Contact lenses for Halloween! You bet. Alot of people want to dress up including their eyes for that scary look. Contact lenses that change your eye color have been around a long time. In the past few years some companies have started making contact lenses for Halloween. Most people don’t know that all contact lenses, including those that are only intended to change the appearance of the eye. require a prescription from an eye doctor.
The reason is that contacts are an FDA approved medical device that has to undergo numerous tests for patient safety. That takes years and lot of R and D. Only then can contacts be fit by only by an eye doctor.
Although not a regulatory enforcement entity, the AOA takes seriously its central mission of serving as a resource to the public for reliable and current information related to eye and vision care, as well as safeguarding patients’ eye health. These concerns put these contacts render violations with the industry enforcement agency, the FTC, helps put these concerns under federal spotlight.
These sales potentially put patients at risk for sight-threatening complications. It’s a matter of public safety.”
Resources for doctors of optometry
An estimated 45 million Americans wear contact lenses, which provide many vision benefits provided they are worn safely. With Halloween a few short weeks away, the observance presents an opportunity for doctors of optometry to warn patients about the perils of purchasing decorative contact lens without prescriptions.
Decorative lenses are particularly popular among young adults and teenagers as accessories to their costumes. Don’t buy easily accessible decorative contact lenses from street vendors, salons and beauty supply stores, boutiques, flea markets, seasonal retailers, convenience stores and internet sites that don’t require prescriptions.
The danger of purchasing contact lens at these locations? No prescriptions are required, putting the public’s eye and vision health at risk.
Optometrists are growing increasingly concerned about the risks for patients. Allergic reactions or bacterial eye infections from contaminated, poorly fitted decorative lenses can occur rapidly, causing a painful corneal ulcer or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, which could lead to irreversible sight loss. The AOA regularly underscores the essentialness of annual, comprehensive eye examinations.
You think you may want to wear contact lenses so you need to go to an eye doctor and have your eyes examined. Contact lenses are great for someone’s peripheral vision. They shouldn’t be worn in place of a glasses prescription or all of your waking hours but they are a great addition to glasses. Some people just don’t like wearing glasses. Contact lenses are a great vision correction option.
Many people wear contact lenses. Most everyone wears disposable contacts. Since contact lenses may cause eye infections, disposable contacts may help reduce eye infections because they are generally cleaner because they are changed often. Daily wear disposable contacts are great for sports or the person who doesn’t like cleaning their contacts or doesn’t wear contacts very often. It’s great both standard disposable contacts and daily wear disposable contacts are available for patients with astigmatism and even bifocal contacts. Your eye doctor should make sure that he has checked your overall health and your eye health before determining if you are a good candidate to wear contacts.
In our office, when a contact lens patient is needing an exam, they usually want more contact lenses. We find that life styling a patient is so important. We find out what their vision needs are and what health histories there may exist for them or members of their families. Health histories like diabetes may cause eye wounds and irritations to heal slowly. This is one health example that precludes someone from wearing contacts usually. So, some patients are not good candidates for contact lenses.
Who are good candidates for contact lenses?
Patients with high prescription corrections
Patients who don’t or can’t wear glasses for sports or physical activities
Kids who play sports
People who don’t like the way they look in glasses
Daily wear disposable contacts for people who don’t want to clean their contacts
What patients are not good candidates for contacts?
Patients who sleep in their contacts
People who do a lot of close work on digital screens or phones
People with dry eyes
Diabetics and other health related problems
People who have frequent eye infections
People who take alot of medications or certain medications
Dry work environments or parts of the country
People who expect the same clarity of vision that their glasses provide
Should you wear glasses if your wear contacts?
Definitely, because our eyes don’t breathe with contact lenses if they are worn too much.
If you get an eye infection you need glasses so your eyes can heal.
Digital devices may affect the health of your central vision if you only wear contacts because they don’t absorb the UV exposure
Eyes work harder to focus when you wear contacts and may cause your vision prescription to get worse
Think about your eye health. Make sure your eyes are examined yearly so you can tell your eye doctor how you function visually day to day. Many people assume that unless they need more contacts or glasses they don’t need to have their eyes examined. You should have your eyes examined yearly even if your contacts or glasses are working fine. Visual health and prevention of macular disease from blue light from our electronic devices needs to be monitored in an eye exam by your eye doctor yearly.
Contact lenses are great vision correction but make sure your eye doctor approves. Make sure if you wear contact lenses you should protect your eyes from damaging UV rays by wearing good polarized sunglasses.
Come to Eyewear Gallery to ask questions you might have about contacts lens vision correction options and/or glasses lenses options that might work. Schedule An Appointment!
