What is a Contact Lens?
Almost 125 million people or 2% of the world population wear contact lenses and two -third are young women. The number of wearer are maximum from North America ( 36) million followed by Asia (24 million). There are over a billion people who suffer from Myopia and this number will grow in the next 10 years. The contact lens comes with many accessories and solutions and all this adds up making the business worth about 12 billion (2015).
Contact lens related dryness is the most frequently encountered problem to discontinue wearing them. About 6% per year will develop some minor problem associated with the use of these lenses. The tips will help you avoid these problems and make these lenses safe for you.
A contact lens
is a thin plastic or silicone disc placed directly on the surface of the eye in front of the cornea to correct an eyesight problem such as nearsightedness
, presbyopia or astigmatism. Some people use contact lens after a cataract surgery.
There are also colored contact lenses for purely cosmetic purposes that can completely change the hue of your eyes.
A prescription from your eye doctor is needed before you can wear them. some training is required initially on how to wear them and instruction on their care should be followed.
There are certain advantages of wearing contact lens when compared with spectacles. Contact lens do not collect moisture when it rains or snows or when you perspire and for this reason alone they are popular for sporting and other outdoor activities. When wearing contact lens you are free to wear sunglasses or apply an eyeliner of your choice. Eye conditions such as keratoconus and aniseikonia are corrected better with contact lenses than with glasses.
Inflammation of corneas is called keratitis and this can be due to allergy or due to infection. Infection of the cornea is the most serious complication and in the worst case it can lead rarely to blindness: if timely corrective measures are not taken. Hence good care of the lenses is a must to avoid both minor or major complications. Here are some of the best tips to take care of your lenses.
Read some Doís and Doníts
while wearing Contact Lens-Doē
Get a prescription for your contact lenses from an experienced eye care professional.ē
Always practice good hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses.ē
Rinse your lenses in the recommended solution before and after use and store them in the prescribed case after use.ē
Clean the lens case with contact lens solution and air-dry it everyday.ē
Use contact lenses
correctly as prescribed by your eye care professional.ē
Replace your lens case at least once a month.ē
If your lenses dry out, soak them in the recommended solution for at least 4 hours before you wear the lenses again.ē
Avoid using eye drops while wearing lenses or check with your doctor before applying it.ē
Use contact lens solution that is prescribed only by your doctor.ē
Discard or discontinue wearing over-aged or damaged contact lenses as they may scratch the eye or cause other eye problems
Contact lenses should be discarded and replaced according to the schedule recommended by the eye care professional. Donítē
Donít use tap water or any other water to clean your lenses or lens case.ē
Donít wet your lens with your saliva. ē
Donít use the lens if it falls on the floor or on any other surface without proper soaking and storing in the recommended solution.ē
Donít continue to wear the lenses if your eyes are feeling irritated or uncomfortable.ē
Donít reuse the solution. Discard and replace with fresh solution each time lenses are stored.ē
Donít wear your lenses while sleeping overnight
Donít wear lenses that are left in the case for more than seven days without cleaning and storing them in fresh solution.ē
Donít switch the solution you use for your lenses without consulting your doctor.ē
Donít share contact lenses or wear any lenses not specified by your doctor.ē
Donít use your lenses in hot tubs, showering or while swimming
Donít skip going for routine eye checkup
recommended by your eye care professional