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Can You Snorkel With Contact Lenses
How do I stop cloudy film from forming inside my contac lens? I have been wearing gas permeable contact lenses without any significant problems. In the last 6 months, everytime I put my contact lenses on- the right lens gets cloudy and it has a film over
This: This could be a fit issue where debris is being trapped. It could also be the gpc as previously mentioned. I also see similar issues with severe lid inflammation and contact lens use - make sure you are cleaning your eyelids very well each day. I also feel patients that use make-up around the eyes need to be careful with contact lens use. It is amazing the amount of make-up that makes its way into the tear film. ...Read more
Contacts: Probably yes but please contact your eye doctor for certainty. ...Read more
Quite: Contact lenses have been tested over the years with millions of users. Trouble is almost always due to the user: overwear, ignoring red eyes or pain, extending the schedule of use beyond the recommendations of your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
See an eye doctor!: Contact lenses must be fitted properly! They need to be prescribed by an eye doctor, trialled for proper fit, then prescribed/dispensed. Contact lenses can be very dangerous otherwise, leading to infections and loss of sight or even the eye. See an eye doctor for proper fitting! ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type of contact lenses, your prescription, and your source. Contacts tend to cost more if there ard special requirements, such as astigmatism or bifocal correction or if there are medical conditions making the contact lens fitting challenging such as keratoconus. Ask your eye doctor for a better idea based on your specific needs. ...Read more
No best method:
There are several variations, but you need to get the contact upright on your finger, get your eyelids out of the way, and gently place the entire contact to your cornea. Then gently release each lid and slowly blink.
Practice is the key to success in getting contacts in and out. ...Read more
Contact lens issue: The most common cause of contact lens intolerance is dry eye. See an eye doctor to evaluate the cause. If dry eye is present, you can try artificial tears, fish oil supplements, and warm eyelid compresses. If no improvement, punctal plugs, Restasis and/or low dose topical steroid may ge considered. ...Read more
Lens hygiene: As in removing the lens, always make sure your hands and fingernails are thoroughly cleaned and avoid introducing the nail into the corneal surface. Place the lens on the fingerpad of your forefinger in the correct orientation (lens edge up and curvature smooth) and with your fourth finger, lower your lower eyelid. Then gently place the lens onto the corneal surface. Do this in front of a mirror first if inexperienced. Close eyelids and roll eyes so lens hugs surface snugly. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on what you mean by always. If you mean everyday, then it is ok as long as you handle the lenses properly. This means you clean then as directed, use quality solution, and change them as recommended. If you mean you sleep in them everyday and never take them off then they are more likely to cause problems. People who sleep in lenses have higher risk of a sight threatening infection. ...Read more
Contacts: 1) wash hands, 2) dry hands, 3) stand in front of mirror, 4) hold lower lid open, 5) grasp lens with thumb and index finger, 6) pinch gently, taking care not to scratch your cornea, 7) remove lens, 8) clean lens, 9) store lens in case. ...Read more
Dry eye: #1 issue is dry eye which leads to poor wet ability. 2nd is possible gpc allergy which needs assessment. 3rd. Old worn out lenses. May also look at newer rgp materials ; plasma coating. 4th insufficient cleaning system. ...Read more
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