Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Contacts are a popular alternative to wearing eyeglasses. With practice, contacts are convenient, attractive, and the primary choice for many of our patients at Athens Eye Care. There are a number of types of contact lenses to choose from, including soft, extended wear, disposable, and hard, or Rigid Gas Permeable contact lenses. In addition, there are options for custom fitted decorative contact lenses for specialized uses like the fashion industry, theater, or Halloween. Color contact lenses are also in this category. However, before you  decide to buy a pair of specialized contact lenses that transform your human eyes into cat eyes, there are some things to consider. Decorative lenses could cause a lot of damage to your eyes if you’re not careful. According to the FDA, these decorative contact lenses are actually medical devices. You should never buy decorative contact lenses from a street vendor, beauty supply store, flea market, or Halloween store. Always seek out an eye exam with your ophthalmologist, get a prescription, and follow the contact lens care instructions. If your eyes are red or leak discharge, then immediately take the lenses out and make an appointment to see the eye doctor right away.

 

If you are interested in prescription contact lenses for vision correction, there are steps to follow for proper contact lens care. Remember that owning contact lenses is much higher maintenance than caring for a pair of eyeglasses and that the proper instructions need to be followed in order to keep eyes safe and lenses damage free.

Let’s begin with caring for your contact lenses! According to WebMD, the first crucial step is keeping contact lenses clean. Before handling contact lenses, wash your hands thoroughly. You should always use a mild, non-cosmetic soap that doesn’t leave a film on your hands. Perfumed and lotion based soaps tend to cause a film that is transferred to lenses causing eye irritation or blurred vision. Follow the few steps below and enjoy clear, safe vision.

  1. Keep your fingernails short. This helps to avoid scratching the eyes or lens.

  2. Use hairspray before putting in contact lenses, but put on make-up afterwards. This helps avoid scratching the eye or lens.

  3. Different types of lenses require special care. Always use the disinfecting solution and eye drops that your eye care professional recommends. Some products are not safe, so you must educate yourself on the best products to use.

  4. Clean contacts gently by rubbing them with an index finger in the palm of the other hand.

  5. Clean your contact lens case with a sterile solution or hot tap water every time it gets used. Air dry your case completely and replace the case every three months.

For more tips on cleaning contact lenses, check out this article on WebMD!

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Wearing contacts safely is as important as keeping them immaculately clean. Daily disposable contact lenses are considered the safest contact lens for your eyes, but following the safety tips suggested by WebMD is crucial no matter what type of contact lenses you own.

  1. Wear your contact lenses only as long as recommended by the eye care specialist.

  2. Ask for a chart that keeps a “wear” track. If this is not available, make your own.

  3. Never wear another person’s contact lenses. It spreads infection and particles to the eye.

  4. Do not sleep in contact lenses unless your prescription is for “extended wear” lenses. Closed eyes don’t allow tears to carry a healthy amount of oxygen to your eyes.

  5. Contact lenses cause your eyes to become more sensitive to sunlight. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses and total UV protection and a wide brim hat in the sunlight.

If you develop an unfortunate eye irritation or infection while wearing contact lenses, remove the lenses immediately. Do not use them again until you speak with an eye care specialist, especially if there is sudden vision loss, persistent blurred vision, light flashes, eye pain, or swelling and redness of the eye.  An eye infection is a serious matter that needs to be treated right away.

If you’re considering contact lenses, make an appointment with Athens Eye Care today! We are skilled and knowledgeable with prescribing lenses and are happy to educate you on  how to care for them.