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Rest in Peace David

image for colchesterIt is with a very heavy heart that we share the news that our beloved teammate David Trester has passed way too early.

 

David was an optician who worked with us on and off for 11 years. He loved our eye care family and all our patients. His laugh was infectious and he was larger than life. He was loud and chatty and one of the most caring people you could ever be lucky enough to know. It is impossible for us to believe he is gone.

 

We will miss him dearly. May he Rest In Peace. đź’™

 

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 Colchester eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

At Colchester Eye Care, 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 Colchester Eye Care in Colchester today.

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5 Reasons To Wear Sunglasses In The Fall

When we think of fall accessories, the first things that come to mind are warm sweaters, plush scarves, or a snug pair of boots. Here’s another essential item to add to your list: a good quality pair of UV-blocking sunglasses.

But why is it so important to protect your eyes when the sun seems to be hiding behind clouds on most days? While it may not make much sense, you’ll get a better understanding by the time you finish reading this article. So let’s dive in and explore the 5 reasons you should protect your eyes from the sun in the fall.

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Sunglasses: Summer Vs. Fall

The Sun’s Position

While we may squint more in the summer, the sunlight’s path to the eyes is more direct in the fall as the sun sits closer to the horizon. This places our eyes at greater risk of overexposure to UV rays.

Changing Temperatures

Irritating symptoms like dry, red, or watery eyes are often due to the season’s cool and harsh winds. The colder the air, the stiffer and thicker the eyes’ tear oils (meibum) become. Because thicker meibum doesn’t spread as evenly over the surface of the eyes, the tears can’t offer sufficient protection and moisture.

Minimize irritation by shielding the eyes from cool winds with wraparound sunglasses.

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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 Colchester eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

UV Rays

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is problematic year-round, as it can result in serious eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. That’s why it’s important to wear 100% UV-blocking sunglasses anytime you’re outdoors, no matter the season.

Make sure to sport your sunnies even on cloudy days, as up to 90% of UV rays pass through clouds. Furthermore, outdoor objects like concrete and snow reflect a significant amount of UV rays into the eyes.

Fall’s Dangerous Sun Glare

Because the sun is positioned at a lower angle in the fall, it can produce a brutal glare that poses a danger for driving. Rays of light that reflect off of smooth surfaces like the metal of nearby cars can be so bright to the point of blinding the driver.

You can combat this dangerous glare by wearing polarized sunglasses. These lenses reduce the glare’s harmful effects by filtering out horizontal light waves, such as the ones reflected by a shiny car bumper.

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Looking for Sunglasses Near You?

Here’s the bottom line: you need to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses in the fall and year-round, no matter the season or climate. Investing in a stylish pair of durable, UV-protective sunglasses is — simply-put — a worthwhile investment in your eye health.

So if you’re looking for advice about a new pair of high-quality sunglasses for the fall, with or without prescription lenses, visit Colchester Eye Care. If standard sunglass lenses are too dark for you at this time of year, ask us about green or brown tinted lenses; they transmit more light and contrast to the eyes than standard grey tints.

We’ll be happy to help you find that perfect pair to protect your eyes, suit your lifestyle needs and enhance your personal style. To learn more, call 860-537-2020 to contact our Colchester eye doctor today.

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How To Prevent “Mask Fog” on Your Glasses

If you wear glasses and a face mask, you’ve probably struggled with “mask fog.” Your lenses get all misty, requiring you to wipe your eyewear throughout the day. Below are a few strategies to help you prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up when wearing a mask.

But First, Why Do Glasses Fog Up?

Quite simply, condensation forms whenever moist warm air hits a cool surface. Your specs fog up when the mask directs your warm breath upward instead of in front of you — which is great for preventing virus transmission but bad for anyone with less-than-stellar eyesight.

Is Your Mask Well Fitted?

The mask should fit securely over your nose. Ideally, you’ll want to wear a mask with a nose bridge or one that can be shaped or molded to your face. When the mask fits properly, hopefully most of your breath will go through it, not out the top or sides.

