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Visiting an Eye Doctor for Contact Lenses

Wearing contact lenses can help improve vision without the added weight that comes from wearing glasses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans wear contact lenses. Although the lenses are popular, it is important to talk to a professional optometrist before wearing the lenses to ensure that it is an appropriate option for the current health of the eyes.

lnd_contact_examsGetting a Contact Lens Exam

A contact lens exam in Westlake offers the opportunity to determine if contacts are appropriate for your situation and your goals. Since every individual has different concerns, an exam helps identify the right contacts for the needs of the individual as well as any potential problems that might lead to concerns in the future.

In most cases, contact lenses are safe for individuals to wear; however, some individuals experience discomfort and itchiness after wearing the lenses. In other situations, the prescription prevents individuals from wearing the lenses because it requires a thicker lens. During the exam, an optometrist determines the appropriate prescription, possible complications and the appropriate contact lens size to ensure that it is as comfortable as possible.

Problems with the Lenses

If you notice any problems with the contact lenses, then talk to an eye doctor in Westlake to determine if it is appropriate to continue wearing the lenses. Common problems that can occur include:

  • Irritation in the eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • General itchiness or discomfort
  • Staining of the lens

Problems that occur shortly after starting to wear the lenses suggest that the individual might not be able to comfortably wear lenses or might need a different type of lens for comfort. Changing the lens to a softer option or to a different material can help, particularly if an individual shows any signs of allergic reactions to the material of the lens.

In other situations, the underlying cause of discomfort is the solution rather than the lenses. The solution that individuals clean and store lenses in at night can cause irritation to the eyes when individuals change the brand or type of solution. Always use the same solution unless it starts causing irritation. Delayed irritation or red eyes usually stems from the solution if the individual made any changes.

Staining of the lenses also stems from the solution, but usually relates to the interaction of the lens material and the solution. When lenses start to show staining after storing them overnight, change the solution or use another type of lens that has a lower risk of staining.

Wearing contact lenses can provide relief from visual concerns without altering the way that an individual appears in social settings. By going through an exam and getting the right lenses, an individual can feel comfortable and avoid any complications with their lenses. For more information about wearing contact lenses or to set up an appointment for an exam, call or contact us today.

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