Not everyone enjoyes wearing eyeglasses for clearer vision. Using contact lenses is one of the few, time-tested alternatives. That said, only a comprehensive eye exam can determine if it’s time to ditch your eyeglasses for a more inconspicuous method of eyesight improvement.
Eye and Vision Care discusses everything you need to know about contact lenses.
Types of Contact Lenses
There are different types of contact lenses, such as soft lenses, silicone hydrogel lenses, gas-permeable lenses, hybrid contact lenses and PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) lenses. They have different qualities in terms of treatment, feel and comfort. The most widely used contact lens type is the silicone hydrogel lenses.
Application and Removal Instructions
Disinfect your hands before handling your contact lenses. Then rinse your contacts in a solution to remove dirt that might have come in contact with it. One tip to avoid mixing up your lenses is to determine which eye to take care of first.
Afterward, put the contacts on the tip of your finger and pull down your lower eyelid with your other hand. Look up when you place the lens on the lower part of your eye then blink slowly multiple times to center the lens inside your eye.
If you feel unusual pain or discomfort, take the lens out and wash them again or check for damage.
Cleaning and Storage
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap instead of moisturizing soaps; the latter is known to have bad effects on your contacts. This is a necessary step because inadequate hand hygiene leads to bacteria proliferation that might get into your eyes. Afterward, remove one lens and clean it with a cleaning solution. You can do this in the palm of your washed hand or in a lens container. Rinse it twice before storing it in a fresh solution inside your lens holder to kill microorganisms on the lens.
Eye and Vision Care can help you achieve better visual quality with proper contact lenses. For more information or if you want to ask us about our other services like orthokeratology, contact us at (703) 988-2571. You can also fill out our contact form for inquiries or for scheduling appointments. We offer our services to residents in Fairfax, VA, and other nearby areas.