down until the next time your use it.

Don’t forget that regular saline solution does not have any disinfecting qualities and you should always use the cleaning solution that your eye doctor recommends!

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for contact lenses featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors. For a consultation, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at http://www.matossianeye.com.

Jennifer Viscusi, OD
Matossian Eye Associates
1-800-708-8800
http://www.matossianeye.com/

 
Source / Info on tissue wiping:
http://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2126543
Wu Y Zhu H Willcox MD F. Impact of air-drying lens cases in various locations and positions. Optom Vis Sci. 2010;87:465–468.

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Winter Eye Health

Winter Eye Health

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We winterize our homes and wardrobes, but what about our eyes?

These cold, harsh months can be hazardous to our eyes in many ways. Follow these tips to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable this chilly season.

1. Indoor Air: Once the heat is turned on indoors, the humidity drops and we dry out. Our tears will evaporate much more quickly, leading to the red, burning, sandy/gritty symptoms of dry eye. Make sure to lubricate your eyes as often as needed with preserviative-free artificial tears. Consider wearing eyeglasses more often than contact lenses in the winter months. Avoid sitting directly in front of heat sources (i.e. point air vents in your car down and away from your face.)

2. UV Rays: The UV rays of the winter sun are just as damaging as those of the summer sun. UV rays reflecting off snow can be harmful to our eyes and skin. Don’t forget to wear your sunglasses in the winter too. Protective eye wear is a must for winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding, as is sunscreen.

Enjoy your winter!

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for comprehensive eye exams and contact lenses, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors. For a consultation, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at http://www.matossianeye.com.

Rebeca Posner, OD
Matossian Eye Associates
1-800-708-8800
http://www.matossianeye.com

Source: (Science News, September 14, 2016).

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New Year’s Eve and Eye Safety

New Year’s Eve and Eye Safety

http://www.matossianeye.com/doylestown/blog/detail/2016/12/29/new-year-s-eve-and-eye-safety.html

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, so is the risk for many ocular injuries. Champagne corks can be hazardous projectiles and can result in serious eye injuries such as retinal detachments, hyphemas (bleeding in the eye), lens dislocation, and retinal and vitreous hemorrhages. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology there are certain steps to follow to safely open a champagne bottle.

1. When the champagne bottle is warmer, the pressure inside the bottle builds up, so it is very important to chill the bottle.

2. Also don’t shake, rattle, or point the bottle. Shaking can increase the pressure inside of the bottle.

3. After tearing off the foil of the champagne cork, always hold the cork down with your hand while taking off the wire. Never use a corkscrew.

4. Place a towel over the entire top of the champagne bottle, hold the cork, and place the bottle at a 45 degree angle away from yourself and others. While holding the cork, slowly and firmly twist the bottle at its base to break the seal. Apply light pressure downward just as the cork breaks free to create the signature pop of the bottle.

5. Toast carefully!

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for cataracts with advanced technology implants, glaucoma, cornea, retina, dry eye, contact lenses, comprehensive eye exams, oculoplastics and aesthetics, neuro-optometry, and clinical trials, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors. For a consultation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at http://www.matossianeye.com.

Jennine Lutz, OD
Matossian Eye Associates
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Mediterranean Diet and Macular Degeneration

Mediterranean Diet and Macular Degeneration

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According to a recent study in Ophthalmology, the Mediterranean diet is protective against age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The Mediterranean diet is high in fish, fruit, and grains and low in saturated fat and sweeteners. The study examined a Portuguese population to see if the diet had any impact on macular degeneration.The study showed that patients who followed this diet had a more significant reduction in their risk of AMD.

This was especially true in patients who consumed more fruit and caffeine. In the study there were 883 individuals aged 55 and older, who were followed from 2013-2015. Of the individuals followed, 448 had early macular degeneration and 434 did not develop AMD. Researchers used a questionnaire to assess the diets and a rating system of 0-9.

Those who closely followed the diet were rated 6 and higher and those who did not were rated 6 and lower. The results of the study showed that the participants who followed the diet closely had a 35% lower chance of developing AMD. It also showed that those who consumed more fruit were significantly less likely to have AMD. This study shows how diets rich in fruits and vegetables are important in the protection against age-related macular degeneration.

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence for retina, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors. For a consultation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at http://www.matossianeye.com.

Jennine Lutz, OD
Matossian Eye Associates
1-800-708-8800
http://www.matossianeye.com

Source: Study presented at the 120th American Academy of Ophthalmology 2016

 

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MEA Celebrates Holidays in Style

MEA Celebrates Holidays in Style

http://www.matossianeye.com/doylestown/blog/detail/2016/12/22/mea-celebrates-holidays-in-style.html

Matossian Eye Associates celebrated the holidays in style! This year all three Matossian Eye offices had two fun and festive contest among its employees.

The First contest held was a door decorating contest. Each office was divided into teams and were assigned a winter holiday or theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice & Yule). The second contest held was an ugly sweater contest. Everybody did an amazing job and put forth such great effort. However, some outshined the rest and the winners were announced at the annual holiday party and listed below.

Sweater WinnersSubmit
· Hopewell – Kristina Farley
· Hyde Park – Pamela Murphy
· Hamilton – Jessica Kube

Door Team Winners by Holiday / Theme
· Christmas (Team 1) – Betsy Leary, Melanie Ebron, & Jessica Flores
· Christmas Team 2) – Kristina Farley, Laura Oehrlein & Cait Hutton
· Hanukkah – Kimberlee Yatesm Noelle Mohan & Josh Scott
· Kwanzaa – Jessica Kube & Heather byerly
· Winter Solstice – Kimberlee Yatesm Noelle Mohan & Josh Scott
· Yule – Kristina Farley, Laura Oehrlein & Cait Hutton

Matossian Eye Assocaites enjoyed getting into the holiday spirit this year. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors. For a consultation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at http://www.matossianeye.com.

 

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iStent as a Stand-Alone Procedure:

iStent as a Stand-Alone Procedure:

http://www.matossianeye.com/doylestown/blog/detail/2016/12/21/istent-as-a-stand-alone-procedure.html

Researchers in Armenia found that after implanting two iStent devices as a stand-alone procedure, intraocular pressure was reduced to a point that the patients were able to stop some or all of their glaucoma medications. They used 57 eyes that had not undergone any surgery and implanted two iStents in each of these eyes. After 18 months, they found that the eyes with the iStent had sustained lower intraocular pressures. Currently in the US, the iStent is only approved as an ‘add-on’ procedure to cataract surgery. Hopefully, soon we will have the ability to implant the iStent as a stand-alone procedure.

Matossian Eye Associates is a center of excellence glaucoma, featuring outstanding services offered by nationally recognized doctors. For a consultation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-708-8800 or visit us at http://www.matossianeye.com.

Priya V. Desai, MD, MBA
Matossian Eye Associates
1-800-708-8800
http://www.matossianeye.com

Source: Ocular Surgery News (Lindstorm R, et al Adv Ther. 2016; doi:10.1007)

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