How to Clean Contact Lenses

Most people who switch to contact lenses wear them for fashion purposes, for ease of use and a lot of advantages over big, bulky glasses. While both glasses and contacts need regular daily cleaning, contacts require more accuracy and specifics because of contact solutions needed to clean them.

It is important to have a sturdy pair of contacts that do not easily wear and tear over excessive use and cleaning. Wearing worn out contacts can compromise your eye health.

Remember that even small bits of dirt and debris that go into your contact lenses can do some damage to your eyes if you do not clean it thoroughly. This is why you need to take proper attention and use the appropriate cleaning methods for contact lenses.

Only use the lens solution that comes with the contact lens and never uses tap water. This is because tap water might contain some irritants and bacteria because it may not have got filtered correctly. These bacteria can take its toll on your eyes, so it is important to use the solution instead, or any filtered water, or read the instructions on the label of the contact lens at purchase.

So what makes the cleaning solution that comes with the contact lens so special?

It contains a chemical that keeps your eyes from getting infected – peroxide. This peroxide can be bought separately even with no preservatives, and it helps to keep the lenses hydrated so that your eyes stay as fresh as possible when you wear them.

They keep your contact lenses sterile as possible and keep away dirt and debris from your eyes, ensuring a fresh pair.

Use of contact lens solution is a must whenever you put up your contact lens. It helps in maintaining your eyes’ health, and it should also be replaced weekly to avoid being contaminated by the dirt that it washed away from your contacts.

Always buy contacts from a reliable store or company and do not waste your money or compromise your health with cheaper contact lenses. Remember that you are paying extra for taking good care of your eyes.

Also, keep in mind that once the solution has been used, it should not be reused. You may think that you are wasting money, but you are paying for comfort and health here so don’t hesitate to use it only once.

Author Bio: Gerard Santinelli

Gerard Santinelli joined Santinelli International as the head of Sales & Marketing department. Now, Gerard Santinelli is the Vice President of Santinelli International.


Gerard Santinelli Vision Expo East 2011 Interview

Gerard Santinelli joined Santinelli International in 1981 as Marketing and Sales Director, and was promoted to Vice President/General Manager ten years later. Gerard Santinelli has been working at Santinelli International since high-school, starting out literally sweeping the floors and organizing the stock room! After graduating from Boston University with a BA in Business Management, he moved through the ranks to Marketing and Sales Director in 1981 and was promoted to Vice President/General Manager ten years later. Gerard has served as President of Santinelli International since 1998, and then attained the title of Chief Executive Officer in 2002.




Gerard Santinelli Vision Source 2011 Interview

Gerard Santinelli is the chief executive officer and president of Santinelli International, the leader in the lens finishing equipment industry. Gerard first joined the company in 1981 and has after graduating from Boston University, specializing in Business Management. He has since been promoted to CEO of the company and oversees all operations of the 40+ year family-owned business. Gerard is passionate about the lens industry and is a member of the Vision Council’s Board of Directors and has been actively involved in several charities, notable the Special Olympics Lions Club. He resides in Long Island, NY and is a notable community leader.


Dos and Don’ts for Contact Lens Wearers

O keep hands clean. Hands can be covered with germs, so wash them well before putting in or taking out your contacts. Make sure you use clear, lotion-free soap, and dry your hands thoroughly, Walline advises.

DO clean your lens case. Bad hygiene practices are linked to a higher risk for contamination of the contact lens case, according to a study in the February 2015 issue of Optometry and Vision Science. Researchers found that people who didn’t clean and dry their contact cases, and wash their hands with soap and water before handling them, had a higher count of microorganisms in their cases.

DO ask your eye doctor if you can sleep in contact lenses. “Sleeping in contact lenses increases the risk of an eye infection by approximately 10 times, so sleeping in them, even part time, is typically not recommended,” Walline says. But, he notes, some contact lenses are approved for wearing at night, so as long as you get regular eye checkups and your doctor approves, it may be all right.

DON’T “top off” contact lens solution. Always use fresh contact lens solution when you’re storing your contacts overnight, Walline says. Adding new solution to old solution already in the case, or cleaning lenses with water, has been linked to cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare but painful infection that’s difficult to treat.

DON’T buy contacts without a prescription. “Many times, patients feel that because a lens is decorative – colored or cosmetic – and has no ‘power’ to aid in visual performance, that it’s OK to use without a doctor’s prescription,” says Pamela Lowe, OD, a member of the council for the contact lens and cornea section of the American Optometric Association.

