Peroxide as Contact Lens Cleaner

Many contact lens wearers have lens discomfort, either burning, dryness, stinging, lens awareness. Hydrogen peroxide solutions (namely Clear Care) can solve all of these issues. We tend to think of hydrogen peroxide as a potent disinfectant but in fact, it breaks down into water and oxygen.

hydrogen_peroxide_decompositionResearch has shown that 3 percent hydrogen peroxide effectively disinfects the microbes, bacteria and a broad variety of other pathogens that adhere to a contact lens during a wearing cycle. The challenge was to develop a lens disinfecting system in which the peroxide would be neutralized in a reasonable period, so that patients could apply their lenses the next day without risking adverse effects. Fortunately, industry found a way to combine disinfection efficacy with rapid neutralization.

Clear Care solution combines a surfactant cleaner and functional wetting agent with peroxide in a single bottle, which makes it easier for patients and provides enhanced disinfection. It has a 6-hour neutralization period and disinfected lenses can be stored for up to 7 days. ClearCare

As we know, there are differences in products and “inactive” ingredients may change how they work. One important difference between Clear Care and the generic peroxides is the addition of a surfactant cleaner to Clear Care solution. This cleaner has a detergent-like action that reduces surface tension and helps remove contaminants and improves surface wettabilty.

We want to make residual peroxide (peroxide left after the disinfection process) as low as possible.  Doing so will allow more comfortable, happy eyes in the greatest number of our patients.  Ideally, we want no residual peroxide, which may not always be possible, but the less we have, the better it is for patients. Clear Care solution has a low 20 ppm residual peroxide. Our bodies do have ways of dealing with residual peroxide, but some eyes deal with it better than others. Dry eyes, for example, may not handle it as well as a thick, robust tear film that dilutes the residual peroxide.

Peroxide produces the lowest levels of corneal staining of any of the lens care solutions. Burning and stinging were linked to increased staining. Patients with staining had poorer comfort scores during the day and at the end of the day.

Clear Care is the only solution that Unique Optique actively recommends. Come in for a sample and see for yourself the beauty of peroxide!

Thank you to Contact Lens Spectrum.

Prevention of Makeup Injuries and Infections

 

Eye injuries and infections from using makeup improperly happen all too often. Department store and drugstore makeup aisles are filled with a tempting array of makeup colors and products for the eyes. But knowing how to apply and remove eye makeup properly will not only make your eyes beautiful, but will protect your vision as well.
Where should make up NOT be applied?
The area to avoid is the flat part of your eye on the inside of your lash lines. “The most important glands are right there on the eyelid margin, and if you block those, you’re blocking the natural secretion of the oils which protect you from having dry eyes. You could also get styes caused by bacteria,” says Dr. Resnick, a New York based optometrist. You don’t have to give up inside eyeliner entirely, just limit it to once a week or so to be safe. “And if you are going to wear makeup, make sure you get it all off at night.”

Where ELSE should makeup NOT be applied?

To prevent poking yourself in the eye with an applicator, NEVER apply makeup while you are in a moving vehicle.

What should contact lens wearers know about makeup?

Consider switching to daily disposable contacts to avoid product and debris buildup. Steer clear of oil-based eye makeup removers. “They can make lenses blurry and uncomfortable because the oils will lay on the surface of tears. So, when you wake up in the morning, residue will attach to the contacts when you put them in,” explained Dr. Resnick. Be sure to rub your contact lenses gently but thoroughly before storing them (even if your solution says no-rub) to get rid of any makeup that might be lingering.

What are some general tips for makeup?

Sharpen pencil eyeliners before each use for a clean, fresh surface. Opt for powder eye shadows–creamy textures tend to hold more bacteria. Don’t let uncovered liners roll around in your purse! Keep the caps on tight. Of course, replace your mascara and eyeliner every three months.

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Applying Makeup

Removing Makeup

At night, remove all eye makeup, especially mascara that can stick to the lashes. Use a clean cotton swab to brush along the base of the eyelashes to get the last resistant debris of eye makeup off. If you use an eye makeup remover, be sure not to get any in your eye. When you are done, rinse the remover off your eyelids completely to avoid possible irritation of the eye or lids.

Thanks,  Glamour Magazine

Prosection of Human Cadavers

Got your attention now! Keep reading for interesting facts about optometric education.

An often overlooked fact about optometry is that the eyes are directly tied to the body as a whole. The eyes can be the first indicator of many systemic diseases. Part of an optometrist’s education is learning the structures of the torso and head and how they relate to the eyes. What is the best way to visualize these structures? The human cadaver.051118_cadaver

As one of my jobs in optometry school, I (along with some of my favorite classmates) prosected the cadavers for the anatomy labs. (Dissect is to separate into pieces; prosect is to dissect for demonstration purposes.) On the first day of my exposure to cadavers, I had to avert my eyes to prevent syncope. After giving myself a pep talk, I crept closer to the bodies trying to overcome my sensitivity to the smell of formaldehyde. Eventually staring down at ‘mine’, I realized that they each had their own amazing stories and lives and now it was ok that that was over. By their own donation, the next stage had begun and now they were our teachers.

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Before too long, I was able to saw through the skull to exposure the eye muscles, tease out the tiniest cranial nerves and weigh an enlarged heart with my hands. Our whole class benefitted by being able to better understand the workings of the body and how each part related to each other. There is no better way to understand this than seeing it where it used to function.

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Donating your organs and/or body is a special way that you can give life past the end of yours. Consider organ donation or whole body donation. I know I thank them for their investment in my future.

Taijitu Christian

Christian

From the outside, Christian looks polished, professional and with his act firmly together. On the inside, he is a daredevil and a risk-taking enigma.

Every day, Christian comes to work styled in a suit and a tie. Yet he has bungee jumped over Victoria Falls in Africa.

Christian has worked in optics for 5 years, both as an optician and a lab technician. Yet he has finished a Tough Mudder, complete with crawling through mud military style with live electrical wires dangling overhead.

Christian graduated from McDaniel College with a degree in Political Science and International Studies. Yet he lived and studied in a Zimbabwe village for 5 months.

Christian is meticulous in his design of lens materials and coatings for each patient. Yet his life goal is to have a completely full passport.

Christian is an avid believer in the principles from How To Win Friends and Influence People. Yet he enjoys extreme activities like skydiving and scuba diving.

Come to Unique Optique to meet Christian. He will carefully listen to your spectacle wants and needs, design your glasses impeccably and do it all with panache.

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