After your eye doctor prescribes your contact lenses, you can order lenses from your doctor, at retail stores or over the Internet. The best place to buy contact lenses depends on many factors, including availability, cost and service.
Dry eye syndrome is a very common condition which affects contact lens wearers and non wearers alike, with no age barriers. Sufferers often complain of itching, irritated sore red eyes, a feeling of grittiness, tired eyes, occasional blurry vision, sting and burning sensations or a feeling of a foreign object in the eye. There are two main reasons why the eyes become dry ; tear ducts are not producing sufficient lubricating tears or the glands in the eyelids have become blocked and the free flow of natural oils has become greatly reduced. Causes including ; aging, climate conditions, some health conditions such as arthritis, some medications, extensive computer use and smoking. It is important to alleviate this problem not only for your comfort but for the health of your eyes, as untreated scratching can occur on the front of the eye. Using eye drops or artificial tears can provide relief.
If you wear contact lenses please ensure that you use one that is suitable for use with contact lenses. Drops can be inserted simply when you feel you need them during the day. There is no need to remove your contact lenses prior to insertion. At night prior to going to bed, insert some lubricating drops you can close your eyes and effectively bathe them in moisture while you sleep. Warm compresses over the eyes for 10 minutes can help unblock the oil glands in the eyelids allowing the free flow of natural oils. Drink plenty of water and limit the caffeine If you are working in an air conditioned environment place a glass of water at your work station to help boost the humidity. As a contact lens wearer it is advisable to see your Eye Care Professional so they can evaluate the problem and change your contact lenses to something that will be more suitable. It is highly unlikely these days that they would suggest discontinuing use, some contact lenses such as the Dailies Total1 is actually being used as a dry eye treatment, the moisture content is so high. There are many options available to you.
To keep your eyes feeling comfortable when your body is reacting to the allergens be prepared with over the counter treatments including eye drops. Always remove your contact lenses prior to using this type of eye drop and then wait 20 minutes prior to reinserting.
Wear daily disposable lenses so you can replace them every day as many allergens can stick to the surface of the lens and continue to irritate your eyes if you are using a two weekly or month lens.
Clinical trials have shown that lenses made from Etafilcon A such as Johnson and Johnson’s 1 Day Acuvue Moist and 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism can provide relief for contact lens wearers with allergies.
Other tips include ; do not rub your eyes, wash your hands regularly, wash your bed linen in hot water and detergent, don’t share contact lenses or eye makeup applicators.
Your eye shape and size is unique to you and so when you see your optometrist for a contact lens fitting, measurements are taken so the correct size, type and brand of lens is prescribed to ensure your ultimate fit and comfort. These sizes include the BC – Base Curve which is used to describe the curvature of your lens and DIA Diametre which is the distance across the surface of the lens. If you’re lenses keep falling out, or if you feel like you have a foreign object in your eye, your vision is blurry, you have an ill-fitting lens. If this is the case please check the size that you have ordered is correct and if it is, the next step is to see your optometrist for sizing to be corrected.
From the first wear, calcium and protein deposits start to build up on the contact lens surface reducing the transmission of oxygen to the cornea. The cornea needs a good supply of oxygen to remain healthy. When the cornea suffers extended oxygen deprivation, blood vessels from surrounding tissues start to grow into the cornea. This eventually interferes with your vision and the health of the eyes. Also oxygen deprivation causes the surface layer of the cornea to become less sensitive and swell. This makes the cornea more prone to bacterial infection. It is easy to prevent these problems. Simply replace your contact lenses as recommended by your Optometrist and give your eyes “oxygen breaks” by putting on your glasses for a few hours.
Many parents wonder when it’s safe for their child to start wearing contacts. A study called the Contact Lenses in Pediatrics (CLIP) study that was conducted in 2008 found that children as young as 8 years old are capable of properly inserting, removing and caring for contact lenses and had no increased risk of contact lens-related eye problems compared with teenagers enrolled in the study.
Also, 83 percent of children ages 8 to 12 in the CLIP study said contact lenses were easy to take care of, and 92 percent chose to continue wearing contacts at the conclusion of the study.
