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Ripped Contact Lens
Soft contact lenses wearers have all experienced the frustration of a ripped contact lens. Most of the time this can be avoided by proper handling, but sometimes a tougher lens brand maybe just what the doctor ordered to help prevent damage to the lens and your eye.
- If your lens is torn in your eye. Wash your hands and lubricate your eye with solution to help bits of the lens from sticking to the surface of the eye. Pull your lower lid down and use the index finger and thumb to remove larger pieces of the lens and look for any remaining smaller fragments. If you can not do this call your eye doctor or find an eye doctor offering emergency eye care to remove the lens fragments and possibly prescribe an antibiotic depending on how much damage was done.
- Do not continue to use a ripped or torn contact lens. This can compromise the cornea and lead to an ulcer, not to mention discomfort and light sensitivity.
- Do not fold or crease the lens. If the lens rolls up or folds over on itself, put it in solution and gently rub the lens which will allow it to unroll and unfold.
- Do not use fingernails. Natural nails or fake tips can cause nicks in the lens which over time will develop into a ripped contact lens.
- The lenses should remain lubricated and moist. a dehydrated lens is easier to tears and rip.
- Is it time for a different lens? Not all contact lenses are equal. Your eye doctor often uses information like your occupation, life style and how well you handle the contacts to make recommendations on which lens maybe best fit for an individual patient. Some lenses are stiffer and others are more flimsy or floppier. The modulus is the determining factor for this the higher the modulus the better a lens holds its shape and often easier for patients to insert. The lower the modulus the the more limp the contact is and tend to be weaker and more dry.
We alway recommend our patients have a pair of back-up glasses available should they damage their eyes and can not wear contact lenses for a period of time. Contact lenses offer us convenience of stable vision, but they do have their cons as well. Our Doctor and staff are here and ready to help. We accept most insurance and vision plans. Call us today (918)893-3769 and allow our staff to check on your benefits. We look forward to serving your family’s eye care needs.
Spooky Halloween Contacts May Lead to a Nightmare for You
As we approach Halloween the sale of theatrical and special effect contact lens interest and sales spike to complete that perfect look. Whether you want the “twilight, zombie or animalistic” look out of a set of contacts, these are still classified as medical devices and must be properly fit by an eyecare professional. Unfortunately the internet is populated with stories people who bought a pair of colored contacts from convenience stores, flea markets or beauty shops, and lost vision, got a major infection or needed to have a cornea transplant.
All contacts are regulated by the FDA and it is illegal to sell any contact lenses without a prescription. This entails ensuring all the parameters of the base curve, diameter, power and the interaction of the contact lens to the ocular tissue. Proper instruction on insertion, removal and care and maintenance is also of great importance to establish safe use of the lenses by a patient.
Misfitting contacts or poorly maintained, over worn contact lenses can cause blindness, injury or serious infection. Pseudomonas and acanthamoeba keratitis are two common infections when using these illegal lenses. These infections due damage fast often within 24-48 hours and leave life long scars.
Even when using properly fit lenses can lead to problems at time and it is so much worse if good hygiene and appropriate replacement schedules and overnight wear or just plain contact lens overwear or abuse occurs. Never share contact lenses or solution and always seek care if your eyes are red, painful, have discharge or and decrease in vision. Time is important, the earlier treatment is begun the better to help prevent scar formation, start pain management, and often obtain a better outcome.
BA Eye Site wishes you a fun and safe halloween. If you should want a specialty set of effect/theatrical lenses allow us to show you what we can get for you. Call (918)893-3769 today and schedule a time to view the special effect contact lenses we offer.
Why daily contact may be the right option for you.
Much like the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” a daily contact lens may be just what the doctor ordered. Often our eyes become red and irritated due to a number of reasons like:
- a buildup of protein deposits from our tear film that coats a lenses after a few days leading to increased discomfort and redness
- a reaction to preservatives in cleaning and disinfecting solutions
- buildup of environmental allergens on the surface of the contacts after a few days of wear
- dryness -some contact lens materials can act as greedy sponges and soak up all your natural tears
- eyelid and contact lens interactions, any buildup on a contact lens can lead to papillary conjunctivitis, which makes contact lenses wear difficult at best.
The benefits of a daily contact are numerous, above all they eliminate nearly all of the above reasons outlined. Since they are replaced daily there isn’t much time to allow a buildup of the biofilm; they are not stored often so not much need for solutions. Nearly all daily lenses options are packed with extra moisturizers designed to provide better protection from dryness, and they are typically thinner since the life of the lens is about 20 hours which helps reduce the lid interaction.
Most contact lens wearers can be converted to daily contacts as they now are available in spherical, multifocals and even for astigmatism. There are numerous designs and manufactures now offering these healthier alternative options.
Price is always a topic and the price for this mode of contact lens wear is improving as lens competition and options are widing. We tell our patients a rough rule of thumb is that they run around a dollar per lens. That is way cheaper than coffee, soda or a gallon of gas. That’s not a bad price for great vision and comfortable eyes.
This mode of contact lenses is our first choice for kids and teens because it has better compliance and hygiene. It is also good for those who choose to mix up their contact lens wear with glasses.
BA Eye Site at 101st between 129 and 145 in Broken Arrow wants to be your family’s eye care provider. We accept most insurance and vision plans. We look forward to hearing from you. (918)893-3769
2500 W New Orleans
Broken Arrow, OK 74011