on Friday, May 4, 2012
Contact lenses are normally comfortable for patients to wear, but contact lens discomfort can occur. Contact lens discomfort may be caused by a poor fit with the contact lens, dry eye syndrome, environmental allergens, or an underlying condition. An eye care professional can typically assess what the issue of contact lens discomfort is and help to find a solution.
Patients should always care for their lenses, follow a proper maintenance, and replacement schedule. However, even with a consistent regimen, contact lens discomfort may happen from time to time. Some symptoms of contact lens discomfort are:
- Red eyes
- Itchy or burning sensation
- Tearing of the eyes
- Painful swollen eyelids
- Foreign body sensation
- Blurred vision
- Dry eyes
If a patient is experiencing any of these symptoms or any discomfort, he/she should contact an eyecare professional. An eyecare professional can tell if the issue be resolved easily, or if it is part of an underlying condition of the eye. It is important to talk to an eye care professional because sometimes a minor issue can turn into a more serious eye condition if left untreated.
However for immediate relief from contact lens discomfort, here are some tips for patients:
- Remove the contact lens.
- Inspect the contact lens for any rips or tears. Don’t reinsert in the eye if there are any rips or tears. Contact an eye care professional.
- If the contact lens has an eyelash, dirt, or foreign body, simply clean the lens, rinse and disinfect it. Reinsert the lens back in the eye. If the contact lens still feels uncomfortable, remove the lens immediately and contact an eye care professional.
CooperVision has a variety of options for comfortable contact lens wear. For more information, contact an eye care professional to learn more about options for comfortable contact lens wear.
on Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Most patients know it is important to protect their skin from the sun, but what about their eyes? Eye damage from the sun can affect surface tissues and internal structures such as the cornea and the lens. Short term eye damage from the sun can cause a temporary but painful burn to the cornea called photokeratitis. Long term eye damage may cause cataracts, pterygium, pinguecula, and cancer.
Children are especially vulnerable to sun damage to the eyes. Almost half of the time an adult spends outside during his/her lifetime is spent during childhood years. Children are more likely to suffer sun damage to the eyes because the lenses on their eyes are thinner, allowing more of the damaging rays to reach the retina at the back of the eye.
The good news is that patients can prevent eye damage from the sun with UV protection incorporated into eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses. Contact lenses can incorporate UV-blocking optical materials that can offer added protection because they can filter out UV rays that stray past hats and sunglasses. CooperVision offers contact lenses with a UV tint, but remember to use these handy sun protection tips for more complete UV protection:
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection
- Use sunscreen
- Wear a wide brimmed hat
- Stay out of the sun
- Make sure kids are protected too
If patients have questions about eye conditions related to sun damage, they should talk to an eyecare professional. Patients can locate an eyecare professional here