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The Downside of Contact Lenses

Contacts are becoming increasingly popular among individuals who need to correct their vision. The appeal of not wearing glasses have led this trend, and many people think they’ll never go back to wearing glasses after trying on their first pair of contact lenses. However, as time goes on, they might be noticing some negative effects of wearing contacts that may lead them to seek out other options.

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Dry Eyes

When wearing contact lenses, the quantity of tears that your eye is absorbing is greatly reduced. Instead, those tears are being absorbed the by the contacts! The lack of moisture leads to unpleasant dry eye symptoms, like itchiness, redness and a burning sensation in your eyes. If your eyes become way too dry, your cornea can even become scarred – which is very painful.

Medication Complications

The combination of using contact lenses and some medications, especially birth control pills, can result in chronic dry eye and irritation. When taking birth control, for example, and wearing contact lenses, the tear film in your eye can become damaged. The tear film consists of three main layers that work together to protect, bathe and nourish your eye. The combination of birth control and contacts can upset the balance among the three layers, causing you to feel a gritty sensation in your eye and a burning feeling due to excessive tearing.

Decreased Corneal Reflex

Contact lenses use may cause diminished corneal reflex in your eye. The corneal reflex is responsible for making sure that we close our eyes if something is threatening them, like an object flying towards your eye or someone trying to poke you. It is a protective mechanism signaled by the brain to your eyelids, telling them to close whenever any pressure is applied to the cornea.

Constant use of contacts can cause your body to ignore the corneal reflex, or may dull the body’s response to it. This can lead to all different types of eye damage because your eyes did not close fast enough.

Corneal Abrasion

Your contacts have the possibility of scratching your cornea if not fitted properly or when your eye becomes too dry, causing a corneal abrasion. You also increase your chance of a corneal abrasion when sleeping in your contacts or if you are carelessly inserting or removing them. Besides just the pain and uncomfortableness of a corneal abrasion, you might also get an infection because the abrasion creates an opening for bacteria and viruses.

Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis

Wearing contact lenses greatly increases your risk of developing conjunctivitis or a sty, especially if you sleep in them. Contacts provide a moist environment that acts as breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. And since less oxygen reaches your cornea when wearing the contacts, your body cannot fight off the infection as effectively as it could.

Ptosis

A condition where your eyelids start to droop, ptosis can lead to the affected person not being able to open their eyes fully. The contact lenses can move into the eyelid tissue, causing scarring and contraction.

What You Can Do

First, you can start wearing your contact lenses less, and use your glasses more regularly – at the very least make sure to always clean your lenses and do not sleep in them. However, if you are one of the many people that switched to contact lenses to stop wearing your glasses, there is another option for you: Lasik surgery. This surgery is done to correct your vision, and frees you from having to wear your glasses or contacts. For this reason, it is a good idea to talk to your eye doctor about the undergoing the procedure.

LASIK in Orange County

If you are having concerns about wearing your contact lenses, make sure to contact Dr. Ghosheh and the team of dedicated eye care experts at Advanced Eye Medical. We offer a number of services for patients who are suffering poor vision or eye diseases/conditions, including LASIK in Orange County. Our experienced team of optometrists and ophthalmologists deliver clearer vision and a high level of customized care for our patients.

How to Choose the Right Contact Lenses

There are many things to take into consideration when deciding which contact lenses you want to purchase. Here’re some tips for choosing the best and safest option for your eyes.
First, you have to choose between soft or hard contacts, though 9 out of 10 contact wearers opt for the soft version. Hard contacts are best for people with astigmatism, or that may have a disorder that causes protein to form on the lenses.

Contact Lens Options

Daily Wear Contacts
Daily wear contacts are the most inexpensive contact option. Daily wear contacts have to be taken out every night to be disinfected and replaced on a set schedule which can range from every two weeks to every three months.

Disposable Contacts
Disposable contacts can be quite costly because you need a new pair every day. They require no maintenance and are one of the most convenient choices for contact wearers. Disposable contacts can be replaced every week or every month. Disposable contacts are ideal for those who suffer from allergies.

Extended Wear Contacts
Extended wear contacts can be worn overnight and only need to be disinfected once a week. However, most eye care professionals agree that you should not wear your contacts overnight because they deprive the eyes of oxygen and make them susceptible to infection.

Color Change Contacts
Color change contacts can completely change the color of your eyes. You can find these in either prescription contacts or just wear them for cosmetic purposes.

Toric Contacts
These contact lenses are usually more expensive than others because they are designed to correct astigmatism.

Multifocal Contacts
These lenses correct presbyopia, which is an eye condition that develops as people get older. This condition is characterized by not being able to bring close things into focus.

Safety tips to keep in mind when purchasing contact lenses:
Don’t buy a box of contact lenses if the seal is broken. This may indicate that the box has been opened, and the lenses may have been tampered with.

