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People choose to wear contact lenses for various reasons.  Aesthetics and cosmetics are the main motivating factors for people who want to avoid wearing glasses or change the appearance of their eyes.  They are also preferable for sports and other outdoor activities and can be worn with sunglasses or goggles without the need to fit them with prescription lenses.  Contact lens wearers need to be assessed and evaluated in house to confirm a proper fit for the most comfortable experience.   

 

There are potential adverse health effects that can be minimized by having them assessed and fitted by a qualified eye care professional.  You should expect to participate in a follow-up session that is recommended by the contact lens fitter.  Here are some basic recommendations. 

  • Read all of the patient information pamphlets that come with your contact lenses.

  • Clean and care for your contacts as recommended by your eye care professional.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts.

  • Do not use tap water or saliva to clean contacts.

  • Preservatives used in contact lens solutions may become irritating. If this happens, consult your eye care professional. Do not switch brands of contact lens solutions on your own, as this may lead to more toxic reactions or irritation.

  • Do not wear your lenses for a longer period of time than recommended by your eye care professional.

  • Bear in mind that overnight wear of contact lenses, including extended-wear contacts, is associated with an increased risk of serious eye infection.

  • Never share your contact lenses with anyone else.

  • Avoid using temporary lenses that are included with costumes and are not approved by a doctor.

  • Carry "artificial tears," a wetting solution, or glasses with you when you are likely to get dry, irritated eyes.

  • Remember that contact lenses do not offer any eye protection. Use appropriate protective eye-wear when playing sports, especially hockey or squash.

If you experience blurred or hazy vision, or develop a pain in your eye while wearing contact lenses, remove them immediately and visit your eye care professional or go to the nearest emergency department. 

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