When Are Kids Ready For Contacts?

I am often asked by parents when are children ready to wear contacts.  Although there is no magical age when all children are ready, I generally believe that by age 10 most children are motivated enough and have the necessay dexderity to wear and care for contact lenses.  I do fit younger children, but with the understanding that parents will be willing to assist in the insertion,  removal, and cleaning (if necessary) process.

Contact Lens Benefits for Teens

Studies have suggested children have significantly better self perception about themselves, athletic performance, academic performance, and social acceptance.  Beyond better self-perception, contact lenses can also offer greater peripheral vision which can be an advantage over glasses for sports.

Caring for contact lenses is also easier than ever before.  I highly recommend daily disposable (single use) contact lenses whenever possible.  They offer the greatest comfort, convience, and lowest risk of infection compared to other contact lenses.  The prices for daily disposable lenses have come down in recent years to be less than some montly replacement lenses if you consider the price of the contact lens.

Learn more and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

 

Anti-Dry Contact Lens

Dailies Total OneCiba has just introduced a newly designed daily disposable contact lens.  It is the first contact lens to offer water gradient technology which features a 33% water content core that increases to over 80% at the surface of the lens.  This water gradient is responsible for a silky smooth surface that lasts until the end of the day.  In clinical trials 93% of the people who tried the lens were satisfied with its comfort.

If you have dry eyes and are interested in contact lenses then this may be the perfect contact lens for you.   Gray Family Vision is one of a few exclusive Maine locations to be able to offer this exciting new contact lens!  

Learn more and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham. Since 1989, we have been serving the entire Lakes Region Area including Auburn, Casco, Bridgeton, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Fryeburg, Lewiston, Naples, New Gloucester, North Conway, North Yarmouth, Raymond, Sanford, and Yarmouth.

 

Welcome i.Terminal 2

stage-zeiss-lens-fitting-207-2Introducing i.Terminal 2 

We are committed to providing you the best vision possible and are excited to have added the i. Terminal 2.  It is the most advanced centration system available today and it quickly and accurately obtains several key measurements necessary in the making of your eyeglasses.

No More Manual Measurements – 5X More Accurate !

i.Terminal 2  precisely determines  the centration of your lenses for you to see your absolute best.  Studies show that digital measurements are more accurate than even the best manual measurements as it allows for more natural eye position.

How It Works

A quick digital image of you with your new eyewear is obtained.  We then analyze the image to optimize the position of your lenses in your selected frame.

We continue to invest in new equipment because your vision is important to us.  This new technology is now available at both our Gray and Windham locations at no additional cost when purchasing eyewear from Gray Family Vision.

 

Gray Family Goes Mobile

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Recycle Your Old Eyeglasses

1717642_srecycleWith Earth Day fresh on everyone’s mind, we wanted to give a reminder that we continue to collect used eyewear.  If you happen to have an unwanted pair of eyeglasses lying around, here are 3 reasons to consider donating them at Gray Family Vision.

1.  Be Green

Avoid contributing your old eyewear to the local landfill.

2.  Feel Good

The glasses we collect are used by those less fortunate in other countries.

3.  Save $$

Donate an unwanted pair of glasses and buy (without insurance) a complete pair of glasses with anti-reflective coating and we will give you a discount;  $25 off single vision or $50 off progressive/no line bifocal.

Have a pair of glasses you would like to recycle?  Schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Contact Lenses Options For Over 40

Tired of your eyeglasses? Reaching the age of wisdom does not have to involve giving up wearing contact lenses.  There are more contact lenses for presbyopia than ever before; so if you haven’t asked us about contact lenses in the past few years then you may consider asking about them again.

1. The most popular bifocal soft lenses are all designed around a concept called simultaneous vision.  This is where both the distance and near prescription is presented in front of the pupil at the same time.  Your brain determines which part of the lens to pay attention to and which part to ignore.

Bottom Line: Best overall satisfaction for maintaining “normal” vision.

2. If multifocal lenses aren’t for you then you can also consider monovision.  Monovision is where your dominant eye is corrected for distance while your non dominant eye is corrected for near.

Bottom Line: A good alternative if not successful with bifocal contact lenses.

3. Another option is correcting distance vision in contacts and relying on over the counter style reading glasses at near when needed.

Bottom Line: Best for those that want the best possible vision at distance.

Learn more and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham. Since 1989, we have been serving the entire Lakes Region Area including Auburn, Casco, Bridgeton, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Fryeburg, Lewiston, Naples, New Gloucester, North Conway, North Yarmouth, Raymond, Sanford, and Yarmouth.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Eyes Red?

Why Do My Eyes Look Red

Redness in the eyes is the result of swelling or dilation of the blood vessels on the surface of the eye.

Casuses Of Red Eyes

  • blepharitis:  inflammation of the eyelid
  • conjunctivitis: allergic, bacterial, or viral
  • contact lens related problems
  • episcleritis: inflammation of the episclera
  • eye strain
  • dryness
  • glaucoma
  • injuries
  • keratitis: inflammation of the cornea
  • scleritis: inflammation of the white portion of the eye
  • toxic:  some eye drops can cause irritation
  • uveitis: inflammatory condition within the eye

Since red eye symptoms overlap with more serious infections and inflammatory conditions that can seriously affect vision an examination with your eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment is recommended.  If your eyes have been persistently red or the redness is accompanied by decreased vision, pain, or light sensitivity then you should be seen as soon as possible.

Learn more and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham.

FDA Warning Regarding “Red Out” Eye Drops

The FDA has issued a warning regarding the accidental ingestion of over the counter eye drops by children.  Drops with the active ingredients tetrahydrozoline, oxymetazoline, or naphazoline are affected by the warning.  These ingredients reduce redness by causing  blood vessels to narrow.  They are commonly marketed as “getting the red out”.  Accidental ingestion of these drops has caused serious events in children 5 and under.  The FDA recommends storing these drops away from small children (none of these drops currently come with child-resistant packaging), call the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222), and seek emergency medical care immediately if a child ingests any of these types of eye drops.

7 Causes of Eyelid Twitching

Many of us have had it before.  The eyelid flutter that seems to mysteriously appear without explanation.  Commonly it lasts a day or two but sometimes they can occur for weeks or even months at a time-annoying!

The eyelid twitch is called myokymia and is caused by involuntary contractions of the obicularis oculi muscle.  They tend to affect the lower eyelid and are commonly caused by:

  • Anxiety
  • Excessive Caffeine
  • Eye Irritation
  • Eye Strain
  • Fatigue
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Stress

If you are able to pinpoint the suspected cause, then elimination of the risk factor will generally alleviate the twitching.  You may need to update your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Some people find relief with warm compresses.  Nutritionally, potassium and vitamin B may be helpful.  On occasion, a topical tear drop (for dry eye) or topical antihistamine (for allergies or swelling) may be prescribed.  The use of quinine (found in tonic water) is sometimes recommended (not if you are pregnant) for its muscle relaxant properties.  In addition, Botox injections are sometimes used for persistent symptoms.

If the eyelid twitch extends into the facial muscles causing the entire lid to close then that can be a sign of an uncommon, but serious neurological condition.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Learn more and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham.

What Does 20/400 Mean

We measure  your quality of vision at 20 feet-this is the numerator (top twenty).  The denominator (bottom 400) is a comparison to someone with standard vision.  So if you have 20/400 vision you would have to be at 20 feet to see what one with standard vision would see at 400 feet.

20/400 does not correlate to your exact prescription, it is merely a measure of your vision without (hopefully) your eyeglasses or contact lenses on.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.