CONTACT LENSES AND GLASSES by Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
If you wear contacts, you don’t need glasses right? WRONG! First of all, it isn’t healthy for your eyes to wear contacts all waking hours. That’s because in order to fight off infection your cornea (the clear front part of your eye) needs the extra oxygen exposure this time away from contacts provides. But the more important reason to have glasses in addition to contacts is if you have an injury or severe eye infection. When you have such a serious eye problem, you absolutely cannot wear contact lenses while you recover. So if you have no back-up glasses you have no way to see while you wait for the problem to improve.
The glasses prescription does not have to be perfect but should be close enough so you can see to drive and go to work or school. Once you have a severe eye problem, that’s not a very good time to determine your glasses prescription as you vision is blurred. Then there is the problem of getting the glasses made. A one-hour optical shop often cannot make bifocals or may not be open at the time of your eye emergency.
So if you cannot find your old glasses, next time you have an eye examination be sure to ask for a prescription for glasses even if you prefer to wear contact lenses. It is just part of good eye care and you will certainly be glad you did so if you develop an eye problem. Other keys to healthy contact lens wearing include: Being sure the contact lens case is very clean; not sleeping in the contacts; discarding the contacts as directed; and having a complete eye examination every 1-2 years.
Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He has 25 years experience treating eye problems for patients of all ages but especially enjoys the challenges of fitting contact lenses for people who have had problems in the past.
For more information about Dr. German, Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals and other eye care topics visit
www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.