Want to See Next Halloween? Those Colored Contact Lenses Could Damage Your Eyes!
Source Newsroom: Nova Southeastern University
Andrea M. Janoff, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Chief of Service and Externship Director in Cornea and Contact Lens, Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Do you plan on being a zombie for Halloween? Those red contact lenses definitely complete the look, but at what cost? According to the American Optometric Association's (AOA) 2013 American Eye-Q® consumer survey, 17 percent of Americans have worn decorative contact lenses that don't provide vision correction as part of a costume or for other cosmetic purposes. Of those individuals, 24 percent purchased them illegally without a prescription and from a source other than an eye doctor. The AOA is warning consumers about the risks of purchasing and wearing such lenses without a valid prescription and proper optometric care.
Andrea M. Janoff, O.D., F.A.A.O., can address these concerns and can provide easy tips to the public to prevent eye damage and make sure you don’t end up looking like a zombie permanently!
Janoff is a 1986 graduate of the New England College of Optometry and earned a certificate of Residency from the Brockton, Massachusetts Veterans Administration Medical Center, a hospital-based residency program that included advanced contact lens experience. Following her residency, she worked abroad at the Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel. Janoff returned to the Boston area as the proprietor of an independent practice with emphasis in contact lenses. She has been providing clinical instruction at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry since 1995, and has been the Chief of Service and Externship Director in Cornea and Contact Lens since 1996.
Throughout Janoff's career she has participated in contact lens related clinical research, most recently as co-investigator on two studies under the Contact Lens Assessment in Youth (CLAY) team. During her involvement in the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study, she co-authored a publication in Optometry and Vision Science on “Rigid Contact Lens Fitting Relationships in Keratoconus.” For the American Academy of Optometry she presented scientific posters on her unique keratoconic lens designs, specifically “A Piggy-Back Lens Design: Mimicking a Hybrid Lens, and Merging Aspheric and Spherical GP Lens Designs for the Keratoconic Presbyope.” Additionally, she presented lectures on specialty contact lens fitting to optometry and ophthalmology students, residents and physicians, providing continuing education at various venues including a correspondence course published in Eye Care Review titled “Corneal Complications of Human T-Cell Lymphotrophic Virus-1 in the Differential Diagnosis of Keratoconus,” and a “how to” article published in Review of Optometry entitled “Simplify Fitting GP Lenses for Keratoconus and Other Ectasias.” Janoff is an active member of the Association of Contact Lens Educators, the American Optometric Association, the Florida Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry.