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Let’s be honest, we here at The Meadows Family Eye Care realize that getting your eyes dilated is one of patient’s least favorite thing about going to an optometrist. The fuzzy feeling and blurred vision can be inconvenient, especially since you have to wait a couple of hours to have your normal vision back. Well, we have some great news for you!

Dr. Reid and staff are incredibly excited to announce the arrival of our newest machine, the Daytona Optos. This machine allows us to examine the eye….without the use of dilation!

The digital scanning laser technology can acquire images of the eye in less than one second. Simultaneously, the scanner can capture up to 82% of the retina and can be displayed in one take. When compared to conventional methods, which can only usually see around 45% of the retina, the Daytona Optos can capture almost double the area.

The Daytona Optos can produce non-mydriatic, ultra-high resolution images in under a second. Images are immediately available and can be stored electronically for future use or other health applications.

When you get your eye exam with the Daytona Optos, the first thing you will notice is the comfort level of using the machine. During the exam, the ergonomically designed machine provides a place to sit up with great posture as well as the assurance that nothing will be touching your eye.

The Daytona Optos is a great machine for all ages. It allows Dr. Reid and staff to see a more in depth view of your eye which means detection of any eye problems before they become too serious. This new machine allows Dr. Reid to see even the most minor changes in the eye and since the images can be saved, the images can be compared from visit to visit.

For more information on this incredible new machine, take a look at this short video: https://vimeo.com/126385235

As always, Dr. Reid and staff look forward to working with you and assisting you in all of your eye and vision needs. To make an appointment, call us today at (303) 660-6005.
If you’re a contact lens wearer, you’ve more than likely worn them longer than you’re supposed to at some point in time. Whether its coming home and sleeping in them after a long day or just forgetting to take them, many lens wearers will admit to improper contact lens use. Unfortunately, as convenient as leaving your contacts in can be, it is incredibly detrimental to your eye health and vision.

While many people use daily use contacts, the time range can extend all the way to month-long contacts and longer. The type of the contact defines the amount of time the lens can be used. The most common, conventional soft lenses, have the second longest usability after the rigid gas permeable lenses. Disposable lenses usually only have a time range of two weeks. There are many different lens options but all too often, contact wearers are wearing their contacts longer than recommended which can lead to eye infections and vision damages.

Dirty Contact Lens

Simply put, your contact need time to “breathe”. Even though they are porous, which allows the transfer of gases and other essential elements to and from the eye, contacts also collect germs, bacteria. Consider your contacts like a sponge. They can get dirty over time and contain a lot of nasty things you don’t want close to your eye. Just as you wouldn’t put a dirty old sponge in your eye, the same goes for your contacts.

Overusing the contact lens restricts oxygen to the thin layer of cells that protect and cover the cornea. These cells become weak because of the lack of oxygen which results in weakening the ability to fight bacteria. This is how eye infections occur.

What You Can Do

The easiest solution: take your contacts out when it is time. Set a reminder on your phone if you are someone who forgets to take them out. If they are day wear contacts, take them out each day. If they are month long, take them out at the end of each month.

You should also keep doctor recommended cleaning solution in supply as well. You never want to lubricate your lens with saliva or water. Too many germs and bacteria exist in those conditions.  Many eye infections have been a result of a contact not being cleaned sufficiently. To help ward off bacteria, also change your contact case in a timely manner as well.  


As always, we hope the best for you and your eye health. If you do get an eye infection, please do not hesitate to come see us!

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