A Warning Before You Swim…..

The FDA recommends that contact lenses should not be exposed to any kind of water, including tap water, swimming pools, oceans, lakes, hot tubs and showers.
Water may contain viruses and dangerous microbes. One of the most serious is the Acanthamoeba organism, which can attach to contact lenses and cause the surface of the eye to become infected and inflamed. This condition, called Acanthamoeba keratitis, is associated with wearing contact lenses while swimming and can cause permanent vision loss or require a corneal transplant to recover lost vision if not treated early enough.
Microbial keratitis, also known as a corneal infection, is most often caused by the pseudomonas bacterium, but the most dangerous one is acanthamoeba, which can be found in tap water.
Swimming with contacts can irritate and even damage your eyes. If you must swim with contact lenses, daily disposable lenses are the safest option. They are meant to be worn and thrown away after a single use, eliminating the need to clean and disinfect them. Ultimately, wearing swim goggles over your lenses is a safer way for you to swim and see clearly reducing the risk of losing a contact.
The alternative…. LASIK eye surgery.
Many people between the ages of 18 and 40, with active lifestyles, choose to correct their eye sight with LASIK eye surgery. LASIK has the potential to eliminate their need for glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK and other types of refractive surgery , such as PRK reshape the cornea using a computer-controlled laser beam, allowing light entering the eye to properly focus onto the retina for clear vision.
LASIK surgery has an excellent safety profile. Most patients achieve 20/20 or better vision without glasses or contact lenses after having LASIK. However, as with all surgeries, the risks and complications of LASIK need to be carefully considered before you undergo the procedure. Cost is not the deciding factor. Research the laser technology and experience of the surgeon (Ophthalmologist).
Dr. Bucci offers anyone considering LASIK, a Free fully dilated evaluation in order to determine if you are a candidate for our Bladeless CustomVue LASIK. Simply call 1-877-DR-BUCCI to schedule yours today. Or visit http://www.BucciVision.com

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