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question 20signWe want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. Our optometrist, Dr. Michael Brodsky, is always available to answer your questions. Please feel free to send us your eye care questions to drbrodskysoffice@brodskyeye.com

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Q: How can I avoid taking care of my contacts?

Dr. Brodsky: There are two ways to avoid just about all contact lens care. One is to wear extended wear lenses continuously for several days, and then discard them when you remove them. Unfortunately, overnight wear of contact lenses is not a good idea for everyone, and wearing contact lenses during sleep may increase your risk of eye problems The other alternative is daily disposables, also called one-day disposables: contacts that you discard every night and replace in the morning with new ones. Our Doctors feel that daily disposable contacts offer the best of both worlds: They are convenient because no lens cleaning is required, and they are healthy because there is no day-to-day accumulation of lens deposits. Also, because these lenses are not worn overnight, you have potentially less risk of contact lens-related eye problems.

Q: What is AccuExam?

Dr. Brodsky: AccuExam is advanced digital eye exam for your best vision! The optometrists at Dr. Michael Brodsky and Associates use this advanced eye exam technology to pinpoint your vision prescription so you will see your best. AccuExam helps spot conditions that cause fluctuations in vision that a traditional eye exam could miss. This enables us to identify what is causing any issues much sooner and easier than before. The AccuExam consultation tools will then help you see and understand these conditions. This will give you clearer, sharper vision for both day and night. With AccuExam can now provide you with the most precise digital eye prescription possible.

Q: What are the pros and cons of extended wear (EW) contact lenses?

Dr. Brodsky: Extended wear contact lenses may be the right option for you if you want to wake up every day with clear vision. Most extended wear (EW) contacts are thinner than daily wear lenses and advanced soft lens material which enables EW lenses to “breathe” better than daily wear lenses, allowing more oxygen to reach the cornea. This is especially important when lenses are worn continuously for extended periods of time. Frequent replacement of EW lenses reduces the build-up of proteins and other lens deposits that cause eye inflammation and discomfort and create a hospitable environment for the growth of infection-causing microorganisms. Researchers found, however, that the incidence of eye infections was greater among people who slept while wearing contact lenses. Extended wear lenses can be a concern because bacteria and other potentially dangerous microorganisms can adhere to the lenses and get trapped between the lenses and your eyes. “Listen” to your eyes and take action, if necessary. Every day, take a good look at your eyes in a mirror. They should always: Look good Feel good See well If you experience red or irritated eyes or reduced vision that does not improve with fresh lenses or lens cleaning, remove your lenses and consult your eye doctor immediately.