contacts 101 here’s a little crash course in the world of contact lens options. ask your eye doctor what’s right for you.
types of contacts and their features
- wear occasionally, every day or overnight
- flexible and most comfortable
- stay in place better
- takes less time to get used to
- allow more oxygen to reach your eyes
- easy to use and convenient
- wear up to 30 days continuously
- see clearly at all times, especially when waking up unexpectedly at night
- choose your eye color or enhance it
- available with or without a prescription
daily disposable (single use)
- the ultimate in convenience
- use once and toss
- no cleaning needed
gas-permeable or rigid
- sharper vision: especially for high retractive errors or high degrees of astigmatism
- more durable with a relatively long life
- best option for special conditions
- breakthrough design helps you see near and far
- provides multiple focus points
- available as soft, rigid gas-permeable or hybrid lenses
- soft outer ring enhances comfort
- breatheable rigid center delivers crisp, clear vision and promotes corneal health
contacts for astigmatism
- corrects astigmatism, an irregular cornea shape that distorts vision
- provides steady, clear vision all day long
- breathable lens technology, allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes
- greater levels of comfort
- wear up to 18 hours, remove and clean nightly
- Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them with lint-free towel before handling lenses.
- Always work with your lenses utilizing the same pattern, e.g., right to left.
- Wear and replace lenses according to the schedule prescribed by the doctor.
- Rub your lenses for at least 10 seconds on each side immediately after removal—rubbing helps remove deposits.
- Keep the contact lens case clean and replace every 3 months.
- Keep a backup pair of useable glasses in case you can’t wear your lenses.
- Remove your lenses before swimming or bathing.
- Put your contacts on before applying makeup.
- Mix solutions—use only the specified sterile solutions commercially prepared for contact lenses.
- Reuse solution—change and replace with fresh solution everyday.
- Sleep with your lenses inserted unless specified by your doctor to do so.
- Use saliva to wet your lenses.
- Wear your lenses when you are ill.
- Remove the contact lenses and consult an ophthalmologist immediately if you experience symptoms such as redness, pain, tearing, increased light sensitivity, blurry vision, discharge or swelling.
- If you smoke, stop. Studies show that contact lens wearers who smoke have a higher rate of problems than nonsmokers.
- Beware of using decorative lenses, such as those often sold at costume shops. These lenses have the potential to damage eyes permanently.
- Get regular eye exams. If you wear contact lenses, you should be examined by an eye care provider annually, and more often as needed.
how to handle
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use fresh contact lens solution every time. Never use tap water. It has bacteria that causes infections.
rub your contacts in solution using the pads of your fingers. Then rinse again with fresh solution.
rinse your cases every time. Store empty cases open and upside down. Replace cases every three months.