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The Effects of Wildfire Smoke on your Eyes

Have your eyes been watering, itchy or gritty feeling during these past few days? It may be due to the effects of wildfire smoke on your eyes. Smoke can cause your eyes to feel dry or watery. Other symptoms you may be experiencing are burning, redness or itchiness. Smoke consists of many fine particles that can irritate your eyes. You can develop eye allergies or dry eyes from the smoke.

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Museum Fire photo credit: Jake Bacon, Arizona Daily Sun

To prevent this from happening, try to limit your exposure to smoke. Stay indoors whenever possible and try to keep your doors and windows shut. Drink lots of water and run a humidifier if possible. Artificial tears can be very helpful in treating many of these symptoms. Visit Eye Care Associates for more information. If these symptoms have persisted more than several days, call our clinic right away to make an appointment with Dr. Grimh, Dr. McQuivey, or Dr. Meyer!

What does your FEB31st look like?

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Donna is sporting her new custom made Feb31st glasses with Chemistry Clips, and RAINBOWS! They look AMAZING on her!!!

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Feb31st Unboxing!!!

Unboxing time!!! ? February 31st wooden frames are hand made in Italy, and designed only for you! Although February 31st doesn’t exist on the calendar, it does exist exclusively in our office! ?? Watch this video to see what Rebecca’s February 31st looks like! ?

Eye Care Associates works to reduce local contact lens waste… By KAITLIN OLSON, Sun Staff Reporter

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Photo credit, of Chris McQuivey, OD holding disposable blister packs, goes to Jake Bacon of the Arizona Daily Sun.

Even contact lenses can – and should – be recycled, says Dr. Chris McQuivey of Eye Care Associates.

The local practice has partnered with Bausch and Lomb, a Canadian eye health products company, to become an official ONE by ONE recycling center for contact lenses and their packaging in Flagstaff – one of only two local practices to do so.

Whether thrown away or discarded down a sink or toilet, contact lenses are polluting landfills and waterways because they are too small and durable to be processed by typical recycling facilities. The Bausch and Lomb program allows lens wearers to recycle both lenses and their packaging (blister packs) for free through participating eye care providers or by mail.

Any contact lens wearer, not just patients at the practice, can drop off their old lenses and blister packaging to the Eye Care Associates office during regular business hours. The process is simple: separate the blister foil from the plastic and place both pieces in the green ONE by ONE box, along with any old lenses.

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Eye Care Associates has partnered with Bausch and Lomb to become an official ONE by ONE recycling center for contact lenses and blister packaging in Flagstaff. Jake Bacon, Arizona Daily Sun

 

All contact lenses, no matter the type or brand, can be recycled through this program. The cardboard boxes in which the contact lenses arrive should be recycled through local recycling services, not the Bausch and Lomb program. Old lens materials can also be mailed directly from home by printing a free shipping label from the ONE by ONE webpage.

Though small, and nearly imperceptible when worn, contact lenses have produced exponentially more waste throughout the years as they became more disposable. Annual lenses were phased out, and daily disposable lenses became a popular replacement, bringing with them 728 more disposable blister packs per year. OOGP, Eye Care Associates’ contact lens distributer, revealed that 58 percent of the practice’s contact lens sales were daily replacements.

“We probably have 10,000 blister packs just sitting right here,” McQuivey said of the practice’s in-office supply of sample disposable lenses, which include daily, biweekly and monthly varieties.

More and more optometrists are encouraging patients to switch to daily disposables because they are safer, cleaner and overall healthier options for the eye than their longer-term counterparts. The amount of generated waste, though, has been a concern for some of McQuivey’s patients.

This recycling program is designed to combat those concerns. Since the program started in late 2016, Bausch and Lomb reports recycling more than four million lens items totaling over 25,000 pounds. There are currently more than 2,000 participating practices throughout the country; locally, Eye Care Associates is joining Flagstaff Eye Care to offer this service.

McQuivey said, because contact lenses are so small, wearers often do not consider the ramifications of throwing away – or worse, flushing – their old lenses, which often end up in landfills or waterways. The lenses are small enough to be eaten by fish and other wildlife, who are later consumed by humans.

 

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Eye Care Associates has partnered with Bausch and Lomb to become an official ONE by ONE recycling center for contact lenses and blister packaging in Flagstaff. Jake Bacon, Arizona Daily Sun

“It’s nonbiodegradable plastic. It can’t be biodegradable because it’s in your eyeball,” McQuivey said. “They’re too small, they go through all of the separators. And the little foil packs are recyclable, but most municipalities won’t recycle them.”

Bausch and Lomb is working with TerraCycle, a company which specializes in recycling the “non-recyclable.” According to its website, “TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste.” This partnership allows the recycling program to be completely free to all consumers and practices.

Once the materials have been collected, TerraCycle will separate the lenses from their blister packs and clean them. The foil is recycled separately, while the lenses and blister packs are melted together to form other products.

“I hope everyone does it,” said Rebecca McQuivey, marketing manager at Eye Care Associates. “It’s a simple way to save on a whole lot of waste that is bad for the environment and for us.”

