“Do you guys ‘do contacts’ here, because you’re all wearing glasses…”
Yes… we do contacts. I hadn’t considered a patient might think differently because we all wear our glasses to work. So, I’m glad he asked! Contact lenses are a fantastic vision correction method and provide wearers with a host of benefits including sports, increased periphery vision and the ability to wear non-prescription sunglasses!
I get to work with new contact lens wearers and teach them how to put on and take off their contacts, talk to them about how to take care of them, how often to replace their prescribed contacts and also pass on a list of precautions to take while wearing contacts. Contacts are a big responsibility and not one to be taken lightly. Therefore, contact lens health is very important! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agrees and has named this week- August 22-26, 2016 the third annual Contact Lens Health Week.
Six Healthy Habits for Contact Lens Wearers
- Wash your hands with soap and water before inserting and removing contacts
- Only clean your contacts with doctor recommended contact lens disinfecting solution- never water or saliva.
- Don’t sleep in your contact lenses
- Always store your contacts in fresh solution every night, don’t top-off old solution
- Stick to the prescribed wearing schedule for your contact lenses
- If you experience eye pain, discomfort, redness or blurry vision, remove your contacts and call us to schedule an appointment right away!
These are just a few contact lens health habits that can help your contact lens experience be comfortable and healthy. For more information, talk to Dr. McEathron at your next yearly eye exam and visit the CDC website Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care.