Few things affect your quality of life more than your eyes and you should never put them at risk. As a contact lens wearer, proper care and frequent changing of your contact lenses are essential in keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear.
Contact lenses are prescription medical devices. For your safety, they must be prescribed and fitted by an Eye Care Professional. As your Eye Care Professional, Dr. Anderson will fit and prescribe the lens that is right for you.
The most important advice that Dr. Anderson can give you is when to take out your contact lenses and when to replace them with a new pair. Because everyone’s eyes and vision needs are different, contact lenses are available with varying schedules for removal and replacement. All lenses, however, fall into 1 of 2 categories: daily wear or extended wear.
Daily wear contact lenses
- Daily wear contact lenses should be removed every night before going to bed. They are later discarded and replaced with a new pair (at varying intervals). Some daily wear lenses are discarded every day, while others are discarded after 1 or 2 weeks or longer. If these lenses are re-used, they must be cleaned and disinfected before being worn again.
Extended wear contact lenses
- Extended wear contact lenses are worn overnight for a maximum of 6 consecutive nights and removed at the end of the week. Some extended wear lenses(disposable) are discarded when removed. Others are cleaned, disinfected, and re-used again before being replaced.
Your lens wearing and replacement schedules are critical to your eye health. But just as important is the way you care for you contact lenses. Because deposits and infectious organisms (bacteria, viruses, etc) can build up on the surface of all contact lenses, it is important to follow the lens care directions given to you by Dr. Anderson.