SEEING THROUGH CONTACT LENSES
Have you noticed how extremely popular the wearing of contacts lenses has become? This is because they are such a great alternative to wearing glasses. Contact lenses are small discs made of plastic which are worn in the eyes to correct vision disorders or for fashion.
The wearing of these small devices by both men and women allows them much more freedom than eye glasses ever could. Because they do not squat glaringly on your nose like glasses, they blend naturally in with the rest of your face, enhancing your appearance while correcting whatever vision problem(s) you may have. If you like wearing eye makeup, these tiny, unobtrusive devices are a big plus also.
Before you begin wearing contacts for vision correction, it is recommended that you make an appointment with your optometrist or ophthalmologist for a vision test. Your eye care professional will advise you about the proper maintenance of your contacts, since they may become easily contaminated by bacteria present in the environment. He will then prescribe the appropriate device, for whatever eye condition you may want to correct or improve.
Contact lenses fall into two main categories: Soft lenses which are made of plastic and hard lenses which are rigid and "oxygen permeable".
Of the two, soft contacts are more popular. They correct a range of vision problems including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and loss of vision due to advanced age (presbyopia). Soft lenses fit comfortably in with your eyeball and should stay in place even during rigorous sports or recreational activities.
Daily wear soft lenses are the least expensive. You should wear these during the day and take them out at night to be properly cleansed and disinfected for use the following day.
Extended Wear: Though these lenses may be worn overnight and for as long a thirty days, it is important that you remove them for cleaning and disinfecting, once or twice a week. You must be careful when wearing extended wear contacts, since they increase the risk of eye infections. If you feel discomfort or irritation while wearing these, remove them immediately and check with your optometrist.
Daily Disposables are the most expensive soft contacts, since they require no maintenance at all. You simply wear them during the day or for the time specified by your optometrist and discard them afterwards. Daily disposables are an excellent choice if you do not need to wear contacts everyday.
These are rigid gas permeable lenses which provide clear, sharp vision for most eye problems. The advantage they have over soft contacts is that they are more "breathable" than most. Hard lenses also require more intricate maintenance; they must be removed and cleaned every night to avoid eye infections.
Hard contacts may take you a longer time to get used to. Once you get comfortable with them however, you may wear them for as long as three years! (source: www.mayoclinic.com
). See your optometrist or eye care professional to have these fitted.
These are daily or monthly disposable contacts which have been effectively used to correct astigmatism. If you suffer from this eye condition, you will find toric lenses clear and comfortable to wear. They do not cause irritation of the eyes, thus eliminating the urge to rub the eyes, dislodging the lens and creating further problems. With new lens materials, you will be spared dryness of the eyes which is often experienced while using other contact lenses.
These can be such fun! They change your appearance, brighten your mood and improve your confidence. Though contact lenses were originally created for vision correction, they may also be use as cosmetic devices. Colours include green, blue, violet and gray. Of all the colors, gray contacts are the most popular. This is probably because they are so often used in movies and TV shows such Twilight and Avatar.
If you don't like the color of your eyes, this is another reason for wearing coloured contacts. If your eyes are dark , for example, contacts of a brighter colour will make them glow and get you the attention you desire. If they are very light, the same thing applies, using dark coloured lenses.
Though these lenses change the appearance your eye colour they do so temporarily. They simply hide your natural eye color and reflect the colour you have chosen. Contact lenses should never diminish your vision. If fitted correctly, they should not cover the pupils which allow light to enter your eyes. See your optometrist for correct fittings of coloured contact lenses
, even if you don't wear spectacles.
Night and Day Contacts
To avoid removing your contacts each night for cleaning and replacement the morning after, you many choose to wear night and day or extended wear (EW) lenses. You may go to sleep with these lenses which are made of silicone hydrogel. These allow more oxygen to enter your eyes and decrease the risk of hypoxia, which makes the eyes more susceptible to infection and inflammation.
Extended wear contacts have been found useful in correcting most eye defects. The down side is that they pose a much greater risk for eye problems. When contacts are not frequently removed and cleaned, bacteria may get on to them and remain between your contacts and your eyes. With your eyelids closed during sleep, they can thrive in warmth and cause serious problems ranging from pink eyes to blindness.
For this reason, most ophthalmologists do not recommend extended wear contacts. Instead, they advise that you use disposable lenses for periods of two week to a month. Then discard and replace them. Frequent replacement reduces the buildup of proteins and lipids from your lenses.
Studies show that there has been a considerable reduction in the use of extended wear contacts between 2006 and 2010. This is likely due to the resultant negative effects as well as the to the fact that daily, disposable lenses are more convenient to use. Flexible wear - alternating between extended wear and daily disposable contacts - is more highly recommended. Visit your optometrist to have extended wear contact lenses fitted for you.
Heat and smoke affect contact lenses so if your wear them, stay away from cigarette and smoke. Don't stay long in a hot tub or better still, avoid using it altogether. (source: www.allaboutvision.com
This is a disorder of the eye which contacts may be used to correct. Astigmatism is a condition in which light rays which "propagate in two perpendicular planes have different foci," according to the Wikipedia dictionary. This eye defect causes blurred vision since the eye is unable to focus a "point object into a sharp focused image on the retina". Generally, this is caused by the irregular curvature of the cornea or lens. The error in refraction in the astigmatic eye, is the result of a difference in degree of "of curlative refraction in the two meridians". Simply put, the focus of the eye is unbalanced.
