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Red Eyes and the Coronavirus

As spring is coming, and allergies with it, some of us may soon be getting itchy eyes. With so many different symptoms of COVID-19, you may be wondering if this could be yet another. Read All About Vision’s article to learn if red eyes have anything to do with the Coronavirus.

Red Eyes and the Coronavirus

Are Contact Lenses Safe For Young Children?

Here’s a question we often get at our practice: Is my child too young for contact lenses?’ This is an important question, and the answer may surprise you.

For children with myopia (nearsightedness), contact lenses can be a convenient method of vision correction. It allows kids to go about their day without having to worry about breaking or misplacing their glasses, and enables them to freely participate in sports and other physical activities.

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Some children and young teens may ask their parents for contact lenses because they feel self-conscious wearing glasses. Contact lenses may even provide children with the confidence boost they need to come out of their shell. Moreover, these days, it is very popular for children to wear single-use one-day disposable soft contacts, since there is no cleaning or maintenance involved.

Some parents may deny their child’s request for contacts due to concerns about eye health and safety. There’s no reason to worry: contact lenses are just as safe for children as they are for anyone else.

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Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our Boulder eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

At Altitude Optometry, we provide children, teens, and patients of all ages with a wide variety of contact lenses. If you’re concerned about the safety of contacts for your child, we’ll be happy to explain and explore ways to ensure maximum safety, optimal eye health and comfort. To learn more or to schedule a pediatric eye exam for contact lenses, contact us today.

What Are the Risks of Having My Child Wear Contact Lenses?

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A study published in the January 2021 issue of The Journal of Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics found that kids aren’t at a higher risk of experiencing contact lens complications.

The study followed nearly 1000 children aged 8-16 over the course of 1.5-3 years to determine how contact lenses affected their eye health.

The results indicate that age doesn’t have an effect on contact lens safety. In fact, the researchers found that the risk of developing infections or other adverse reactions was less than 1% per year of wear — which is comparable to contact lens wearers of other ages.

But before you decide that contact lenses are right for your child, you may want to consider whether your child is ready to wear them. During his or her eye doctor’s appointment, the optometrist may ask about your child’s level of maturity, responsibility, and personal hygiene. Since many children are highly motivated to wear contacts, they tend to display real maturity in caring for their lenses. That said, in the initial stages, parents may need to play an active role, as their child gets used to inserting and removing the new contact lenses.

It’s important to note that just as with any other medical device, contact lenses are not risk-free. Anyone who wears contact lenses has a chance of developing eye infections or other complications with contact lenses. However, when worn and cared for according to your eye doctor’s instructions, contact lenses are low-risk and perfectly safe for children and teenagers.

So, go ahead and bring your child in for a contact lens consultation! We’ll help determine if your child is ready for contacts and answer any questions you or your child may have. To schedule your child’s contact lens fitting or eye exam, contact Altitude Optometry in Boulder today.

Call Altitude Optometry on 720-310-1662 to schedule an eye exam with our Boulder optometrist.

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The Sobering Risks of Skipping That Annual Eye Exam

When the time rolls around for an eye checkup, many people believe that they don’t need to go, because they already know their visual acuity and have the correct prescription glasses or contacts for it. However, this is not the only reason to go to the eye doctor. You may have an eye disease that will cause you to lose your vision, with no symptoms. These types of diseases can only be diagnosed by an eye doctor. Read this article to discover all of the health issues that could be occurring in your eyes without you knowing! It is extremely important for you and your vision to get an annual eye checkup.

The Sobering Risks of Skipping That Annual Eye Exam

 

Protect Your Eyes With Sunglasses in 2021, and Feel the Benefits

What should your New Year’s resolution be? How about to protect your eyes in 2021, and protect the skin around your eyes from aging? Sunglasses have many health benefits as they protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays, yet they also can be stylish and even give you beauty benefits down the road. You don’t have to spend a fortune on sunglasses, even cheap ones can serve the purpose of ensuring healthy eyes in 2021.

What Are Sunglasses Really Doing for Your Eyes?

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