For those of you interested in these new lenses but have a few questions, here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
1. How will the lenses look on my eyes? Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is specifically designed to provide benefits to patients while minimizing the change to the eye's appearance. Come into our office and we can show you some examples of what the lenses look like on light eyes as well as dark eyes.
2. Can I wear these lenses while I'm driving? Yes, these lenses can be worn while driving--during the day or at night. Johnson and Johnson, the manufacturer of the lens, claims that the lens is expected to be activated in the car based on the levels of HEV and UV light transmitted through the side windows, since windshields block nearly 100% of UV light.
3. Do I still need to wear sunglasses when I wear Acuvue Oasys With Transitions? Yes. While these lenses do provide UV protection to the areas they cover, other parts of the eye and surrounding areas are still exposed to UV light. For that reason, this lens is not intended as a replacement for sunglasses.
4. Do the lenses work indoors? Yes. Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is always on, whether indoors or outdoors. The lenses are designed to adapt automatically--becoming lighter or darker--in response to changing light. Even in their clearest state, they are filtering light.
Stop into the office so you can try a pair on yourself!
Here's the big new product for 2019--Acuvue has come out with Acuvue Oasys with Transitions. These are contact lenses that get darker when exposed to the sun. We are able to order some for you now, so if you're interested, come into our office!
This may be the Year of the Pig based on the Chinese zodiac calendar, but here in the office, 2019 is the year of remodeling. This actually started last year when we brought in a new exam chair and stand for the exam room. Also improved upon was a new exam desk for the doctor, giving him more room for writing as well as greatly upgrading the organization of the exam room. And just earlier this month, new window tinting was placed on the south facing windows. This will decrease the amount of heat that accumulates in the front of the office. And the storefront was recently painted, giving it a cleaner look. Up next--new carpeting!
Today is National Sunglasses Day! We encourage everybody to wear sunglasses when you're outside to protect your eyes from the u.v. rays of the sun.
A major new product alert: Transitions lenses now come in actual colors and mirrors! For those of you not familiar with the product, Transitions are plastic lenses that have the ability to change from light to dark as you go from indoors to outdoors. Previously they were only available in three "colors": gray, brown, and green. Now there will be a much larger selection of colors to choose from. One thing to keep in mind about Transitions lenses--they need U.V. radiation to be activated. Since most car windshields have U.V. coatings that prevent U.V. rays from entering the car, their effect while in the car will be limited. Another fact about Transitions--they work better in cold weather vs. warm weather, that is, they will get more dark outside when it is very cold vs. when it is very warm.
Here is the online video describing the product: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aWY6scpaTU085uWMrcuMEdiwQEbInqlZ/view
I decided it was time to add some personality and color to the boring exam room walls. Here is the new Star Trek/Tetris wall. As you are probably not aware, I'm a Star Trek fan going back many years, and here are some of the actors I've met from the show. Putting it up, it also brought back memories of playing Tetris at a younger age. I've also put up a separate section of celebrities and pro athletes I've met not pictured here. So if you're a Star Trek fan, come on in--we have lots to talk about! Live long and prosper! #Startrek
Today is National Pizza Day! My personal favorite is Chicago deep dish style, pictured here. I used to live in Chicago, and so I became very familiar with this type. It's very difficult to find elsewhere, and frozen pizza sections have tried to re-create it with minimal success. If you ever go do Chicago, I recommend Giordano's, and I found out out through my most recent visit that Lou Malnati's is now becoming very popular, and in fact, was the no. 1 choice among uber drivers when asked what was the best pan/deep dish pizza in Chcago.
Dr. David Butchert, O.D.
Optometrist for 28 years. Contact lens wearer for 39 years. Glasses wearer for 41 years.