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Contact Lens Use
Depends: Scarring is rare from contact lens over wear which usually creates symptomatic surface changes for which the lens will be removed by most. The most common scar producing effect is corneal ulcer; a bacterial culture under the lens. Most of these are peripheral and after treatment the scar causes little change. But if the ulcer is central, the scar can cause great visual changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Marijuana (Cannibis) Use (Definition)
Marijuana ("pot") intoxication is the euphoria, relaxation, and sometimes undesirable side effects that can occur when people use marijuana. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. The drug is usually smoked, but is sometimes eaten. Today, there are more than 12 million marijuana users in the United States and more than 300 million regular users worldwide. ...Read more
If I have scarring on my cornea from contact lens use but my vision is 20/20 with squinting--is this serious?
Corneal Scarring: The front clear layer of the eye is the cornea. It must be clear to let a clear image into the eye. If the retina receives a clear image & everything is normal then the brain should see the image/picture clearly, such as 20/20 vision. Damage anywhere along the way from the cornea to the brain can prevent us from seeing clearly. Scarring on the side is "ok" but in the center will block your vision ...Read more
Yes: Naphcon-a drops, an over the counter anti-allergic drop, can be used at the same time as you wear your contacts. ...Read more
Not usually: I frequently operate under the rule <<"if it aint broke, dont fix it">> so if a patient is happy with their current lenses, change the prescription as needed and use the same one. But there are changes in this field every month, new and sometimes safer designs, and unfortunately the all to often buy out of one line by another firm, simply to get rid of a competitior. You then have no choice. ...Read more
Is it possible to make an appointment with an optometrist to educate me on contact lens care and use?
Slight discomfort: The makers of these solutions are well aware that this is a common event and so these solutions are made to not cause harm in this event. You can eliminate the stinging with ordinary lubricating eyedrops but the cleaner will simply be uncomfortable for a little while but not cause any meaningful harm. ...Read more
What possibilty of transmitting herpes type 2 on finger from fingering? My bf do this and I am scarred. He uses contact lens so he touches his eyes :(
Risky behaviour! : That which you describe seems like the perfect opportunity to transfer an infection from one person to another. Please advise your boyfriend that this is risky business. Thorough cleaning of his hands and avoidance of contact with his eyes subsequent to engaging in such practices is highly encouraged. ...Read more
Aphakia is the condition where the eye no longer has its own lens, usually after cataract surgery. Aphakic contact lenses are powerful lenses that can restore vision with complete peripheral vision. They are considered a better solution than eyeglasses, in part because glasses that strong would make ...Read more