Eye Makeup Art

It should be no surprise that at LaFollette Eye Clinic we love eyes and anything to do with them. That’s why we love what Canadian artist and portrait photographer Katie Alves does with her clients’ eye makeup. Look closely: you’ll find scenes from well known movies, and they’re easily recognizable.

Although Katie is young, her work is miniature and time consuming. Painting eyelids might be a lot of fun, but when eyes tire during a visually demanding task or hobby, fun can seem more like drudgery. And, if it’s work instead of play the task can be downright unbearable.

If you find yourself in this situation, we can help with a personalized approach to your visual lifestyle. After all, shouldn’t you demand a custom vision solution as unique as you are?

We would love to see you soon. Until then, enjoy some of Katie’s work below.

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland

The Lion King

The Lion King

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Contact Lenses Associated With Kids ER Visits

Contact lens misuse can lead to ER visits

Contact lens misuse can lead to ER visits

The journal Pediatrics, in association with the FDA, released the results of a 2-year study that reviewed causes of ER visits in kids. The study specifically targeted ER visits caused by medical devices, and contact lenses led the list with 23%. The problems reported included abrasions (cuts to the eye), ulcers (corneal infections), and conjunctivitis (commonly referred to as “pink eye”). Sadly, many of these ER visits could have been prevented.

The study showed that many of the problems were caused by the wearer either changing the recommended wear and care regimen (poor hygiene, sleeping in unapproved lenses) or changing the replacement interval (wearing lenses past the replacement date). This type of carelessness has been proven to increase risks of contact lens related complications.

While important for all contact lens wearers, strict wear and care regimens are especially important for kids. Depending on their age or level of responsibility, many times a child will not report problems to their parents as quickly as they should. When problems with contact lenses arise, it is essential to call your eye doctor as quickly as possible to avoid lasting damage to the eyes and vision.

The benefits of contact lens wear far outweigh the risks, especially if proper wear and care are maintained. At LaFollette Eye Clinic we are dedicated to teaching our patients about proper contact lens use, and when we fit children we make sure we educate the parents as well.

Keeping regular yearly appointments with an eye doctor is one way to maintain good eye health with contact lens wear. Another is to be diligent about proper wear and care of the lenses. And should you experience difficulties call as soon as possible for prompt care. By staying careful with contacts, they should provide you and your children years of trouble free, healthy, and safe vision.

Diabetes Cases Increasing

Diabetes Cases May Double by 2050

Some Estimates Suggest Diabetes Cases May Triple

A yearly eye exam is part of a healthy lifestyle

A yearly eye exam is part of a healthy lifestyle

An article in USA Today (Fri/Sat/Sun, October 22-24, 2010) states that the number of diabetes cases in America is likely to double, and perhaps even triple, by the year 2050. These estimates come from a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to read the full article on USA Today’s website.
One in ten Americans has diabetes now, but the rate is expected to rise to as many as one in three in the next 40 years.

There are some good reasons for this, including better control and longer life expectancy of current diabetic patients, as well as increased ethnic diversity in America (African Americans and Hispanics are more at risk for diabetes).

However, the most ominous reason for the expected increase is obesity.

In addition to being the number one reason for adult blindness, kidney failure, and limb amputation, diabetes also contributes largely to heart attacks and strokes. It has even been linked to some forms of dementia, cancer, and lung disease.

Prevention and early intervention are the keys to avoiding diabetes and its effects. An annual physical with your family physician is a must. Proper diet and exercise are critical. And whether you have diabetes or not, a yearly dilated eye exam from your eye doctor is essential.

Wouldn’t it be nice to prove the CDC’s predictions wrong? We could do it if we simply took better care of ourselves.