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HAVE SWEET DREAMS – DON’T SLEEP IN YOUR CONTACTS by Dr. Mark German, Contact Lens Specialist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

By admin
February 28, 2011

We are all busy people so it may seem logical to save time and trouble by sleeping in your contact lenses.  Some brands even promote this practice.  You may even have done it for years without problems but now is the time to stop.  You risk a severe corneal infection called a corneal ulcer.

The cornea is the clear front part of your eye.  It has no blood supply so must rely on the tear film for oxygen.  When you sleep in contacts not only are you depriving your eyes of oxygen by having your eyes closed, the plastic of the contacts act as an added barrier.  The result is a decreased ability to fight off infections and a possible corneal ulcer.

A corneal ulcer is a very painful penetrating infection on the surface of the eye. The symptoms are pain, blurred vision, redness and light sensitivity.  Once managed with strong antibiotic drops, they may leave a permanent scar on the surface of the eye. These types of infections are rarely seen in healthy people unless they sleep in their contact lenses.

If you do not want to give up the ease of seeing well first thing in the morning, you might want to consider LASIK vision correction.  That way you can simplify your life even more by completely eliminating the contacts! Our Dr. Martha Jay is an expert blade-free LASIK surgeon, call to have a screening exam with her to see if LASIK is a possibility for you.

In the mean time, slow down – take those contacts our every night.  Your cornea will be much happier and so will you.

Visit our web site for more information at or call 262-241-1919

Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist with over 20 years experience in fitting contact lenses and general eye care.  He practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto who are Ophthalmologists.   They offer medical and surgical eye care for patients of all ages including blade-free LASIK, small incision cataract surgery, premium implants for cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration care, dry eye treatment, contact lens fitting and much more.

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) by Dr. Mark G. German, Contact Lens Specialist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon, Wisconsin

By admin
February 7, 2011

While it sounds like quite a mouthful, giant papillary conjunctivits (GPC) is a common eye condition.   It's actually an allergy to contact lenses.   It generally occurs in patients who have worn contact lenses for years.  They come in concerned that their contacts are no longer comfortable and that they have a slight discharge from their eyes.  "But I've worn contacts for years without problems" is their response when told of the diagnosis.  It's precisely that long duration of wear that triggers the condition.

Patients with asthma, hay fever or animal allergies may be at greater risk of developing GPC.  This condition is believed to be a reaction to protein deposits building up on the contact lenses.  The name comes from what we see when we flip the upper eyelid: 1-2 mm bumps called "giant papillae".

The key to treatment is decreased lens wear time, frequent replacement of the contacts and diligent cleaning of the lenses each day.  Disposable contacts help because they are discarded before the protein builds up.  Sleeping in contacts has to stop.  Besides the above, treatments may include allergy drops or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops.  Once the GPC clears up, the patient may want to consider LASIK vision correction to avoid a recurrence.

Are you having problems with your contact lenses?  Or are you due for a thorough eye examination?  We are here to help.

Call for an appointment at 262-241-1919.


Dr. Mark E. German is an Optometrist who practices in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.  He is part of Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals which is a full-service eye care practice with our Ophthalmologist (Dr. Martha Jay) our Optometrist (Dr. Mark German).  Look to them for the latest in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free iLASIK, small incision cataract surgery, premium ReSTOR and Toric cataract lens implants, dry eye treatment, glaucoma treatment, diabetic eye care, contact lens fitting and general eye examinations.

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