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How often should I give my eyes a break from contacts?

How often should I give my eyes a break from contacts?

Depends: Should take them out every night and clean them properly for extended wear ctl, should remove at least once a week but duration depends on eye dryness and how long the eye can tolerate them. ...Read more

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I have a stye in my left eye. Will I be able to wear my contact lenses and wear makeup? Is there a eye drop I can buy to quickly get rid of this?

I have a stye in my left eye. Will I be able to wear my contact lenses and wear makeup? Is there a eye drop I can buy to quickly get rid of this?

Yes, probably: The best initial treatment for a stye is warm compresses applied several times a day. Contacts are OK, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before/after. Avoid eye make-up, as you can contaminate it, making infection more likely when you use the make-up again. If you experience pain, vision changes, sensitivity to light, a sandy/gritty sensation or discharge from your eye, seek immediate care ...Read more

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I'm wearing hard lenses and my eyes tend burn sometimes and runny.. I also have allergies.. Is time for me to change lenses I had them for a year now?

I'm wearing hard lenses and my eyes tend burn sometimes and runny.. I also have allergies.. Is time for me to change lenses I had them for a year now?

Several issues: Hard lenses often irritate the eyes and it may be better for you to consider a daily-wear soft lens. Allergic eye problem usually itches and thus yours appear to be more of an irritant than an allergic issue. ...Read more

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When I take off my everyday glasses, I can see that I'm usually wearing glasses: I have kind of 'puffy' eyes. I see this with others too. How come?

When I take off my everyday glasses, I can see that I'm usually wearing glasses: I have kind of 'puffy' eyes. I see this with others too. How come?

Eyeglasses help: by putting a strain on our eyes. They can create eye fatigue and thus the look of tired eyes w/out them. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can gas from a lighter be bad to the eyes if near them for few minutes? I'm really worried because i had a lighter very close to my eyes.

Can gas from a lighter be bad to the eyes if near them for few minutes? I'm really worried because i had a lighter very close to my eyes.

Not an issue: We are exposed to organic chemical fumes in many aspects of our lives. For instance when refueling your automobile. Most lights use butane gas which is highly volatile and quickly disperses. A few use a heavier version such as ronson lighter fluid. These in the atmosphere around a lighter will not harm the eyes; they are much more likely over time to cause lung problems. ...Read more

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I'm scared and worried, how if i wear coloured contact lenses even i don't need them and just for style.., is it safe?And what will happen to my eyes?

I'm scared and worried, how if i wear coloured contact lenses even i don't need them and just for style.., is it safe?And what will happen to my eyes?

Can be safe: These contacts can be safe if fitted properly and taken care of. Most likely nothing will happen to your eyes, except for a little dryness maybe. ...Read more

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I was just given systane ultra for dry eyes. After I put them in do I need to close eyes? Or should I be blinking a lot to get it all around

Normal blinking: You will always blink a few extra times with the first application of any drop. This will spread it over the entire eye. You do not need to close the eyes unless it simply makes them feel better. Rely on your normal blinking to keep the eyes moist with the additional moisture of the applied Systane which is a terrific tear supplement. ...Read more

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I get a lot of eyelashes in my eye, I can get them out easily with drops or just blink them out but I live in constant fear they will scratch my corne?

I get a lot of eyelashes in my eye, I can get them out easily with drops or just blink them out but I live in constant fear they will scratch my corne?

Hair in eye: Hello Norma, no you should have no fear about that and you doing the right thing to irrigate the eye to get the eye-lash out. You can buy Tears Naturale (artificial tears) at the pharmacy and use this to irrigate the eye. If a hair was caught under a contact lens for a long time that could scratch the cornea but that would so irritating you would get it out pronto ! thanks ...Read more

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My eyes get very red from wearing contacts, what can I do to prevent this so I can still wear them?

My eyes get very red from wearing contacts, what can I do to prevent this so I can still wear them?

