Once you get used to wearing contact lenses, it’s almost like you aren’t wearing any vision correcting lenses at all. Advances in materials science over the past decade have only made contacts all the more “invisible.” While having lenses you don’t notice is certainly positive from the standpoint of comfort, Edward Soss, OD — your San Francisco optometrist — would like to remind you that from the standpoint of caring for your lenses and maintaining the health of your eyes, this is a potentially hazardous state of affairs. Here’s why.
Even though advances in optical-related materials science have created contact lenses that are more breathable, durable and long-lasting than ever, contacts are still foreign objects in your eyes — that is, they really aren’t technically supposed to be there. So if you leave contact lenses in for too long, if you don’t clean them properly, and/or if you don’t replace your lenses when you’re supposed to, bad things can start to happen. In addition to the discomfort of having dried out lenses or bits of grit caught between your corneas and your contacts, germs can start to establish themselves, resulting in very uncomfortable eye infections that will likely require medicine prescribed by your local San Francisco optometrist to clear up. How can this be avoided? Well, even though it isn’t 100 percent guarunteed you won’t get an eye infection if you care for your lenses according to the instruction of the lens manufacturer and Dr. Edward Soss you’ll greatly improve your chances of keeping your eyes happy and healthy.
In addition to adhering to a strict regime of contact lens removal, cleaning and disposal, you should also keep to a schedule of routine eye exams at the San Francisco optometrist practice of Dr. Edward Soss. Not only will this ensure that your prescriptions match your vision correction needs, it will also give Dr. Soss a chance to check your eyes for any contact lens-related problems and, if necessary, figure out a treatment plan. Of course, if you’re between routine visits to the eye doctor and you start to experience pain, itching, redness, crustiness, discharge or some other symptom that seems out of the ordinary, you shouldn’t wait until your next appointment to seek professional help. Call or go online to schedule a checkup right away.