There is a limit to the number of practices that can participate in the recycling program, based on the quantity of waste that TerraCycle can recycle at one time. Eye Care Associates started earlier this month, after being waitlisted for about month. All interested practices can register online, but are also encouraged to speak with their Bausch and Lomb representative if they would like to participate.

As part of the program, for every shipment of 10 pounds or more from practices and two pounds or more from consumers, Bausch and Lomb will donate $1 per pound of donated materials to Optometry Giving Sight, a nonprofit that provides basic eye care services to people without access to them.

Eye Care Associates is located at 940 N. Switzer Canyon Drive, Suite 101, Flagstaff, AZ, 86001. For more information on contact lens recycling locations, or to print a free shipping label, visit www.BauschRecycles.com.

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Eye Care Associates works to reduce local contact lens waste KAITLIN OLSON Sun Staff Reporter

Kaitlin Olson can be reached at the office at kolson@azdailysun.com or by phone at (928) 556-2253.

BOD 6123 ONE by ONE Social Post Earth

Here it is, our gift to you ?… THE BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR!!! Our entire optical boutique is BUY ONE GET ONE 1/2 OFF!!! ? Mix and match frames, sun glasses, and contact lenses! ? Give the gift of fashionable vision to yourself and your loved ones this holiday season!!!

As a reminder if you have treatment you have put on hold, now may be a good time to schedule an appointment to maximize your insurance benefits and use any remaining flex account dollars you may have, combined with a BOGO 1/2 off sale. This sale wont be around long, so call us today to schedule your appointment at 928-774-7949!

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Help save the world one contact lens at a time!

Your efforts to recycle contact lenses and packaging via traditional ways typically won’t work—often, the blister packs are too small, get filtered out, and end up as landfill waste. Recycle used contact lenses and blister packaging at our practice—learn more at BauschRecycles.com.

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Eye Care Associates is Flagstaff’s official contact lens recycling center. Help save the world one contact lens at a time!

Dr McQuivey takes 2nd place in the Silverton Ultra Marathon!

Shout out to Dr Chris McQuivey, who took 2nd place in the Silverton Ultra Marathon! ???‍♂️ ?The 1st place finisher broke a course record! Sounds like it was an amazing race. We are SO proud of you! (video credits go to @samcquivey… thanks for capturing this for us!) ???

https://www.facebook.com/ecaflagstaff/videos/2071923309726568/4C3A7EE6-45B2-4490-90EC-9D119644C060

Did you kow that vision problems in children are often misdiagnosed as learning disabilities? Read our new blog post to learn how to identify the symptoms

Don’t Let Vision Problems Go Undiagnosed

Unfortunately, many children with undiagnosed vision problems can be diagnosed with a learning disability instead. They then get treated for a condition they don’t have, while their vision remains uncorrected. Up to 80 percent of a child’s learning is done visually, so an undiagnosed vision problem is a serious obstacle to their education and development.

The reason vision problems are often misdiagnosed as learning disabilities is that they have many symptoms in common. Imagine having an eye condition that makes it physically uncomfortable to look at words on a page. You’d be fidgety and have trouble concentrating too! Children don’t know how eyesight is supposed to work, so they can’t usually tell their parents and teachers what’s wrong, which makes it even easier to miss the problem.

All of this is why it’s crucial to watch for symptoms such as crossed eyes, a lazy eye, or eyes turned outward, difficulty with reading comprehension, difficulty finishing schoolwork, a short attention span (especially for up-close work), fidgety behavior, frequent headaches, a tendency to cover one eye, and frequent blinking or rubbing of the eyes.

Let’s Get Your Child On Track To Healthy Vision!

We want to make sure no vision problems go undiagnosed for our patients’ children, because we want them to have the visual skills they need to reach their full potential as they grow up! Whether or not you suspect they may have a vision problem, schedule your child’s eye exam!

Your child’s eyesight is our priority!

Introducing our newest independent frame line, FEB31st!

There is no February 31st in the calendar. FEB31st is an Italian firm whose story is based on the vision and tenacity of three entrepreneurs and has grown and spread throughout the world. Its founders wanted a reliable form of light manufacturing, open to innovation and flexibility in the face of change. While respecting the environment, the workers, their skills, and relevant financial processes; FEB31st is capable of giving its customers freedom of choice and genuine tailor-made frames. It sounds like a February 31st ideal… one that doesn’t exist. But it does – which is why they’re called FEB31st.

AHOY to Summer Children’s Health and Wellness Fair

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We had an amazing opportunity to join North Country HealthCare last Saturday, April 28th, for the Ahoy to Summer Children’s Health & Wellness Fair! Hosted at the Flagstaff Aquaplex, this event was free and open to the public; families, with children of all ages, came to explore the fun summer activities and camps Flagstaff has to offer their little scallywags. Kids were able to receive FREE on-site health screenings, education & services, FREE on-site sports physicals, FREE swim passes & much more to get a jump start on back to school readiness before the school year ends! We were SO excited to participate! We provided FREE vision screenings, a FREE photo booth, FREE prizes from our Pirate’s treasure chest, as well FREE lens care products. We had SO MUCH FUN! Thank you to North Country HealthCare for giving us the opportunity to give back to our community! We can’t wait to see everyone at the Ahoy to Summer Children’s Health & Wellness Fair again in 2019!

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