Red eye: Contacts deprive the eye of oxygen. Things you can do to prevent red eye include limiting the number of hours per day you wear contacts, trying another type of contact with greater oxygen content, avoiding sleeping in contacts, using artificial tears such as theratears to keep the eyes moist, taking one day off per week to wear glasses only, don't rub your eyes. ...Read more

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How often do I have to switch my contact solution from my contact lens case?

How often do I have to switch my contact solution from my contact lens case?

Clean the case: Contact lens cases are commonly neglected in those who otherwise care excellently for their contact lenses. The case should be cleaned thoroughly, using soap and water and allowed to dry completely at least once per week. Some recommend boiling the case or ethyl alcohol but this must be thoroughly removed before the case is used. Some replace each 3 months. ...Read more

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When i don't wear my glasses for a long time i get itchy eyes. Should I use eye drops, and which kind?

When i don't wear my glasses for a long time i get itchy eyes. Should I use eye drops, and which kind?

Yes drops will help: Either artificial tear drops or allergy eye drops for itching, both are over the counter ...Read more

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I have inflamed eyes caused by sleeping with my contacts in, how long will these eyedrops take to work?

I have inflamed eyes caused by sleeping with my contacts in, how long will these eyedrops take to work?

Contacts: There are some serious conditions that can be caused by sleeping with or having prolonged use of daily wear contacts. I think it is prudent to not use eye drops for this without being seen by an ophthalmologist. Do not under any circumstances put your contacts in when you have red eyes. You must have a pair of glasses as back up. If you want to avoid this get contacts you can sleep in. ...Read more

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I just got contact lenses today and got a huge headache a few hours after taking them off. Does this have anything to do with the contact lenses?

I just got contact lenses today and got a huge headache a few hours after taking them off. Does this have anything to do with the contact lenses?

Need time to adjust: When first getting contacts, what you see is different than what you are used to. It may take a few days to adjust to the vision in the contacts. It's unusual, but this can cause headaches. If it's purely that you need to adjust, it will take a week or two at most. If your headaches persist beyond that, go back to your eye doctor and discuss. If your headaches worsen, consult your primary doctor. ...Read more

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I have a tiny white dot on my pupil after wearing an old contact lens accidentally. My eyes are less red now but what can I do to treat it myself?

Corneal ulcer: This is a serious bacterial infection that needs to be treated with strong antibiotic drops. See an ophthalmologist right away. Save the contact lens so it can be cultured if necessary. ...Read more

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I wear glasses to help me read. But when I'm not wearing them I feel like there's a type of film over my eyes. My glasses were made from my eye doctor?

I wear glasses to help me read. But when I'm not wearing them I feel like there's a type of film over my eyes. My glasses were made from my eye doctor?

Visual acuity: Those of us in middle-age who develop need for glasses to assist in reading may have presbyopia, while hyperopia (far-sightedness) typically develops at earlier age (and also requires glasses for reading). Regardless, if you notice a film over your eyes w/o using glasses, it's time to return to your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist for further evaluation. Perhaps you're myopic (near-sighted) too? ...Read more

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If i wear eye glasses and for the left eye a "prisme" glass thats my physician prescriped should I always wear it and for always or my eye will heal ?

If i wear eye glasses and for the left eye a "prisme" glass thats my physician prescriped should I always wear it and for always or my eye will heal ?

Depends on cause: Prisms are prescribed to alleviate doubling of vision and to provide relief for temporary paralysis of a muscle. If the muscle is expected to recover, then the prisms can be abandoned eventually (usually in 6 months). If the doubling is permanent, then the prisms might be needed long term. Surgery might also be considered for this situation. ...Read more

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Pink eye from leaving contacts in too long. How do I get rid of it by tomorrow?

Pink eye from leaving contacts in too long. How do I get rid of it by tomorrow?

Pink eye: If they are both red and you are having discharge from your eyes, have them seen, to get drops. It more than likely will not go away, without treatment. Also, be careful not to leave your contacts in too long, regularly. It can cause abrasions on your cornea. ...Read more