on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
It may be hard to remember everything you need to know about caring for your contact lenses. While an eye care professional is the best resource when it comes to contact lens care, here are some basic tips :
- Make sure that you wash your hands with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before touching your contacts.
- In order to prevent lens mix ups, insert or remove your contacts in the same order (left then right or vice versa).
- Clean, rinse, and disinfect your contact lenses following the instructions given to you by your eye care practitioner each time you remove them.
- Keep all solution bottles closed when not in use to prevent possible contamination.
- Make sure that you clean your contact lens case daily.
- Every three months, make sure that you replace your contact lens case.
- Before you go swimming, remove contact lenses.
Some things to avoid doing with your contact lenses are :
- Don’t spit on your lenses to clean them.
- Don’t use tap water, bottled water, or salt water made at home to store or clean your lenses. Using them can cause infections.
- Don’t mix different cleaners or drops.
- Don’t allow lotions, creams, or sprays touch your lenses.
- Avoid using eyeliner on the inside of your lower eyelid.
- Avoid wearing your lenses when you are using cleaning products.
- Never wear daily-wear lenses when you sleep (napping counts as sleep).
- Avoid wearing your contact lenses longer than your eye care practitioner advises you to.
If you want to learn more about caring for your contact lenses, check out this
video on our YouTube channel
on Friday, February 24, 2012
As an eye care professional, it is important to consider a variety of factors when recommending the right contact lens. Asking a patient questions such as whether or not he or she has an active lifestyle, works long hours, or even considering a patient’s age are all part of the contact lens selection process. Patients are also starting to become more involved in the process as well. So how does an eye care professional take all of these factors into consideration and relay that information clearly to the patient? Here are some questions every eye care professional should ask :
Does The Patient Have Special Needs?: First, patients need to know more about their special needs. Does the patient have astigmatism? Is the patient a candidate for multifocal lenses? Since these special needs require special lenses such as toric lenses or multifocal lenses, having a patient understand what their needs are will guide them to the right contact lenses. CooperVision has a great YouTube channel resource that can help patients learn more about astigmatism, presbyopia, and multifocal lenses if they want to learn more about their special needs.
What Are The Patient’s Lifestyle Habits?: Learning about how a patient spends a typical day, how long a patient expects to wear contact lenses through the course of the day, or even lifestyle activities can help an eye care professional recommend a contact lens. For example, if an eye care professional learns that a patient may occasionally sleep with their contact lenses in, then the recommendation may differ from a patient who will remove the lenses daily before bed. Once a patient has had their eye exam, it may be helpful to guide patients to a simple quiz about what contact lens would be right for them .
For more information on other eye care topics, feel free to browse our previous On Eye blog posts.
on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Contacts lenses are a safe and reliable way for eye care patients to correct their vision without compromising an active lifestyle. In fact, as we covered in a previous post about contact lenses and sports, the most important reason for younger patients switching contact lenses was because of sports activity However, sports is not the only reason that patients may want to switch from eyeglasses to contacts. Whatever the reason may be, it is important that patients to know what factors to consider when choosing a contact lens with their eye care practitioner.
CooperVision offers a great resource called “The Right Contact Lens For You .” It is a simple questionnaire that patients can use to find out which contact lens can help achieve the best vision, comfort and overall health. It is a great way for patients to start the contact lens conversation with their eye care practitioner.
Here are some other factors that patients should consider :
Astigmatism: As we wrote about in an earlier post , astigmatism is a common refractive error that causes vision to be blurry because the cornea is abnormally curved. If a patient has astigmatism, contacts lenses known as toric lenses may be recommended. CooperVision offers toric lenses in all of our brands: Proclear, Avaira, and Biofinity.
Modality: Contact lenses are typically grouped by how long a contact lens can be worn before it is replaced . This is known as modality. Currently, there are three different modalities for patients and eye care practitioners to choose from.
The first is known as 1 day; or daily disposable contacts. These lenses are worn in the morning by the patient and discarded at night. This is a great modality in terms of convenience for patients. CooperVision offers a 1 day contact lens with the Proclear brand .
The second modality patients can choose from is known as 2 week contacts. Patients who prefer this modality can benefit from a more cost effective alternative to daily disposables . CooperVision offers 2 week lenses with the Avaira brand .
The final modality is the monthly wear contact lens. This is the most cost effective lens and is ideal for patients who can be sure to care for their lenses and be compliant with eye care practitioners’ advice. CooperVision offers a brand in this modality known as Biofinity .
Special Lifestyle Needs: Are you a patient that suffers from dry eyes or allergies? Do you need a contact lens that will remain comfortable from extended wear? Are you planning to sleep with your contact lenses? These are all special lifestyle questions that are important when it comes to selecting a contact lens. For more information on contact lenses, make sure to talk to an eye care practitioner near you.
on Friday, February 17, 2012
While most people know about refractive errors of the eye such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, some eye care patients may ask, “What is astigmatism?” after their eye exam with an eye care practitioner. Astigmatism is a common refractive error that causes vision to be out of focus because the cornea is abnormally curved. While it is not known what causes astigmatism, it is typically present from birth and accompanied with other refractive errors such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. It can even occur after specific types of eye surgery such as cataract surgery.
Astigmatism is commonly diagnosed early in life, so it is important to make sure to be aware of the symptoms and schedule eye exams for younger children. Symptoms that can occur with astigmatism are blurred vision, headaches or eye strain after prolonged tasks such as reading. Astigmatism can be detected during a simple eye exam. The test for astigmatism that an eye practitioner uses is known as a retinoscopy. However, this test is slowly being replaced with an automated refraction.
Astigmatism can be treated in three ways: traditional glasses, surgery and contact lenses. While astigmatism had to be treated with hard contact lenses in the past, it can now be treated with soft toric lenses such as CooperVision’s Biofinity Toric line. CooperVision has created this toric lens for patients with astigmatism with two major benefits. It is made from silicon hydrogel which allows for more oxygen to pass through the eye. It is also our most stable toric design. When a patient with astigmatism wears a toric lens, it is essential that the lens is stable so that when the patient blinks, the lens doesn’t move too much. A toric lens needs to stay in place because there are two different powers in the lens versus a traditional spherical lens which is all one power. Toric lenses must remain in position on the patient’s eye for optimal visual acuity.
Remember, astigmatism is common and simple to detect. So if you want to learn more about astigmatism, ask your eye care professional. For more information on CooperVision’s Biofinity Toric lenses, visit our product page here .