Shofner Vision Center Helps Promote Awareness for the Second Annual Contact Lens Health Week Held August 24-28, 2015

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In addition to the CDC and other industry leading organizations, Shofner Vision Center is helping to promote the awareness of Contact Lens Health Week through the use of social media channels.

Shofner Vision Center is helping to promote the second annual Contact Lens Health Week held August 24-28, 2015 by sending informative tips and links via online news distribution and social media channels. Both Dr. Stewart Shofner and Dr. Kevin Johnson of Shofner Vision Center encourages the importance of following the recommendations provided by the American Optometric Association (AOA) to reduce the risk of developing eye infections.

About Contact Lens Health Week
CDC, in close collaboration with partners, has organized Contact Lens Health Week as a strategy to increase public awareness and promote healthy contact lens wear and care. Increased awareness about the importance of proper contact lens hygiene can encourage contact lens wearers to adopt healthy habits that can reduce their chances of getting an eye infection.

This year’s observance theme is titled “Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes”. Contact lens health messages that Shofner Vision Center will be sharing three key areas:

1.    Healthy contact lens hygiene habits
2.    Proper use, care, and storage of contact lenses and supplies
3.    Regular visits to an eye care provider

Who’s at Risk for Eye Infections?
“Basically everyone wearing lenses is at risk,” says Dr. Stewart Shofner. A Lancet study showed that people who wear daily contact lenses run a 1 in 100 risk of developing bacterial keratitis, an infection that can lead to a permanent loss of vision. People who abuse contacts by wearing them overnight or improperly caring for their lenses have an even larger risk.

According to one study, (WebMD Health News), over 80% of contact lens wearers surveyed prior to an eye exam believed they followed good lens wear and care practices, but only 2% actually complied with most recommended lens hygiene steps.

Dr. Kevin Johnson, an expert in contact lens fitting, states “It is imperative for parents of young adults that wear contact lenses to always follow the AOA recommendations, not just when it’s convenient.” Dr. Johnson adds, by not following proper procedures, contact wearers put their eye health at risk for developing infections.

AOA Recommendations

  •     Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.
  •     Clean lenses often, as recommended by your eye doctor. Rub the lenses with your fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in sufficient multi-purpose solution to completely cover the lenses.
  •     Use only fresh solution every time to clean and store contacts. Never top off old solution with new because the active ingredient in some solutions can break down over time. This is also why contact lens solutions should never be used after the discard date on the bottle has passed.
  •     Never use tap water in any area of lens care, including rinsing the lens and lens case. Tap water may contain microorganisms that can cause eye infection.
  •     Store lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace your case at least every three months. Clean the case after each use and keep it open and dry between cleaning.
  •     Never swim in lenses or wear them in a hot tub.

About Shofner Vision Center
Shofner Vision Center specializes in offering “No Fear – No Pressure” LASIK/PRK Procedures including Z-LASIK, Custom 3D LASIK, Cataract Vision Correction Surgery, and Complete Eye Exams. Shofner Vision Center is comprised of two stellar doctors and a dedicated staff of professionals that strive to offer patients the best vision care.

Harvard Graduate, Dr. Stewart Shofner has been practicing in Nashville since 1990 and has performed more than 10,000 cataract and ocular surgeries and over 30,000 LASIK/PRK surgeries on Middle Tennessee eyes. Dr. Shofner is Board Certified and one of the country's premier eye surgeons offers treatment to reduce eye damage and improve vision.

Eye Specialist, Dr. Kevin Johnson of Shofner Vision Center is a well-respected expert in contact lens fitting and prescription glasses. Dr. Johnson is also Therapeutics Board Certified to treat and manage ocular diseases and continues to assist the US Air Force with the evaluation of LASIK for Air Force Pilot Candidates.

Our reputation for excellence makes us one of the most affordable eye care practices in the Nashville area. Contact Shofner Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam at (615) 340-4733.

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