When Should You Get Contact Lenses

Up to 40% of contact lense wearers don’t replace their lenses within the manufacturer’s recommendations. The two biggest reasons are because of forgetfulness and an effort to save money. Another reason is surprisingly that vision care professionals are providing incorrect information. We urge you to talk with our Calgary Optometrists so you clearly understand when your contacts should be replaced.

In a recent survey it was found the biggest offenders were the two weeks contact lense wearers who reported a whooping 52% going over the recommendations. Next, it was 28% of one month lenses, however the daily disposables seem to understand the risks at only 12% going over recommendations.

Serious complications can result from overuse:

Corneal Ulcers- A burning pain in the eye caused by contact lense overuse. These ulcers are actually open sores on the eye and can also lead to eye infections.

Dry eyes- When contacts are worn for too long the build up of debris can cause the cornea to lose sensation, the result of this is dry eyes. A very irritating and sometimes painful condition.

Eye Infections- The leading cause of Keratitis, a serious infection of the cornea, is wearing old contact lenses. Many other eye infections can occur from wearing degraded contacts lenses.

Even with proper cleaning and storage of your contact lens, the plastic will have protein and lipid deposits with regular use. If left for too long these lenses that are coated and crusted with debris will begin to erode the lense, causing problems in your eyes. Also keep in mind, different people have different amounts of by-products in their tears, as some deposit a high amount of protein.

This is information to discuss with our Optometrists, as these contact lense wearers are at a much higher risk of complications. Complications with your vision can be life altering, take care of your eyes and replacing your contacts properly is so easy to do.

 

Contact Lenses or Glasses: Which is Better?

Do you prefer wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses? Torn between the two? Read on to know which is more appropriate for you. Both options have pros and cons, and it all comes down to your preference.

Contact Lenses

Pros

  • When it comes to eye care, technology has been steadily advancing – current contact lenses are more effective and comfortable as compared to the previous ones
  • Prescription contacts can be customized to suit your needs with various colours and even anti-glare tints
  • You won’t be experiencing that fogged up glasses anymore when you go inside a warm room from the cold
  • Take away the need to have prescription sports eyewear for active individuals
  • Provide a wide range of view and peripheral vision due to its perfect fit

Cons

  • Too much comfort in wearing them can make you forget that you have them in your eyes, which may result in severe irritation for long periods
  • To maintain the durability and overall function of the contacts, daily maintenance is vital
  • Contact lenses can intensify the straining and dryness of over-worked or sensitive eyes
  • Touching around and inside of the eyes can be hard for some individuals using contacts

Though they partially cover, contact lenses are not great at inhibiting dust or other foreign particles from going in the eyes.

Eyeglasses

Pros

  • They provide sufficient protection against environmental elements and foreign stuff
  • Frames offer a good way of expressing yourself and provide an added style to your look – as a matter of fact, a lot of people wear frames without prescriptions to improve their looks or add highlight to their getup
  • If you have steady prescriptions and good at maintaining them, your glasses are economical over the a long time
  • Wearing eyeglasses doesn’t require you to touch your eye, which decreases the risks of irritation or getting an infection

Cons

  • Frames can cause discomfort in the bridge of your nose and on your ears, particularly if you’re wearing them for long periods
  • The lenses of your eyeglasses can be obscured by environmental forces such as cold weather, oily skin, and humidity
  • Strong prescriptions may change your face or eyes
  • It can be hard to look for appropriate frames for specific face shapes
  • Eyeglasses can limit peripheral vision, which can be more limited due to big or fashion frames

So, which is suitable for you? Contacts, eyeglasses, or both? As you can see, there are several crucial factors to consider when choosing between the two. So, weigh your options carefully. If you need help deciding, visit our Calgary optometrists today, and they will be more than happy to enlighten you with any questions or concerns you might have.

At What Age Can My Child Wear Contact Lenses?

The decision to get contact lenses for your child is one to be made between you, your child, and your optometrist. Many parents wonder whether their child has to be a certain age before they can wear contact lenses, but the truth is that contacts can be used by kids of very young ages, including infants and toddlers–but they are not ideal for everyone.

Here are a few factors to take into consideration as you decide whether contact lenses are the ideal eye care solution for your child.

Is your child capable of and willing to keep the lenses clean and well cared for?

Many optometrists find that kids are diligent in the cleaning and care of their contact lenses–even more so than adults are. Whether your child is ready to take on this responsibility will ultimately be decided upon by your optometrist, who will not prescribe contact lenses if a child is not ready for them or they will not benefit from their usage. And if your child ends up showing they aren’t yet ready to wear contact lenses, the optometrist will be willing and able to unprescribe them.

Is your child nearsighted?

If your child has myopia–that is, they are nearsighted–some specialized contact lenses could help to decrease the speed of eye growth. This is beneficial because it is this growth of the eyes that increases myopia–so a slowing down of the progressive growth can help.

