Prosthetic Contact Lenses with Hand-painted Irises Help Treat Vision Problems

Not everyone has normal eyes. Eye disfigurement from accidents, or anomalies due to congenital problems, can now be improved with hand-painted lens technology from Adventures In Color Technology, Ltd. Practitioners and their patients worldwide turn to this Golden, CO, company for assistance. The company's customized lenses are now being used to correct these problems: light sensitivity, double vision and low vision, albinism and aniridia (a condition in which a person has no iris color).

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Golden, CO (PRWEB) January 15, 2003

"It's amazing. I don't know why more people don't know about it," says Courtney Wacker, a Loveland, CO, accident victim, who benefited from hand-painted contact lens technology following a auto accident two years ago.

Wacker suffered from double vision and a disfigured eye after emerging from a coma following the accident. She subsequently was fitted with a lens from Adventures in Color Technology. According to Wacker, the restoration of her normal vision and appearance brought tears to her eyes. "Being able to see normally, without wearing an eye patch, was the best feeling in the world," Wacker said.

She says the contact is just like wearing a patch. "But, it just looks like your eye, because it's painted," Wacker explains, "They take pictures of your good eye and then paint the contact to look exactly like it."

New York City optician Cary Hirshfield says the optometry group he's affiliated with, Farkas Kassalow & Resnick, has been working with Adventures in Color Technology for about 12 years now.

"When we prescribe hand-painted lenses, it's usually to fix a trauma or congenital problem, Hirschfield says, "But Adventures in Color Technology also creates hand-painted lenses for theatre. And that's a pretty important component here in New York City.

"Adventures in Color Technology is miles ahead in the industry - in terms of customer service, accessibility and the staff's willingness to help practitioners with their patients' problems. In most cases, their delivery time is also better," Hirschfield explains.

Denver businessman Gordon Milliken, 75, has been wearing an Adventures In Color prosthetic lens for about the past 10 years. His eye had been injured as a boy and he simply didn't know that a lens with a hand-painted iris was an option. Now he is never without several prosthetic lenses, just in case he loses one and needs a spare.

"It's not noticeable to people on the street with the contact lens on. And it makes me feel more comfortable," Milliken says.

"More than 20 million people suffer from serious untreated vision problems, and most of those people don't realize a solution like ours is available," says Stan Harper, CEO of Adventures in Color Technology and former president of the Contact Lens Society of America.

Roughly two percent of the population has suffered a serious eye injury as a result of an accident, and others have vision problems as a result of unsuccessful eye surgeries or birth defects. The company uses various Federal Food and Drug Administration approved colors and designs specifically applied to soft contact lenses.

Adventures In Color Technology, Ltd., serves eye care practitioners both in private practice and at teaching hospitals and universities throughout the world, developing colors and patterns for patients and continuing research for other retinal problems. Hopefully, to soon help patients with macular degeneration, a debilitating loss of vision as the macula in the back of the eye becomes less and less responsive to light entering the eye through the pupil. This condition is the leading cause of blindness in our older population.

The company's headquarters is located at 1800 Jackson Street, Golden, Colo., 80401. Harper may be reached at 303-271-9644, toll-free at 1-800-537-2845. The company website is http://www.techcolors.com.

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