Understanding Eye Problems

After struggling with blurry vision for years, I finally realized that it was time to consult with a professional. Simply put, I was tired of dealing with the struggles of acting like I could see when I really couldn't. It was embarrassing, and I just wanted to be able to participate like normal. I was nervous for the eye appointment, but my doctor was incredible. He walked me through every aspect of the exam and calmed my fears about permanent eye damage. This blog is all about working with an optometrist to get the vision experience that you really deserve.

4 Things You Shouldn't Do When You Get Your First Pair of Contact Lenses


If you've been wearing eye glasses for years, you may be considering purchasing a pair of contact lenses to wear when it is not convenient to wear your glasses. Wearing contacts is quite a change from wearing glasses, but most people find that they quickly adjust. However, as a new contact lens wearer, it is important to take care of your eyes and contact lenses. Avoid the following mistakes when you begin to wear contact lenses:

Mistake #1: Forget to Wash Your Hands

One thing you never want to do is insert or remove your contact lenses without washing your hands first. Doing so can contaminate your contact lenses, irritate your eyes, and transmit germs. It is very important to always wash your hands with soap and warm water and then completely dry them with a lint-free towel before handling your contact lenses or touching your eyes.

Mistake #2: Wear Your Contacts to Sleep

While there are a few brands of contact lenses that are designed to be worn around the clock, most contact lenses are only approved for day time use. When you get contact lenses, it is essential to get into the habit of removing them each night before you go to bed. If you wear your contacts to sleep, you're likely to wake up with very irritated eyes, and in some cases sleeping with contacts in, especially for an extended period of time, can cause serious infections and dangerous eye conditions that could lead to vision loss.

Mistake #3: Don't Clean Your Contact Lenses Properly

If you care about your eyes, the last thing you want to do is wear dirty contact lenses. When you wear your contact lenses during the day, dust, dirt, debris, and other compounds can build up on the surfaces of the lenses. At the end of the day, you should always use a contact lens cleaning solution to thoroughly clean your lenses according to the directions. In addition to cleaning your contacts, don't forget to also regularly clean your contact lens storage case.

Mistake #4: Use Your Contact Lenses Longer than Prescribed

There are different types of contact lenses available—some are daily wear, while others are designed to be worn for one month or several months. In order to preserve your eye health, make sure that you only wear your contact lenses for as long as your eye doctor prescribed. Wearing your contact lenses for longer than they are designed for can cause irritation and introduce harmful bacteria to your eyes. 


1 February 2018