Contact Lens Wear and Care
A contact lens is a thin disk that floats on the surface of the eye to provide vision correction. With advances in optical technology, almost everyone now can wear contact lenses, regardless of the type or extent of their vision problems. This includes patients with astigmatism and those who need bifocal or multifocal lenses. But since they are a medical device, contact lenses do require some compliance on the part of patients with guidelines for proper care and use.
Contact Lens Supplies
Contact lenses should always be stored in the solution recommended by an ophthalmologist. Fresh solution is required every single time a patient is storing the lenses. It is not safe to reuse solution as it can harbor bacteria and debris. Rinse the contact lens case with the solution after its use and leave the caps off to store the case. Cases need to be replaced once every three months, or sooner if build-up has begun to form.
Contact Lens Wearing Schedule
There are many options available today such as daily wear, extended wear and disposable contact lenses to suit each patient’s lifestyle. However, they all have certain guidelines that need to be followed to maintain eye health. Wearing lenses for longer than the recommended time periods may result in the development of an infection or potentially set the stage for long-term damage to the surface of the eye. Except in the case of specific extended wear lenses, contacts should never be worn overnight.
Do’s and Don’ts of Contact Lens Wear
• Take contact lenses out each night at least one hour before going to sleep unless meant for extended use
• Do not exceed the recommended time period for wearing contact lenses even if they are not causing any discomfort
Do not wear contact lenses when eyes are painful, red or irritated. Remove the lenses, then clean and store them until the eyes are no longer experiencing these symptoms. If any uncomfortable symptoms return upon renewed use of the contact lenses, make an appointment for an office visit.