In the realm of healthcare, few things are as precious as our eyesight.
Ranchhodrai Eye Hospital stands as a beacon of exceptional eye care, offering a diverse range of services designed to promote, preserve, and enhance visual health.
This article delves into the comprehensive array of specialized eye care services provided by Ranchhodrai Eye Hospital, highlighting its commitment to delivering top-tier care for contact lens info and contact lens tips and everything related to vision.
What Are Contact Lenses?
Contact lenses are thin, clear plastic disks you wear in your eye to improve your vision.
Contact lens cling to the film of tears over the cornea because of surface tension the same force that causes a drop of water to cling to the side of a glass.
Contact lenses are mostly used to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Contacts provide a safe and effective way to correct vision when used with care and proper supervision. They can offer a good alternative to eyeglasses, depending on your eyes and your lifestyle
However, one must remember, they are health devices, not commodities or beauty aids, and not everyone can wear them.
Also, their use can affect the well being of your eyes and only an eye surgeon is qualified to assess the health of your eye.
Your healthy vision is the first priority.
Types of Contact Lenses
Contacts are made from many kinds of plastic. The two most common types of contact lenses are hard and soft.
Hard contact lenses
The most common type of hard contact lens is a rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lens.
RGP (Semi-soft) lenses:RGP lenses are made of special, firm plastics combined with other materials, such as silicone and fluoropolymers.
They hold their shape firmly, yet they let oxygen flow through the lens to your eye.
These lenses are very durable and typically last longer than soft lenses.
RGP lenses are especially helpful for people with astigmatism and a condition called keratoconus . This is because they provide sharper vision than soft lenses when the cornea is unevenly curved.
The disadvantages are that these may take a little longer to get used to, it is easier for dust to get behind RGP lenses, causing irritation and discomfort, and one can't switch back and forth with glasses as easily.
However, regular wearers find them comfortable and the visual acuity outstanding
Soft contact lenses
Soft lenses are made of flexible water-absorbent (hydrophilic) material having water content between 30-80%.
These lenses are comfortable the moment they are inserted in the eye.
They are less likely to dislodge and can be worn for longer periods.
However, their biggest disadvantage is that they cannot correct higher degrees of astigmatism. They also need to be changed more frequently.
Here are some types of soft lenses:
Daily wear contacts. You wear these when you are awake and remove them when you go to sleep.
Extended wear contacts. You can wear these while you sleep, but they need to be removed for cleaning at least once a week.
Doctor usually don’t recommend these contacts because they increase the chance of getting a serious eye infection.
Toric contacts. These can correct vision for people with astigmatism, though not as well as hard contact lenses.
Toric lenses can be for daily or extended wear.
But they often cost more than other types of soft contact lenses.
Colored (tinted) contacts. Vision-correcting contact lenses can be tinted to change the color of your eye.
You can get them as daily wear, extended wear, and toric lenses.
Decorative (cosmetic) contacts. These lenses change the look of your eye but do not correct vision.
Also, they are used to hide certain eye problems either present from birth or caused by injuries.
Even though they do not correct vision, you need a prescription for decorative contacts.
To avoid getting dangerous eye infections, these lenses must be treated like prescription contacts. This means cleaning them regularly and thoroughly as directed.
Non-prescription cosmetic contacts can cause cuts, open sores and potentially blinding infections in your eyes.
Want decorative contact lenses? Ask an eye care professional.
Which type of contact lens is best for me?
Each individual is different, although there are some broad guidelines that may be followed.
If you are interested in initial comfort, soft contact lenses may suit you better than rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses.
On the other hand, RGP lenses tend to last longer.
A soft (hydrophilic) lens is more appropriate for occasional wear (at most once or twice a week).
Not everyone can wear both types.
Only after thoroughly examining your eyes and vision, can one advise whether you can wear RGP lenses, soft lenses or both.
In your initial consultation, a number of tests and measurements will be performed, usually following a full, general visual examination.
This evaluation will determine the optimum contact lenses for your specific needs.
Additionally any other factors that determine your ability to wear lenses successfully will be explained to you.
A number of prescription medications, drugs and allergic factors can influence the ability to wear contact lenses successfully.
Additionally your work and social environments can affect lens choice for example air-conditioning, computer use, dusty environments and so forth will affect the lens choice.
What are the risks of wearing contact lenses?
Contact lenses that are old or that do not fit well can scratch your eye.
They can also cause blood vessels to grow into your cornea, a dangerous condition that threatens your vision.
Eye drops can cause problems with your contact lenses.
However, you can use preservative-free lubricating drops as recommended by your eye doctor.
Remove your contact lenses and call your eye doctor right away if your eyes are very red, painful, watery or sensitive to light.