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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 Colchester eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

Use Your Glasses To Seal the Top of Your Mask

This method works best with large, thick eyewear frames. By pulling your mask up higher on your nose and placing the lower part of your eyeglasses on the mask, you can get a snug fit that blocks your warm breath from escaping upward toward your eyewear.

Tape Your Mask to Your Face

You can always use tape to secure your mask across the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheeks. Use easy-to-remove tape, including adhesive, medical, or athletic. Just be sure to stay away from duct tape.

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Soap and Water Help Prevent Fogging

This trick is one that healthcare professionals regularly turn to. All you need for this hack is soapy water (dish soap works best) and a microfiber cloth. Stay away from soaps with lotions in them as they can leave a thick residue, making it even harder to see.

Simply rub both sides of your lenses with a drop of soap, then buff the lenses with a soft microfiber cloth. This effective trick helps prevent your lenses from fogging up as a transparent, thin film of soap acts as a barrier.

Anti-Fog Wipes and Sprays

Another option is to purchase wipes and sprays designed to tackle foggy lenses. Read the fine print, as certain anti-fog solutions may not work as well, or may even damage lenses with coatings that minimize glare and fingerprint smudges, for example.

To learn more about ways to keep your glasses from fogging while wearing a mask, contact Colchester Eye Care in Colchester today.

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What Will Optometry Practices Look Like Post-COVID?

The Changing Face of Eye Care

COVID-19’s rapid sweep across the country has forced optical practices to make rapid clinical management decisions. Some optometrists temporarily shuttered their businesses due to the pandemic, while others began to offer emergency appointment services and telehealth.

As mandatory restrictions begin to lift in many locations, optometrists are beginning to open their doors for routine care. But this time around they will implement strict social distancing guidelines and take unprecedented precautions to limit the spread of infection.

Some of the Changes You Should Expect to See At Our Colchester Eye Clinic

1) Signage throughout the office spelling out new steps and protocols to ensure maximum safety for staff and patients alike.

2) Social distancing will be the new norm. Packed waiting rooms will be a thing of the past. Instead, clinics will be spacing out seating to reduce capacity and scheduling in longer intervals to minimize patient interactions. Some clinics may ask patients to wait in their cars until they receive a text message from the office stating that they can come in.

3) Certain practices will require appointments for individuals to see and try on the array of frames and sunglasses at the dispensary. Bookings will be in 15-20 minute increments, accessed by one individual at a time.

4) Methods will be introduced to decrease the number of surfaces a patient touches. This will include leaving the clinic’s front door open (or replacing it with a motion-activated door), facilitating cashless payments, and encouraging patients to fill out registration forms online.

5) Patients who aren’t feeling well or who have been in contact with someone who is ill will be asked to reschedule their appointment two to three weeks in the future.

6) Measuring one’s temperature at the entrance will become commonplace — this goes for both staff and patients. Though not the most reliable screening tool, as those who are asymptomatic can still spread the virus, it will identify some people who aren’t well. Anyone registering 100.4° or above will be sent home.

7) There will be more time between appointments, to allow the staff to thoroughly clean and disinfect before and after each patient’s visit.

8) Many eye practitioners will be wearing safety goggles and face masks, particularly during any up-close contact with the patient. Patients may also be asked to wear masks.

9) Individuals with suspected ocular infections will be put in a special containment area.

10) Practices will frequently wipe down any patient area, including chairs, counters and doorknobs. Every exam room will be completely disinfected between appointments. In the dispensary, frames will be promptly disinfected after patients touch them.

11) Patients will be requested to wash or disinfect their hands upon entering the office and when entering different rooms. Colchester Eye Care in Colchester has strict hygiene and sterilization protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.

If you’re dealing with a vision or eye health issue and need to visit Colchester Eye Care, or if you would like some more information on how we have adapted our practice due to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate in contacting us. We’ll be happy to assist you however we can.

Colchester Eye Care serves patients from Colchester, all throughout Connecticut.

