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Keep your eyes healthy when wearing contact lenses for great vision

Keep your eyes healthy when wearing contact lenses for great vision

They say that your eyes are the windows to your soul. But they can also be an indicator of the health of your body as some diseases can be evident in an eye exam. It is important to have your eyes examined by a licensed eye care professional on a regular basis to ensure that you are always seeing your best. If you are an adult or child you should be getting your eyes checked at least once every two years. If you want to wear contacts, you should get a thorough eye exam every year. Contact lenses should always be prescribed by a licensed eye care professional.


Do go to a doctor

Do see a qualified professional to get fitted for your contacts. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has furthered his/her education after medical school specializing in ophthalmology. An optometrist graduated from an optometry program, but both are well-suited to prescribe contact lenses. However, any pathology of the eye should be looked at by an ophthalmologist, who is a medical doctor.

Do handle with care

Handle your lenses with care. Contact lenses are an investment. They are also delicate. Make sure your hands are clean and lint-free before inserting or removing lenses.

Do always have a back-up

Keep an extra pair of lenses or a pair of glasses with you at all times. if something happens to one or both of your lenses, you always need to have the ability to see perfectly, especially if you drive.

Do keep them clean

Clean your lenses according to what your doctor tells you. Follow the appropriate cleaning instructions and use quality solutions. Do not touch the tip of your eye care solution bottle. This can contaminate the whole solution. Keep the bottle closed after using it. The solution is in direct contact with your eye, which is a portal to your body, and it should be sterile.

Do remember that your eyes change

Get your eyes examined every year. Prescriptions change. Don't assume your eyes are the same and order more even though you may be able to. You wouldn't want to spend all that money on new lenses and then be stuck with lenses that don’t allow you to see your best.


Do not borrow contacts

Never wear someone else's contacts. If they have been in someone else's eyes, they can carry bacteria and other particles that can spread disease or cause harm to your eye. Even if they are fresh out of the box, contact lenses are prescribed uniquely to your eyes, and even the slightest variation may mean you cannot see your best out of them.

Do not rub your eyes

Do not rub your eyes. If your eye is irritated, it may be something on the lens itself, so remove the lens before you rub your eyes whenever possible and clean the lens with your solution. Be especially careful during allergy season.

Do not sleep in contacts

Don't sleep in your contacts unless they are made for sleeping. Some lenses do not allow enough oxygen through them that your eyes need. Some soft lenses do say that you can sleep in them, however, taking them out at night is always best so that your eyes are able to properly rest and get the oxygen they need, and also so your contacts are cleaned and sterilized regularly. Leaving your contacts in too long can cause a multitude of eye diseases like pink eye or even blindness in extreme cases.

Do not use over-the-counter decorative lenses

Never try on over-the-counter decorative lenses, no matter how tempting it may be to see how you look in them. Decorative lenses should always be purchased from a licensed eye care professional.

Do not ignore problems

Don't ignore symptoms and problems. If your lenses are bothering you or are uncomfortable, you can't see well, or your eyes are tearing, red, itchy, or burning, please call your doctor.

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Contacts have come a long way since they came into regular use in the 1970's. Depending on your eye structure and vision, most people have a choice of several different kinds of lenses to wear. These choices may be based on convenience and price. When prescribed properly and taken care of appropriately, they will provide you with great vision and give you the glasses-free look that you desire.

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Niki SilversteinMD, Board-Certified Ophthalmologist

Niki A. Silverstein, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist renowned for her extensive experience in cataract and laser technology. She has consistently been recognized as a Top Ophthalmologist by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. She...

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