They may function in the same way as eyeglasses, but contact lenses offer better comfort and convenience. Simply insert them onto your eyes and get going with your daily activities. Practicing good hygiene, however, is key to better eye health and vision when using contacts.
That said, it is important that you follow your doctor’s recommendations. When the time comes for you to replace them, do so immediately. Prolonged use of the same devices can be bad for your eyes. Read on as AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, your local eye care center, explains these effects further.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) says that the surface of contact lenses may eventually accumulate protein deposits, microorganisms and even allergens. Taking good care of them can prevent this, but that won’t be the case when you use disposable types every day for a week. Any build-up on the surface of the contacts may cause you to experience blurry vision and a burning sensation on your eyes.
Dry, Irritated Eyes
Many contact lens wearers often complain of discomfort and dry eyes. These symptoms occur often as a result of poor hygiene practices and disregard of the lens replacement schedule. Wearing expired devices makes it harder for them to stay wet as needed to wear them comfortably. However, visit your doctor for an eye exam to detect if you do have dry eyes—if so, you may cease using contacts for the time being.
Once they reach the approved period of use, the material composition of contact lenses starts to break down. Infection-causing pathogens may penetrate the devices, increasing your chances of getting an eye infection. Corneal inflammation, or infectious keratitis, may occur because of contacts contaminated with bacteria, fungi or other microorganisms.
At AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, we can prepare you to be fitted with contact lenses along with your eye exam. Our expert technicians will instruct you on important techniques like inserting, removing, cleaning and disinfecting them. Every prescription we provide also contains information on when to replace them.
Apart from vision correction, our clinic also offers LASIK management. Call us today at (757) 772-0086 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve residents of Norfolk, VA.