Have you ever wondered why your contact lenses can make your eyes feel dry and uncomfortable? Or why your optician recommends that you only wear them for a number of hours each day? Or perhaps why, if you regularly wear contact lenses, you’re advised to wear your specs some of the time? This is all because some contact lenses can stop your eyes from ‘breathing’.
What we mean by this is that the contacts stop your eyes from getting the oxygen they need to repair themselves each day.
You see, the cornea (the front surface of your eye) needs oxygen to keep it working properly. All contact lenses reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the front of the eye to some degree, but when there is a significant reduction in oxygen it can cause all kinds of problems. This includes red eyes, swollen corneas and general discomfort. This is called hypoxia.
At Eye Emporium, we supply contact lenses made from silicone hydrogel. This clever material allows more oxygen to pass through it, meaning that your eyes stay in great condition.
And these contact lenses can be made into most prescriptions; even those that are more complicated and require toric lenses, bifocal lenses, and custom contact lenses.
What’s better is that because more oxygen can reach your eyes, the lenses are also far more comfortable to wear. If you’ve ever had problems with contact lens discomfort then silicone hydrogel contact lenses may be the option for you. They also stop your eyes from drying out like conventional contacts can. This means that if you have to wear your lenses for longer than usual – say on a night out – you won’t get to a point in the evening where you feel that you need to switch to glasses because your contact lenses have become uncomfortable.
If you’ve never tried contact lenses before, silicone hydrogel lenses are great to start with. And don’t worry using them. At Eye Emporium, our expert team will book you an appointment to go through correct contact lens care and handling. They’ll teach you how to insert and remove contact lenses, how to clean them properly, and how to store them when you’ve taken them out for the day.
We will even give you a free contact lens trial, just to see how you get on with them for a few days. This will allow you to see how the lenses work for you in your day to day life. You’ll probably notice that they make life that little bit easier – especially if you play sports or lead an active lifestyle.
For more information on silicone hydrogel contact lenses, or to book a contact lens assessment and trial, simply call the friendly team at Eye Emporium on 0800 020 9202. We’d be delighted to help!