Do the same if you have blurry vision or notice discharge (ooze or pus) coming from your eye. These can be symptoms of serious eye problems.
How to take proper care of Contact lenses?
Here is what you should do:
Keep the schedule your eye doctor gives you for wearing and replacing your lenses.
Follow directions from your doctor, from the contact lens manufacturer, and from the lens cleaning solution manufacturer to clean and store your lenses. If you store your lenses in the case for a long time, read your instructions to see if you should re-disinfect them before wearing them. Never wear your contact lenses if they have been stored for 30 days or longer without re-disinfecting.
Keep your eye exam appointments. Contact lenses can warp over time, and your cornea can change shape. To make sure your lenses fit properly, and the prescription is right for you, see your eye doctor regularly.
Do not shower, swim, use a hot tub or doing anything where water gets in your eyes when wearing contacts.
Do not sleep in with wearing daily wear lenses .
Clean and rewet carefully
Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them with a lint-free towel before touching your contact lenses.
Use a “rub and rinse” cleaning method no matter what type of lens cleaning solution you buy. Rub your contact lenses with clean fingers, then rinse the lenses with solution before soaking them.
Never put contacts in your mouth to wet them. Saliva (spit) is not a sterile solution.
Do not rinse or store contacts in water (tap or sterile water).
Never use a homemade saline solution.
Do not use saline solution or rewetting drops to disinfect your lenses. They are not disinfectants.
Use new solution each time you clean and disinfect your contact lenses. Never reuse or top off old solution.
Do not pour contact lens solution into a different bottle. The solution will no longer be sterile.
Make sure the tip of the solution bottle does not touch any surface. Keep the bottle tightly closed when you are not using it.
Care for your contact case
Keep your contact lens case clean. Rinse it with sterile contact lens solution (not tap water) then leave the empty case open to air dry.
Replace the case at least every 3 months, or right away if it gets cracked or damaged.
How to Put In Contact Lenses?
Wash hands (but don’t use soaps that have added oils or fragrances as they can stick to the surface of the lens)
Gently shake the lens storage case to loosen the contact lens if it is sticking to the container. Carefully slide the lens into your hand. Use your fingertips (not your nails) to handle the lens.
Fully rinse the lens with contact lens solution. Do not use tap water to rinse the lens.
Place the contact lens on the tip of your pointer (index) or middle finger of your dominant hand (the hand you write with). Look closely at the lens to check for torn or damaged areas. Also, make sure it the lens is right-side-out. If the lens forms a bowl and the edges turn up, it is ready to be placed on the eye. If the lens looks like a lid (edges turn out), it needs to be reversed.
Hold your upper eyelid open with your other (non-dominant) hand while looking in the mirror. Hold down your lower eyelid with your middle or ring finger of the dominant hand (whichever finger is not holding the contact lens). Or, you may also use your thumb and fingers of your non-dominant hand to open your upper and lower eyelids very wide instead.
Place the lens on your eye. You can look in front of you or up toward the ceiling while putting the lens in.
Close your eyes slowly and roll them in a full circle to help settle the lens properly in place. Then open your eyes and gently blink a few times. Look in a mirror to see if the lens is centered on your eye.
If the lens is inserted and centered properly in your eye, your eye should feel comfortable and you should be able to see clearly.
Why should I choose Ranchhodrai Eye Hospital for contact lens prescription?
At the heart of Ranchhodrai Eye Hospital services is its commitment to advanced diagnostics.
Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and techniques, the hospital's team of expert ophthalmologists conduct thorough examinations to accurately diagnose various eye conditions, ranging from common refractive errors to complex retinal disorders.
Recognizing that no two individuals have the same visual needs, Ranchhodrai Eye Hospital offers personalized vision correction solutions. Whether it's eyeglasses, contact lens info, or refractive surgery like LASIK, the hospital's experts work closely with patients to select the most suitable options, ensuring optimal visual acuity and comfort.
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(1)Are contact lenses better than glasses?
Contact lenses provide a more natural field of vision and don't alter your appearance, but they require careful hygiene and maintenance.
(2)Is it safe to wear contact lenses?
Wearing contact lenses can be safe as long as you follow proper hygiene and care instructions. However, some people may be at a higher risk of complications, including those with certain eye conditions or allergies.
(3)Who cannot wear contact lenses?
Those who have severe dry eyes, certain corneal conditions, frequent eye infections, or specific underlying medical conditions might not be advised to wear contacts.
(4)Can I use contact lens everyday?
Daily disposable contact lenses are designed for daily use and are discarded at the end of the day. Other types of contact lenses can be worn on a daily basis, but you need to adhere to your eye care professional's recommendations regarding wearing schedule, cleaning, and replacement.
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