Are Contact lenses safe for your eyes? Many of us love the freedom of Contact Lenses but are they safe for your eyes? People like to wear contacts for their appearance and some patients with high prescriptions like them for the peripheral vision that they provide. Some people want to wear contacts to have some freedom from glasses. Ask yourself, how well do contacts work for my work vision, my play or chill time? Contact lens wear is not limited to teens and younger people. Contact lens technology offers those who need bifocals to wear bifocal contact lenses.
Contact lenses are approved by the FDA as a medical device. They must be fit by an eye doctor. Your eye doctor should only fit you in contacts if he has done several tests todetermine the health of your eyes. He should inform you whether your eyes are healthy to wear contacts. Did you know that when someone has worn contact lenses for 20 years, their eyes health ages about 20 years over their own age?
HAZARDS TO YOUR VISION
Blue light has been researched and talked a lot about lately. We are finding that blue light comes in condensed forms from all of our electronic devices and even our home and office lighting. This type of light may cause macular degeneration. Symptoms may be dry eyes, blurry vision, headaches as well as neck and back pain. Contact lenses don’t block the blue light and may cause some eyestrain.
NEW LENS TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS
There is now new technology in lenses made for glasses that are fully protective from damaging blue light exposure. These lenses are recommended for electronic device usage and are more protective for your eyes than contacts. Blue light protection is also very important when we are outside; which may be found in polarized or non polarized sunglasses whether we wear contacts or do not.
Kids, tweens, adolescents and adults should enjoy the new technologies provided by contact lenses. Contacts should be worn on a daily wear basis. People shouldn’t wear them all day and never sleep in them. They should wear glasses at least 5 hours/day. This will help in preventing eye infections and corneal damage. Contact lenses are great for sports and a daily wear lens is great but should only be worn maximally about 10 hours/day. Contact lens wearers should wear glasses alternately even if they don’t use electronic devices just to safeguard their eye health and this will help ensure that they will be able to wear them well into their later years.
Make sure you ask your doctor about the health of your eyes and the safety of contact lenses. Don’t just buy more boxes! Come to the doctors at Eyewear Gallery to ask questions you might have about contacts lens options available to you and/or glasses options that might work. Schedule an appointmentto find out more about the latest advances in contact lenses.
Many people wear contacts. For those of us who wear them more than one time, we have to store them in contact lens solutions. There are many contact lenses solutions to choose from. Many times people will use cheap solutions they find at the store. It is best to use the contact lens disinfecting solution prescribed by your eye doctor. Never change your contact lens care system without consulting your Optometrist. Prior to using a new solution recommended by your eye doctor, read all the instructions on the box and bottle and follow them carefully. If you have questions, contact your eye care provider.
If you find that your eyes turn red when put your contact lenses on, look at what solution you are using and see your eye doctor immediately. The main problem with contact lens wearers is overwear. Overwear may cause your eyes to turn red and may cause sight threatening conditions. You may not know it until your eye turns red or hurts. This can prevented. Red eyes can be from preservatives in contact lens solutions, bacteria, fungus, viruses and allergic reactions to solutions or airborne allergens.
Different contact lens solutions are preserved with chemicals that keep them from growing bacteria. If a patient has reactions to certain contact lens solutions, Hydrogen Peroxide based contact lens solutions seem to be the best. These types of solutions kill the most bacteria and are non preserved. You have to take special care With Hydrogen Peroxide Contact Lens Solution. The solution has to neutralize some hours before you put your contacts in.
Hydrogen peroxide solutions don’t have preservatives in them. They can be a good choice for people who are allergic to components of multi-purposed solutions, the FDA said.
In the past scares of bacteria, fungal, viral and amoeba infections getting in contact lens solutions have been studied. The reason for those situations taking place was the preservative in the disinfecting solutions people were using did not kill enough bacteria, fungus, virus, etc. Most recent studies show that solutions with a hydrogen peroxide base and neutralizer are the most effective in killing sight threatening organisms.
Contacts should remain in the solution for at least 6 hours to allow completion of the neutralizing process. Never rinse contact lenses with hydrogen peroxide solutions. And, don’t put these solutions directly in your eyes, the FDA has cautioned.
Always use the special neutralizer that comes with each new bottle of solution. This product changes hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. Without neutralizing the peroxide, you’d have burning, stinging and irritation when you put the contacts in your eyes. Sometimes, the contact lens case contains neutralizer. If not, you’ll need to add a special tablet to neutralize the solution. Watch this video that has explained this from WJLA Washington, D.C.. The FDA says FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — If you use a contact lens solution with hydrogen peroxide, you need to follow certain steps for safe use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
Never share solution that contains hydrogen peroxide. Others might confuse your solution with multi-purpose solution and not follow the instructions, which could lead to eye damage. Hydrogen peroxide solutions come in a red bottle to help avoid confusion. Without neutralizing Hydrogen Peroxide solutions if you put them in your eyes you will get a bad corneal burn. If by accident this happens see your optometrist immediately.
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