This is a guide with useful and important information for Contact Lens Wearers.
Let’s start from the beginning:
Note: If you tend to blink a lot you may have to hold you upper eyelid to stop your eye from blinking. If this is the case your optometrist will guide you.
Piece of advice: If you are battling to get the lens out, put in 2 drops of lubricating eye drops and try 5 minutes later.
Regardless of the type of contact lens you decide on, proper care of the lenses is essential to eye health.
You can swim and bath with Daily disposable lenses. This is because you dispose of the lens on the same day before contamination can occur.
Piece of Advice: Your Optometrist may recommend that if you use contact lenses sporadically you consider using single-use daily disposable lenses.
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Certain lubricating eye drops can be used to relief dryness and mild irritation due to contact lens wear especially in air conditioned, high altitude and windy conditions. Please use eye drops recommended by your optometrist. Examples of eye drops that can be used with contact lenses in the eye are Refresh, Cellufresh and Optive (There are many more which you can discuss with your optometrists).
Do not use Cortisone, antibiotic, antihistamine or Glaucoma eye drops with contacts.
It is also important not to use Contact Lens Disinfecting solution in your eye to relief dryness, it has a high concentration of preservative that keeps the solution sterile and kills bacteria, etc. and therefore it is harsh for direct use in the eye and can trigger a toxic reaction which results in an uncomfortable red eye.
Piece of advice: It is recommended not to fly with your contact lenses in your eyes. The high altitude makes the contacts dry out and uncomfortable. Rather wear your spectacles.
Eye infections can lead to serious vision loss in some cases. Proper care of your eyes is just as important as proper lens care.
Yes. Over wear, not throwing away the contact lens at the prescribed time and poor cleaning of the lenses can lead to GPC (Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis) which is an allergic response to the contact lens. The symptoms are typically an itchy eye with mucus white discharge.You may find that the eye feels particularly scratchy when you take the lens out. This condition makes the underneath of the eye lid inflamed and produces bumps under the lid and that creates the scratchy sensation. Treatment is to cease contact lens wear, use an anti-histamine eye drop as prescribed by your optometrists and in some cases cortisone eye drops is necessary.
Bumps under the upper eyelid
Only if you have been fitted with a Sleep wear contact lens which are replaced every 30 Days. These contact lenses require several visit to your optometrists to assess if you are responding well to sleeping with these particular lenses. Only certain people are candidates for sleep wear contact lenses and it is important to know that the risk of eye infections and lens discomfort increases. The majority of contact lenses are not suitable to sleep in and can actually cause permanent eye damage and vison loss.
As with any prescription, contact lens prescriptions do expire — typically within one year. You should see your Optometrist yearly to ensure they continue to have an accurate and appropriate prescription. These regular exams are also important opportunities for reinforcing proper lens care ensuring that the eye is receiving sufficient oxygen and it is an opportunity for your optometrists to upgrade you to a newer healthier lens option or better contact lens cleaning solution.
If you have further questions about this topic, or feel that you need to discuss your personal situation with a professional optometrist, please contact us so we can assist you further.
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