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COVID-19 UPDATES

We are currently closed except for emergency care, and we will update Facebook, Instagram and Google with changes, and inform you as soon as it is safe for our staff, patients, and society, to re-open.

We will continue to address all emergency eye care, doing our part to keep patients out of crowded emergency rooms. Please call or text 860-537-2020

We are setting up telemedicine to triage/treat anything we can without having patients physically travel to the office. Our emergency lines will be answered as quickly as possible.

For non-emergent issues, please leave a voicemail at, or text to, (860) 537-2020, and we will return calls and texts frequently, doing our best to assist each of you.

Please stay home, stay safe and we look forward to SEEing you all very soon!

We LOVE our TROOPS

soldier 01Please join Colchester Eye Care in celebrating Valentine’s Day by sending Valentine Care Packages to our troops to show our love and appreciation for their sacrifice. Stop in to Colchester Eye Care from Jan. 15th through Jan. 31 to drop off your donation (see list below of requested items), fill out a postcard with a nice message and we will enter your name in a drawing to win a fun tote bag with a pair of sunglasses!
Colchester Eye Care will also donate a pair of sunglasses to go in each care package!
Requested Items:
  • Candy: heat resistant, fruit breezes throat drops, twizzlers
  • Correspondence: writing paper and envelopes, pens/pencils
  • Toiletries: baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, travel size body wash, deodorant, foot powder, hand lotion, Q-Tips, disposable razors, shampoo, sunscreen, individual packets of Tylenol
  • Dental: toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Drink: instant coffee, coffee creamer, individual size drink mixes
  • Food: instant oatmeal, ramen noodles, Cif or Balance Bars, Beef Jerkey or SlimJims, granola bars, individual crackers or cookies, pop top canned fruit, gum, sugar packets, pop top canned Ravioli, tuna kits
  • Other: batteries, bug spray in zip lock bag, duct tape, small flashlights/fans, fly strips, fly swatters, cushioned white calf high socks
  • Entertainment: playing cards, crossword puzzles, hand held electronic games, Sodoku books

Part 2 of Pediatric Eye Care Questions and Answers

This is the 2nd and final part of Dr. Rupali Mistry’s answers to our questions on Pediatric Eye Care.

To see part 1, please click here

Q: In addition to a routine eye exam, what other services do parents bring their children to your office for?Children are brought into the office for other services such as eye emergencies, pink eye or other eye infections, foreign body removal, etc.

Q: What is your busiest time of year for eye exams for kids?The busiest time of year for children’s eye exams is the summer months and right before the start of the school year: June-September.

Q: At what age can my child wear contact lenses?Contact lenses are recommended starting the age of 12.

Q: Should a child limit screen time?The American Academy of Pediatrics has established recommendations for children’s media use. The current recommendations advise:–For children under 18 months, avoid screen-based media except video chatting.–For children 18 months to 24 months, parents should choose high-quality programming and watch with their children.–For children 2 to 5, limit screen time to one hour per day of high-quality programming.–For children 6 and up, establish consistent limits on the time spent using media and the types of media.

Q: What should I look for when choosing glasses for my child?Like choosing a frame for an adult, you want to make sure the frame fits your child behind the ears and around the nose. For infants and younger children, you can also consider frames with temples that wrap around the ears or straps for around the head. Most kids’ frames are made to hold up to the active lifestyles of children. Our wonderful optical staff would love to help you pick out the perfect frames that fit your child.

Q: Are there any lens options that are recommended for children?Doctor recommended lens options for children include polycarbonate lenses for safety purposes. Polycarbonate lenses have the highest impact resistance, to decrease likelihood of lens breakage. Two lens coatings recommended for children include an anti-reflective coating and blue light protection. With the age of technology, children are spending more time on computers, tablets, and phones. The anti-reflective coating will help decrease digital strain caused by screen time. The blue light protective coating will protect children’s eyes from the harmful UV rays produced by screens.

