How Choosing and Using Contact Lenses
Whether you’re using contact lenses to improve your eyesight or for cosmetic purposes, it’s imperative that you know how to procure as well as use them correctly. If you love wearing contact lenses but are a bit concerned about using them safely, then here are some not-so-secret secrets to guide you in wearing your contact lenses the right way.
Contact Lens Success Secrets: Here are some of the tried-and-tested tips for successful contact lens use.
How to Use Contact Lenses
1- Getting the Right Contacts
The first thing you ought to know is that there’s a correct pair of contact lenses for anyone who needs one. This also means that you shouldn’t be buying contact lenses without first seeking a prescription.
The optometrist will need to perform a few tests to determine the problem with your eyes so that he or she will be able to prescribe the correct type of lenses for your needs and specific condition.
Once the optometrist has determined the type of lenses you need, you’ll be introduced to the different products available. It’s imperative that you choose good-quality lenses so that you’ll be able to comfortably and safely wear them, even for extended periods.
2- Proper Contact Lens Care
Another important detail to keep in mind is that even though a perfectly fitting contact lens may feel like a part of your eyes, it isn’t.
It is still a device that needs to be maintained and kept clean at all times. Unfortunately, the majority of contact lens users either do not follow proper maintenance procedures or aren’t aware of how they should maintain this type of eyewear. Thus, they leave themselves open to a serious eye injury that can lead to a further reduction in their vision.
The moment you make the decision to purchase contact lenses, make sure that you’re committed to taking care of them properly. Always remember that contact lenses are not like eyeglasses that you can simply wipe with a clean piece of cloth whenever it gets dirty.
There are procedures to cleaning and maintaining contact lenses that you’ll need to follow. If you can’t commit to those procedures, you might need to think twice about using a pair to correct vision problems.
3- Following Recommended Wearing Schedule
Aside from properly maintaining your contact lenses, you also need to be aware that you can only wear them for a few hours at a time. If you exceed the recommended number of hours, there’s a good chance that your eyes could get irritated or even infected.
So, make sure that you follow the recommended wearing schedule. If you think that you’ll need the lenses longer, it would be best to remove them and replace them with your regular eyeglasses or get a second pair.
4- Proper Contact Lens Storage
Once you remove your contact lenses, you can’t just leave them lying around wherever you choose. You’ll need to store them properly until such time that you need to wear them again.
Storing them properly means that you’ll need to ensure that their cases are clean and that you use only the recommended cleaning solution. By storing the lenses properly, you’ll be ensuring that they’ll reach the intended lifespan and that they’ll be safe for use all the time.
5- Regular Checks
It’s likely that there will be changes in your vision and prescription over the years. There may even come a time when the contact lenses won’t be able to provide you with as clear a vision as you expect. To ensure that your lenses are still a good match for your eyes, you’ll need to undergo regular checkups with your eye doctor.
Most optometrists recommend an annual check up, but this may change depending on the condition of your eyes and the quality of the contact lenses you purchased. There is also a possibility that your vision may change before the scheduled check up.
You should always remember that even though you have a scheduled checkup with your eye doctor, you can consult him or her anytime. If you feel that there have been changes in your vision, then feel free to undergo another eye check-up to make sure that the contact lenses didn’t cause any further damage.
How to Choose the Right type of Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are one of the best ways to improve your vision without altering your appearance. Eyeglasses may look good on you, but if you’re going for a more natural look, then contact lenses would be your best option. Below are the most common conditions, eye care needs, and the types of contact lenses that best address them:
Below are the most common conditions, eye care needs, and the types of contact lenses that best address them:
- For sharp vision – Gas permeable contact lenses have a hard, polished surface that makes for sharp and clear vision.
- For optimal comfort – Soft contact lenses are lightweight and comfortable to use and wear.
- For easy maintenance and care – If you can’t commit to rigorous maintenance, daily disposable contact lenses could be your best option.
- For astigmatism – Gas permeable or special soft lenses called toric lenses are best for this condition.
- For patients 40 and above – Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are recommended as they can help restore full visual range.
Indeed, in order to ensure a successful experience with contact lenses, it’s important that you first buy the right ones, take care of them as instructed, use them in accordance with the wearing schedule, and have your eyes checked on a regular basis. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll reduce the chances of further damage to your eyes and ensure that your contact lenses will last as long as possible.
If you follow these simple steps, you’ll reduce the chances of further damage to your eyes and ensure that your contact lenses will last as long as possible.
About the Author:
Dr. Alan Glazier is the owner and founder of Shady Grove Eye & Vision Care. He is also the founder, CEO, and inventor of core technology patents of Vision Solutions Technology, a company with a novel implantable lens that benefits people suffering from macular degeneration.
In 1998, he was chosen as the Maryland Young Optometrist of the Year. In 2011 and 2012, Dr. Glazier was selected as one of the most influential optometrists in the US by VisionMonday Dr.