Thursday, July 28, 2016

Michael Prince, O.D. Now in Bryan, TX at Greene Eyes

http://www.greeneeyesbcs.com/ As I have blogged before, I quit my job in Huntsville to work with Dr. Mindi Greene at Greene Eyes in Bryan, TX. It has come to my attention that my former place of employment is not informing patients who want to see me the location of my new practice. Not to worry - nothing a quick blog post and Google search can't clear up. Hopefully now with this post up you can find me with Google! Good luck out there...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Greene Eyes Website Under Attack From Hackers

The website for Greene Eyes (greene-eyes.com) is under attack from a hacker. We are very sorry for this development and we are working continuously to remedy this problem, although our attorneys tell us it may take some time. For the time being you may visit our FACEBOOK PAGE or our alternate website greeneeyesbcs.com. The hacker has redirected our site to a message about "suspension for nonpayment", and has demanded a large sum of money. Again we are very sorry for the inconvenience. There are some mean people in this world.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Senate Bill 2777 Amends the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act

Changes verification process from "passive" (vendor can fill if we don't answer in 8 hours) to "active" (vendor MUST wait on us to answer). https://legiscan.com/US/bill/SB2777/2015

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Personal Responsibility for Your Health

Take some, haha. I have so, so many patients who have NO IDEA what their prescription is. They don't know what brand of contacts they wear, or which eye is their "far" eye or "near" eye in monovision, or even if they are nearsighted or farsighted or have astigmatism. They know NOTHING. They tell me their last doctor found some problem that they wanted to monitor but they have NO IDEA what it was. Cataract, retinal problem, glaucoma, they literally don't know ANYTHING about their eye health. That's not only kind of...uh..."not smart", it's also just irresponsible. If you take pills I think you need to know what they are and what they are for, and if you wear contacts you need to know what brand and approx what Rx. I don't think too many docs would be upset if you don't know exactly what the dosage in milligrams your heart medication is, but you should absolutely know the NAME of it and what it's for. Your life may depend on it! By the same token I will not even ask you what your exact diopter measurement of your contacts are (I'll probably change it anyway), but I would like to know if you're wearing Acuvue or Air Optix or Ultra or Biomedics, etc. Obviously I don't absolutely have to have that info in order to perform an exam and Rx you some good contacts, but if you have a preference for a brand/size/Rx then you need to know what it is so I can help you get closer to repeating it!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Acuvue Vita

Johnson & Johnson's entry into the monthly contact lens market. Acuvue Vita isn't released until July 5, 2016 but we have a kit in advance! Can't wait to try it on patients, probably today! I have heard a lot of good things about moisture and comfort as well as vision in this new lens. Plus it comes in the PLUS powers in the initial kit which is not only rare but also very appreciated by docs and patients alike! We have them to try right now at Greene Eyes in Bryan, TX http://greene-eyes.com/

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Presbyopia & Contact Lenses

I say this almost every day but I don't know if I've ever blogged about it: people who see *awesome* far away are just not great contact lens candidates (nor are they LASIK candidates for that matter, but that's another topic). These emmetropes (no Rx) and low-hyperopes (functionally no Rx) are accustomed to seeing *INCREDIBLE* far away, and every...yes EVERY contact lens option for reading after age 40 is a sacrifice in vision for them. Monovision makes one eye VERY blurry far away, which they have never had before. They've always seen awesome far away out of both eyes all the time. Multifocal contacts make BOTH eyes a little blurry far away. Well they don't like that, either because once again, they're accustomed to seeing awesome all the time. Yes, contacts are made for emmetropic (prescriptionless) presbyopes, but relatively few of them wear them. Very high failure rate. Why? Because at the end of the day most of them are unwilling to sacrifice any distance vision acuity. Even when you warn them beforehand and they say they understand and they'll do "anything" to not have to wear reading glasses, most of them still complain too much about the blur they get in monovision and multifocals. They always want it "just a little clearer". It's not their fault, really. Most of them have never known blur. They don't *really* understand what it's like to be "very blurry". They think any sacrifice in acuity is "VERY" blurry. 20/25 is "very blurry" to many of them. And they've never had to tolerate any blur at all and a lot of them just cannot do it. Ok no biggie...easily solved with glasses. Rarely is there a case we can't make see *awesome* out of glasses. Just not contacts. Really the problem here is that contact lenses were not originally designed for people who see awesome. Obviously they were originally designed for people who see POORLY.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

$100 Rebate on Bausch & Lomb ULTRA Contacts Makes Annual Supply $140!

This is a great deal. The new ULTRA is my favorite monthly lens in both spherical and multifocal and I have been prescribing the heck out of it even before this new rebate offer, which is the best rebate I have seen in literally years. We sell ULTRA boxes for $60 each, making a year's supply (4 boxes) $240. Buy all four at once and B&L sends you a $100 rebate. That makes an entire year's supply of contacts less than $150! If you've worn contacts at all ever, you'll know that is pretty much the best deal going. Plus when you get the 4 boxes it comes in a little travel pack (that looks like a Happy Meal) and has a free bottle of B&L BioTrue solution. It's a pretty amazing deal. As an aside, alaway.com has a $2 coupon right now as well for you allergy sufferers like me (that site will not allow external links so you can't click there from here). I just printed and used it this morning because eye docs have allergies too!