Contact Lens Health Week: 3 Tips to Stop Risky Contact Lens Behavior.

45 million people in the US wear contacts sadly, 41 million contact lens wearers admit to risky behavior!

45 million people in the US wear contacts sadly, 41 million contact lens wearers admit to risky behavior! Are you apart of that number?

3 Tips to Stop Risky Contact Lens Behavior

Switch to Daily Lenses! Daily contact lens wear is hands down the healthiest way to wear a contact. Patients can dramatically reduce the chance of over wear, infections and dry eyes when wearing daily lenses. Daily lenses are designed for single use and are great for patients with outdoor allergies, dry eyes, or sensitivity to contact lens solution. New daily lens technology allows patients with astigmatism and bifocal wearers to benefit from a healthier way to wear contacts. Dr. Janelle and her practice have partnered with The Lens Butler and SimplifEyes to make the switch more affordable!

Water and Contacts Do Not Mix! Water should never be on your lenses nor in your case. Water can cause contacts lenses to change shape, swell and stick to the eye resulting in a warped contact lens. A warped lens can scratch the cornea and lead to an infection.  Most water is not germ-free, especially lakes and rivers. When swimming or doing water activities be sure to wear swim goggles. If water gets onto your contact dispose of it immediately.

Communication is Essential! Talk to your doctor about your contact lens goals and be very honest if you practice risky behavior. It is important for your optometrist to know about your work life and recreational activities. The more your doctor knows about your life the better the contact lens fitting experience. Your optometrist wants to ensure you are fit with the best contact for your lifestyle and goals.

You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them! Reduce risky contact lens behavior. Remember healthy habits equal healthy eyes!

Dr. Janelle OD

Your Eye Care Expert

http://www.brillianteyesmarietta.com

Oh! Hello, Glaucoma.

Four practical tips to protect your sight from Glaucoma. Glaucoma has no significant warning signs until it is too late.

January: Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma has no warning signs.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. In the United States, 2.7 million Americans over the age of 40 suffer from glaucoma.

Here Is What You Need to Know

What causes glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that is most commonly caused by fluid build-up in front of the eye, causing high eye pressure. However, you can have normal eye pressure with damaged optic nerves resulting from low oxygen flow to the optic nerve. Both instances can result in damage to optic nerve cells, resulting in glaucoma.

In the US, Primary Open Angle Glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma. Undiagnosed glaucoma can lead to irreversible blindness; thus early detection and treatment is key to saving your sight.

Practical Tips to Protect Your Sight

Know your risk

Everyone is at risk for Glaucoma. However, older individuals are at a greater risk. Glaucoma is not often symptomatic in the early stages and is heavily associated with genetics; however, in most cases, it does not present until later in life. The most common risk factors for glaucoma are:

  • Age 65 and older
  • Family History (glaucoma in a parent, grandparent or sibling)
  • Race (African descent, Central or South American descent)
  • High eye pressure
  • Large Optic Nerve
  • History of sleep apnea (Low-Tension Glaucoma)

Have annual dilated eye exams

Dilated eye examinations require drops to make your pupils bigger, allowing your doctor to view and examine your entire retina. Establishing a relationship with your eye doctor is important, because a healthy doctor-patient relationship will allow you to be comfortable discussing your eye health concerns. It often helps to visit the same doctor annually to establish a good ocular health history.

Don’t Smoke

There is no direct correlation between smoking and glaucoma damage. However, elderly individuals who smoke have a higher risk of elevated eye pressure. Overall, smoking is bad for your sight, and increases dry eyes, macular degeneration and cataracts.

Have annual optic nerve and retina wellness screenings

There is technology now available to scan and screen your optic nerve for early signs of optic nerve damage. An iWellness screening is a non-invasive in-office scan that can sometimes detect glaucoma changes 3-5 years earlier than your eye doctor.

iwellness scan

Know your family history

Genetics plays a huge role in the development of glaucoma. Talk to your family and create a family health log. You can create the log on google sheets and store it on the internet with password protected access. It is important to interview your family and update the log annually.

Glaucoma has no warning signs, so stay on top of your eye health. Don’t wait until you start to lose your sight. Visit your eye doctor annually to screen for blinding eye diseases. Healthy eyes are very important for a healthy life.

 

Dr. Janelle

Clinical Director at Brilliant Eyes Vision Center

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