Posts for tag: contact lenses

By Princeton Eye and Ear
August 06, 2018
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: contact lenses  

Eye ContactYour contact lenses irritate your eyes. Should this be the case? At Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, your board-certified ophthalmologists, Dr. Chirag Shah and Dr. Angana Shah, urge you to replace your contact lenses as directed and to use proper hygiene and storage methods. Avoid irritation and infection as you care for your lenses properly and keep your eyes healthy.

When to replace contact lenses

The Centre for Contact Lens Research in Canada states that good hygiene not only applies to hand washing, dental health, or daily bathing, it applies to contact lens replacement and care, too. The Centre offers important tips on when to replace your lenses--regardless of what kind of contacts they are (single use, extended wear, toric, rigid gas permeable). Good care helps avoid corneal irritation, various kinds of infections and long-term eye health problems such as early onset cataracts.

Here are some easy replacement rules:

  1. Remove your lenses whenever they appear cloudy. Rinse with saline solution and put them back in. If they are still cloudy, replace them right away with another pair.
  2. Remove your lenses if your eyes feel irritated. Irritation often indicates dust and dirt accumulation on the lenses. So, clean your lenses according to your doctor's instructions. Irritation also could mean a structural defect such as a fold or small tear. These lenses should be replaced with a fresh pair.
  3. Replace any lenses which are beyond their expiration date--typically one year from purchase. Check the package for details on your brand and type.

Avoid premature replacement

To benefit your eye health, your vision and your wallet, too, follow your ophthalmologist's instructions about contact lens care. Your lens and cleaning solution manufacturers also provide important information on the care and storage of your contacts. Follow all these rules carefully.

For instance, it's critical to:

  • Wash your lenses with the solution, frequency, and method advised by Dr. Chiraq Shah or Dr. Angana Shah.
  • Avoid using water on your contacts, but instead, rinse with the proper disinfecting solution.
  • Take your lenses out before showering, swimming, or going in a hot tub.
  • Leave your lens case open when not in use to avoid bacterial build-up.
  • Keep the lens solution in the original bottle, keep the tip clean and always cap the bottle tightly when not in use.

Contact us in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold

If you experience any problems with your contact lenses, have an extended period of eye irritation or simply have a question about lens care or replacement, please call Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, right away. Our "eye phone" number is (609) 883-3000.

By Princeton Eye and Ear
October 04, 2017
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: contact lenses  

Do you remember the last time you replaced your contact lens case? Using the case month after month can subject you to painful contactsinfections that can damage your vision. Our Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ, ophthalmologists, Drs. Chirag and Angana Shah, discuss the ideal contact lens case replacement schedule and explain why it's important to buy new cases periodically.

How often should I replace my cases?

Contact lens cases should be replaced at least every three months. Visit a Lawrenceville, Plainsboro or Freehold store and replace the cases sooner if they're exposed to chemicals, such as spray cleaners in the bathroom or are noticeably dirty.

Why is it important to replace contact lens cases when they look fine?

Contact lens cases that look clean may actually harbor bacteria. If you continue to use the cases, you may transfer the bacteria to your eyes, which can cause an infection. Bacteria can move from your hands to the case and may also accumulate if you fail to change the solution in your cases. Replacing your cases regularly is the key to reducing bacteria.

How should I care for contact lens case?

Good cleaning techniques will help prevent bacterial and fungal eye infections. Before you handle your contact lenses or your cases, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water. Empty both sides of the case every day and rub them with your fingers to remove biofilm build up. Rinse the wells with fresh solution, not tap water. Using tap water to clean your case can increase your risk of developing Acanthamoeba keratitis, an eye infection that affects the corneas.

Turn the case upside down on a paper towel and allow it to air dry completely before refilling it. When you buy new cases, look for cases that are produced by the manufacturer of your contact lens solution. Bacterial levels may be higher if you mix and match cases and solutions.

Frequent replacement of contact lens cases, in addition to daily cleaning, can help protect your vision. If you're concerned about a contact lens issues or it's time for your next eye exam, call Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ, ophthalmologists, Drs. Chirag and Angana Shah, at (609) 883-3000 to schedule an appointment.

By Princeton Eye and Ear
December 01, 2016
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: contact lenses  

If wearing glasses has you frustrated then find out if contact lenses might actually be easier.

You hate having to wear glasses all day long. Sometimes it makes your eyes feel tired, especially if you spend a lot of your day staring at contact lensesa computer screen. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about getting contact lenses from one of our Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ ophthalmologists, but you’re not sure whether it’s the best option for you and your eyesight. Here are some things to consider before deciding whether contact lenses could be right for you.

Are there instances in your life that you wish you didn’t have to wear your glasses? Perhaps you would love to go swimming without stressing out about not being able to see the environment around you. Or maybe you would love to not have to wear glasses while playing sports. If this sounds like you then you may want to consider contact lenses, which make it easy to participate in sports without needing to worry about bulky glasses.

What kind of environment do you work in? While those who work inside or at their desk may benefit from wearing contact lenses, if your job requires you to be around a lot of chemicals, dust or other pollutants, then wearing contact lenses could actually be more irritating than comfortable. In this case, you will want to talk to our Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold eye doctor about whether contact lenses should be worn while at work.

Do you have any health issues? Are your eyes severely irritated? Do you suffer from ocular allergies? Do you have uncontrolled diabetes or other chronic health problems? If so, then these are issues that we need to discuss during your consultation to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for contact lenses.

Are you ready to get contact lenses? If so, then turn to Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ to find out which kind is right for you. We would be happy to schedule your contact lens consultation and fitting to see which one would give you the best vision possible.