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You’re less likely to have success with contact lenses than someone who does not have this condition.
This does not mean that you cannot wear contact lenses at all. It simply means you may have a shorter contact lens wearing period than normal or that you may choose to wear your lenses only occasionally. You can increase the comfort of your lenses by inserting eye lubrication drops.
As always, it is best to consult your eye care practitioner for the best advice regarding whether you should wear contact lenses and what type of lenses may be suitable. Optometrists can carry out tests to find out if you have dry eye problems.
Recently, there has been a strong movement to "one-bottle" systems.
These all-in-one solutions are the easiest and quickest to use. However, if you are particularly sensitive to chemicals, it may be better to use a hydrogen peroxide system.
In most countries, lens care systems go through rigorous testing to meet government regulations to ensure that they are safe and effective. Your eye care practitioner will recommend the care system most appropriate for you.
You should not make your own lens care solutions, nor should you mix different brands of solutions unless instructed by your eye care practitioner.
No, a thin, but strong, membrane, called the conjunctiva, lines the inside of your eyelids and curls back on itself to cover the white part of the eye. Lenses cannot pass through it.
However, your contact lenses may slide under your eyelids or become displaced. If this occurs, try looking in the direction of the lens to get it to move back to the correct position. If you wear soft contact lenses, they will tend to center automatically on the cornea. If you wear rigid gas permeable lenses, you may need to manipulate a displaced lens through the eyelid.
An optometrist can have a look under your lids to try to find the lens, he may need to roll the lid backward to get a better view.
Usually if the Optometrist has had a look and not been able to find the lens, it is because it is not there, either because it was not inserted into the eye in the first place, or it has become dislodged and fallen out with all the poking about that has taken place.
Typical signs that a lens is approaching the end of its life are hazy vision, discomfort, and lens discoloration and deposits. These can lead to allergies and other complications.
Today, frequent replacement lenses, for example daily lenses or monthly soft lenses, are prescribed to be replaced before problems can develop rather than after as sometimes these complications are difficult to reverse. These lenses have revolutionised contact lens wear, and patients have few problems when wearing a frequent replacement lens.
It is important that you replace your lenses according to the product labelling or your eye care practitioner`s directions.
Lenses should not be worn for longer than the recommended wearing period.
The purpose of replacing contact lenses on a frequent basis is to prevent discomfort, dryness, blurred vision and allergic reactions that can result from a build-up of protein and lipid deposits on the lenses. As the deposits age and chemically change on the lens, they contribute to these irritations. The changes in the chemical composition of the deposits also increase the probability that bacteria may adhere to a contact lens, increasing the health risk even without any subjective deterioration in comfort.
Check with your eye care practitioner for the lenses and lens replacement frequency that are most appropriate for you.
Yes they can!
Today`s high quality lenses are suitable for young and old eyes alike.
In fact teenagers are usually highly motivated and prove to be ideal candidates for contact lens wear.
Your eyes and your vision are precious -- and good contact lens care can help assure a lifetime of healthy eyes. It`s important to follow the instructions for daily or weekly lens care prescribed by your eye care professional for your type of lenses.
The basic steps include cleaning, rinsing, and disinfecting/storing to keep soft lenses clean, comfortable and free from bacteria.
Daily disposable contact lenses are increasingly popular, which don`t require much care as they are designed to be worn for a single day, then thrown away and replaced with a brand new pair.
The type of care contacts require -- and how long they should be worn -- is something each eye care professional will prescribe for each patient.
Personal wear and care regimens may depend upon the type of contact prescribed, the nature of the vision problem being corrected, and the individual`s unique eye chemistry. Regardless of the type of lens you wear, you will find that lens care is now easier and more convenient than ever before.
Most first time wearers are delighted with the level of comfort that contact lenses provide - especially with soft lenses.
Initial contact lens fittings by professional eye care practitioners can minimize or eliminate any irritation associated with new lenses. After a brief adjustment period, most people report they can no longer feel contact lenses on their eyes.
The full procedure is detailed below - however if you are still having difficulty it is often best to return to your eye care practitioner and get them to watch your technique to see if he can suggest any way to improve on it.
Wash your hands with a mild soap, rinse completely and dry with a lint-free towel. A wet finger may cause a soft lens to flatten. Avoid using fingernails to handle your lenses. If you’re working near a sink, close the drain. Get in the habit of always working with the right lens first to avoid mix-ups.
Pour the lens and storage fluid from the case into your palm. Inspect the lens for particles, deposits or tears. Place the lens, cup side up, on your dry forefinger. Determine if the lens is right side out. If it is right side out, the lens’ edge will appear almost straight up. If inside-out, the edges will flare out slightly. Another test is to place the lens on a crack in the palm of your hand and then cup the hand slightly. This will flex the lens. If the edge of the lens curls inwards, it is the correct way out; if the edge curls outwards and wraps onto the palm of the hand, it is inside out. If it is inside out, reverse it.
Insertion technique: Hold the upper lashes (or lids) to prevent blinking. Pull the bottom eyelid down using your middle finger. Look up so the white part of your eye shows. Place the lens onto the exposed white part of your eye.
Alternatively, instead of looking up, look straight ahead at the lens and gently place it in the center of your eye. Remove your finger and let go of the lids, bottom lid first, and then top. Look downward to help position the lens, then close your eyes momentarily.
Apply one or two drops of lens lubricant (eye drops) if your lenses feel dry or if blurry vision occurs during wear. Follow the same steps to insert the other lens.
Finally - keep at it, most people succeed eventually! The first two weeks are the worst ;-)
Make sure the lens is centered on your eye before trying to remove it.
Cover the other eye; if your vision is blurred, the lens is either off center or not on the eye at all. Locate the lens with a mirror and re-center it.
Pull Down Lower Eyelid
Look upward, keeping your head level. Pull down the lower lid of your eye with your mddle finger.
Slide Lens Down
While looking up, place the tip of your index finger on the lower edge of the lens and slide it down onto the lower white part of your eye.
Pull Lens Off Eye
Still looking up, squeeze the lens gently between your thumb and index finger. Gently remove the lens from the eye.
Persevere - it gets easier after a few tries. If your eye is going red through trying then have a break for an hour and try again.
Repeat for the left lens
It is often difficult to determine if a disposable lens is inside out if the patient can`t see the markings on the lens or can`t judge the edge profile. Here is another way to tell if the lens is correct. Place the lens in your palm.
Aim a steady stream of solution on the lens. If the lens folds on itself, then the lens orientation is correct to go on the eye. If the lens does not fold on itself it is inside out.
Holding the lens on the tip of one finger, look at the profile of the lens. If the edges of the lens try to curl back on themselves then the lens is inside out.
If the lens feels uncomfortable on the eye and will not settle. It may pay to try it around the other way. Often it settles immediately. You can eventually develop a feel for what is right or wrong when the lens is in your eye.
Clinical studies have shown that wearing new, sterile lenses every day is the healthiest way to wear contact lenses.
In addition you never have to clean, disinfect, or enzyme your lenses -- so you`ll avoid the expense and hassle of using multiple lens care products.
Always wear your contact lenses as recommended by your eye care practitioner.