In addition to blurred vision, astigmatism also causes squinting and headaches. Those affected find it difficult it to perceive details. Straight lines may appear to be slanted, for example, and this could also be the root cause of some migraine headaches. Astigmatism affects old and young. It is estimated that almost three in every ten American children between ages five and seventeen are affected by it. It is also prevalent in adults over the age of thirty. Contact lenses can be very effective in treating this eye disorder.
Contacts in Australia
Contact lenses have been in use for years but where did they come from? America, you say? People in England may assume that they are responsible for what is now seen as a better option to wearing eye glasses. Wrong in both cases! Along with aspirin in 1915, penicillin in 1940, plastic disposable syringes in 1949 and the bionic ear in 1971, the Australians must be given the credit for inventing contact lenses. Bet you didn't know that! Australians are smart people.
Along with that little known fact about Australia, that country holds the interesting distinction of being the smallest continent and, at the same time, the largest island in the world. Most Australians live fairly near to the coast and enjoy a rather laid-back life style. On weekends, the beaches are usually packed with people enjoying the sun and surf and engaging in pleasurable activities such as surfing, sailing, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. And they can wear contacts while enjoying themselves. Remember, properly fitted contacts cling comfortably to you eyes through wind, rain, sun and fun.
Contact Connection (www.contactconnection.com.au
) is an Australian store which sells soft, disposable contact lenses
and their accessories. This store caters to customers online all over the world and the goods are delivered quickly and safely. The company was founded in 2007. Contact Connection supplies coloured and prescription lenses produced by all the major brands - Accuvue, Toric, Air Optics, and more.
At the end of the year, people from all over the world visit Australia. These tourists like to gather on Bondi Beach to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year. If you choose to go there this holiday, get your contacts from Contact Connection! Though you are also likely to hear some Australians using a colloquial language called "Stine" - a combination of English and Irish, English is their primary language so you will definitely feel welcome. (source: www.australia.com
Buying Contacts Online
Now that you know so much about contacts, you should be ready to buy some. It's easy. Just go to www.contactconnection.com.au
and sign up. There is a live chat link available to answer all your questions and give you whatever directions you may need. If you click on "Type of lens" on the site menu, various brands and styles of contacts along with their prices, will be displayed to you. The "Popular" and "Suppliers" options will tell you which contacts are presently in vogue and who supplies them. The steps are very easy to follow but firstname.lastname@example.org will help in the unlikely event that there is a problem. Eye drops and cleaning solutions are also available here but you will need a prescription to buy lenses for vision correction.
You may use any major credit card as well as electronic banking transfers, to purchase whatever you need from the Contact Connection store. For your protection, SSL (secure sockets layer) is used for each transaction and your personal information (like credit card number) does not remain on their system. If you have a private health fund, it is easy to claim a rebate after ordering online. All you need to do is take your receipt to your health fund office. Contact Connection truly makes ordering lenses online a breeze. (www.contactconnection.com.au
Fitting the Lenses
Having bought your new contacts, it's time to begin using them. Contact lenses should be fitted by your optometrist or eye care practitioner. This even applies in the case of coloured lenses, even without a prescription.
To have them fitting comfortably and securely, follow these steps:
1. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and dry with a paper towel. This is very important since dirty fingers can leave bacteria in your eyes. If you are wearing eye makeup, wash that off too and re-apply after your contacts are in.
2. Carefully remove one lens from its container or packaging and place it on your index finger. The curved edges should be pointing upward.
3. With your other hand, hold your eye open, with your eyelashes out of the way. Gently place the lens against your eyeball. It should stick or suck onto your eye. Roll your eyes up and down and from side to side to make sure it is snugly in place.
Repeat this for your other eye.
To remove your contacts:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Place your index finger against the center of your eye.
3. Use your index finger to shift the lens to the edge of your eye and grip it tightly between your thumb and index finger.
4. Remove and clean or discard.
Here are some tips you should bear in mind while you wear your contact lenses:
- Never use your finger nails, tweezers or any other instrument not recommended, to fit or remove your contacts.
- Do not use water, saliva or any other form of liquid besides the recommended cleaning solution and eyedrops, to clean or lubricate your lenses.
- Keep perfumes and sprays away from your eyes.
- Unless advised to do so by a doctor, do not use eye drops while wearing contacts.
- Never wear lenses for longer than the prescribed period of time.
- If there is irritation, remove the lens immediately and see your optometrist.
At this point, we can safely conclude that contact lenses are useful for vision correction/adjustment, as well as for cosmetic purposes. With contacts, your vision problems remain your private business, compared to wearing glasses which proclaim to the world that your eyesight is bad! There is a wide variety available here and buying them online is easy and safe.
It is important to bear in mind the risks involved, if contact lenses are not inserted, removed and maintained properly and if they are worn for longer than they should be you can run into problems. A fungus called "fusarium" which is usually found in warm climates, could be the greatest enemy of those who wear contacts, since it can cause blindness. Scary, but if you follow the steps and tips given above, you have nothing to fear. If you are unsure about the comfort or vision with your contacts in, remove them and see your optometrist immediately.
Remember, always use clean hands to insert and remove your contacts.
Be consistent in cleaning and maintaining them properly. If your eyes become irritated, or overly uncomfortable, remove contacts and see your eye care practitioner. Soft, disposable contacts are less likely to cause infection and harm to your eyes, than those worn overnight or for extended periods of time.
Follow these rules and enjoy your contacts!