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October 2013

This Halloween you may have considered taking your costume up a notch by adding eye-catching decorative contact lenses. Before you get carried away by the impulse of wanting to win first prize at the annual costume party, ask yourself if it is worth the price of your eyesight. These decorative lenses are not meant to correct your vision, their main draw is to temporarily change the overall appearance of your eyes.

This opens up a larger discussion about contact lens wear in general and the need for an evaluation to gain proper fit; not just once, but on an ongoing basis. Purchasing lenses at a boutique or discount store might save a few dollars up front, but the consequences could be much more costly. It is crucial to stick to reputable establishments when purchasing your contact lenses so you know the lenses are of good quality and, more importantly, dispensed by licensed doctors that relay proper instructions for responsible care and wear.

At Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates Drs. Shah and Wiedeman pride themselves on promoting good eye health with every visit. Along with an annual comprehensive eye exam, a complete contact lens evaluation is also necessary. The following contact lens services are provided that are NOT part of a standard eye exam:

  • Detailed slit lamp biomicroscope exam of the contact lenses on each individuals’ eyes to check the lens fit and to determine if there are any adverse effects from contact lens wear
  • Contact lens refraction to determine the correct prescription power (a contact lens prescription is different than an eyeglass prescription)
  • Review of new contact lens designs, materials, and solutions that may improve comfort and health of your eyes

Check out this informative article by the FDA that highlights things you should consider when purchasing decorative and prescription contact lenses. If the testimonial doesn’t scare you straight, we don’t know what will . . . . Always look to the future and consider how your actions, no matter how innocent they may seem, could potentially harm the way you see the world for the rest of your life.

Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates is excited to report that it is now participating with most United Healthcare products!*

How Does this Affect Our Existing Patients?

You can visit our team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and caring doctors just as you had before and take advantage of our state-of-the-art technology. The major benefit is that you will be spared the responsibility of paying out-of-network rates. We will collect your in-network copay, coinsurance, and/or deductible, based on your plan.

What Does This Mean To New Patients?

You now have the opportunity to take advantage of a practice that is dedicated to providing the finest medical knowledge, surgical expertise, service, and technological advances to achieve your best vision.

*Please call our office for specific plan participation.

Most are familiar with the pass that literally sidelined sports reporter Pam Oliver. According to the New York Daily News, the last thing she remembered was doing an interview with Ed Hochuli and then returning to the sidelines.

“That’s all I remember,” she said. “I asked the people around me, ‘What happened?’ They told me I just got hit in the head with a football.”
After the initial shock, her brave nature led her to continue to work as if nothing happened. The next day was a different story, however. Oliver hid out in her house for the next five days, avoiding light and struggling with a splitting headache.

“I slept for hours on end. The minute you wake up you’re reminded. Your head is pounding,” she said. “I really could not take light — the light from the TV, the accent lighting. The sun was completely my enemy. My blinds were drawn. It was miserable.”

Oliver’s experience shows that the signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle at first. Because of this, some people tend to downplay their injury. A concussion may not be as visible as a bleeding gash, but should still be investigated as every injury is different.

Most individuals who suffer from a concussion report symptoms related to eye function such as light sensitivity (as Ms. Oliver experienced), blurry vision, double vision, eye fatigue, and/or difficulty reading. These symptoms underscore the importance of conducting a thorough eye exam following a head injury.