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Everything you wanted to know about Contact Lenses

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If you’re a first-time contact lens user, you probably have many questions regarding the proper usage and care of lenses. Here are some questions answered, and some myths busted.

Is there an age limit for wearing contact lenses?

Children as young as 8 years of age can adapt to wearing lenses. People can also continue to wear them well into their 80s. However, as we age our eyes can get drier which can make it harder for people to wear contact lenses comfortably.

Can the lenses get stuck behind my eye?

This is a common myth & concern for first time users. The conjunctiva membrane that covers the eyeball also lines the inner surface of the eyelids. So there’s no way that the contact lens can move to the back of the eye.

Can I wear lenses while playing sports?

Of course! In fact contact lenses are the best option for vision correction among athletes. They enhance depth perception and peripheral awareness. Also they eliminate the risk of glass-related eye injuries common when wearing spectacles.

Does it matter what cleaning solution I use?

There are many types of cleaning solutions in the market and some contact lenses require a specific one. Stick to the cleaning solution prescribed by your optician.

Can I reuse the cleaning solution in my lens case?

The cleaning solution degrades significantly once it comes in contact with air. So any leftover cleaning solution in your case is practically useless and may also contain tiny dirt particles or microorganisms. Never top up the old cleaning solution; always use fresh solution every time you clean your lenses.

Can I use tap water to clean my lenses?

It’s not advisable to use tap water as it may carry bacteria and other microorganisms that can lead to an eye infection. Use the prescribed cleaning solution.

Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

It depends on the type of contact lenses you are wearing. For example, extended wear lenses can be worn continuously for a specified period of time, anywhere between 7 and 30 days. However, daily wear lenses must always be removed before sleeping. Ask your optician what is the correct practice for your particular type of contact lenses.

Do I need to see an optometrist before getting contact lenses?

We recommend that you get your eyes tested by a professional before wearing contact lenses. Also, if you need prescription lenses, getting professional advice is always the best course of action.

Getting Help

Wondering which contact lenses to buy? Drop in at your local Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care store and we will help you out. Our friendly and trained opticians are on hand to explain the product features and to address any reservations you may have. Choose from a wide range of contact lenses; you will find leading brands such as Ciba Vision and Johnson & Johnson in-store. We also have excellent quality in-house brand contact lenses. A free trial will show you how easy it is use the lenses. We will guide you on the correct practices for using, cleaning and storing your contact lenses. Take advantage of our VisionCare Plan, which offers continued service and free professional eye care. So visit us, or call us on 0800 40 20 20, or book an appointment online.

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