Keeping your eyes healthy this holiday

Seasons greetings! As the weather gets colder everyone gets busy. Your eyes have to last you a lifetime, so taking care of them is incredibly important. Your lifestyle can cause significant strain on your eye health and can have a harmful effect on your sight, especially as you grow older. Here are some Tips to take good care of your eye health…
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Decorative contact lenses: A horror story

Wouldn’t it be cool to have vampire eyes for Halloween? Or deep violet eyes to match your purple sweater? How about your favorite sports team’s logo on your eyes just for fun?

You can have all of these looks with decorative contact lenses (sometimes called “fashion,” “costume,” or “colored” contact lenses). These lenses don’t correct vision—they just change how your eyes look. But before buying decorative lenses, here’s what you should know. Read more

IACLE Names Jordanian Optometrist Contact Lens Educator of the Year

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Dr. Yazan Gammoh, 2017 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year awardee.

Among those to receive the 2017 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards is Jordanian optometrist and Chairman of the optometry department at Amman Ahliyah University, Dr. Yazan Gammoh. Clinically focusing on keratoconus management using scleral contact lenses, as well as, low vision management in adults, Dr. Gammoh has spent 5 years lecturing and training at universities, symposia, and conferences in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) introduced the award way back in 2014 “to recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide”, which grants one educator from each of IACLE’s global regions, namely, Asia Pacific, Europe/Africa/Middle East, and the Americas.

Also receiving the award are Prof. Jan Bergmanson (USA), Prof. Koon-Ja Lee (Korea), and Prof. Martha Lucila Márquez García (Colombia). The presentation proper will be held on June 11, 2017 in Liverpool, UK.

14 Dos and Don’ts Every Contact Lens Wearer Should Know

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Here are some safety tips you should follow if you wear contact lenses.


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  1. Get regular eye exams to assure the continued health of your eyes.
  2. Always have a back-up pair of glasses with a current prescription in the event that you have problems with your contact lenses.
  3. Always ask your eye care professional before using any medicine or using topical eye products, even those you buy without a prescription. Some medicines may affect your vision or irritate your eyes.
  4. Ask your eye care professional about wearing glasses or contact lenses during sports activities to minimize your chance of injury.
  5. Apply cosmetics after inserting lenses and remove your lenses before removing makeup.
  6. Apply any aerosol products (hairspray, cologne, and deodorant) before inserting lenses.
  7. Always inform your employer if you wear contact lenses. Some jobs may require the use of eye protection equipment or may require that you not wear lenses.
  8. Follow and save the directions that come with your lenses. If you didn’t get a patient information booklet, request one from your eye care professional or look for one on the manufacturer’s website.
  9. Replace contacts as recommended by your eye care professional. Throw away disposable lenses after recommended wearing period.


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  1. Sleep in daily wear lenses because it may increase your chance of infection or irritation.
  2. Purchase contact lenses from gas stations, video stores, record shops, or any other vendor not authorized by law to dispense contact lenses. Contact lenses are medical devices that require a prescription.
  3. Swap contact lens with another person. Swapping provides a way to transfer germs between people. Contact lenses are individually fitted. Incorrectly fitted lenses may cause permanent eye injury, infection and may potentially lead to blindness.
  4. Smoke. Studies show that smokers who wear contact lenses have a higher rate of problems (adverse reactions) than nonsmokers.
  5. Swim while wearing contact lenses. There is a risk of eye infection from bacteria in swimming pool water, hot tubs, lakes and the ocean.


(Adapted from original article, “Everyday Eye Care”, retrieved from the FDA website on March 8, 2017).

New optical business directory hits the web

Eyezone Blog-Optiguide launchKuwait: EYEZONE Magazine, the first optical magazine in the Middle East, has launched a comprehensive online directory called Eyezone Optiguide. It covers a whole gamut of data relevant in building optical business transactions such as a company’s basic info plus its overview, contact details, route maps, brand and product features, images, and videos, in addition to a plethora of upcoming optical shows and latest industry news. The directory has gone live on January 26, 2017 and can be accessed at

Aside from housing company basic portfolios and brand presentations, Eyezone Optiguide also publishes a chunkful of recent happenings within the optical market and are available in a straightforward, easy to use platform and search capabilities. The site serves as a helpful resource for companies in search for their ideal clients.

