Why Decorative Contacts Are a Scary Idea


eye-safetyWith Halloween fast approaching, you might be considering using decorative contacts to change your eye color for some dramatic costume. If that’s the case, think again. Many decorative contacts are incredibly dangerous. Here is everything that you need to know about decorative contacts and eye safety.

All of the risks of decorative contacts— Decorative contact lenses are overseen and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and for good reason. Although decorative contact lenses simply change the look of your eyes and do not correct your vision, wearing decorate lenses can cause serious damage to your eyes if you did not obtain the lenses with a prescription or worn incorrectly. Possible risks include: redness, pain, scratches on the top layer of your eye (corneal abrasions), infection, decreased vision, and even blindness.

Proper decorative contact lens safety— Yes, you can still buy decorative contact lenses from your eye doctor or even the internet. However, it is absolutely essential that you only order lenses from a company that is FDA approved and requires an actual, eye doctor verified prescription. If the company does not request or verify your prescription, they are breaking federal law and are probably selling you illegal (and dangerous) contact lenses.

The bottom line on decorative contacts and eye safety— Even if it seems like there are a lot of cheap or convenient decorative contacts out there that you feel like would just perfectly augment your Halloween costume, don’t sacrifice your eye safety. Never, ever buy contact lenses without a prescription. Visit your eye doctor right away if you notice any pain or redness after wearing any type of contacts, and closely follow the directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing any type of lenses.

Don’t let fashion interfere with your eye safety and health! Book your appointment with your Valley Eyecare Center eye doctor. Call us at 602-955-2700 or schedule online today.

 

Contact Lens Care and Safety

If you are new to wearing contact lenses, you may have a few questions about how to properly care for your contact lenses. At conta-lens-careValley Eyecare Center, your eyes are our top priority, so we’ll go over the basics of contact lens care this week.

Do’s and Don’ts of Contact Lens Care

Keep the following safety tips in mind when you are caring for your contact lenses.

In your contact lens care routine, please do the following:

  • Wash your hands before touching your eyes or your contact lenses
  • Clean your contact lenses in contact solution
  • Stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water throughout the day and using eye drops when necessary
  • Wear sunglasses in addition to your contact lenses
  • Follow the instructions given to you by your optometrist
  • Replace makeup regularly, especially if it touches your eye
  • Come in for a regular appointment with your optometrist to check your prescription


Please do not do the following:

  • Store your contact lenses in water, especially tap water
  • Sleep with your contact lenses in. Always take them out, even just for a nap! Even if your contact lenses are specifically designed for sleep, it is still a good idea to take them out at night.
  • Reuse old contact solution, as irritants may be in the old solution
  • Put your contacts in if they are inside-out. Your contacts should look like a U, not a V
  • Put your contact lenses in after applying makeup—it’s always safest to put the lenses in before you apply your eye makeup!

Keeping up with your contact lens care routine is important! To learn more about caring for your eyes and contacts, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

What is Vision Correction?

eye-careIf you have a visual impairment, you may be considering any of the following eye care options: eyeglasses, contact lenses, or Lasik eye surgery. Each of these options is quite different, and knowing which one is right for you is crucial.

Which Eye Care Solution Is Best for You?

Eyeglasses—Perhaps the most obvious way to see more clearly is to get glasses. Most people can easily wear glasses, and they correct your vision easily. They are often less expensive than contact lenses since contacts need to be replaced every day, and glasses are also less expensive than Lasik eye surgery. Glasses can also protect your eyes from potential injuries. However, glasses can be broken or lost if you take them off, and they may be uncomfortable or inconvenient in some cases.

Contact lenses—Like eyeglasses, contact lenses are a great eye care option to correct your vision, and there are many pros and cons of wearing contacts. Many contact lens wearers love that the lenses conform to the eye, providing you with infinite vision that may not be as attainable with glasses. Contacts can also make you look as if you don’t have a visual impairment, as they are less obvious than glasses. Contacts also do not fog up and are not affected by weather conditions, unlike glasses. However, some people may find that it is difficult to put contacts into their eyes, and contact lenses may also dry out your eye if you wear them too long.

Lasik eye surgery—The last eye care option is Lasik eye surgery, which involves a laser eye surgery to correct your vision. Results are immediate and long-lasting, and you do not have to worry about glasses or contact lenses. Your vision will be greatly improved, as recipients of the surgery regain 20/20 vision. However, this option can often be expensive, and you must remain awake during the surgery so that your eyes can be open for the laser.

Your eye care is important! Find out which vision corrector is right for you by coming in for an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center. Call (602) 955-2700 or visit our website to learn more information.

Do’s and Don’ts for Contact Wearers

contactsKeeping your contacts in their best condition is important! If you wear contacts, make sure to follow these simple tips!

