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Friday, October 22, 2010

3 Fun Events, 3 Great Causes... In Just 5 Days

"Eyes on the Community"
By Joy Myers

One of the great things about being a part of Team Schaeffer is being involved with so many great organizations in the community. I'll be honest that the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil is what originally drew me to this great company. Dur
ing the last ten years in Birmingham I have discovered that this city thrives on festivals and events. We definitely know how to "party with a purpose!"

With that in mind,
from time to time I'll blog about some of the organizations we support and the events, fundraisers and parties that keep us all entertained while we give back to the community. Enjoy and hope to see you there!

Thursday, Octob
er 28 - Bone Bash Supporting the Arthritis Foundation
Check out a fun evening at Park L
ane, with hors d'oeuvres, music by The Undergrounders, dancing and silent auction! Dress in Costume or Cocktail attire with great prizes and games. Be sure to look for the Schaeffer Eye Center Fendi sunglasses in the Silent Auction. For more information, visit the Arthritis Foundation.

Saturday, Octo
ber 30 - Birmingham VisionWalk
Join Schaeffer Eye Center at Homewood Park for the 2nd Annual Birmingham VisionWalk. The event is free but donations are encouraged
to support the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which funds thousands of research grants for serious eye conditions. A goal of $65,000 has been set for this year's Birmingham event and the organization is well on the way. In addition to the walk, there will be children's activities and refreshments for all. Registration is a 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10. For more information or to make a donation, visit Birmingham VisionWalk.

Monday, November 1 - Dancing with the Silver Stars
Dr. Jack Schaeffer will take to the dance floor along with community leaders Mayor William Bell, Bonnie Bailey, Dr. Mary Lynne Capiluto, Janie Selfe, James Span and Dr. Douglas Tilt. "Dancing with the Silver Stars Awards Dinner" is a fundraiser for the UAB Center for Aging and will take place at The Club at 6 p.m. Fabian and Jackie Sanchez are the professional dancers who will partner with each of the local dancers. Dr. Schaeffer is scheduled to dance the Tango... an event you don't want to miss! For more information, visit UAB Center for Aging.

Note: Please check back for video of Dr. Schaeffer's dance!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Scary Costumes That Can Hurt Your Eyes

By: Dr. Jack Schaeffer

Halloween is a favorite holiday for many consumers as it gives them an opportunity to step out of the normal routine and become someone else for a day. Colored or "crazy contact lenses have become a popular costume accessory in recent years and can enhance the appearance of any character, but consumers need to be aware of the risks associated with wearing them.

With the increase of Hollywood using specialty contact lenses in costuming and special effects, we are seeing an increase in demand for colored and specialty lenses at Schaeffer Eye Center. What people may not realize is that you need a prescription for these lenses even if you do not have any vision needs. That is because contact lenses are a medical device that are regulated by the FDA and should be treated like any prescription contact lens.

You don't ever want to risk the only set of eyes you have. Without proper fitting and guidance from a licensed optometrist, you could do sever damage to your eyes from bacterial eye infections or scratching of the cornea.

Learn more in this video about the risks of specialty contact lenses

You can learn more in this video about contact lenses and proper fittings.

Tips for Wearing Contact Lenses from the American Optometry Association:

  • See an optometrist for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye examination and for a proper fitting and prescription.
  • Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses.

  • Carefully and regularly clean contact lenses, as directed by your optometrist. Rub the contact lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in sufficient multi-purpose solution to completely cover the lens.

  • Store lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace the case every three months or sooner. Clean the case after each use, and keep it open and dry between cleanings.

  • Only fresh solution should be used to clean and store contact lenses. Never re-use old solution. Contact lens solutions must be changed according to the manufacturer's recommendations, even if the lenses are not used daily.

  • Always recommend contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your optometrist.

  • Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub.