Monday, 22 December 2008

TIPS - Contact Lens and Eye Care

Image: copyright Jenny Hayden

I found out this week that I now have the all clear to wear contact lenses again. It has been over 3 months since I got an ulcer and had to stop wearing my lenses. My eye now has a permanent scar, but I was lucky; it could have been a lot worse. Your sight is precious and something to be looked after.

I think it is easy to take contact lenses for granted and forget that you really should take great care when wearing them, especially for prolonged periods of time. Here are some reminders...
  • Always visit your optician for regular check ups. They can spot problems that may have no symptoms.
  • Avoid long, sharp finger nails as these can damage both the lens and your eye when inserting and removing the lenses.
  • Don't keep wearing a lens that is scratched or damaged. It can scratch your eye.
  • Avoid inserting lenses after applying your make up.
  • Make sure hair spray and other aerosols don't come into contact with your lenses.
  • Give you eyes regular breaks from lenses by wearing your glasses.
If you are currently wearing monthly disposables why not consider daily lenses. They are much kinder to your eyes as they are thinner and do not collect the dirt and bacteria of monthly lenses as they are thrown away after one use. I was told that coloured lenses are the most likely to cause ulcers. I will avoid these in future, or if I do wear them, it will be for a short period of time only.

If you don't wear lenses, you still need to take care of your eyes...
  • Visit your optician every 2 years even if you don't think your eyes have deteriorated. In addition to a sight test they can evaluate the health of the eye, and even determine more serious health problems.
  • Eye strain can cause headaches and anyone working in front of a computer screen for long periods of time should take care of their eyes. Type in a larger font and take regular screen breaks if you suffer from tired eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses, not only to protect your eyes and sight, but to avoid unnecessary wrinkles caused by squinting. I find them essential when driving as the eyes are having to concentrate quite hard.
  • Keep blinking to keep your eyes moisturised. Use eye drops if it helps but remember that they only stay in date for around 1 month and using them after this time may do more harm than good.
  • Give your eyes a rest from make-up. Choose one day a week to ditch the mascara and eyeliner. Healthy eyes and eyelashes are not constantly caked in products.

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