Tips for Maintaining Contacts

Do:

  • Wash your hands before touching your contacts or your eyes
  • Clean your contacts after you wash them
  • Clean your contacts if you drop one of the lenses
  • Blink often to keep your contacts clean
  • Update your prescription annually
  • Remove your contacts if your eyes are dry
  • Carry a storage case unless you need to take your contacts out during the day, and keep a pair of eyeglasses handy so that you can switch if needed
  • Replace contact solution after it has been open for a month
  • Close your eyes if you use hairspray—this product may leave residue on your lenses!
  • Apply makeup after you put your contacts in, and remove lenses before removing your makeup
  • Consult your optometrist if you are concerned about your vision

Don’t:

  • Wear contacts if your eyes are itchy, irritated, red, or dry
  • Use the wrong chemicals to clean your contacts
  • Mix up your lenses—to avoid this, make sure to pick an eye and always put your contact lens in the selected eye first
  • Rub your eyes vigorously
  • Leave your contacts out in the heat
  • Share cosmetics, especially ones around the eye
  • Apply eyeliner to the inner eyelid, as this can touch your contact lenses
  • Touch your eyes without washing them first
  • Take many naps with your contacts in

Maintaining your contact lenses doesn’t have to be difficult, but it will take some getting used to if you are new to wearing contacts. To learn more about our tips about wearing contacts, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Discover Acuvue Contact Lenses

Contact LensesAt Valley Eye Care Center, your vision is our top priority, and we want to make sure that you see properly. Vision problems can make certain everyday tasks more difficult, but luckily, Acuvue contact lenses will give you the freedom to accomplish anything without a vision impairment. If you’ve been in search of new contacts, Acuvue may be just the thing for you.

Acuvue Contact Lenses Correct Vision

We love Acuvue contacts because they have the ability to correct a variety of vision-related problems, and they are also extremely convenient!

Acuvue contacts are specialized for almost any vision impairment—There are Acuvue contact lenses for people who are nearsighted or farsighted, and there are lenses for astigmatism and even presbyopia. If you suffer from dry eyes, Acuvue offers varieties that will increase the hydration in your eyes. Most options also come with the choice of daily pairs or those that you replace every two weeks, which allows you to adapt your contact lenses to your lifestyle and preference. No matter what vision problems you have now or could develop over time, Acuvue has got you covered.

Convenience is the name of the game—Acuvue contact lenses are a great option for anyone who doesn’t want to go through the hassle of maintaining other types of contact lenses. Since you can simply dispose of the daily contact lenses, these vision correctors will work wonders for your daily routine, as you will not need to devote much time to Acuvue contact lenses. By wearing Acuvue contacts, you may even be able to play sports or take part in other activities that you couldn’t otherwise if you were wearing glasses.

Acuvue contact lenses are convenient and correct your vision! To learn more about these vision correctors, or to schedule, an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Glasses or Contact Lenses—Which is Right for You?

contact-lensesContact lenses and glasses both correct vision and allow you to see properly. While both glasses and contacts are great options to correct your vision, the decision on which one you use is typically a personal preference. Our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center can help you to decide whether you are a glasses or contacts person.

Contact Lenses and Glasses Allow You to See Properly

Glasses require little maintenance—Glasses are very easy to care for. Unlike contact lenses, you do not need to touch your eyes in order to wear them, which can decrease your risk for developing certain eye infections. Glasses are also easier to clean and do not need to be replaced as often as contact lenses.

Glasses are a fashion statement—Whether you have one pair or multiple to go with your outfits, glasses are truly an extension of your personality.

Contact lenses allow you to see without obstructions—If you want to see properly, as if you aren’t wearing glasses, contact lenses may be just the thing for you. Just be sure to care for them, as they do touch your eyes every day. If you’re concerned about putting contact lenses into your eyes, make sure to look into the mirror so that you can focus on the image in front of you, and use your other hand to steady your face so that you do not poke yourself.

Contact lenses may change the color of your eyes—While glasses may be a great fashion statement, certain contact lenses are designed to make your eyes different colors. Make your eyes pop with colorful lenses.

As with any big decision, it is important to consider the different advantages and disadvantages of both contact lenses and glasses. To learn more information about the differences between these two vision correctors, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Ask An Optometrist About Contacts

optometristDid you know that over 30 million people wear contacts in the United States? If you’ve been considering switching from eyeglasses to contacts, you’re not alone. Contact an optometrist to update your prescription and make the switch to contacts.

Contact Lens Tips from a Phoenix Optometrist

How do I clean my contact lenses?

Make sure to clean your contact lenses regularly and thoroughly. If you have non-disposable contact lenses, cleaning them is the most important aspect of maintenance. Make sure to use contact lens solution, as opposed to water, because it will keep your lenses free of any chemicals or minerals that may reside in tap water.

Can I use eye drops while wearing contact lenses?

Yes! If your eyes feel dry, make sure to keep them hydrated. Using eye drops while wearing contacts is perfectly safe for your eyes, and it is important to make sure that your eyes do not become dry while wearing contact lenses.

Can I sleep while wearing contact lenses?

