Removing Contact Lenses using the Finger and Thumb Technique

All contact lens wearers know that the key to proper contact lens use is correct application and removal. These 2 go hand in hand. There are many techniques one can follow in order to apply or remove contact lenses effectively. Knowing how to remove contact lenses is very important. Other that it, being a foreign object, contact lenses can cause discomfort and undesirable complications when worn for long periods. The eyes need to breathe, to prevent mineral deposits, tear build up and dryness. One very common method in removing contact lenses is the finger and thumb technique. This method is applicable to soft contact lenses and rigid contact lenses. Listed below are the simple steps on how the finger and thumb technique works.

1) Prior to contact lens removal, make sure to wash and clean both hands with hypoallergenic soap and water. Pat both hands dry. Do not apply anything on your hands, most especially lotions, creams, hand moisturizers and oils. Residue and other components from these products might get into the lenses.

2) The best place to stay when removing contact lenses is a well-lit and well-ventilated room preferable with a mirror and table or counter top. If standing behind the sink, do not forget to cover the drain with a paper towel. In case the lens is dropped, it won’t get into the pipes.

3) Bend forward and form a cup using your palm and fingers. If you’re doing the right eye use your left hand; vice-versa. The cupped hand will catch the lens if it falls off.

4) Open your eyes wide and using the index finger of your un-capped hand, pull down the lower eyelid. This will loosen the lens and release it from the eye.

5) Once the contact lens in loose, blink slowly. Blinking releases the contact lens, dropping it to the cupped hand. Do the same procedure with the other eye.

Bifocal Contact Lenses: What You Need To Know

bifocal contact lensesSince people who are wearing contact lenses often continue to use contacts even when they have developed vision related problems like presbyopia, there are now a growing number of expectations for bifocal contact lenses. In order to familiarize yourself with these types of lenses, it is best that you understand its history, types, and other characteristics.

History

Bifocal lenses have been in the market for over 70 years now. And just recently, these types of lenses have achieved a remarkable progress in the market. But still, there is an impression that prescription of such contact lenses is not that easy. Wearing bifocal lenses also have its limits, for it could also lead to some eye diseases and other vision related problems.

Types of Bifocal Contact Lenses

There are several different types of bifocal lenses, and it can be classified into two – the alternating vision and the simultaneous vision types. Alternating vision types, as with bifocal glasses, allows the viewer to see an object through the distant or near vision by moving the visual axis either in upward or downward direction. The simultaneous vision types (both distant and near image), are usually formed on the retina simultaneously.

Prescription of Bifocal lenses

The prescription of bifocal contact lenses for persons with presbyopia is often done on the following manner – prescription of mildly corrective contact lens; prescription of monovision contact lens, concomitant use of reading glasses as well as contact lenses, and the use of bifocal contact lenses.

 

What happens to my eye? – For People over 40

Youth is a gift; it is something all of us hold dear. Possessing youth signifies beauty, prime, health, strength and vigor. Many people resort to certain measures like cosmetic surgery, just to preserve this gift, but like all cycles in life, youth has a beginning and it also has its end. If the mythical fountain of youth was real, a lot of us will be in constant pursuit of it.

As people grow old, a lot of changes take place in the body. Aside from growths of grey hair, facial lines and skin wrinkles, the eyes also change. For people over 40, they may notice a change in vision. At this time, a normal age-related eye condition called presbyopia is expected to occur. Presbyopia affects the eye’s focusing ability, especially on near objects and short distances. People with presbyopia may require a piece of vision correcting eye wear to help them see clearly. Eye glasses and contact lenses are among the most common choices. Presbyopia or “short arm” syndrome as what other people call it is inevitable, starting 40, our natural lens become thick and less flexible. This thickening and hardening occurs within the proteins in the lens and the muscle fibers surrounding it. With less flexibility, the eye loses its ability to focus up close. For women over 40, aside from presbyopia, another potential eye condition they are faced with are dry eyes. This condition is due to the hormonal change women go through at this stage in their lives. During menopause, eye dryness increases and intensifies.

People aging 40 and above, with presbyopia can opt to wear bifocal or trifocal contact lenses to restore their ability to focus. Multifocal lenses can also be used, most especially for those who live an active lifestyle. Women who have dry eyes can us over the counter eye drops and artificial tears to manage their discomfort.

The Benefits of Wearing Multifocal Contact Lenses

 

multifocal contact lenses

Multifocal contact lenses have 3 vision zones, allowing you to be able to see objects clearly – either up-close, at a distance or even objects in-between.

Ideal for Middle Aged People with Sight Problems

Multifocal lenses are perfect for middle aged people who are suffering from different kinds of eyesight problems, and can no longer see beyond the standard vision conditions that young individuals have. These days, even people aged forty and above still long to be more active than their parents used to be when they were on their forties. So if you are one of them, you should consider wearing a multifocal lens, because eyeglasses will just be a hindrance to your active lifestyle.

