Imagine being forced to choose between comfortable vision while binge-watching your favorite shows or experiencing discomfort from dry, itchy eyes, caused by contact lens discomfort. This is the reality for 86 percent of people who rely on their contact lenses to see their favorite shows, according to a new survey from Harris Poll and Bausch + Lomb, makers of Biotrue® multi-purpose solution. Nearly half of those surveyed experience discomfort caused by their contact lenses and 75 percent of those are so uncomfortable that they actually take their lenses out!
Scott Foley, known for his role as Jake Ballard on ABC’s binge-watched hit Scandal. Foley talked with zoomdune.com and discussed the effect binge-watching has on his contact lens wear, in addition to how he avoids lens dryness and discomfort when binge-watching his favorite shows. In addition, Scott talked about the “Scandal” winter finale which airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.
Examiner (Anthony Bowles):
Scott Foley: “I am doing very well.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How did you become involve with this campaign?
Scott Foley: “I’m always on social media and watching TV, and one day after watching something on TV, I took to my Twitter page and I tweeted about switching to contacts from glasses. After that, Bausch & Lomb got wind of what I tweeted and reached out. I’ve been wearing contact lenses for about thirty years now, and after getting the product, I really liked it. The solution really does work and I noticed a difference after my first use; it uses the same ph that your eyes have already and allows you to wear your contacts longer. I wanted to tell other people about this, and now I can wear contacts for about 20 hours straight.
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What does the challenge entail?
Scott Foley: “In short, you can try it for thirty days and If you like it, then make the switch over to the solution. There is a lot more information on the website for people to take a look at.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): After 30 years of using contact solutions, what makes Biotrue better?
Scott Foley: “I can’t get into the scientifics of it, but, all I know is that it has helped my eyes and has been able to help me keep my contacts in longer.I have a busy life on set and off the set with my wife and family, so it’s hard going back and forth between contacts and glasses, and this solution allows me not to worry about it.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): What’s your opinion about binge-watching?
Scott Foley: “As a television consumer, I love the ability to be able to watch whatever we want and whenever we want! Back in the old day, network television was week-by-week and it allowed consumers to build up anticipation for the next episode. I think that it is great what Netflix is doing, and now, if I miss “Breaking Bad” I can sit down and catch up on all the episodes that I’ve missed. It does the business and the consumer some good to be able to be in demand of when they want to watch their favorite shows.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How do you think “Scandal” became so popular with social media?
Scott Foley: “I know that there was a tremendous amount of effort on the part of Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, and a former cast member. After season one, ABC, the cast, and crew put their brains together and thought about getting on Twitter and made an effort to bring the fans in together with the cast and the crew, and that’s something that was never really done before. Live tweeting makes a connection for the fans, and that is so important.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How many tweets do you think you average during an episode of “Scandal”
Scott Foley: “I probably send about 100-150 tweets and probably receive 2,000. The show averages almost a million tweets per episode. It’s just amazing for what it has been able to do for our ratings and the connection with our fans.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): We have the winter finale happening, what can you tell us about Jake’s character moving forward?
Scott Foley: “Fitz, Olivia, and Jake are still working together on their mission to take down Command and B613. It’s funny that now Fitz and Jake have the same motive after learning who really killed his son, and with Olivia involved, it is going to continue to be interesting to watch her against her father.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How is your relationship with the cast since you weren’t there from the beginning?
Scott Foley: “It’s a great thing! I’ve been on TV for about twenty years, and “Scandal” is no different, and it can kind of be strange being the new guy on set at first. I must admit, they welcomed me in with open arms, and I have invited the entire cast over to watch episodes at my house on the weekends before they air, so we know what’s in the show. Jeff Perry and his wife were recently over for dinner; we are definitely a team and see each other as such.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Lastly, do you ever stop and read the fan-made memes?
Scott Foley: “Yes (laughs) they are hilarious! They get them up so quickly!”