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  • Understanding The Three Different Types Of Multifocal Contact Lenses

    Presbyopia or aging eyes is a condition that affects almost everyone over the age of 40. It becomes extremely difficult to focus on the things when this condition develops. The natural lens of the eye gets to be distinctly impervious to changing its shape the way it does when we are more youthful. In addition to it, the eye muscles responsible for controlling the shape of the eyes also become weaker with the time. Until recently, the only option was to wear eyeglasses with bifocal lenses. With the availability of Multifocal lens, now it is possible to treat this condition effectively.

     

    The reason behind the increasing popularity of Multifocal lenses is they are customized according to the eyesight needs of an individual to make sure that you actually get what you need to see the objects clearly.  Since Multifocal lenses are available in different designs, it is essentially important to understand that which design will work best for you. Here we will discuss the three major types of Multifocal contact lenses:

     

    Concentric Bifocal Design- This is the most common type and is preferred by many people. It has two different prescriptions where a small circle is surrounded by a much larger circle that helps with correcting your near vision and distance vision respectively.

     

    Alternative Image Design- This type of design is primarily used for reading and driving, but is not appropriate for mid range tasks such as watching television or working on a computer. They are somewhat like bifocal glasses lens. For a distance view you are required to see through the top of the lens and for the nearer view you must see through the bottom part.

     

    Simultaneous Image Design- This design has shown promising results in the last few years.  Here, both the near and distance prescriptions are put on top of each other.  It is then up to your mind to choose which part of the lens to focus on and which part to neglect.  The advantage of this design over concentric and alternative design is that it allows the wearer to view the objects clearly in a wider area.

     

    We recommend you to visit the eye clinic Miami to see eye specialists in Brickell to get the right lenses for your eyesight.

     

     

     

  • Eye Infections, Red Eyes, Contacts lenses, Eye exams, Brickell

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    Among eye doctors and technicians, sleeping in contact lenses and caring for them improperly is actually called “contact lens abuse.” And it turns out eye professionals can usually tell if you’re an abuser, no matter what you say at your eye exam, because your cornea (the outermost surface of your eye) will actually look bad.

    Here’s how it works:

    Your cornea is one of the only places in your body that doesn’t get its much-needed oxygen from blood vessels. It gets it from the air instead. When you wear soft contact lenses, a limited amount of oxygen gets to your eye, which is fine until you close those eyes for prolonged periods of time. During sleep, between those two layers (your eyelid and the lens), no oxygen gets through at all. The doctor can tell if your cornea has been starved of oxygen by looking at it under magnification – swelling and little bumps called “endothelial microcysts” are just some of the symptoms they might find.

    If these problems go on for too long, your eye will be at increased risk of eye infection and corneal ulcers (open sores on the cornea)

    Aside from being quite painful, these conditions can even get serious enough to causepermanent damage and can even lead blindness to Not cleaning your contact lenses, or using the wrong solution (or tap water) to do so, can also lead to infection and ulcers. I will address all of these things in the rules below.

    Contact lenses that don’t fit properly also present their own problems of discomfort and damage. Your eye has a unique curvature. One contact lens does not fit all eyes, which is why you need to always have a full fitting with a professional to find a brand and style that matches the shape of your eye most comfortably. Therefore:

    Rule 1: Always have a professional involved.

    Even if you don’t need prescription contact lenses, you might want them for cosmetic purposes. It could be crazy cat-eyes for Halloween, or maybe you just want to change your eye color for a day. What ever the reason or the event contacts are a medical device that by law require you to be fitted and we at Eyes on Brickell recommend you allow yourself an extra month before your costumed event and get a proper fitting from an eye doctor.

    As an additional bonus, a friendly technician or doctor will always be there to explain the proper care and use of contact lenses, such as:

    Rule 2: Don’t sleep in your contact lenses (regardless if they are designed for it.)

    Forgetting to take out your contacts might seem awfully convenient especially because you can wake up and  see and you dont have to deal with solutions etc…  However,  NO MATTER how much easier it seems Our doctors at Eyes on Brickell always recommend to all our patients never to sleep with your contacts.  Take 5 seconds and save yourself from an infection!   You simply can’t afford to let it become a permanent habit. If you find it impossible to remember no matter how hard you try (again, this was a problem I faced,) then you might need to give up on contact lenses entirely. Your eye health is more important than avoiding inconveniences.   Ladies i hate to say this but would you sleep for days with a feminine hygiene product and not expect to get health complications?  Disgusting thought right?   So why would you ever do it with your contacts?

