At Rosen Optometry we want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. Our optometrists are always always available to answer your questions. Please feel free to send your eye care questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I have allergies. Can I still wear contacts?
A: People with allergies. Daily disposables may actually help with eye allergies! Since there is less time for dirt or irritants to build up in the eye, daily contacts allow allergies a lower chance to flare up. Additionally, a fresh, smooth, clean, new lens surface every day is the gentlest option for irritated eyes.
Q: Can my pre-teen wear contacts?
A: Contacts are great for children and teenagers! The lives of our kids are non-stop. There’s school, sports, after school activities, and social lives. This is one less thing to have to worry about forgetting. Lens care neglect can be detrimental to your child’s eye health. With dailies, you never have to remind them again to clean their contacts.
Q: When should my child have their eyes examined? Part 1
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Q: What is Macular Degeneration (AMD)?
Dr. Rosen: The macula is the part of the retina responsible for central vision, and not only does it handle central vision, it is the HD (High Definition) part of the retina. We need it to read, recognize faces, and discern fine details. Additionally, it gives us the best color vision. Unfortunately, the macula is susceptible to degenerative processes as we age, and all of these wonderful and important features can be compromised. There are two forms of macular degeneration: “Dry” macular degeneration and “Wet” macular degeneration. The Dry form is the more common, and is not usually too serious in the early stages. However, it can advance and it can advance to the Wet form, which is more serious. Macular degeneration can be hereditary, but all of us are at risk. There are things we can do to avoid getting macular degeneration. Avoiding bright sunlight, Ultra-violet (UV) light, and high energy blue light are important and we always recommend high quality sunglasses. Proper nutrition and weight control can also help us avoid AMD. If signs of AMD present themselves, we care for our patients by providing genetic testing to find out how diligent we need to be in watching for advancement, and to find out what are the best vitamins might be helpful. If advancement to the Wet form occurs, there are new treatments available to limit damage.
Q. Winter is coming, how do I protect my eyes from dry eye syndrome?
Dr. Rosen: The first step is to determine how severe your symptoms are and what’s causing them, which we can do fairly easily in our office. Then we can make specific recommendations for preventing further development of dry eyes such as artificial tears or other treatments that would be best for you.
Q. At What age should my child be to get contact lenses?
Dr. Rosen: There is no minimum age for contact lenses, and success is often based on how responsible a child is, not how old they are. Ages 10 or 12 are good guidelines, but we have had successful patients even younger. Contacts for children often help build their self esteem as well as improve their sports performance. Daily 1-Day disposable lenses are popular with kids and parents because they are maintenance free and represent the healthiest way to wear contacts. We also offer ortho-k contacts that can slow or halt the progression of nearsightedness that represents a growing problem that many kids experience. For more information, please contact us.
Q: When should my child have their eyes examined? PART 2