Exercise caution when purchasing contact lenses online. Make sure you always buy from a reputable company that features brand name products. The website should also confirm your prescription with your eye doctor. And when the lenses arrive, make sure each package has your correct prescription listed on the label.

Be sure to use a current prescription written by your eye care professional, remember that prescriptions are only good for a year from the date they were written.

Even cosmetic or theatrical contact lenses should only be purchased after consulting an eye care professional. While cosmetic and theatrical contact lenses can be bought everywhere costume stores to beauty salons it is important for them to be fitted by an eye care professional. In addition, you should visit the eye doctor regularly after you begin wearing these contacts in order to avoid developing infections and other issues.

Now that you know how to choose the right contact lenses, be sure to put these tips into practice the next time you pick out a pair. If you have any further questions about choosing the right contact lenses, we would be happy to assist you. To schedule an appointment, visit laserforeyes.com.

Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted?

Two of the most common eyesight problems are nearsightedness and farsightedness. Both conditions can cause long-term vision impairment and are considered refractive disorders. Also known as myopia, nearsightedness causes objects that are far away to be viewed as blurry. Farsightedness, know as hyperopia, causes nearby objects to appear blurred. Both conditions, which are very common, are caused by an elongation of the eyeballs, that occurs naturally with age, and prolonged use of the eyes, but also can be genetic among children.

Keep in mind that when you are either nearsighted or farsighted, you are only affected to a certain extent. Because myopia and hyperopia occur on different levels, this will also affect your prescription for either eyeglasses, contact lenses or both. While only a medical professional will be able to determine and diagnose if you are near-sighted or far-sighted , there are ways to tell what your particular refractive disorder you have. Here are the best ways to determine if you are near-sighted or far-sighted.

How To Tell If You’re Near-Sighted

Pediatricians regularly have children read a sequence of shrinking letters off a chart in their offices for this specific reason. You’re probably familiar with this test. These charts are called a Snellen or Tumbling E -chart. Fortunately, the test associated with these charts can be found online, although a medical professional can only make the final diagnosis. If you are unable to determine the sequencing of letters on the chart, in a readable order, it is possible that you have myopia.

How To Tell If You’re Far-Sighted

Determining if you are far-sighted also involves the same method of testing. To test yourself for this refractive disorder, you will need to find an online, sight-testing, chart where the texts in each line appears smaller. An eye with normal focusing ability should be able to read each individual line without experience any blurriness or discomfort. If you are unable to do so, you may hyperopia, and should seek a medical eye exam immediately to determine if you need reading glasses. If you do, a true medical examination will be able to not only determine whether you have hyperopia, but also what strength of reading glasses you will need. Luckily, being far-sighted is the less serious and more common of the two conditions, but both the onset of myopia and hyperopia can be corrected with proper eyeglasses or contact lenses as prescribed by a medical professional.

If you are experiencing any eye-sight issues, feel free to Dr. Ghosheh, today, at 1-888-439-6565. To schedule a consultation, or appointment, go to laserforeyes.com.

Should I Discard My Dirty Contact Lenses?

It is important to keep your contact lenses clean in order to keep your eyes safe. However, if your contact lenses have, somehow, become dirty, you might be unaware of what you should do to keep your eyes healthy. There is a way to keep, both, your investment and your eyes safe. Here is a list of best practices to follow if you’re facing the dilemma of having dirty contact lenses.

Carry Cleaning Solution

It is important not to use tap water, or any other foreign liquid, to clean dirty contact lenses, as they can cause severe eye infections. It is important to keep bacteria, microorganisms and abrasive chemicals as far away from your eyes as possible. If you already carry saline drops along with you to combat dry eye, or the morning irritation that some contact wearers experience, you can simply use these drops to clean your dirty lens as well. If you do not currently carry saline drops, solution or cleaner with you, it is advisable to keep an emergency bottle on hand in case you your lens become dirty. If you’re unsure whether your favorite solution or cleaner comes in travel sizes, contact us and we’ll be sure to let you know. Also, be sure to inspect the lens for any tears, scratches, dirt or imperfections before putting it back on your eye.

Clean with Caution

Be sure to clean your lens carefully. Place your lens in the palm of your hand and rinse it with sterilizing solution, moving it around with your fingertip. Be sure only to use your fingertips and never touch your lens with your fingernails. After 15 to 30 seconds of soaking is will be safe to put it back on your eye.

In Case of Emergency

In the event that you lose the lens or are unable to clean the one that became dirty, it’s important to keep a spare pair of glasses handy. That way, if you have to do anything that requires corrected vision, such as driving or reading, you will be prepared.