Results from another study suggest contact lenses may have an additional benefit for young children — they may boost self-esteem.
A total of 484 children ages 8 to 11 were enrolled in the Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment (ACHIEVE) study and were randomly assigned to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses for a period of three years. The study was conducted between September 2003 and October 2007 at five clinical centers in the United States.
At the end of the study period, all the children completed questionnaires that assessed their self-perceptions in a number of areas. Results suggested children’s self-perceptions of their physical appearance, athletic competence and social acceptance are likely to improve with contact lens wear.
Yes, contacts are safe for kids. The human eye can tolerate contact lenses at a very early age. In special cases, even infants are fitted with contacts, to overcome eye conditions such as congenital nystagmus.
A key factor in determining if contact lenses are safe for your child is evaluating how willing he or she is to wear contacts responsibly and take proper care of them.
Over-wearing contact lenses, especially sleeping while wearing contacts designed for daytime use only, can greatly increase the risk for contact lens-related eye problems.
Also, your child must demonstrate an ability to apply and remove the lenses without significant difficulty and to clean and disinfect the lenses with appropriate contact lens solutions after each use.
Often, a child’s success in wearing contacts depends on how motivated he or she is to wear them. Even if you wear contact lenses yourself, don’t assume your child wants to wear contacts. Some children are perfectly happy wearing eyeglasses and may not have an interest in contacts until they are young adults, if at all.
That depends on how responsible the child is. This decision is best made jointly between you, your child and your eye doctor. Please see our Contact Lenses for Kids article for more information.
No. At worst, you might have trouble finding it under your upper eyelid if you rub your eye and dislodge the lens from its proper position. If necessary, your eye care practitioner can help you locate and remove the lens.
Once you are wearing your contact lenses, taking them out is straightforward. Here’s a guide showing you how to remove your contact lenses or see our video demonstration below:
– Always wash your hand before touching your eyes or contact lenses.
– If you use a contact lens case ensure that it is clean and contains fresh solution or saline. Never use tap water.
– Place your first finger and thumb on opposing sides of the contact lens and slide it down onto the white of the eye
– Pinch the lens gently off the eye, taking care not to squeeze it too hard
– If the lens surfaces stick together and it remains firmly folded, place it in the case to rehydrate it for a few minutes before attempting to unfold it. Then follow your recommended cleaning regime
First off, try not to think of it as putting contacts in your eyes—you’re not. You’re placing contacts on your eyes, where they rest comfortably and help you see clearly. Now let’s get to the actual process. This is probably the easiest way to put in contacts.
- Wash your hands.
You want to ensure you don’t accidentally carry any dust, germs, or makeup to your contact lens as that could irritate your eyes. Also, use plain soap without any heavy moisturizers or perfumes. Rinse well and dry your hands. Again, this is to prevent transmitting anything unwanted to your eyes. Now let’s insert the contact lenses.
- Start with the same eye every time.
Your contact lenses specifically fit each eye, left or right. Like your shoes, you can’t mix the two interchangeably. Since your contacts will look identical out of the box, starting with your right eye if you’re right handed, or your left eye if you’re left handed, and doing this every time you insert your contacts will help you keep which is which straight in your mind. This is the easy way to put contacts in for the first time, which is what we want.
- Scoop out the lens carefully.
Place the lens on your index finger. Look at it. Is it curved upward, like a bowl? If so, great! You’re almost there. Just clean it with contact lens solution and you’re ready to put in the contacts and get on with your day.
- Hold your eyelid and insert your contact lens.
Just use your free hand to hold up your eyelid and insert the lens. Many choose to look away as the contact lens goes onto the eye. You can do this, or you’re free to look straight at the lens, too. Either way is fine.
- Blink and smile—that’s it!
That’s right. Blink naturally and maybe take a look in the mirror. If everything feels and looks fine, you’re done. Hey, we said this would be easy!
Depending on your eye sensitivity and whether you choose soft or rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, it may take only a day or it could take two weeks or more for your eyes to adjust to the lenses. Some people’s eyes never adjust, but that’s rare.