DON’T bathe with contacts in. Avoid showering in contact lenses, and remove them before using a hot tub or going swimming, Walline says. “Water has small organisms that can lead to an eye infection, so water should not come into contact with the contact lenses,” he adds. “These organisms can increase in number and strength, ultimately leading to an eye infection.”


Can Sunglasses Save Your Eyesight?

Sure, oversized sunglasses are all the rage — but they’re also better at protecting your eyes from UV rays. Here are more tips to help you find the perfect pair of shades.

Sunglasses make more than a fashion statement — they also keep your eyes safe from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. That’s why choosing the right sunglasses is an essential part of keeping your eyes healthy.

UV rays can raise your risk of developing eye diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and even cancer of the eye and eyelids, says Richard Shugarman, MD, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and an ophthalmologist in West Palm Beach, Fla.

“Ultraviolet light is a form of radiation and alters cells,” says Dr. Shugarman. “UV damage is cumulative, so protection must begin early in life, even though the damage may not be apparent until many years later.”

Tips for Choosing Effective Sunglasses

  • Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.
  • Don’t choose sunglasses based on the darkness or color of the lenses. Unless treated, dark lenses do not block out UV rays better than other tints. Read the label instead.
  • When it comes to sunglasses, bigger is better. Wrap-around shades that offer side protection are especially good choices. “The sun’s rays don’t just come from the front,” says Shugarman. “They can reflect from surfaces such as cars or the water.”
  • If you do a lot of boating or driving, consider polarized lenses, which are effective at reducing glare.

Eye Floaters and Flashes – Gerard Santinelli

flashes-floatersOur eyes are filled with a very clear substance known as vitreous gel that helps the eyeball keep its shape while allowing the light to pass through to the retina; the retina is located on the eye’s back wall and contains nerve cells which perceive visual signals from light. Eye floaters and flashes are caused by changes in the vitreous gel that occur as we get older and they occur when the vitreous gel thickens or shrinks due to aging causing particles to form in the gel.

These particles blocks the light which is passing through the eye casting shadows on the retina and it result from thickened vitreous gel pulling as well as rubbing on the retina causing visual effects that look like lightning streaks or light flickers. The eye flashes often will look like jagged lines or heat shimmers that last between 10 and 20 minutes and they are caused by the vitreous gel are most visible when someone is looking at a plain and light-coloured background. Close one of the eyes and look at an empty wall, a blue sky or a white background on a computer screen and if someone sees a squiggle, dot or other shape flitting around then he or she have found an eye floater.


Gerard Santinelli Talks About State of the Industry

Gerard Santinelli speaking at the recent Vision Care Conference and the official transcript of his conversation with a local media outlet.

Jeaneth: Hi! We’re here now at the Santinelli International booth with Gerard Santinelli himself. Hi, how are you?

Gerard Santinelli: Good Morning Jeaneth, how are you?

Jeaneth: I’m wonderful.

Gerard Santinelli: Good

Jeaneth: So Gerard, tell me about your company?

Gerard Santinelli: Well, Santinelli International is a legacy in this industry, we’ve got over 40 years of experience focusing on the eye care practitioner, focusing on the finishing equipment and were just so excited and so happy to be here today and continuing that tradition that we’ve started 40 years ago.

Jeaneth: And you are a huge company, I mean you got this fantastic booth, take me back to the history, take me to the history of your company.

Gerard Santinelli: Our history is an exciting one.

Jeaneth: Right

Gerard Santinelli: My father, his uncle Arthur Lemay was a pioneer he was the inventor of the first automatic edger. My father worked for him and then he took that tradition to the next level and I’ve joined the organization 30 years ago and now hopefully my father and the rest of the organization we’re taking it to levels that we never imagined.

Jeaneth: Now, I understand you have a very special relationship with NIDEK Japan, can you tell me more about that?

Gerard Santinelli: Absolutely, were so proud and honored to have our relationship with NIDEK Japan. NIDEK Japan is the world’s largest manufacturer and R&D company in the ophthalmic field, both in the ophthalmic lasers, diagnostic equipment and of course, lens finishing equipment. This year is a very special year. This year we are celebrating our 20 years anniversary with NIDEK Japan, so its 20 years that the United States has been benefiting from the NIDEK quality equipment.

Jeaneth: Yes, so many different things going on, where do you exactly see yourself in the marketplace?

Gerard Santinelli: The maketplace is an interesting time. Its very dynamic, the independent ophthamologist and the independent eye care practitioners, they’re under tremendous pressure. They’ve managed health care, ah they’ve got the corporate chains, and there’s a lot of challenges that they have to deal with. Where we see ourselves, Jeaneth, is as the consultant for the eye care practitioner . We see ourselves not just providing the finest equipment and of course the best service but even before that on the front end given the ECP, the advise, the consultate of heads up, because of our years of experience, because of our heritage, we feel we’re uniquely positioned to take that leadership role with them and they look to us for that position.