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Pediatric Eye Care Questions and Answers

We were fortunate enough to ask Dr. Rupali Mistry some questions about Pediatric Eye Care. Here is part 1 of what she had to say:

Q: Why is it important for children to have their eyes examined?
Good vision and ocular health is key for a child’s development, success in school and overall well-being. It is extremely important for children to have their eyes examined at a young age. This allows early detection of ocular conditions, lazy eye/amblyopia, eye turn, focusing problems, eye/hand coordination, etc. If problems are detected, early intervention can help effectively treat and/or prevent them from worsening.

Q: At what age should a child have his or her first eye doctor’s appointment?
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), a child’s first eye exam should be at 6 months, then at age 3 and 5 if all results are normal. It is recommended to have a yearly eye exam after the age of 5.

Q: Are there any signs that a child should have his or her eyes checked?
There are many different signs that indicated that a child should have their eyes examined; some of which include an eye turn, frequent HA, squinting, head tilt, watery eyes, rubbing eyes, and increased light sensitivity.

Q: Describe something – a technique or technology – that makes a pediatric eye exam or pediatric eye care different from adult eye care.
Pediatric eye exams are different than an adult comprehensive eye exam in the equipment we use. With children, we do not require as many subjective responses. For example, instead of your typical refraction behind the phoropter (answering which is better 1 or 2), doctors will perform retinoscopy where a light is shined in the child’s eye which will allow the assessment of the prescription.

Q: What do you look for in during a pediatric eye exam?
When performing a pediatric eye exam, we are looking for any eye turn or significant prescription which can lead to a lazy eye. We are looking for any ocular condition that can halt or slow down the normal development of the eye, such as congenital cataracts to name one.

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Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by educating yourself and others about the dangers of wearing colored contact lenses without a prescription.

Why Can Over-The-Counter Colored Contact Lenses Cause Eye Damage?

Contact lenses made to change one’s appearance go by many names: cosmetic, theatrical, Halloween, circle, decorative, colored, or costume contact lenses. While it’s illegal to sell colored contact lenses without a prescription, authorities rarely enforce the law — which means they’re still accessible in many places.

Many people believe that wearing non-prescription color contact lenses can cause no harm. This unfortunate myth has led to many contact lens complications. For instance, when a person feels that a contact lens is “dry”, it could be because the lens is not a good fit. Ideally, the lens should follow the contour of the eye, and stay centered, with enough lens movement to allow tear exchange beneath the lens.

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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 Colchester eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

Furthermore, non-medical colored contact lenses are often produced by unlicensed manufacturers that tend to use inferior plastic and toxic materials, such as lead (often used in lens coloring), which can get absorbed through the eyes into the bloodstream. These illegal lenses may also contain high levels of bacteria from unsanitary packaging, shipping, and storage conditions.

Therefore, purchasing any kind of contact lenses without a prescription or medical oversight can result in a variety of eye complications, such as corneal abrasions, eye sores, conjunctivitis, other eye infections, vision impairment and, in rare cases, even permanent vision loss.

Even if you have perfect vision, all contact lenses, including colored contacts, require a prescription and proper fitting by an optometrist.

Contact us at Colchester Eye Care and make an appointment with us to get properly examined for a contact lens prescription.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Colored Contact Lenses

DO make sure you undergo a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist who will measure your eyes and properly fit you for contact lenses.

DO get a valid prescription that includes the measurements, expiration date and the contact lens brand name.

DO purchase the decorative contact lenses from a reliable retailer (hint: they should demand a prescription.)

follow the contact lens hygiene directives (cleaning, inserting and removing lenses) provided by your eye doctor.

DO make sure to undergo follow-up eye exams as directed by your eye care professional.

DON’T ever share contact lenses with anyone else.

So don’t let an eye infection get in the way of your fun this Halloween.

Wearing decorative lenses without a valid prescription can result in serious harm to your eyes, which can haunt you long after October 31st.

Get your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting by an eye doctor in Colchester at Colchester Eye Care.

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