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Eye Care for Contact Lens Users


If you’re considering getting contact lenses soon there are a few do’s and don’ts you should know. There is no age limit on being eligible to wear contact lenses: babies can wear them, and so can seniors. Many eye care professionals begin to encourage contact lens wear at age 11 to 14.



DOs


1.Visit a Doctor

Before anything else, you should have a complete eye exam for contact lenses. During this contact lens exam, your eye doctor will check your vision and write a prescription for corrective lenses. This is the same type of prescription you would get for eyeglasses. He or she will also check for any eye health problems or other issues that may cause problems with contact lens wear.


2.Handle With Care

Contact lenses should be cleaned and disinfected after each use with a cleaning solution that has been recommended for your type of lens. Poor lens hygiene is one of the common causes of problems with contact lenses and can cause eye infections. Different lenses need different chemicals. Using the wrong cleaning solution can damage the lens and may cause lasting damage to your eyesight.  Follow your eye care practitioner’s instructions for taking care of your lenses, including the appropriate cleaning solutions and eye care schedule.


3.Have a Backup Pair of Glasses

Having a pair of backup glasses is strongly recommended if you wear contact lenses. The fact is that situations may arise in which it may not be a bad idea to have a backup pair of eyeglasses for example, during an eye infection.  Eye infections actually occur less often with people who have backup glasses because they are more likely to wear their backup glasses instead of contact lenses when they have an irritation in their eye. Doctors usually recommend not wearing your contact lenses during an eye infection.

Backup eyeglasses are also useful if you travel for work.  If something goes wrong and you’re away from your eye doctor and additional supplies of contact lenses, and solution you may be in trouble without a backup plan (and pair of glasses).

 


DON’Ts


1.Borrow Contact Lenses

Never wear someone else’s contacts. If they have been in someone else’s eyes, they can carry bacteria and other particles that can spread disease or cause harm to your eye. Even if they are fresh out of the box, contact lenses are prescribed exclusively to your eyes, and even the slightest variation may mean you cannot see your best out of them.


2.Handle Lenses without Washing Your Hands

 Hand washing is the most important step in keeping your contact lenses and eyes healthy. Think about all the unclean things you touch throughout the day – countertops, door handles, keyboards. Their microbes will transfer from your fingers to your contact lens and then to your eye. This can cause huge problems for your eyes, like nasty infections that may damage your sight.


3.Sleep While Wearing Contact Lenses

Unless you are wearing lenses specifically approved for overnight wear and are wearing them to the schedule prescribed by your eye-doctor, it is not safe to wear lenses while sleeping. The fundamental problem is that contact lenses restrict the flow of oxygen to the surface of your eye (the cornea), and the longer you wear the lenses, the longer the flow of oxygen is restricted. In extreme cases of over-wearing lenses, new veins grow out into the cornea as the body attempts to correct for the oxygen deficit.

Contacts have come a long way since they came into regular use in the 1970’s. Depending on your eye structure and vision, most people have a choice of several diverse kinds of lenses to wear. These choices may be based on ease and price. When prescribed properly and taken care of properly, they will provide you with great vision and give you the glasses-free look that you desire.