Jeaneth: Gerard, hows the landscape of the marketplace changing?

Gerard Santinelli: You know, its a very interesting time Jeaneth. Right now, with managed care that I talked about there are some major changes happening out there particularly one of the largest managed care are company’s VSP for years did not permit nor reimburse the ophthalmologist to do their own inter office finishing. That’s changing, it’s a monumental change and its going to empower the ECP to be more competitive to offer more quality, control their delivery and inevitably be more profitable. So that’s very exciting for us because again, with our offerings and with our consultative advice we believe that we are in a perfect position to assist the ECP’s, to bridge that gap and to get into inter-office finishing and not only benefit from it from a insurance in a managed care perspective but of course for their private practice work as well, very important for them.

Jeaneth: Alright, what can the ECP’s look to you for that’s new and exciting?

Gerard Santinelli: Well that’s another great question. Amongst this fantastic equipment that we have throughout the array of our booth, this year we’re sporting two new pieces of our equipment and this morning we’re gonna introduce our newest machine, the ME 1200, this is our flagship model and we’re so excited to introduce this here as the US premiere introduction of the ME 1200.

Jeaneth: You mean that there’s an exciting new gadget for the ECP’s and award winning one?

Gerard Santinelli: Absolutely,! In fact last week Jeaneth, in Paris, France, this machine won the famous Silmo D’Or award for the newest in technology and its a very prestigious award and were exciting to roll off on the coattails of that award.

Jeaneth: Okay, very exciting times. Thank you so much.

Gerard Santinelli: Today also Jeaneth I’d like to introduce our product manager , Franco Aluigi. Franco has been with us over 23 years and he is one of the most experienced peeople in the industry, well regarded and I’d like to introduce him here this morning to talk a little bit more specifically about this new exciting piece of equipment.

Jeaneth: Okay, lets bring him in! So we’re here with Franco Aluigi, the product Manager that Gerard so highly praised, how are you Franco?

Franco: Very good, thank you Jeaneth.

Jeaneth: So let’s talk about this accomplishments of your new machine here, the Silmo D’Or award winner. What should they look for in the winner?

Franco: Well, in the winner they actually present this to some of the most innovative designs available on the market and this certainly the ME 1200 is such a product. It incorporates a myriad of highly engineered functions that allows the operator to actually design a very highly customizable bevel profile with very high quality.

Jeaneth: What unique quality it was you think in the ME 1200 that you know, won the award for it?

Franco: One such quality of the ME 1200 is the function of step beveling and it is capable of producing a step bevel for the high curved frames in a highly customizable bevel again so that we can actually put frames lenses into a very difficult high wrap frames. Jeaneth, I’d like to point out some of the additional feature of the ME 1200, the unit is actually the smallest, most compact feature rich unit in the market today. It comprises of step beveling as we mentioned before, also whole creation, grooving, drilling, design cut, all the features that would enable an operator to actually do again, highly customized and difficult lense design to put in any particular frame. And here’s a sample of a step bevel and you see what it does is it actually creates a step bevel enabling lens to put in a very high wrap frame.

Jeaneth: Franco and Gerard, this is such an exciting time for your company with this award winning machine and it sounds like you’re really progressive and you have a lot to offer the industry. Can you give just give us some last words?

Gerard Santinelli: Well Jeaneth, I wanna thank you and I wanna thank the audience for both your time and attention today. Moreover, we wanna reach out and thank all the ECP’s, the many labs that we’ve serviced for years and we look forward to servicing you for many more years to come. We have some very more exciting things coming in the future so we invite you to please stay tune and watch our company assist you as we grow together into 2011 and beyond.



Gerard Santinelli Interview

Below is the transcript from a recent interview with Joel Hecks, business entrepreneur and editor for Business Leaders In America magazine.

Gerard Santinelli is the chief executive officer and president of Santinelli International, the leader in the lens finishing equipment industry. Gerard first joined the company in 1981 and has after graduating from Boston University, specializing in Business Management. He has since been promoted to CEO of the company and oversees all operations of the 40+ year family-owned business. Gerard is passionate about the lens industry and is a member of the Vision Council’s Board of Directors and has been actively involved in several charities, notable the Special Olympics Lions Club. He resides in Long Island, NY and is a notable community leader.

Joel Hecks: Tell us about how you got started in this business.

