Making the decision to get contact lenses can be an exciting one. No longer do you have to be worried about broken frames for your glasses, figuring out how to keep glasses on during sporting activities, or the lenses fogging up after exiting a cool space into a warm one. When it comes to contact lenses, you need to take certain precautions to ensure the health of your eyes. We have come up with a few tips to ensure that your eyes remain healthy as you transition to contact lenses.
First, see a professional optometrist when looking for contact lenses. Not only can they make sure you have the right prescription, but they can also let you try out several different types of lenses to see which ones fit most comfortably. Just like shoes or pants, people have different preferences for how their lenses fit most comfortably.
Second, educate yourself thoroughly on contact lens hygiene. Contact lenses can cause problems like irritation and infection when not cared for properly, so clean lenses are crucial. Make sure you wash your hands before handling your lenses. Clean them with contact lens solution and let your lens case dry out during the day. All of these can help you prevent common issues with your contact lenses.
Finally, be careful of which lenses you use. Switching from brand to brand can be irritating on your eyes and it can be helpful to be consistent with ones you like. Furthermore, be wary of decorative lenses that aren’t sold for vision corrective purposes and don’t require a prescription for purchase. These lenses are not regulated and can lead to many problems with your eyes, some of them permanent.
If you would like to know more about contact lenses, contact Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry for great care and advice!
Glasses are certainly a modern day miracle. For individuals who have gone for years trying to make out something in the distance, it is so exciting the first time they are able to see clearly. Glasses can also be frustrating and inconvenient in a lot of situations, though. That’s why contact lenses have become so popular. People don’t want to have to deal with glasses all the time.
That’s why we’ve explained the top 3 reasons for considering contact lenses.
1. If you are active, glasses can be such a hassle to try to work with. If you run, bike, swim, or participate in other physical activity, glasses may be uncomfortable, or you may not be able to wear them. There is no need to sacrifice clear vision to be active, though.
2. Not that looks are all that matter, but most people prefer how they look without glasses. Wearing contacts makes it less obvious that you have vision problems.
3. Glasses can amplify the brightness of the sun and create an additional glare for your eyes. There are some glasses that will tint in the sunlight, and there are other ways to shade your eyes even if you are wearing glasses. However, it is much nicer when you can just put on sunglasses without having to wear them over glasses.
Some of our patients worry that they will have a hard time sticking something in their eye every morning, but it really is not a difficult learning curve. For all the benefits that contact lenses offer, you will soon realize that for such a small barrier, it is definitely worth learning how to wear contacts. You will enjoy a lot more comfort, and it will become a seamless routine for you.
Contact lenses are a wonderful vision correction method that preserves your appearance and avoids those annoying fog-ups and other frustrations that wearing eye glasses have. However, since you are putting them directly on your eye, there are a few things you need to know to never, ever do with them.
- Never put your contact lenses in your mouth! It may seem tempting when they need cleaning and you don’t have any solution with you, but the bacteria in your mouth can give you a really nasty eye infection.
- Never handle your contact lenses without washing your hands first! Bacteria lives everywhere, and the last thing you need is some of those nastier ones in your eye, which is not equipped to handle it.
- Never reuse cleaning solution! That cleaning solution is great for disinfecting your contact lenses, but after it has been used, it can become overwhelmed with bacteria pretty quickly and be worse than useless for the second use. A bad infection called Pseudomonas aeruginosa could result from doing this. Use fresh solution each time and be sure to air-dry the case between uses.
- Never wear your contact lenses too long! Your eyes need rest and plenty of oxygen. Wearing contact lenses too long can lead to all sorts of problems, including infections and corneal abrasions. As for those ones that claim you can sleep in them, it’s probably better if you don’t. While a nap here and there, such as when you accidentally fall asleep in them, probably won’t hurt you, continually doing so is not a good idea.
- Never wear your contact lenses if they are irritating your eyes! Something could be wrong with the contact lenses, your eyes, or both. Try a new pair, and if those bother you also, make an appointment to see your eye care professional.
At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we offer exams for contact lenses and all the information you need in order to wear contact lenses safely. Your vision is too important to risk by doing the wrong things with your contact lenses.
Whether you are a long-time contact lens wearer or you have been introduced to contact lenses for the first time, it is always important to properly care for your contacts so that wearing them is comfortable. Additionally, the proper care of your contact lenses ensures your eyes remain healthy while they are your primary form of vision correction. But what are some of the most important things you can do to care for your contact lenses and for your eyes? Here is a little refresher of the dos and don’ts for new and long-term lens wearers alike:
• DON’T – Sleep in your contacts, even if your prescription says that you can. It is important to let your eyes breathe and recuperate overnight.
• DON’T – Use sharp objects or your fingernails to handle contact lenses because you may damage the lens. It is important not to insert damaged contacts into your eyes.
• DON’T – Reuse your contact solution that has been in your contact lens case. Make sure to use fresh solution each time you take out your contact lenses.
• DO – Wash, rinse, and dry your hand thoroughly before handling your contact lenses. Using soap that doesn’t have oils and perfumes is also important.
• DO – Check to make sure your contact is free of dirt and debris before you insert it into your eye.
• DO – Use the proper solution to clean and disinfect your lenses each time you wear them. Avoid using tap water or saliva to rewet or clean your lenses.
While this is not an exhaustive list, it is important to properly care for your contact lenses so that your eyes remain healthy and your contacts stay intact. If you have questions about the dos and don’ts of contact lenses, call us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry for more information.