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Decorative contact lenses can put a scare into Halloween

 

It’s already the middle of October and the time of year when patients often start asking about costume contact lenses.  Many have seen them from online retailers or even at convenience stores and are intrigued to add the look to their Halloween character.  What many people don’t realize is all contact lenses are a medical device, regardless of whether the lenses have refractive correction.  Even when a person does not need corrective prescription, placing a contact lens on the eye can severely compromise eye health if the lenses do not fit properly and are not worn properly.

In fact, it is illegal to distribute corrective, novelty or bogus contact lenses in violation of federal law, names the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA) and Contact Lens Rule.   “All contact lenses, even those that are only intended to change the appearance of the eye. require a prescription,” reads the letter signed by AOA President, Samuel D. Pierce, O.D. “The AOA would like patients to be aware that the Food and Drug Administration regulates contacts as medical devices.  “As such, we believe it is dangerous to consumers to sell such devices to individuals within the United States without appropriate prescriber supervision,” Dr. Pierce adds.

Decorative lenses are particularly popular among young adults and teenagers as accessories to their costumes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns the public not to buy easily accessible decorative contact lenses from street vendors, salons and beauty supply stores, boutiques, flea markets, seasonal retailers, convenience stores and internet sites that don’t require prescriptions.

The danger of purchasing contact lens at these locations? No prescriptions are required, putting the public’s eye and vision health at risk.

Optometrists are growing increasingly concerned about the risks for patients. Allergic reactions or bacterial eye infections from contaminated, poorly fitted decorative lenses can occur rapidly, causing a painful corneal ulcer or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, which could lead to irreversible sight loss. The AOA regularly underscores the essentialness of annual, comprehensive eye examinations.

The last thing we want a patient to deal with is permanent vision loss from what they thought would make a fun halloween costume.  A proper contact lens fitting will ensure the patient understands how to properly wear and care for their lenses.  It also ensures the lenses allow adequate oxygen transmission and are not compromising the corneal surface.  Most people don’t realize the true risk of contact lenses when not worn properly or when eye health is not monitored by their optometrist.

Eyecare Associates encourages any patient that desires to wear contact lenses contact our office.  If costume lenses are desired for Halloween, they must be ordered prior to Friday, October 19.  Call the office at (913)256-2176 and a fitting can be scheduled.  We can fit a variety of patients successfully in contact lenses, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Reference: American Optometric Association, 10/04/18. https://www.aoa.org/news/advocacy/decorative-contact-lenses-can-put-scare-into-halloween

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Becky has worked for Eyecare Associates as an optometric technician since 2014. We took the opportunity to let our patients get to know her better.

What is your favorite part of your job? “Getting to interact with our patients. That is always fun! I enjoy getting to laugh with them.”

Where are you from? “I claim Osawatomie and Lane as my hometowns. I went to school in Osawatomie through 3rd grade, then moved to Lane and attended Central Heights from then on. My grandmother lived in Osawatomie and I spent a lot of weekends at her house so I still saw my friends.”

Anything unique you want to share? “According to my best friend, I can sing along to 80’s music like no other, at least that’s her take. My son won’t retweet anything I post on Twitter but he does admit I am “Mom funny.” I am also told I get places quicker than expected and was nicknamed Becky Andretti. I don’t think I drive that fast…and I don’t have any speeding tickets so no one can prove it even if I did, and I am not admitting that I do. When my son was asked this question in high school he replied, “I am not adopted.” So just FYI…I am not adopted either, though my parents probably often wish they could say I am!”

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August 20, 2018 by Kari Burchett, OD

Contact lens disposal contributing to microplastic contamination in our waterways

A contact lens recovered from treated sewage.

A contact lens recovered from treated sewage.

The American Chemical Society has recently published research regarding microplastic contamination in our waterways and how improper contact lens disposal is contributing to such contamination. Approximately 45 million Americans wear contact lenses, and according to research, about 20% may be flushing their contact lens down the toilet or washing them down the sink rather than disposing of them in the trash. Lenses in the waterways do not biodegrade easily at the wastewater treatment facility and can defragment and make their way into surface water. Read more »

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August 7, 2018

Kathy has worked for Eyecare Associates for 21 years! She is the billing/insurance specialist with lots of knowledge and experience in this area.  Kathy is a valuable member of our staff’s team and is a role model for the rest of the staff. She is originally from Pleasant Hill, Mo and now lives on a farm outside of Ottawa. In her free time, Kathy enjoys reading, gardening and relaxing at the lake