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What Happens If I Use A Ripped Contact Lens
Bad idea: Standard response for changing the lens case is 3-6 months. Best to always check to see if it's dirty. Using longer than a year may increase chances for a contact lens related corneal infection. ...Read more
Not usually: I frequently operate under the rule <<"if it ain't broke, don't 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
No: You need to go buy some solution. Do not use anything not designed for contact lenses. ...Read more
No: It is never a good idea to use expired solutions or medications. They may have lost their effectiveness or could have bacterial or fungal growth. ...Read more
Contact lenses: Can cause blurring due to a couple of possible reasons. The contact power may be incorrect, you may not be tolerating the type of lens you are using (although you would expect the other eye to bother you), or you may not be cleaning your lenses properly. If you are wearing disposable lenses, try a new one to see if this helps. Otherwise, discuss with your eye doctor. ...Read more
Expired contacts: Do not use contact lenses that have expired. They sit in a solution that has a shelf life. Doing so puts you at risk for problems including infection that can lead to severe vision loss (blindness) or even loss of eye. ...Read more
Yes: Retrieve the lens and clean it thorougly and unless there was significant contamination in the spot of the sink where the lens fell. Otherwise, you should do fine and can wear the lens after cleaning and rinsing. ...Read more
I got 3 pairs of contact lens to be used monthly, now should I use each pair for 10 days? Or can I extend the use of each pair?
Contact Lens Wear: There are many brands of disposable soft contact lenses. Some are meant to be worn for two weeks and others for a month. Based on what you asked, it sounds like the lenses you have are the monthly type. Be careful about sleeping with your lenses, since this increases your risk of having eye infections in some cases. ...Read more
Not useful: A soft lens that has dried up with become crispy, and mis-shapen. The matrix collapses and the lens with permanently be altered. So while an attempt to re-use it is not dangerous from and infection standpoint, it will not have its proper power or comfort and so is rendered useless in this condition. ...Read more
Definitely,: Some are approved and are quite comfortable for 30 days continuous wear. It depends on patient and lens. Should give eye rest at least overnight between changes if wear for 30 days. ...Read more
No: You should dispose of a dessicated soft lens and use a new one. The often do not rehydrate well and cause blurred vision and discomfort. Plus, the lens may be contaminated. ...Read more
My contact lens case fell in water is it still safe to use? I was told to only clean the case with solution.
See below :: If it's that hard plastic case, it can be sterilized by boiling it in water for a few minutes. Stay nearby in order to not forget it on the stove. ...Read more
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 more
Is it possible to make an appointment with an optometrist to educate me on contact lens care and use?
Of course: Ophthalmologists and optometrists are skilled in such teaching and many have technicians who can assist with this. You can also seek the help of a friend comfortable with contact lens insertion and removal which usually speeds up the process. ...Read more
Check the fit: Many contacts are designed to move a little, but it shouldn't be uncomfortable. You really need to see the doc who fitted you. That's the only way you'll fix the problem. The fit may be off. ...Read more
Clear care: Try different ones, but I think this one is best since the hydrogen peroxide system removes deposits and there are no preservatives once it is neutralized. ...Read more
Dry, allergy, tight: Contact lens make dry eye worse, allergy to solution or contact and tight contacts can make your eye red. It's best to wear for a shorter time period and use dialy contact lenses. Please make sure you have the right fit. ...Read more
Not recommended: Contact lens solution is not formulated for this purpose. If you want to decrease costs, buy the generic lubricant eye drops. ...Read more
If I have scarring on my cornea from contact lens use but my vision is 20/20 with squinting--is this serious?
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
I sent an earlier question. A resolving stye. My eyes are currently dry and I am wondering if I can use my Blink contact lens rewetting drops?
We can't cross-: Reference your previous question. However, an eye doctor or general medical provider may read your question and be able to answer. We are volunteers and so we log on and off as we have time. Probably most providers are working right now — so it might take a while to get an answer. Hang in there. ...Read more
Not recommended: Most contact lens solutions contain harsh chemicals to kill germs. These are not good for your eyes. Instead, use contact lens rewetting drops which are available over the counter. ...Read more
Not really: You can rewet a hard lens and reuse it after cleaning. A soft lens, when dry, has a collapse of the matrix of the plastic and is completely useless after it dries out. So drops cannot rehabilitate such a lens. ...Read more
Not correct: Eyeglasses and contacts lens prescriptions are not the same. There is a power difference since the glasses are farther from the cornea surface compared to contact lens. Thus, you need a different prescription, plus contact lens requires a base curve and diameter in addition to the power. ...Read more
Not usually: Contact lenses that are used properly in a patient who is a proper candidate for their used will generally not be harmful. That's why so many millions of people successfully wear them. ...Read more
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