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Proper Care of Contact Lenses

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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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