    Rule 3: Care for your contact lenses properly.

    If you’ve gotten a proper fitting, the technician or doctor has likely already explained the need for replacing your contact lenses at regular intervals (which vary depending on brand and type) and cleaning them daily.  one of our contact lens experts, advises you to throw out your contact lens storage case at least every three months to prevent nasty things from growing there. Never use saline solution or any kind of water to store your lenses. You can use a no-rub solution to clean them, but Dr. Copty also advises you to use a gentle rub with your fingers as part of your daily care. Don’t ever reuse solution or “top it up” from your last use – always replace it completely with fresh solution.

    Rule 4: If there are problems…

    Take out your contact lenses immediately and make an appointment with your eye doctor. If you develop a red eye or itching, burning, swelling, or pain: don’t just wait for it to go away. An infection will only get worse with time. A corneal ulcer needs medical attention.  Visit us online to schedule your next appointment at www.eyesonbrickell.com or calls us directly at 305-914-0294

    LASTLY – NEVER OVER USE YOUR CONTACT LENSES AND FOLLOW PROPER WEARING SCHEDULES.

    The following list is the wearing schedule for the the most popular brands.

    Acuve Oasys and Acuve Oasys Astigmatism – 2 weeks

    Bioinfinity and Bioinfinity Toric – 1 month

    Air Optics – 1 month

     

  • When To Get Prescription Glasses

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    Many people suffer with vision problems and are simply unaware that prescription glasses, contact lenses or other treatments can easily correct them. This is often due to the fact that eye conditions tend to worsen slowly over time and may go unnoticed if you miss your regular eye exam. The best time to inquire about getting glasses is if you notice any unusual changes in your vision, such as blurriness, headaches, or difficulty seeing while driving at night.

    Eye Exams And Prescription Glasses Near Me  

    It’s recommended you visit your local Brickell optometrist and have a comprehensive eye exam once a year. This will help diagnose any vision problems you may have and determine what prescription you need to correct your vision. Your optometrist’s office should have a wide range of frames, including designer brands and more affordable options based on your budget. If you don’t know which frames will work for you, our staff is always happy to help choose a pair that is in your price range, suits you and fits your lifestyle.

    Are Eye Glasses Covered By Medicaid?  

    Yes, Medicaid’s visual services cover both eye exams and eye glasses, eye glass repair services, contact lenses and prosthetic eyes.

    Are Prescription Glasses The Same As Reading Glasses? 

    Reading glasses, such as those you can purchase at the pharmacy, have the same prescription in each lens. However, most people have stronger vision in one eye than the other, so reading glasses don’t offer a complete solution. Prescription glasses are ordered by your optometrist to exactly match your specific visual needs in order to give you optimal vision in both eyes. 

    Prescription Glasses vs. Contacts  

    Choosing between glasses and contact lenses comes down to personal preference for most people. Contacts offer more natural vision, perfect peripheral vision, comfort and a natural look – but they can be more expensive than glasses. Glasses require less care, can be a great fashion statement and more affordable – but can be an inconvenience for athletes, a limitation on your peripheral vision and annoying to wear in the rain. 

    Are Eyeglasses Prescriptions And Contact Prescriptions The Same? 

    Your contact lens prescription will always be different to your eye glasses prescription because your eye glass lenses are positioned an additional 12mm away from your eyes.

    Visit Your Brickell Optometrist For Eye Exams And Prescription Eyeglasses

    At Florida Eyecare Associates, we’re experts in providing specialist, friendly services for anyone looking for high quality care and affordable solutions. Our eye care specialists can assist you with your annual eye exam, contact lens and eyeglass fittings, allergy screenings, LASIK and more. The health insurance providers we currently accept at our vision center include Medicare, Vision Service Plan (VSP), Opticare, EyeMed Vision Care and many more. To find out more about our practice, please contact us today at one of our locations.