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Proper Care of Contact Lenses

Healthcare And Medicine. Eye Hygiene Care.

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Contact lenses can be incredibly convenient if you are someone who needs corrective lenses but hates having to worry about having glasses or sunglasses on hand. You simply put the contacts into your eyes at the beginning of the day and you can remove them whenever you wish; often at the end of the day before you head to bed. Millions of people use contacts as a way to improve their vision but there are some risks involved with wearing contacts whether it be once in awhile for a special event or every single day. Infection is just one problem that you can develop.


Causes of Contact Lens Issues

There are a number of reasons people will develop an infection or have problems with their contacts. It can be as simple as not washing your hands properly before touching your lenses or you may be using the wrong type of lens. Many people use extended wear lenses that can be left in the eye for days at a time (you do not need to remove them at the end of the day each day). The eye can become quite damaged this way and not a lot of doctors recommend this type of product. Some people have dry eye issues and when you place a contact on the surface of the eye, you can damage the eye. It can take time and diligence to correct this problem.


How To Prevent A Problem

When you obtain contact lenses for the first time it is likely that you eye care professional will spend some time with you, educating you on how to properly care for not only your lenses but also your eyes. You will learn how to properly clean your lenses using a rub and rinse process and you will learn about cleaning the lens case that you will be using. Properly inspecting your lens before placing it into your eye each day can prevent a corneal scratch or infection. Some other tips include:

-Washing your hands anytime you need to remove your lens or put them back in.
-Dry your hand on a lint free towel. You don’t want to introduce fabric fibers to your eyes or your lenses.
-Try not to come into direct contact with water while wearing your lenses. Plain water can dry out contact lenses, which is why you need to use specially formulated contact solution.
-Saline solution should never be used to clean your lenses. Storage in saline is fine, but there are special formulations for different uses.
-Clean your lens case each time you remove your lenses and leave it open to air dry for the duration of the day while you are wearing your lenses.
-Do not reuse solution in your contact lens case. Dump the used solution each day and refill it when you are going to be taking out your lenses.
-If you haven’t used your lenses in a number of days, you may want to clean them an additional time before using them.

Keep in mind, there are different types of lenses and each variation has its own method of being taken care of. Some lenses are designed to be worn once and then thrown away while others are long term lenses that are not thrown away unless they are damaged or defective. Follow your eye care professional’s advice and take care of your lenses how you were told to do so. If you have any questions or your contact lenses are no longer feeling comfortable like they normally do, seek attention from a doctor before continuing to wear your lenses.

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What to know about Contact Lens

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Millions of people have trouble with their vision. Some cannot see far away and some cannot see close up. Many of these people don’t like the idea of wearing eyeglasses to correct their vision, therefore, they choose to wear contact lenses. If you are considering getting contacts, there are a few things that you should know.

You Still Need Your Glasses

Just because you are going to be getting contact lenses, it doesn’t mean that you can get rid of your glasses. When you take your contacts out, you will need to have your glasses. If you develop an eye infection, you won’t be able to wear your contact lenses, therefore, you will need to have your glasses for backup. When you visit your eye doctor each year, you should bring your glasses to have the prescription checked.

You Need To Be Fit For Contacts

Contact lenses come in a variety of sizes, based on the size of your eye. Many people believe that they can just use their eyeglass prescription to order contacts, however, that is not the case. Your eye doctor would take measurements to determine which size contacts would best fit on your eyes.

There Are Different Types Of Contact Lenses To Choose From

Most people know that there are different brands of contacts, but what you may not know is that there are a few different types of contacts to choose from as well.

  • Daily Lenses: Daily contact lenses are worn for just one day and then they would be thrown away and replaced with a fresh pair.
  • Bi-Weekly: Bi-weekly lenses would be thrown away every two weeks and replaced with a new pair.
  • Monthly: Monthly lenses are one of the most common types. They can be worn for a month straight before you need to replace them with a new pair.
  • Yearly Lenses: Years ago, yearly lenses were the only lenses that were available. Today, they are not very popular because they are expensive. If the lens gets torn, it would cost you a lot of money to replace the torn lens.
  • Colored Lenses: If you want to change the color of your eyes, you can get colored lenses. Colored lenses come in daily, bi-weekly, monthly, and yearly lenses. You can also get colored lenses without a prescription if you don’t need any vision correction.