Gerard Santinelli: After coming out of college, I guess you could say I stepped right into the family business. My father had started the firm several years before I finished school and my uncle was a pioneer in the industry so it was a natural fit. But let me be the first to say that it has been a long haul and I didn’t start where I am now. In fact, I started in a sales capacity and was in charge of customer relationships and new partnerships. I really enjoyed that part of the business and truly believe that any business should be founded on the principles of good customer relations and delivering what they expect…and then go above and beyond those expectations.


Joel Hecks: What is Santinelli International all about and what is your mission?

Gerard Santinelli: We deliver lens finishing equipment to a large number of customers and have been doing so for over 40 years now. My father worked with my uncle and then started Santinelli International back in 1973 and I joined him shortly thereafter. We want to aid our customers to improve the vision of people throughout North America.


Joel Hecks: What has been the key to your success?

Gerard Santinelli: I’ve always believe in hard work and doing the right thing by the customer. It’s not always easy but I’ve found that over the long term, serving our customers’ needs is the best thing we can do to sustain our business and deliver value.
Joel Hecks: What do you see in the future for your business?

Gerard Santinelli: I wish I had a crystal ball but looking at the way things are today, I see many advancements in technology that are really helping us deliver better solutions to our customer base. These advancements will not on allow us to bring better products to market but also improve the lives and overall vision care for the consumer.


Joel Hecks: What makes your company different from your competitors?

Gerard Santinelli: The first thing I would mention is that we have been doing this a long time. Companies come and go in this industry but we have demonstrated a unique ability to adapt to the changing needs of our customers and form strong strategic partnerships that enable our growth. The one thing that really sets us apart is what we call The Santinelli Experience. Unlike some competitors, we employ a consultative approach, ensuring customers select the right product for their business requirements. We look at customers’ available space, make recommendations and provide guidance. We make it a point to get familiar with the company we are doing business with. We also offer outstanding customer support via our call center and field technicians. To wrap up the experience, we make a committed effort to stay in touch with our clients via phone, surveys and customer satisfaction measures.


Joel Hecks: Well, Gerard, I want to thank you for your time today and sharing your personal story and how your company serves the vision care industry.

Gerard Santinelli: Thank you, Joel. The pleasure is all mine and if people want more info they can visit our website at or call us at 800.644.EDGE(3343).


Macular Degeneration


Macular degeneration is an eye disease which takes away your central vision slowly destroying the ability to make out sharp images as well as see things clearly. It involves the deterioration of the macula which is the central portion of the retina which is responsible for perceiving light signals. And when the central vision is impaired, so is the ability to participate in many daily activities which involve perception of fine detail such as driving and reading.The condition is alsoknown as age related macular degeneration because the risk increases with age and the retina is light sensitive tissue which is located on the back wall of the eyeball.

Light projects through the lens of the eye onto the retina where it is converted into the electrical impulses which are interpreted as images by the brain. The macula is located in the centre of the retina and takes up about 10 percent of the retina‘s total area and the macula contains tightly packed nerve cells which can interpret light signals in incredible detail providing sharp and clear central vision. When macular degeneration occurs, the sharp central vision begins to fade and the central vision becomes blurry at first and can progress to total blindness. There are no medical therapies available for people with the dry form of macular degeneration but a certain combination of antioxidants and zinc can slow the progression of dry macular degeneration.


Dry Eye – Gerard Santinelli

RedEYeTears are a vital part of maintaining healthy eyesight always acting to moisturize and lubricate the corneas and if something happens to affect the amount and quality of the teardrops one produces, he or she could wind up with itchy, scratchy and aching eyes which are the symptoms of a condition known as dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome occurs when not enough tears are produced and tears of insufficient quality are produced. Some of the symptoms of dry eye include a burning and stinging sensation in the eye, a gritty feeling, pain and irritation in the eye, blurred vision, eye fatigue including the inability to read and work on a computer for extended periods, etc. The cornea is a dome shaped invisible surface covering the parts of the eye which take in light and control vision i.e. the iris as well as the pupil.

The cornea protects the crucial eyesight mechanisms from outside contaminants like dust, germs and debris as it covers the light perceiving portions of the eye and the cornea is made of clear tissue. This means that it contains no blood vessels to provide it nourishment and protect it from infection. Some of the other causes of dry eye include medications, medical conditions, environmental conditions and eyesight correction. The cornea receives its nutrition from tears and each and every time one blinks, tears are created by the lacrimal gland spread across the eyeballs and these tears also lubricate the entire outer surface of the eyeball and keep the corneas clean and healthy.