All About Using Contact Lenses

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

There are many factors that affect our vision, the most important ones being our genes, and how we take care of our eyes. Many of us who need eye corrections either use eyeglasses or contact lenses. Using contact lenses and eyeglasses can help in eye corrections.

The Advantages Of Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have quickly become popular because they allow users to move freely and comfortably, without the hassle of eyeglass frames. Contact lenses move with your eyes and thus, offer better correction and better peripheral vision compared to eyeglasses.

Beyond comfort and convenience, contact lenses are also more preferred today for their aesthetic value. Most people like how they look better with a pair of contact lenses rather than having to hide behind eyeglasses.

Types Of Contact Lenses

All About Using Contact Lenses

The US Food and Drug Administration generally classifies the types of contact lenses into two: soft contact lenses, and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses.

RGPs are made of thicker material than soft contact lenses which makes RGPs less prone to tearing and scratching. Compared to soft contact lenses, RGPs provide clearer vision. However, the eyes adjust better and faster to soft contact lenses, especially for new users, because these are made of soft, flexible materials often made of plastic or silicone.

RGPs and Soft contact lenses are both available in extended-wear. This type of contact lenses can be worn overnight for up to seven days continuously, without the need to take them out and clean them before sleeping. Some types can be worn up to 30 days. After which period, the contact lenses need to be disposed.

Most users of soft contact lenses are prescribed planned replacement contact lenses. This means that the contact lenses are disposed after a pre-determined date, usually based on eye tolerance, contact lens type or brand, and frequency of use. Thus, some users are required to replace their contact lenses every two weeks, monthly or, quarterly.

Tips For Wearing Suitable Contact Lenses

Before wearing contact lenses, consult with your eye doctor to determine the lens that best fits you. Use your consultation to determine how best you can take care of your contact lenses and your eyes.

Below are some pointers to remember when using contact lenses:

  • Use only the type of contact lenses prescribed to you by your eye doctor. Make sure you get the correct type and the right brand
  • Make sure to get the appropriate solution for your contact lenses. These days, contact lenses require little maintenance. Lens build up can often be cleaned by simply using a multipurpose solution
  • Keep your lenses and your lens containers clean all the time. As soon as you remove* your contact lenses, put each at the palm of your hand and rub each side with a multipurpose solution then rinse before placing inside the lens container
  • Make sure to dispose of and replace your contact lenses as prescribed by your eye doctor. Replace every week, two weeks, monthly or, quarterly as applicable. Tears and scratches on your contact lenses as a result of prolonged use may irritate and damage your eyes
  • When using eye makeup, wear your contact lenses first before putting on your makeup. Use only make up that will not damage your lenses. Try to avoid glitters as the specks can easily get into your eyes, cause build up, and result to eye infection
  • Eyes become more sensitive to light when contact lenses are worn. Use sunglasses if sun exposure is expected. UV rays is also can affects your eyes. Using sunglasses can helps to protect your eyes from harmful suray’s and contact lenses from strong winds which can displace your lenses or tear them
  • Certain types of work may affect your contact lenses and your comfort. Wear the appropriate protective gear whenever necessary
  • Make it a habit to remove* your contact lenses at the end of the day, even if you are wearing the extended type. Sleeping with your contact lenses on limits the amount of oxygen and eye moisture available for your eyes, causing bacteria to build up which later causes infections
  • See your eye doctor regularly

If you feel any discomfort when using your lens or, notice redness, swelling, or itchiness, remove* your contact lenses immediately. If symptoms persist, set an appointment with your eye doctor.

Complications Associated With Using Contact Lenses

People who use contact lenses tend to forget that the eyes are very sensitive and would almost always react to foreign objects on contact. Using contact lenses carelessly can harm your eyes, even impair your vision.

There are many forms of eye infections and can either be bacterial, fungal or, viral in nature. Common symptoms of eye infections are redness, swelling, itching, and blurred vision. Some of the most common medical complications caused by use of contact lenses include pink eye, corneal ulcer, and trachoma. Trachoma, which is caused by a microorganism, is characterized by scarring on the eyelids which later harms the cornea. If left untreated, trachoma can lead to blindness.

There are a variety of contact lenses available, and for sure, there is one type that will fit your eyes and your lifestyle perfectly.

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