YOU NEED CONTACT LENSES AND GLASSES by Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
You don’t need to have glasses if you wear contact lenses, right? WRONG! Actually, it isn’t healthy for your eyes to wear contacts from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep every day. In order to fight off infection, your cornea (the clear front part of your eye) needs the extra oxygen exposure it can only get when you aren’t wearing your contact lenses. Not only is this a good reason to have a pair of glasses on hand, but also in the event of a complication such as a severe eye infection. When you have such a serious eye problem, you absolutely cannot wear contact lenses while you recover. Therefore, 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 while driving and at work or school. Trying to determine your glasses prescription once a severe eye problem has occurred is difficult because your vision is blurred. Furthermore, you are then confronted with the problem of getting your glasses made in a hurry.
So if you cannot find your old glasses, next time you have an eye examination be sure to ask for a glasses prescription - even if you prefer to wear contact lenses. Simply put, it is just part of good eye care and you will certainly be glad you did so in the event of an eye problem. Other keys to healthy contact lens usage include making 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 and Saukville, Wisconsin. For more eye care information call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com