Today’s fast paced technology and innovations have changed the way we live. Everything is designed to fit our lifestyle and same goes with eye care. Most contact lens wearers in the past were limited to the conventional annual replacement contact lens which people usually change in a year or in some cases longer. But as times are changing and technology has taken over the industry, new materials and methods has changed the way we use our contact lenses. Some of the topics listed below will help make a better choice as to what is the lens type for your lifestyle.
Usually most lenses that are worn by patients today are daily wear lenses. What daily wear refers to is that you are not allowed to sleep in your contacts overnight. All contact lenses have pores, small tiny ones, and large enough so oxygen can pass through to your eyes. Well in daily wear contacts the oxygen permeability is just enough so your lens stays comfortable during the hours you are up or during a short nap. That is why it is strong recommended not to sleep in your daily wear lenses.
Lenses that can be worn overnight up to 7 days without taking them off are called extended wear lenses. Usually wearers take a break after seven days to rest their eyes and then wear the lens for 7 days again. Bausch and Lomb are one of the oldest lens manufacturers and pioneers in extended wear lens making technology. What primarily distinguishes extended wear lenses from daily wear is that they allow more oxygen to reach to your cornea.
The FDA approved extended wear lenses in 1981, but still today most practitioners discourage them because of their potential for dangerous organisms, which might enter your eye from your fingers, your eyelids, or the lens care solutions you use, might get lodged under your lens. These organisms can thrive better if your contact lens is not removed nightly, and if the oxygen supply to your eye is reduced because a lens is covering it. These conditions can lead to infections and even serious illnesses.
So is it safe to wear extended wear lenses? Well since the introduction of extended wear lenses a lot has changed. Now most extended wear contacts are also disposables either two week or monthly. Also patients are now wearing their lenses as flexible wear lenses which means they buy an extended wear lens but use it as a daily wear and occasionally sleep in them when they don’t feel like taking the lenses off.
It is important to listen to your eye care professional and follow the instructions that are provided to you. Exposure to smoke, swimming with lenses on and previous red acute reactions might also be risk factors while wearing extended wear lenses. The best way to know your lenses is to listen to your eyes, they should always:
Changing your lenses after every set time period assures your healthy eyes. Once you are using contacts they tend to get dirty with all the pollution in the air or dirt in your lens case or oil from your fingers and even protein deposits in your tears. So it’s best to dispose the lenses and wear a fresh pair at the prescribed time. Most disposable lenses are either two week or monthly disposables. Another advantage is when you buy disposable lenses if during the time when you are wearing lenses you lose or rip your lens that you are wearing you have lenses with you that you can use instead of tying to buy a replacement at that time.
Focus® Dailies® lenses make going from glasses to contact lenses really, really simple. They’re great choice for first time contact lens wearers because they’re a daily disposable contact lens. You just put them on in the morning, and throw them away at bedtime. Then put on a fresh, new pair the next day.
There’s no cleaning, no solutions and no mess – and thanks to the AquaRelease™, Focus Dailies lenses feel good from the instant you put them in to the moment you take them out. If you think you’re ready for Focus Dailies, call us today and schedule and appointment.
Results may vary. See USA Package insert for details. Ask your eye care provider for complete wear, care and safety information.
30 Day Continuous Wear:
No having to plan, no having to pack – NIGHT & DAY® breathable contact lenses can provide up to 30 nights and days of hassle-free vision*.
Your newfound freedom is due to a revolutionary breakthrough in contact lenses. See all of the time without all of the hassles. NIGHT & DAY breathable contact lenses, the contact lenses you can wear continuously for up to 30 nights and days – wherever those 30 nights and days might be. They’re hassle-free so you can be free. No more cleaning and no more taking them in and out, day in and day out.
Night &Day: Dk/t - 175 @ -3.00. Other factors may impact eye health. Ask your eye care provider with complete wear, care and safety information. *Hassle-free refers to the freedom of daily insertion, removal and cleaning up to 30 nights and days.
Contact lenses for Astigmatism:
It used to be a myth. People with astigmatism cannot wear contacts. Well I have good news for all those people out there. Today you have a very large range of manufacturers who are developing lenses for astigmatism also known as Toric Lenses. They are made from the same material as regular spherical lenses the only difference is the design of the lens. Toric lenses have two powers in them, created with curvatures at different angles (one for astigmatism, the other for either myopia or hyperopia).
Properly fitting a toric lens takes more of your eye care practitioner's time and requires more expertise than regular contacts. Therefore you can expect that a fitting for torics will be more expensive than a regular contact lens fitting. The lenses themselves also cost more than spherical lenses. Usually toric lenses are recommended for people who have a astigmatism higher than 0.75, even though sometimes people with even a minimal astigmatism cannot see without toric lenses.
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Contact lenses, even if worn for cosmetic reasons, are medical devices that must be worn under the prescription, direction and supervision of an eye care provider. Serious eye health problems may occur as a result of sharing contact lenses.