WEAR CONTACTS? YOU ALSO NEED GLASSES! By Dr. Mark German, Milwaukee Area Optometrist
If you wear contact lenses, you don’t need glasses right? WRONG! First of all, it isn’t healthy for your eyes to wear contact lenses all waking hours. That’s because your cornea (the clear front part of your eye) needs the extra oxygen exposure that the time away from contacts provides in order to fight off infections. But the more important reason to have glasses in addition to contacts is in the event that you have an injury or severe eye infection. A frequent occurrence is the patient seen for a corneal ulcer or another painful eye condition who has no back-up glasses. When you have such a serious eye problem, you absolutely cannot wear contact lenses. That leaves those patients with no way to see while they wait for the problem to improve.
The glasses prescription does not have to be perfect but should be close enough to the appropriate one so you can 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 key points for contact lens wearers is be sure you contact lens case is very clean, not to sleep in the contacts, discard the contacts as directed, and to have a complete eye examination every 1-2 years.
Dr. Mark German is a Milwaukee Area Optometrist with offices in Ozaukee County: Mequon and Saukville. He is part of the Eye Care Team at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. His other colleagues are Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto - both are Eye Physicians and Surgeons (Ophthalmologists).
Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals provides a full array of eye care services including blade-free LASIK, cataract surgery with premium lens implants, glaucoma care, diabetic eye care, macular degeneration care, dry eye treatment and general eye examinations.
Dr. Mark German specializes in general eye care and contact lens fitting. See our web site at www.LakeShoreVision.com for more information. Call 262-241-1919 for an appointment.