No, most optometrists recommend that you remove contact lenses if you take a nap and before you go to bed. Although certain contact lenses can be worn for brief naps, it is a good idea to remove them if you know you are tired. Play it safe and remove contacts before sleeping, as the risk of eye problems arises when contact lenses are worn overnight.

Can contact lenses correct astigmatism?

Yes! Although many contact lenses in the past could not correct astigmatism, new technology has created contact lenses for those suffering from astigmatism. Contact your optometrist if you would like to switch from eyeglasses to contacts if you suffer from astigmatism.

Make the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses! To learn more about contacts, or to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call us at (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Common Problems with Contact Lenses

contact_lensesContact lenses are a great option for people who do not want to wear eyeglasses, but if you’re new to wearing contacts, you may find that you have a few concerns. Have no fears—we will address the most common problems with contact lenses.

Caring for Contact Lenses

Cleaning contacts—If you have recently switched from wearing glasses to wearing contacts, you’ll want to be a little extra careful in order to ensure that your lenses are properly clean. Make sure to use contact lens solution so that your lenses do not get any build-up on your contacts. If you wear daily contacts, you don’t even have to worry about daily cleanings since these should be thrown away at the end of each day.

You can wear contacts and makeup simultaneously—If you’re concerned about wearing makeup with your contacts, have no fear. Wearing makeup will not interfere with your contact lenses. Just be sure to put your contact lenses in before you apply your makeup so that the oils from the makeup do not get onto the lenses.

Take your contact lenses out if you take a nap—If you decide to rest your eyes—even just for a few moments—it is important that you remove your contacts so that your eyes do not become dry.

If you have allergies, you may want to try daily contact lenses—Suffering from environmental allergies is common no matter what time of year it may be. If you have allergies, switching to daily disposable contact lenses may help you to increase the moisture in your eyes. Also, be sure to remove your contact lenses 15 minutes before using eye drops so that your eyes can fully absorb the moisture from the drops.

Caring for your contact lenses doesn’t have to be difficult. To learn more information about contacts, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Frightened of Switching to Contacts?

Contact_lensesDid you know that over 36 million people in the United States wear contact lenses? Although this common method of correcting vision is prevalent throughout the U.S., some people are still afraid of switching to contacts. If you’re among those who are afraid of touching your eye, here are a few simple ways to conquer your fears this fall.

How to Conquer Your Fear of Contact Lenses

Talk to an optometrist. No one knows contact lenses better than an optometrist! Even some of the most qualified specialists at Valley Eyecare Center were originally afraid of using contacts, but we have a few tricks to help you get over this fear. If you have specific concerns related to your condition, make sure to discuss them at your next appointment.

Know the process. We suggest starting with the same eye each time so that it will eventually feel like second nature. With the contact lens in one index finger, use your free hand to hold your eyelid and insert the lens. Blink, and you’re done! It’s as simple as that.

Look away. Do not look directly at the contact lens as you put it into your eye. Instead, look into the mirror so that you can take some of the emotion and closeness out of the process.

Some myths aren’t true. Some people may be afraid of wearing contact lenses because they’ve heard a few myths about contacts. Rest easy knowing that your contacts cannot slide behind your eyes, and you will be able to take them out easily. They are designed to stay in and slip out easily when you remove them for the day.

Wearing contact lenses can be far more convenient than wearing eyeglasses, so do not give up. Be patient, and keep trying! For more information on contact lenses, or to schedule an appointment with a specialist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Hard Contact Lenses vs. Soft Contact Lenses

Contact_LensesNowadays, there are many different types of contact lenses that can help improve your vision. However, for many lens wearers, knowing which contacts are the perfect match for their eyes can be tricky. If you, like many others, are considering getting contact lenses to correct your vision, this guide will help you determine whether hard contacts or soft contacts are best for you.

Hard Contact Lenses

Hard contact lenses are relatively inflexible, maintaining their shape when they are in use. These types of lenses help reduce the effect of nearsightedness in young and adult lens wearers. If some of your concerns are worsening vision and eye infections, hard contact lenses may be the right fit for you. Keep in mind that while these are durable and give you clear, crisp vision, they also can easily become dislodged from the center of your eye and can get scratched. Since hard contact lenses are not disposable like soft contact lenses, extra care care is needed.

Soft Contact Lenses

Because they are more flexible and form to the shape of your eye, soft contact lenses are initially more comfortable than hard contacts. While both hard and soft contact lenses allow oxygen into your eye, some people prefer one’s breathability over the other. Some soft lenses, like Acuvue, are disposable, allowing the wearer to use them for a short period of time and then throw them away. Customized for different vision problems, these lenses are a convenient option for those with allergies or sensitive eyes.

If you’re a current wearer, or if you’ve been considering getting contact lenses to correct your vision, it’s important that you know all of your options. To learn more about hard and soft contact lenses or to book an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center, call us at (602) 955-2700, or contact us on our website.