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If you Wear contact Lenses, You Need to Read This

Contact Lenses If you’re one of the nearly 30 million Americans who wear contact lenses, you already know all the benefits they can provide, allowing you to see without the distractions that glasses often cause. And if you’re an active person – skier, runner, football player – you know that contacts are idea for athletes. But you might not know that there are mistakes you could be making. Here are some dos and don’ts for healthy contact lens use:

Do always wash your hands before touching your lenses

In fact, you should always wash your hands with soap and water before even touching your eyes.

Do clean them properly

It’s important to clean your lenses at the end of every day in order to remove any substances that may have built up. And after cleaning make sure your put them in their case with fresh solution.

Don’t sleep in your contacts

We have seen extreme cases where patients have left lenses in for so long that they dry to the point of “gluing” to the eyeballs. Removing them at this point can tear the top layer of her eye away, causing painful corneal ulcers.

Don’t shower in them

And also remove contacts before swimming or going in a hot tub.

Do use the proper contact lens solution — and never water

Not all contact lens solution is the same — different types have different preservatives. So use the specific kind that the doctor recommends and don’t reuse solution.

Do replace your lenses regularly

A recent survey revealed that nearly half of all contact lens wearers use them longer than they should, running a higher risk of infection or complications. Always follow the proper replacement schedule as prescribed by the doctor.

Do get an annual eye exam

It’s important to not only assess your lens fit, but also your eye health, every year. A comprehensive, dilated eye exam can reveal eye and other health issues, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Don’t wait until your have a problem

Early detection is key to successful treatment of any health problem. Call for your appointment today: 707-546-9800.

 

 

 

 

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