A Contact Lens Check Every Six Months Is Recommended

Because your contact lenses fit right over your eye, most eye doctors suggest that you go in for a check every six months. During this check, the doctor would check the prescription, the size, the health of your eyes, and answer any questions that you might have regarding your contact lenses.

You Need a New Prescription Every Year

Some people order their contacts through their eye doctor and some order them online. However you choose to order, you should understand that you need a new prescription each year to get new contacts, even if your vision has not changed. This is a policy of almost all contact lens distributors.

Cleaning Your Lenses

Each night, you need to take out your lenses and soak them in contact lens solution, unless you are wearing long wearing contacts. This is important to get any debris off of the lens that can be harmful to your eyes. Before you put your lenses in each day, you should wipe them clean with your finger and contact lens solution.

There is more to know about wearing contact lenses than most people think. To keep your eyes healthy, you should understand the care involved when wearing them.

 

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Cataract Awareness Month

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There are nearly a quarter-million new cases of cataracts every single year in the United States alone. It’s a serious public health issue that tends to afflict older individuals and increase in prevalence with aging.

The majority of cataracts develop very gradually over many years, even multiple decades. The most common sign that you may be dealing with cataracts is blurry vision that persists over time.

Living with cataracts can be difficult since objects can appear quite blurry or out of focus. Cataract surgery that replaces your eye’s blurry lens with a clean, though artificial, lens is one way to deal with cataracts and get on with your life.

Raising Awareness About Cataracts

Because the incidence of cataracts, or blurring of someone’s lens, tends to increase with age, it’s no surprise that older individuals tend to swell the rolls on those undergoing cataract surgery.

In fact, the National Eye Institute found that a full fifty percent of octogenarians have cataracts so severe that surgery was warranted. After surgery many of these patients were able to experience dramatically improved vision and carry out daily activities without any difficulty.

Due to the way that cataracts develop, the onset of cataracts can affect one eye…and perhaps just the one eye. Many patients worry about cataracts spreading to the other eye but ophthalmologists tell us that that’s not possible. We shouldn’t worry about cataracts spreading like that.

Causes of Cataracts

The lens of your eye is the clear piece of your eye that helps to focus a light – and, thus, convey an image – to the retina of your eye. Having a clear lens is essential for having light hit the retina properly and your experiencing clear vision throughout the day.

Your eye works in a way that some people would find counter-intuitive since it works by sending light from your lens to the retina at the back of your eye. Most people think of everything as occurring in the front part of their eye yet the eyes are a more complicated organ than that.

Even the lens itself is positioned behind your eye’s pupil and iris, so the retina is quite far back. The retina is very sensitive to light – so, your lens need to be absolutely clear for your retina to accurately interpret the images in your environment.

It’s important that your lens remain clear because the lens has been implicated in depth perception. The lens adjusts accordingly for objects that are far away and those that are in the immediate environment. This underlines the importance of having a clear lens, and why cataracts can be such an issue for some.

Ophthalmologists think that the structure of the lens can alter slightly over time, and that this alteration might be what’s behind cataracts. Changes in the protein and water composition of your lens are likely behind the cloudiness that many experience with cataracts.

How Cataracts are Removed

Cataract surgery can revitalize your vision if you’re suffering from cataracts. The surgery is considered safe since over 90% of people report better vision after the surgery and, when following the doctor’s orders, the chance of post-surgical infection is quite low.

Most eye doctors will recommend cataract surgery only when an individual is older and having serious problems carrying out basic activities.

When someone can’t see the television or read the text on a page, or if cataracts are adversely affecting another chronic condition like macular degeneration, then cataract surgery might be recommended by your eye doctor.

Conditions like diabetes and lifestyle choices like smoking can increase your chances for cataracts. Regular eye exams are recommended.

 

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