Published On: December 4, 2012

Contact Lens Wearers Beware

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Basic care in the use, handling, and hygiene of contact lenses can prevent not only simple allergic reactions and damage to the lenses, but also vision loss from corneal ulcers.

Dry climate and temperature variations that come with spring can bring serious discomfort for people who wear contact lens. You can avoid eye problems by following some health guidelines. Despite their simplicity, these procedures are ignored by most people who use contact lenses, whether for aesthetics purposes or for correction for vision defects.

First of all, contact lenses should always be prescribed by an ophthalmologist. Today there are a range of lenses on the market made of different materials, and the ophthalmologist can best advise the patient of the type which suits his or her needs as well as the basic lens care required.

Assuming you’ve acquired appropriately prescribed lenses, contact lenses should be cleaned thoroughly each day and stored in their own solution. Doctor Tania Schaefer of Schaefer Clinic in Curitiba says that neglecting to properly maintain your lenses can cause allergic reactions, infections, and even vision loss. “There is a bacterium found commonly in polluted environments called Pseudomonas aeruginosas, which can cause a corneal ulcer and subsequent loss of eye function in just 24 hours,” the doctor explains.

So don’t take buying colored lenses or the offer of buying contact lenses from an acquaintance lightly. Only your local eye specialist can give you essential information to find a comfortable lens without causing damage to vision. “I’ve had people come to me complaining of discomfort when using lenses, including irritation and red eyes and they often have little information on proper use,” says Dr. Schaefer.

Some tips for the care of contact lenses:

1) Wash your hands before touching your lenses: hand hygiene is a mechanism for prevention and health, not only for your eyes. Hands can carry organisms that may cause severe infections.

2) Saline solution is not suitable for storing lenses, and moreover can be a vehicle of contamination for contact lenses. It contains no preservative properties for proper storage. The exception is for patients with specific allergies, necessitating the use of saline solution to remove the disinfectant. These individuals should use single-use vials for immediate use and not for storage.

3) To effectively remove dirt you should rub your lenses. Some solutions recommend against rubbing, but scientific studies show that the friction causes the depolarization of the electrical charges of the residues on the lens, promoting their removal.

4) Currently there are specific solutions for cleaning and care of contact lenses, and your eye doctor can recommend the most appropriate product for each situation.

{Published in the Journal Opinion Curitiba             Source:]

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