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Protein Buildup On Contact Lenses
Not easily: Scratches in polycarbonate lenses involve the removal of plastic in the scratch. To smooth it out you would need to grind this away which would alter the power of the lense and might induce some distortion. Check with an optical shop to see if some correction is possible or replacement is needed. ...Read more
No effect: Pingueclua are a normal response to wind, dust and uv light. They are the eyes defense in the middle years to these external forces. They have no symptoms and are usually unnoticed. You can wear contact lenses even if you have a pinguecula and the lenses will not make the pinguecula get bigger or smaller. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My eye doctor told me to wash my gas permeable rigid contact lenses with tap water. Is that sanitary?
Are the prescription numbers for soft contact lenses the same as the prescription numbers for hard contact lenses or RGP lenses ?
Contact lenses: I have been seeing several doctors since age 6 and am now age 72. As a "kid" it was awful but over time it is OK. Your eye doctor will help you through all the possible options for eye care. Please let me know how things go. ...Read more
No: But you must be careful where you get them and the quality of the lenses. Most problems occur due to infection or expiration of the lenses. Also, some people's eyes may be more sensitive than others. If your eyes become red, take them out. ...Read more
Patience, Spread em': Make sure your hands are clean and dry. Use your thumb and forefinger on your opposite hand to hold your eye lids open. Place the lens on the end of your forefinger, like a cup, with a drop of wetting solution. Spreading your eyelids with the one hand, in one move bring the cupped lens to your eye and just barely tap /touch the lens to your eye. Drop sinside should grab the eye and connect. ...Read more
Is it safe to soak my contact lens using a contact lens lubricant instead of a contact lens solution?
It can be!: Contact lenses often provide better vision than the glasses but if not used properly, it can be very harmful to the eye. It should be removed every day and never sleep with them. Over use can lead to an infection of the cornea and can lead to blindness. In which case, you will need a corneal transplant surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's okay to use alcons tears natural free (lubricant eye drops) on top of my contact lenses right?
Different lenses: Soft contact lenses and rigid gas permeable (rgp) lenses are very different. The main advantage of rgp is in correcting unusual types of astigmatism. However, a person has to build up wearing time and they are initially less comfortable. Soft lenses are comfortable from the start and often can be worn longer, but may not give as crisp vision as rgp. Soft lenses are much more commonly used. ...Read more
Are contact lens with high water content better for dry eyes than a lens with lower water content?
Can be either: Try changing both.Get a more detailed answer ›
How long before corneal blood vessels will grow towards your cornea, from wearing contact lenses?
Depends: Most blood vessels on the cornea are due to lens or lens cleaner toxicity although there are other causes. They will continue to grow as long as you do not treat them and continue the routine you are using of contact wear and cleaner use. Check with you ophthalmologist before this gets serious. ...Read more
Carefully: It can be difficult to insert contact lenses when the opening between the lids, or the eyeball itself, is smaller than average. Contact lenses do come in differing diameters, and a smaller one may be a bit easier. Usually your eye doctor will have an individual who is experienced at teaching the use of contacts in the office, and they can offer advice about technique of insertion and removal. ...Read more
Possible: Can scratch, cause warpage, infection. But very uncommon. ...Read more
My contact always gets foggy and cloudy, fresh out the box. Everyday a cloud is in one (brand new pair) contact lenses. Why?
Your eyes are sick: When contacts are well fitted; and we assume you had them measured and fitted , the problem you are having is not optical, but medical. Your eyes are rejecting the plastic. So you need to stop wearing contacts; take the lenses in the package to your Family Doctor, and get referred to an Eye Physician & Surgeon (ophthalmologist) for this 'rejection' problem. Diagnosis and treatment will come. ...Read more
For the solution renu for sensitive eyes , do we need a seperate enzymatic cleaner to remove protein from contact lenses? Or does is it included in it
Multipurpose SCL sol: Multipurpose solutions for soft contacts has ability to remove protein especially if mechanical rubbing front and back surfaces of contact prior to placing in case-- just be gentle. Catalyst based systems such as hydrogen peroxide cleaners need an activating tablet or disc and must be replaced per manufacturer recommendation. All work well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Contact lenses: There are several possible reasons why your contacts often tear. The first may be how you're handling them when you remove them. Also, if your eyes tend to be dry, it may help to instill a rewetting drop in your eyes before removing the lenses. In addition, there are certain brands of contacts which tend to tear more easily. Try a different brand of lenses. Talk to your eye doctor about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Spectacles can usually provide very precise improvement of vision. But some circumstances will improve better with contacts. These include the condition keratoconus, and also diseases of the corneal surface as well as very high degrees of refractive power needs. Contacts of course have their convenience and cosmetic effects although glasses in the right hands can be a fashion statement. ...Read more
Corneal ulcer: Contact lenses are foreign bodies in your eyes and therefore can lead to a whole series of problems starting with mild problems such as irritation or worsening of allergies. A corneal ulcer is an infection of the cornea and can lead to blindness. About 1 in 40, 000 people who wear contacts will become blind from the contacts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Plastic: All contact lenses are made of plastic. Many kinds of plastic are used. ...Read more
Very few: When used correctly, contact lenses are a great way to correct your vision, with little risk of a problem. When not used correctly, they can lead to infection or inflammation. Your eye doctor will supervise your use of contact lenses. Follow his/her directions closely and you will do well with them. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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