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Contact Lens Facts

The great news is that contact lenses cannot get lost behind your eye.  There are two parts of the conjunctiva, the bulbar/white part, and the palpebral/lid part.  The innermost thin layer of of the lid is the palpebral portion of the conjunctiva which literally makes a u-turn at the base of the lid and forms the white part of the eyeball.  This cul-de-sac creates a barrier between the front and back of the eyeball.  When a contact lens becomes dislodged and moves toward the back of your eye it may feel like it has moved behind your eye.  Usually gentle massage, using your finger over a closed eyelid, will bring the contact lens back into place.  Sometimes the lens can fall out and still feel like it is in your eye.  The massaging and poking may have caused a little swelling of the conjunctiva which can appear like the contact is still there.  Be careful not to pull on this thin delicate layer in an effort to remove a lens that is no longer there.  When in doubt, call for a quick appointment with one of our optometrists.

Yes, kids can wear contact lenses too.  Many children are very successful with contact lenses.  The care and handling of the lenses can be trained to become as routine as brushing teeth.

Contact lenses do need to be replaced as prescribed.  The replacement schedules are scientifically based with consideration of lens material, and water content.  Your doctor also takes your eye health and physiology into account when recommending replacement schedules.  The biofilm that develops in your eyes and on your contact lenses is sticky and impossible to remove completely.  Over time this builds up and can cause minor irritation to your eyes, with minimal symptoms.  Longterm overwear may have a cummulative effect and can result in infection and inflammation.

Cleaning and rinsing solutions should be used as prescribed and water should never be used on contact lenses.  The solutions that your doctor prescribes for you have been scientifically formulated to be compatible with the lens material of the lens you are wearing.  The soaking solution disinfects your lenses while they soak overnight.  Saline is more pure than water and should be used in place of water.  Water has microorganisms in it that can damage your eyes and some that can devistate the cornea.  This is more significant when wearing contact lenses because the lens actually holds the organisms on your eye for greater periods of time, than occurs with simply splashing water in your eye does.

 

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