Are your soft contact lenses up to date?
Soft Contact lenses took the proverbial quantum leap when the first silicone hydrogels emerged on the scene in 1999. Since then, an increasing number of lens options in silicone hydrogels have come to market. Silicone Hydrogels breathe better than standard hydrogels and are generally safer and healthier for your cornea. They are made, and priced to be replaced on a 2 to 4 week schedule. Some of them are FDA approved for overnight wear.
Finally, there are several good, comfortable, clear disposable torics. Disposable bifocals are now easier than ever. Several materials exist for hard-to-fit dry eyes (along with solutions that improve all day comfort).
Even some of the custom-made lenses for those special situations are being packaged for more frequent replacement which equals improved health for your eyes.
A wide array of disposable colors can spice up your looks and change the first thing people notice when they look at your face--your eyes!
Remember! Contact lenses are foreign to your eyes! They rest on your cornea which is living, breathing tissue. While they are healthier than ever before, they still cause a variety of complications from minor irritation to ulcers and permanent vision loss.
Here are 5 fundamentals that will protect your corneal health when you wear contact lenses:
- Your doctor's input is paramount--there is no substitute for his or her professional care. Your doctor has the tools to evaluate the way contact lenses affect your corneas; the knowledge to help you prevent problems; the skill to correct problems; and an incredible variety of resources to find a combination of materials, solutions, and wearing modality to ensure your success. See your doctor any time something seems out of order with your vision or eye comfort--always better safe than sorry with contact lenses. And at the very least, the annual contact lens exam you get to renew your contact lens prescription is your corneas' best friend!!
- Replace your lenses as directed by your doctor. They wear out. You shouldn't feel much difference between an old pair and a new pair--if you do, you wore the old pair too long. Remember, disposable lenses cost between one and 11 dollars each. You will spend far more on fast food each month than you will on your contact lenses. Stretching them out often gets you in trouble--its not worth it. Its risky! And seeing us to fix problems caused by worn out lenses is much more expensive than just keeping your lenses fresh.
- Wear them on the schedule recommended by your doctor. Too many hours can lead to oxygen deprivation which can harm your corneas. Giving your eyes a break and wearing your glasses once a week or at the end of a long day is a treat for your corneas. Never wear your contacts overnight unless directed by your doctor and even then, do so with extreme caution.
- Use quality solutions. Solution manufacturers are very competitive--they really work hard at formulating the most comfortable, effective disinfectant systems possible. Quality name brand solutions really do have better ingredients than store labels or no-name brands and are worth the money. One of the best brands we know of is priced like the store brands and is available through mail order with a convenient autoship option. Ask us about SAUFLON solutions.
- Be clean. Wash your hands prior to handling your lenses. Replace your case often. Disinfect your lenses daily. Never use water or put them in your mouth.