Multifocal Lenses are perfect for Night Driving

Several studies suggest that adults who wear multifocal contact lenses to correct their vision problems have clearer visibility when driving at night as compared to those who are wearing eyeglasses. Age-related eye problems, such as presbyopia, would result to a person’s inability to focus on objects up close, especially when driving at night time.

Multifocal lenses are designed for People Suffering from Presbyopia

Multi-focal lenses are actually designed for people that are suffering from presbyopia, because such lenses could provide distance and close-up vision. Presbyopia usually occurs in our mid-forties, giving us difficulty to focus on near objects. Before, reading glasses are the only option available, but wearing such prevents adults to perform strenuous activities. But there are now a number of multifocal lenses available for people with presbyopia. And certainly, multifocal contact lenses offer the best of both worlds – no glasses and good vision.

 

Contact Lenses: How are they made?

There have been several resources discussing various topics about contact lenses. These topics have helped increase our awareness to this useful piece of eyewear. Most of us know a lot about contact lenses. We know how to wear them, we know what they’re for and we even know how trendy contact lenses can be but do we know how they are made?

Contact lenses are manufactured according to type. The lenses of soft contacts are made out of button shaped polymer cut-outs. At present times, contact lens manufacturers use high tech machines and instruments to digitally create the inside portion of the polymer cut-out, depending on the prescription its intended for. This process is called lens shaping. After lens shaping, polishing follows. This process is done with the help of a liquid solution or abrasive paste that evens out the lens’ surface. A well polished lens ensures clear vision and comfort. Right after polishing, the lens’ thickness is measured, if all measurements are correct, coating is done. The lens is coated with a waxy substance before it is molded to its desired size and shape. The outer edges, surfaces and rims are polished evenly. These soft contact lenses are immersed in saline solution for at least 24 hours, to make them soft and flexible. Final cleaning is done on each lens before placing them on sterilized sealed containers which can last for as long as 7 years. Another technique in creating contact lenses is spin casting. With spin casting a contact lens mold is filled with liquid monomer, which is rotated at different speeds resulting to different types of contact lens. Changing the speed at which the mold is rotated creates variation on the contact lens’ quality. The finishing part of spin casting involves polishing, sterilization and packaging.

Knowing where contact lenses come from and how they’re made, not only makes the wearer well-informed but also more appreciative.

The Different Types of Toric Contact Lenses

toric contact lenses

Toric contact lenses are the kind of contact lens which is being used to treat astigmatism. These contact lenses are just similar to other contact lenses, except for their design. The toric lenses are a special kind of contact lens, for they do not rotate on the eyes and will help in providing a crisp vision. Here are the most popular types of toric lenses:

Biomedics toric lenses

The Biomedics toric contact lenses are made from a contact lens material called the Ocufilcon D and water. It is manufactured by Ocular Sciences, and is distributed by different contact lens companies like Ultraflex, Perspecta, Versaflex, Polysoft, Biomedics, and Sofmed. To avoid any confusion, most eye care providers would only recommend using only Biomedics Toric. This contact lens must be disposed within 1-2 weeks of use and a single box of Biomedics Toric contains 6 lenses.

Proclear Toric Lenses

The Proclear Toric lenses are made from Phosphorylcholine (PC) technology, and the material that is being used by this technology keeps the moisture on the lens, for it could easily attract water. And therefore, the lens will remain moist even after 12 hours of using. The design of the lens is very simple and the lens is also tinted.

Soflens 66 Toric

The Soflens 66 Toric Lenses is manufactured by a company called the Bausch & Lomb. The unique design of Soflens 66  lenses will provide optimal visual acuity because of its steep periphery and flatter center. The clear vision that this lens provide, makes the Soflens 66 Toric the most comfortable toric contact lenses to wear.

Prescription Contact Lenses: A Cure for Astigmatism

There are several different types of prescription contact lenses that you can purchase in the market, but the most common of them are those that are being used to cure astigmatism.

Who Needs Prescription Contacts?

As you might have probably known, astigmatism is now considered to be one of the most common eye problems that most people suffer from. Astigmatism would cause a person to have a slightly blurred vision, and in severe cases, it could lead to extreme headache and could cause eye strain.  It is very important that you wear the necessary contact lenses if you are someone who suffers from astigmatism, due to the fact that it has so many symptoms that could become a hindrance to your day to day living.  prescription contact lenses for astigmatism are particularly designed in order to cure this particular eye problem, although in cases where the condition is extreme, it is important that the patient will have to see an eye doctor first before deciding to wear any types of contact lenses.

Types of Prescription Contact Lenses

Soft prescription contact lenses for astigmatism are usually made of hydrophilic and some other flexible materials. Oftentimes, these kinds of contact lenses are also being referred as soft toric astigmatism contact lenses. A soft toric lens is the kind of contact lens that has easy adaptability and will give the user utmost comfort when used. Furthermore, these types of lenses come in a variety of replacement schedules, which is either weekly or bi-weekly. This type of contact lens works well for most people, and the only drawback is that it can lead to fluctuating vision. This is because soft contact lenses would tend to rotate and move regularly in the eyes since astigmatism eyes are asymmetric.

