Float Your Lens

Contact lens wearers frequently assume the only reason to use artificial tears or lubricating eye drops is if their eyes or contact lenses feel dry.  And, if that only tends to happen at the end of the day, many contact lens wearers  just grit it out until they remove their lenses.

So here’s  4 reasons why contact lens wears should use contact lens rewetting drops more often:

1.  Float Your Lens – Your cornea sloughs off epithelial cells just like your skin does.  These cells can can stick to the inside surface of your lens resulting in inflammation and irritation to your eyes.  Inserting an eye drop allows your lens to float.  This action helps to clean out cellular debris between your cornea and the lens.

2.  Clear Your Lens – Wetting drops inserted while your lenses are in your eyes will help remove filmy build up on your lenses.

3.  Rehydrating Your Lenses – Lenses that are dry cause blurry vision.  Rehydrate your lenses and your optics will be better!

4. Your Eyes Will Look Better –  Float Your Lens, Clear Your Lens, Rehydrate Your Lens and you are less likely to have contact lens related red eyes.

For our patients at GH Eye I generally recommend Blink Contacts or Refresh Plus Preservative Free eyedrops for use with contact lenses.

If you wear contact lenses overnight it is particularly important to “Float Your Lens” at bedtime and when you awaken.  If you inadvertantly fall asleep with your lenses in, be sure to insert a wetting drop when you awaken. Dehydrated lenses that stick to your eyes while you sleep are a leading cause of contact lens related eye problems, some of which can be serious.

Be sure to call your eye doctor if you experience redness, blurry vision, eye pain, light sensitivity or discharge from your eyes.

Dr. Ally Stoeger provides annual eye examinations, medical eye care, contact lens examinations and Lasik/refractive surgery co-management in the Gainesville-Haymarket area of Virginia.  GH Eye also has a superb collection of frames and high tech lenses.  



Retina and Apple Retina

Apple is now featuring “Retina Display”. Improved, amazing resolution for I-pads, Mac Computers and I-phones. Interesting that Apple chose the word “Retina” to describe its resolution revolution.

Apple’s advanced resolution technology is amazing, but not any more amazing than the human retina. Apple has their “Retina” trademarked and protected; and just like Apple protects their “Retina” we should all protect our high resolution, one of a kind Retina. Because without a healthy retina of your own, you won’t appreciate Apple’s retina.

So here’s 3 preventive tips to preserve and protect your “Retinal Display”

1. If you experience sudden vision change – blurry vision, spots, flashes, floaters call your eye doctor immediately. A dilated eye examination can determine whether the symptoms might be caused by a retinal detachment. There are some health problems that you can take a wait and see approach about. Sudden vision change is NOT one of them. Some retinal detachments require immediate repair. Bottom line — if your vision changes suddenly, call your eye doctor suddenly.

2. Your retina features some of the tiniest blood vessels in your body. Keep those small blood vessels healthy by eating healthy, exercising, controlling hypertension, and treating elevated lipid levels. Strategies that keep your heart healthy can also keep your eyes healthy.

3. Your sharpest vision occurs in the Macula, which is the portion of the retina. Appropriate sunglasses and hats provide UV Protection for this vital area.

Maybe “Macula Display” will be Apple’s next generation of resolution. Although it doesn’t quite have the advertising zing of “Retina Display”.

At GH Eye, in addition to dilating your eyes (or sometimes instead of dilating your eyes) we can Display Your Retina using advanced Optos technology. To see Your Retina Displayed, see us. To see a Retina Display, see Apple.