Thursday, 6 June 2013
Uncomfortable in Your Contacts?
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Ever feel like something's not quite right with your contact lenses? If so, you're not alone. There's no reason to stop wearing contacts, or to suffer in silence. It's likely that a simple change to your lenses, care products or daily habits will make you much more comfortable. Remember, if your eyes are red, painful, swollen or produce discharge, contact us immediately as it could be a sign of a serious problem. Contact lenses can't be comfortable if your eyes aren't healthy to begin with, and continued contact lens wear can make problems worse-- whether they were caused by lenses in the first place, or are unrelated to lens wear.

One common complaint we hear is: "I can't wear my contacts as long each day as I'd like." End-of-day discomfort has long been a challenge for contact lens wearers. A real breakthrough in this area is silicone hydrogel lenses. These new-generation soft contacts transmit greater amounts of oxygen to the eye than traditional lenses, and some silicone hydrogels are less prone to dehydration. Another strategy is switching to a soft contact lens that has a lower water content than your present lens. High-water lenses sometimes dehydrate more easily in a dry environment, causing discomfort. We can recommend a brand of soft lens designed specifically to reduce dry eye problems.

Another complaint is "I spend a lot of time in dry or dusty environments." Where you wear your lenses can be just as important as how long you wear them. If you work in a dusty place, debris may get caught between your lens and your eye and cause discomfort, even if you can't see it. Frequent application of lubricating or rewetting eye drops that are approved for use with contact lenses can help you feel comfortable. Another remedy is GVSS or orthokeratology, which is the prescription, fitting and use of special contact lenses to reshape your cornea while you sleep, allowing lens-free daytime vision.

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Posted on 06/06/2013 10:20 AM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
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