 

 

What are Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses?

If there’s a type of contact lens called the gas permeable contacts, then there’s also one which is called the Silicone Hydrogel contact lens also known as super permeable lenses. This type of contact lens allows high amounts of oxygen to pass through the lens which in turn makes it the most comfortable, wearable and long lasting among its counterparts. Silicone Hydrogel contact lenses can be worn for as long as 30 days straight, without removal. The reason behind this contact lens breakthrough is the compound, silicone. Oxygen is a requirement for proper blood circulation in the eye’s cornea. Silicone allows more gas and oxygen to pass through compared to any other permeable other material out there.

Soft contact lenses are usually made out of hydrogel polymers, a soft and water containing plastic material. Hydrogel polymers are not gas permeable the eye gets oxygen through the water inside the plastic material. This small amount of water contains a minimal amount of oxygen plus it will eventually dry out in time, making oxygenation insufficient. Silicone Hydrogel contact lenses use both the water content in polymer and the gas permeability of silicone to provide adequate oxygenation to the eyes. With silicon hydrogel lenses, water content is less, which in turn, provides more comfort and less dehydration.

As mentioned, silicone hydrogel contact lenses can last up to 30 days without removal. Some manufacturers sell different variants, which include daily wear lenses, 6 to 7 night contacts and 8 to 20 days lenses. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses may not be for everyone. Prior to getting a pair, it is best to consult an eye specialist. They can thoroughly examine and evaluate the eye for any condition that might not go well with this type of contact lens. Contact lens fitting is also done to ensure eye comfort, lens durability and optimum eye health.

Can Contact Lenses hide my Eye Flaws and Imperfections?

Is there a type of contact lens that can hide the flaws and imperfections of the eyes? Fortunately there is, and it is called prosthetic contact lenses. The eye can have discolorations and disfigurement brought about by trauma, congenital anomaly and eye disease. Using prosthetic contact lenses can cover and mask these flaws, improving the eye’s over-all appearance. In some cases, prosthetic contact lenses can even block eye light from reaching the back of the disfigured eye which increases comfort and reduces glare and light sensitivity. Prosthetic contact lenses are fitted by an eye specialist. They come in pre-made sets or customized designs depending on the wearer. They can even be specifically designed to manage eye conditions such as astigmatism, far sightedness and near sightedness.

The materials used in making prosthetic contact lenses are similar to the ones used in soft contact lenses and gas permeable contact lenses. As far as storing and cleaning solutions, prosthetic contacts use the same solution, other regular contact lenses use. There are numerous eye conditions that can benefit from prosthetic contact lenses, the incomplete formation of the pupil or aniridia and the lack of eye pigments or albinism are among the most common disorders. For albinism, not only will the wearer mask his natural eye color, he can also avoid photophobia due to light sensitivity. If only eye is affected with albinism, the prosthetic contacts used should match the color of the unaffected eye.

Prosthetic contact lenses are prescribed by eye specialists. Before lens fitting, a thorough eye exam is performed. This is done to evaluate what type of prosthetic lens suits the patient best. For a more natural effect, and if patients choose to, eye specialists may take colored photos of the eye in order to help the manufacture create the right lens color with an appearance that’s close to normal.

Famous Women who wear Contact Lenses

It’s always fun to be a girl, but if it’s even better when you’re famous. In modern times, despite gender equality and less sexual discrimination, it is still not easy for women to be known and acknowledge for the things they have attained and accomplished. Famous women in different fields and specialties work very hard and overcome numerous obstacles to reach their prominence and earn the status that they hold dearly. These women become known because of their work in discovering and creating innovative inventions, medical research and breakthroughs, advancements in science and technology, sports, culture, politics, business, fashion, media, arts, religion and entertainment.

Among famous women, celebrities, models, singers, movie stars and entertainers are the ones who commonly wear contact lenses. These women use contact lenses for important movie roles, TV characters and personal image. Britney Spears, the world’s pop princess came into the music scene during the late 90’s with her hit single, Baby one more time. She wears blue contact lenses to match her long blonde hair and complete her all-American girl next door look. Britney’s natural eye color is light brown. Angelina Jolie, the most famous female movie star in the world, is not only known for her sexy and luscious lips but also for her sultry eyes. Angelina’s natural eye color is light blue. She wears light brown or dark green contact lenses to complete her gorgeous look. Angelina has one of the most beautiful faces to date, any eye color suits her. Paris Hilton, the famous American socialite and heiress to the Hilton Empire also wears contact lenses. Like Britney Spears, her natural eye color is light brown she uses icy blue contacts to complement her fair skin and blonde hair. Paris Hilton with her blue eyes looks like a living and breathing version of the Barbie doll.