Contact Lens Comfort
- Posted on: Feb 16 2017
For many patients, contact lenses offer independence from glasses. Most patients wear their contact lenses without issue. Dry eye, sleeping in contacts, and improper care can make contact lenses irritating and potentially harmful (remember, don’t sleep in your contacts!) Let’s review some ways to make contact lenses as comfortable as possible.
One of the most helpful and easiest habits to build is to gently rub lenses with solution before placing them on your eye. We suggest placing a few drops of contact lens solution and rubbing contacts in a gentle circular pattern for five seconds. This helps to clear away built up debris, like protein and lipids that gradually accumulate through normal wear.
Disposing of soft contact lenses as directed, either daily, bimonthly, or monthly is important as well. Over-wearing contact lenses can lead to Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis. Basically the inner eyelids develop inflammation akin to an allergy. This makes the inner lid go from smooth and comfortable to scratchy and irritating.
One overlooked aspect of contact lens care is the case we store our lenses in. As a general rule, one should change their contact lens case every 3-6 months. A biofilm, made of bacteria, can colonize older cases easily, leading to irritation.
If you wear contact lenses, we want them to be as comfortable as possible. If you are noticing discomfort, or feel there’s room for improvement, we can help! Call 419-521-3937 today!
Posted in: Contact Lenses