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What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are medical devices worn directly on the cornea of the eye. Like eyeglasses, contact lenses help to correct refractive errors and perform this function by adding or subtracting focusing power to the eye's cornea and lens. Contacts provide a safe and effective way to correct vision when used with care and proper supervision. They can offer a good alternative to eyeglasses, depending on your eyes and your lifestyle. Over 24 million people in the United States now wear contact lenses. In certain conditions, contact lenses may be considered medically necessary.

Cosmetic contact lenses are used to correct the same conditions that eyeglasses correct:

    Myopia (nearsightedness)

    Hyperopia (farsightedness)

    Astigmatism (distorted vision)

    Presbyopia (need for bifocals)

It is recommended that all patients have a back-up pair of eyeglasses.

There are many types of contact lenses available. The type of contacts you use depends on your particular situation. Your optometrist will be able to help you choose from the following types of lenses.


Soft contact lenses?

    These are the most common type of contact lenses currently prescribed. These lenses are made materials that incorporate water, which makes them soft and flexible and allows oxygen to reach the cornea.

        Daily disposable lenses: Although generally more expensive, they carry a lower infection risk

        Two week or monthly disposable lenses: for daily wear

        Toric contact lenses: Correct moderate astigmatism

       Bifocal contact lenses: can be helpful for patients that need reading and distance correction but may not be right for everyone


Gas-permeable lenses?

    These lenses are also known as "RGPs." They are rigid or "hard" lenses made of plastics combined with other materials—such as silicone and fluoropolymers—that allow oxygen in the air to pass directly through the lens. For this reason, they are called "gas permeable."

For the safety of your eyes, it is recommended that contacts should be removed at bedtime due to risk of infection and risk of contact lens intolerance.

Risk Factors

    Daily-wear lenses should never be worn as extended-wear lenses. Misuse can lead to temporary and potentially sight threatening damage to the cornea. People who wear any type of lens overnight have a greater chance of developing infections of the cornea. These infections are often due to poor cleaning and lens care. Improper over wearing of contact lenses can result in intolerance, leading to the inability to wear contact lenses.

    Gas permeable lenses can potentially scratch the cornea if the lens does not fit properly or if the lens is worn while sleeping. They are also more likely to slide off the cornea and become hidden under the lid.

        Gas permeable lenses traditionally had a reputation for "popping out" of the eye. Newer lens designs have minimized the chance of losing a contact even during vigorous exercise.

        Gas-permeable lenses and soft extended-wear contacts are the most likely to have protein build-up and cause lens-related allergies. Protein build-up results in discomfort, blurring, and intolerance to the lenses. Thus, nightly disinfection becomes imperative andyou may need special cleaning solutions to dissolve the protein.

    Rigid gas-permeable or disposable lenses may be good choices for someone with allergies.


Who should NOT wear contact lenses?

Most people who need vision correction can wear contact lenses. Among the conditions that might keep you from wearing contact lenses are:

    Frequent eye infections

    Severe allergies

    Dry eye (improper tear film)*

    A work environment that is very dusty or dirty

    Inability to handle and care for the lenses properly

Are contacts for you?

Whether or not contact lenses are a good choice for you depends on: Individual needs and expectations

    Patience and motivation during the initial adjustment period to contact lens wear.

    Adhering to contact lens guidelines for wear, disinfecting, and cleaning

    Diagnosis and treatment of conditions that may prevent contact lens wear

How to care for your lenses?

Contact lenses must be properly cleaned and disinfected when you remove them to kill germs and prevent infections

    All contact lens cases- should be cleaned daily and it is recommended that you replace your case every three months

    Never reuse your contact lens solution

    Dispose of contact lens solution in the lens case after each use and let the case air dry

    Do not put your lens in your mouth and then in your eye

    Never use homemade cleaningsolutions as they have been linked to serious eye infections

    Any eye drops, even nonprescription ones, can interact with all types of contact lenses. Use the prescribed brand of solution or check with your optometrist before changing brands


Wear your lenses properly

    Wash your hands with soap prior to handling contact lenses or touching your eye

    Do not share your lenses with someone else

    Do not use fashion lenses (non-prescription color lenses) unless they are fitted by an optometrist

    Do not purchase bootleg lenses

    Wear lenses on the schedule prescribed by your optometrist

    Dispose of your lenses at the interval prescribed by your optometrist


When you notice these symptoms remove you contact lenses and call Dr. Amro Habib

    Your eye is painful

    You are sensitive to light

    Your eye is red for more than two days

    You have discharge from your eye

    You have blurry vision

    Your eye feels scratchy