If you don’t have 20/20 vision, at some point you’ll probably have wished that you could wake up and be able to see without fumbling around for your specs. Perhaps you’re tired of feeling your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night, hindered by the dark as well as your imperfect sight. Or maybe you just like to watch television in bed by worry about falling asleep with your contact lenses in.
If any of the above sounds familiar, you may be pleased to know that Eye Emporium have the solution to your problems; extended wear contact lenses.
Although these clever little lenses look and feel exactly the same as your monthly or daily contacts, they are special. That’s because they allow you to wear them for longer periods of time without needed to be removed, cleaned, or changed.
You may have been advised against sleeping in your contact lenses before, and for most contacts, this advice is important. This is because dirt and bacteria can get stuck to the lens and then get trapped between the lens and your eyelid, meaning you are more likely to get an infection in your eye. Also, some contact lenses can reduce the supply of oxygen to the cornea. In turn, this stops your eyes being able to fight off infections as well as they usually would, leaving your eyes even more susceptible to infection.
Fortunately, advances in contact lens technology mean that sleeping in new extended wear contact lenses is perfectly safe if you follow instructions from your optician correctly.
New extended wear contact lenses are made with a silicone hydrogel material, which allows more oxygen to reach the eye. This means that you don’t have to worry about inflammation or infection. And most extended wear lenses are disposable, so you usually throw them away every fortnight and thorough cleaning becomes a simpler task.
At Eye Emporium, we are selective about which of our patients would be suited to extended wear contact lenses. If you’re prone to eye infections these lenses may not be for you, and obviously, if you haven’t been able to use standard contact lenses in the past, extended wear lenses won’t be any easier to use.
The risk of infection is still higher with this type of contact lens than it is with daily, fortnightly, or monthly contact lenses, so we do ask our patients to use them with care. You must always speak to your optician before using new contact lenses and these are no different. Our experts would never recommend sleeping in extended wear contact lenses every night. Instead they should be used when necessary; if you’re staying away from home, if you have a long haul flight, or if you do happen to fall asleep in front of the television from time to time.
We find that a lot of our festival-going patients like this type of contact lens. When they don’t have access to running water it is more hygienic to sleep in contact lenses and not have to replace them in the morning. It also means that they don’t have to worry about losing packets of spare lenses in the tent, or kneeling on specs!
To find out more about extended wear contact lenses or to see if they are suitable for you, speak to the friendly team at Eye Emporium and arrange a contact lens consultation. Simply call us on 0800 020 9202.