Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses for sports and everyday wear. You can avoid fogged up glasses, expand your peripheral or side vision, wear off-the-rack sunglasses or non-prescription sports goggles, and avoid the annoying “slide down the nose” syndrome. Contacts, however, do take a bit more care than just throwing on a pair of glasses each morning.
Staying out of trouble with contacts starts with being sure you have an accurate fit and prescription by having a complete eye exam every one to two years. If your eyes hurt, become red or your vision changes suddenly then an emergent appointment is indicated as something more serious may be occurring.
As for daily care, start by making sure that your lens case is very clean. Wash it out daily and let it air dry in a clean place. Change the solutions every day. Be sure you are not just using saline to clean your contacts. You need a product that disinfects as well as cleans the contacts to prevent eye infections. In addition, discard the contacts according to the schedule advised by your eye doctor. Finally, NEVER sleep in your contacts as this greatly increases your risk of developing a severe infection called a corneal ulcer.
If your goal is to wake up with clear vision in the morning and avoid taking the time to properly care for your contacts, then you might want to consider seeing my colleague Dr. Martha Jay about LASIK vision correction. As for avoiding problems such as infections and injuries, you may be surprised to learn that we see far more problems in contact lens patients than in those who have had LASIK.
Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He specializes in first time contact lens fits and those with challenges such as astigmatism or exploring bifocal contact lens options. For more eye care information, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.