Soak your Lens Overnight

While washing off your dropped lens in solution or cleaner and inspecting it for dirt or damaged should make it safe enough to wear, it is also advisable to soak the lens overnight. This is especially true if you dropped your lens in a public place, or in a place that is particularly germ filled such as your kitchen counter. Soaking your lens overnight is sure to disinfect any lingering germs you may have missed during your initial, emergency, wash.

Now that you know what to do in the event that your contact lens become dirty, you will be better prepared to protect your lens and your eyes. If your are experiencing issues with your eyes or prescription lenses, or have any questions and concerns, of any kind, feel free to contact Dr. Ghosheh, today, at 1-888-439-6565.

How To Properly Remove Stuck Contact Lenses

If you wear contacts, at some point, you might run into the problem of having your contact stuck in your eye, which is unfortunately an excruciating and all too common occurrence. This can happen when you are wearing a soft contact lens that is adjusted to your vision and your lifestyle. However, if the soft contact lens is more moist than the cornea of your eye, then there is a chance that it may get stuck. Fortunately, there are a number of methods that you can use to dislodge a soft contact lens from your eye. Here are three great steps for removing soft contact lenses that get stuck in your eye.

Wash Your Hands Thoroughly

Lack of moisture in your cornea is one of the common ways contacts can get stuck in your eyes. Once you have wet your hand, you can then feel comfortable touching your eye and determining where the soft contact lens is located in your eye. Make sure to use soap and warm water to rid your fingertips of bacteria, and keep your fingers moist, as you fiddle with your eye.

Locate the Lens

After your hands are thoroughly wet, it is now time to find if the lens is stuck in your cornea or off the center of your eye. To determine this, lift up your eyelid and take a look in the mirror. Sometimes, if the lens has moved to the corner of your eye, you will be able to see it straight away. If not, your best bet is to attempt to look in the opposite direction of where you believe the lens has fallen. If your vision is blocked when you look in the opposite direction, it is likely that the lens is the culprit.

Dislodge the Lens

Once you have determined if the lens is stuck in the center of your eye, or off to the center, it will be ready for removal. To remove the lens, you should rinse it, and your eye, for a few seconds with saline solution or multipurpose contact lens solution, to wash it out. Afterwards, close your eye and gently massage your eyelid until you feel the lens start to move. It may take up to 15 minutes for the lens to become re-hydrated, but once its moist, you should be able to take it out as your normally would. If the lens is still stuck in your eye after this, try putting in a fresh contact lens and blink your eye. If done properly, this can help to draw out the stuck lens into the new lens, which can then be easily removed.

If you find that none of these techniques have worked for you, contact doctor Ghosheh, immediately, and have either the doctor of a technician remove the lens for you.

Can I Get an Infection From Unclean Contacts?

Although millions of individuals use contact lenses safely everyday, they are not without certain risks, particularly that of an eye infection. The most common cause of eye infections, from contact lenses, is keratitis. Also known as cornea inflammation, Keratitis occurs when the clear tissue on the front of your eye becomes swollen, and can happen if you leave your contact lenses in for an extended period of time. There are other ways that you can contract keratisis, such as dry eyes and injury, but they are broad and can range from herpes, fungus and bacteria, and sometimes unknown factors.

Fungal Keratisis Causes

That being said, the most common form of keratisis is fungal, and is caused by the fungi known as Fusaria. Fusaria are common fungi that can be found in the soil, in water or on the cellulose layer of plants, and is particularly found in warmer climates. Fusaria can develop on contact lenses if they are exposed to excessive moisture or plant residue, whether you are wearing them or not. It can also transfer from your contact lenses into your cornea, if there is an existing superficial injury, such as a cut or scratch.

Fungal Keratisis Symptoms

While fungal kertasis is a serious condition, there are several tell-tale signs that you may have this condition. Symptoms can range from sudden pain in the eye, to excessive tearing or any discharge from your eyes. If you think you have experienced any symptoms of fungal keratisis from your contact lenses, such as eye redness, reduced vision or excessive light sensitivity, you should see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Treatment must begin as to prevent blindness or other serious damage to you cornea, and you should also remove and clean your contact lenses, just in case.

Fungal Keratisis Treatment

Once you visit your ophthalmologist, he or she will have several recommendations after they determine if you have fungal keratisis. First among those will be anti fungal eye drops and oral medications, which in most cases will be sufficient to quell your symptoms. However, if the fungal infection is too far along, your ophthalmologist may recommend surgery, and if it is severe enough, you may have to have a corneal transplant. Fortunately, this surgery has a high success rate and will replace the damaged cornea tissue, with healthy cornea, tissue given by a donor.

However, corneal transplant surgery is a last resort and can be avoided if you regularly clean, store and hygienically handle your contact lenses. If you have any questions about this disease, or how you might be affected, you should contact us today for advice, and preventative steps, so you can avoid this serious medical condition.