Contact Lens Care
How to choose the right contact lens cleaning solution
Choosing the best cleaning solution for your contact lenses is easier than most people think. Choices include Multipurpose Contact Lens Solutions and Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning Solution. Both are effective at cleaning contact lens buildup and residue and both have pros and cons. Ask your eye care professional which contact lens cleaning solution is right for you.
Then again, you may want to consider switching to daily disposable contact lenses and never worry about cleaning contact lenses again!
What is the difference between Multipurpose and Hydrogen Peroxide solutions?
Multipurpose contact lens solution is known as “no-rub” solution because it cleans and disinfects your contacts with a simple soak-and-rinse process. You're not required to handle your contact lenses with multipurpose contact lens solution but eye care professionals encourage a quick mechanical rub for good measure.
Hydrogen Peroxide contact lens solution disinfects your contact lenses with a combination of saline solution and hydrogen peroxide. Eye doctors recommend cleaning your lenses with either a one or two-step process before placing them in the solution--the hydrogen peroxide does the rest. Rinse contacts with a saline solution and they're ready to wear another day.
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Common problems with contact lenses
Without proper care and compliance contact lenses can create problems-- from a simple eye infection to permanent vision loss. On the other hand, care for contact lenses properly, and replace disposable contact lenses when you’re supposed to, and you’ll enjoy healthy sight for years to come.
Whether you’re wearing contact lenses for the first time or changing prescriptions, a few easy steps will optimize your contact lens experience. Wash your hands every time before handling contacts and clean your contact lenses as recommended by the manufacturer and/ or your eye care professional.
One of the most common contact lens problems that wearers experience is dry eyes. Dry eyes can be avoided by using contact lens eye drops to wet the eyes or by wearing contact lenses specifically designed to keep eyes moist. Your eye care professional can tell you what brand of contact lenses help keep eyes wet and which ones don’t.
Always apply cosmetic makeup AFTER you put contact lenses in your eyes. This will help to avoid getting makeup on your contacts, which can cause extreme irritation, discomfort and a burning sensation caused by chemicals in the makeup. Eye makeup can also harbor bacteria, which can increase the chance of eye infection. Eye care professionals suggest removing contact lenses prior to removing makeup for much the same reasons.
Throughout the day eyes naturally produce protein, which can build-up if you don’t handle your contact lenses correctly, properly clean them or wear disposable contact lenses longer than prescribed. Protein buildup can impact the clarity of contact lenses, cause extreme discomfort and lead to long-term vision damage. Ask your eye doctor about ways to avoid protein buildup, such as over-the-counter eye drops and solutions and proper methods to clean your contact lenses and keep them clear.
Allergies and other irritants can become a menace for you and your contact lenses—and it doesn’t happen just around allergy season. We’re surrounded by allergic triggers every day like dust, dander and various plants and food oils.
Don’t let allergies stop you from wearing contact lenses. Discuss any known allergies with your eye doctor and wash your hands thoroughly prior to handling contacts.
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Benefits of contact lens compliance
Is it true that some people wear disposable contact lenses long after the prescribed period? Yes.
Is it a good idea to wear them outside of compliance? A definitive NO!
Only about 40 percent of disposable contact lens wearers replace lenses as prescribed, causing protein buildup, eye infections and discomfort for thousands.
Is jeopardizing the health of your eyes worth saving a few measly dollars? The answer should be no.
To make it easy for patients to best comply with their contact lens prescription, yourlens.com eye care professionals sign their patients up for AutoShip, a program that dispatches contact lenses to your home or office at intervals predetermined by your prescribed compliance. This way, you never run out of contacts and can avoid common problems associated with non compliance such as eye infection, protein buildup, impaired vision and discomfort.
By using AutoShip, contact lens wearers place the burden of compliance on their eye care professional, who is now in charge of ensuring that contact lenses are delivered direct to you in a timely manner.
It’s a fallacy that compliance is a means by which to sell consumers more contact lenses
It’s vitally important for consumers to understand compliance. Compliance standards are based on the life of contact lens materials and a length of time most suitable to eye health. Complying with your contact lens prescription is a proactive means of preventing damage to your vision and your eyes and should be followed to the letter.
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