Most patients adjust to wearing their contact lenses after just a week or two of wearing them. People with extremely sensitive eyes may take a little longer to adjust completely. The best way to adapt as quickly as possible is to wear the lenses for the prescribed amount of time during the breaking in period, and not to try to extend wear time prematurely.
Contact lenses do not increase the possibility of infection unless they are not cleaned and cared for properly. Lenses that aren't properly cleaned can harbor dangerous bacteria, fungus or other pathogens that can infect the eye. Likewise, when a lens is not properly cleaned, tiny bits of dust or grit on the lenses can press against the cornea and cause scratching which can lead to infection. It's also important to have regular eye exams to ensure the cornea and the rest of the eye remain as healthy as possible, and to call the office at the first sign of infection or irritation.
Except disposable and daily wear lenses that are thrown out after being worn, contact lenses must be cleaned with a particular solution between uses to kill harmful germs and keep the lenses free of dirt and other irritants. Lenses must also be stored in a proper lens container when not being worn to prevent damage to the lens which can impair vision and also damage the eye surface. Most people find contact lens care to be a relatively straightforward process once they get into the habit of doing it on a regular basis.
Contact lens technology has evolved rapidly and with today's variety of contact lenses, there are lenses for just about everyone. Our doctors specialize in many types of contact lens fits including astigmatic, multifocal, as well as rigid gas permeable lenses. These specialty contact lenses are used to manage certain conditions, including keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, and high astigmatism. Gas permeable lenses are rigid and retain their spherical shape on the eye, instead of conforming to the irregular shape of the cornea of an eye with astigmatism like soft lenses do. Scleral lenses are unique large-diameter gas permeable contacts that can be useful for high amounts of astigmatism.
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