; Contact Indiana Contact Lens Specialists on Healthy Wear Tips

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Indiana Contact Lens Specialists on Healthy Wear Tips

Contact Lens Specialists at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center in Valparaiso shared some tips for wearing contact lenses and maintaining healthy vision. “Sometimes patient forget that that contact lenses are a medical device and even those worn purely for cosmetic purposes, should be prescribed and properly fit by a licensed eye care professional," explained Dr. Stephen Buck. "Patients forget this and end up buying and wearing contact lenses without proper medical guidance and a valid prescription and then, often without even realizing it, they put themselves at risk for serious, even blinding eye infections." Equally as important is taking care to follow the instructions given to you by your eye doctor-carefully and completely-as this can go a long way to help avoid contact lens problems and complications. "We know that that by not following instructions on proper wear and care, contact lens wearers are more likely to have discomfort and may actually put themselves at greater risk for infection or other serious complications, such as microbial keratitis," said Dr. Buck. “We often find that improper storage, handling and disinfection of contact lenses really predispose patients to unnecessary risk.”

Some good contact lens care, handling and disinfection tips to follow include:
  • Always wash your hands with soap before inserting or removing your contact lenses. 
  • Always empty the storage case of disinfection solution after removing your lenses, and fully refill with fresh solution before storing them.
  • NEVER clean your case with tap water. 
  • REGULARLY-even daily- clean your case.
  • REGULARLY-at least monthly- replace your case.
If you or someone you know has questions about contact lens care, handling and disinfection please feel free to call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser.
Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center in Valparaiso, IN is staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. We are conveniently located for patients seeking eye care from throughout northern Indiana including La Porte, Mishawaka, South Bend, Michigan City, Crown Point, Merrillville, Chesterton, South Haven, Westville, Hebron, Lowell, Valparaiso and Walkerton as well as Chicago, Illinois suburban areas of Frankfurt, Calumet City, Monee and Crete.