Does your child participate in active activities?

Wearing glasses while playing sports can lead to injury, even if the lenses are of high quality–broken frames can be a hazard. On top of this, glasses don’t allow your child to use their peripheral vision to the best of their ability.

Contact lenses can help with both of these concerns, and they can even make it possible for your child to wear protective goggles if this would increase their safety in whatever activity they are participating in.

Will your child’s self-esteem improve if they begin wearing contact lenses?

Being a kid or teenager is tough, with many of them dealing with concerns about fitting in and achieving the confidence they need to reach their goals. If contact lenses will help them with this, and they are otherwise capable of taking care of them, then a prescription may be an ideal option.

Contact our optometrists to learn more about contact lens solutions for your kids.

How To Insert Contact Lenses

Properly inserting your contact lenses is an important factor contributing to the health of your eyes and the longevity of your contacts. At first the insertion process may seem a bit tricky, however over time and with daily practice, you will find it becomes an easy step in your morning routine.

Wearing contacts, opposed to glasses, can be far more convenient in certain professions, and while playing sports that already require protective eye gear. For this reason, it’s an important skill to master, and like any skill, it takes time to develop. Below is our step by step guide to inserting contact lenses properly.

WASH HANDS

The first step in the insertion process is washing your hands with soap and warm water. Washing your hands is a crucial step in guaranteeing debris left on your hands does not end up irritating your eyes or damaging your contacts.

DRY HANDS

Make sure that you have thoroughly dried your hands. This will ensure accuracy and avoid slippage when inserting your lenses.

PICK UP FIRST CONTACT

Using your dominant hand, remove the first contact from your case carefully. Balance the contact on the tip of your finger and ensure it looks like a bowl, as pictured in the image above. If the contact has folded edges, it is inside out. If this occurs, it’s best to put your contact back in your solution for a few seconds before attempting to unfold it.

BROW LIFT

Once you have your contact comfortably placed on the tip of your dominant hand’s index finger, use your non-dominant hand to place two fingers underneath your eyebrow and gently lift your eyelid up, allowing ease and visibility when inserting your contact lenses.

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Using the middle finger of your dominant hand, carefully pull down your lower lid, while maintaining a steady hand so that your index finger on the same hand does not drop the contact. Gently line up the contact with the iris of your eye and place it gently. If the contact is not aligned properly, simply slide the contact so it fits nicely over the iris.

BLINK

Gently blink your eye to remoisten, and assess the comfort. If you feel any discomfort after the contact has been placed in the eye, simply follow steps 3-7 in this article on how to safely remove a contact lense, and try again after it has had a few minute to sit in your solution. Once you have inserted your first contact comfortably, repeat these steps for the second one.

Great job! You have just successfully inserted your contact lenses. Like most things, practice makes perfect, so it’s important to always remain calm and attempt this procedure in a well-lit room and in front of a mirror to guarantee success.

Contact us if you are looking for or require contact lenses.

How To Remove Contact Lenses

Properly removing your contact lenses is an important factor contributing to the health of your eyes and the longevity of your contacts. After all, you want to be able to see the Flames beat the Oilers or the Calgary Stampede next summer. We all want to see those things with clarity so here’s our steps on how to remove your contact lenses.

At first the removal process may seem a bit tricky, however over time and with daily practice, you will find it becomes an easy step in your nightly routine. Below we have provided a step by step guide for removing your contacts safely and with ease.

Once you have filled up your contact case with fresh solution or saline, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Washing your hands is a crucial step in guaranteeing debris left on your hands does not end up irritating your eyes or damaging your contacts.

DRY HANDS

Make sure that you have thoroughly dried your hands. This will ensure accuracy and avoid slippage when your figures make contact with your lenses.

Using your non-dominant hand, place your fingers underneath your eyebrow and gently lift your eyelid up to allow for ease and visibility when removing your contact lenses.

GESTURE

With your dominant hand’s index finger and thumb, make a “pinching” gesture. This will allow you to control the contact and ensure safe removal on your first attempt.

Place your thumb and index finger on either side of the contact lens and slide it down toward the white of your eye for ease of removal.

Gently pinch the contact and remove it from the eye, perpendicular to your body. Try to keep your eye still during this process, so the contact is easy to obtain.

It is common for your contacts to become folded using this method. If that occurs, simply unfold your contact with the same finger you used to remove it, and place it in your case. If your contact is stubborn and remains folded, simply place it in your solution to let it rehydrate. You should have no trouble unfolding it after a few minutes. Contacts must be stored in solution unfolded to ensure proper sterilization. Make sure to follow the instructions on your solution/saline label for best results.

Great job! You have just successfully removed your contact lenses. Like most things, practice makes perfect, so it’s important to always remain calm and attempt this procedure in a well-lit room and in front of a mirror to guarantee success.

Contact us if you are looking for or require contact lenses in Calgary.