The listing is categorized as follows: frames and sunglasses, kids’ eyewear, ophthalmic lenses, clear and colored contact lenses, equipment, accessories, and decor. Moreover, the site offers an All In One Map for quick location-based lookup and a Help Center detailing the how-tos of the site. Eyezone Optiguide is also accessible on mobile devices and is surely promising to become a gold mine of optical business essentials worldwide.


Senior citizens receive free eye care in Taguig, Philippines

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TAGUIG CITY, June 15 (PIA) – The city government of Taguig provides eye care for 30,000 senior citizens with their free eye check-up and free prescription glasses.

Mayor Lani Cayetano said, “Oplan Linaw 2016” is an intervention by the city government to address one of the problems associated with old age.

“We know the problem and we are doing something about it. Vision problems can affect the quality of life of an individual, more so with the elderly. We are more than happy to provide our senior citizens with prescription glasses that they need to enjoy the simple pleasures of life,” Cayetano said.

The beneficiaries are identified through the database of Taguig City’s Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).

Dr. Isaias Ramos, chief of Taguig City Health Office said that the process is simple – after the free eye check-up, they will just wait for three to four weeks before getting their prescription glasses.

Likewise, Ramonita Jordan, OSCA officer-in-charge said her office has been receiving positive comments on the city government’s Oplan Linaw.

“Everybody is grateful. The program is just exceptional in terms of magnitude and impact on the lives of senior citizens,” Jordan said.

Taguig City government makes sure that senior citizens have access to different programs of the city intended for their well-being. (Philippine Information Agency-PIA)


Top digital downloads for contact lens, anterior eye, 2016

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Here is a list of the most viewed and downloaded articles on contact lens and the anterior eye in the last 90 days according to Elsevier, a global information and analytics portal and RELX subsidiary.

Global trends in myopia management attitudes and strategies in clinical practice by James S. Wolffsohn, et. al.

A self-administrated, internet-based questionnaire was distributed in six languages, through professional bodies to eye care practitioners globally. The questions examined: awareness of increasing myopia prevalence, perceived efficacy and adoption of available strategies, and reasons for not adopting specific strategies.

Keratoconus: A review by Miguel Romero-Jiménez, et. al.

Published in August 2010, the article speaks of the effect of keratoconous on both genders and all ethnicities.

Effect of lens care system on silicone hydrogel contact lens wettability by Michel Guillon, et. al.

The purpose was to compare the effect of the repeated usage of two care systems with silicone hydrogel contact lenses worn for three months on a daily wear modality. A specific aspect of interest was of the effect of the care systems on contact lens wettability.

Complications and fitting challenges associated with scleral contact lenses: A review by Maria K. Walker, et. al.

Talks about the modern scleral contact lens (ScCL) evolution and manufacture, as well as, contact lens modality, new set of complications and fitting limitations.

Structural design of contact lens-based drug delivery systems; in vitro and in vivo studies of ocular triggering mechanisms by Anisa Mahomed, et. al.

This study identifies and investigates the potential use of in-eye trigger mechanisms to supplement the widely available information on release of ophthalmic drugs from contact lenses under passive release conditions.

Source: Elsevier's Most Downloaded Contact Lens & Anterior Eye Articles

Anime eyes for real!

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Hinamori Amu from the anime, Shugo Chara! Image from Google.
A Japanese company has made it possible to make your eyes look like an anime heroine. The cosmetics research firm has fueled the world’s obsession with anime by creating contact lenses which promise to make your eyes “shine like a 2D cartoon hero”. There are three types of lenses to choose from – the Ururu Eye (which means “teary-eyed” in Japanese), the Kirakira Eye (which translates to “sparkly-eyed”) and finally Kiratto Eye (or the “bright-eyed”), all promising to give the impression of that twinkly, shimmery eye you see in Japanese cartoons. The lenses retail at 3,300 Japanese yen (£17).  (Source: Agencies)