People might think of a contact lens as “one size fits all”. Easy to confuse something sold on the internet and in mall kiosks during Halloween as ‘customized’. The truth is, contact lenses come in various sizes, shapes, materials and can range from daily disposable (discarded daily) to lenses that are cleaned daily and kept for a month or more. Dr. Landrio must keenly evaluate many parameters before dispensing a contact lens. One important factor to consider is that contact lenses reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches the corneas (front surface of the eye). A perfect fit is essential in maintaining an acceptable level of oxygenation and thereby minimizing the risk of infection.
To prevent infections:
1.Practice good hygiene. Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts.
2. Remove your contacts before you go to sleep. Don’t sleep in your contacts unless you are wearing lenses that are approved for extended wear usage. Using a daily disposable makes your nighttime routine just a little quicker and easier.
3. Minimize contact with water. Remove your contact lenses before you bathe, swim or use a hot tub.
4. Take care with contact lens solutions. Use only commercially prepared, sterile products designed specifically for the type of contact lenses you wear. Discard the solution in the contact lens case each time you disinfect the lenses, and don’t “top off” old solution that’s already in the case.
5. Consider daily disposable contacts – thrown out at the end of the day!
‘Rub and rinse’ your lenses. If you are not using daily disposable contacts, gently rub your lenses while you’re cleaning them, even if you choose no-rub solution.
Consider daily disposable contacts. To make your routine and air travel easier; no solutions needed. Disposing of contacts on a DAILY basis can minimize the risk of infection, increase comfortable wearing time and allow for intermittent contact lens use without concern.
6. Replace contact lenses and cases as recommended. Follow manufacturer guidelines for replacing your contact lenses — and replace your contact lens case every three to six months.