Regularly changing contact lenses 'could lead to eyesight improvements' | 18.02.2010
Contact lens wearers can benefit from eyesight improvements
in the spring if they remember to change their lenses regularly, it has been claimed.
Writing for the Woodinville Weekly, Dr K W Scarborough stated that as the weather turns warmer, pollen in the air can make people's eyes itchy and red, especially if they wear contact lenses.
However, people can avoid making dry, itchy and puffy eyes worse if they regularly change their contact lenses and don't reuse old sets.
"Allergic response to the debris that builds up on lenses can aggravate symptoms. Sometimes removing the contact lenses for a period of a few days alone can calm an allergy attack," he added.
"Dirty lenses are a time-bomb for allergic wearers. Lenses should be replaced often; one-use lenses can allow some sufferers to wear their lenses even in the worst times."
The eyecare expert also suggested that contact lens wearers keep a pair of spare glasses to had in case their eyes become itchy and sore.
Dr Scarborough also said that eye drops which can be bought over the counter can help people relive the symptoms of conditions such as hayfever and other allergies, however people who wear contact lenses often cannot use such treatments.
The optician advised that while allergies may be uncomfortable and unsightly, they rarely permanently threaten people's vision.
One alternative for people suffering from hayfever or allergies is to use Ortho K over night contact lenses. The lenses are worn during the night while people sleep and are taken out the next day leaving the wearer with perfect natural visions, without the need for regular contact lenses or glasses.
Eye Health: Find out if i-GO over night contact lenses will suit you.
By Nick Howard
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