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January 2016

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How the World Misunderstood the Mighty Contact Lens (Pt. 2)

We’re back with Part 2 on how the world misunderstood the might contact lens! How many of you, especially the ones who regularly use contacts, are able to debunk the common myths associated with contact lenses? Are you able to confidently determine fact from fiction? Do you believe that contacts are difficult to look after? Do you think it is uncomfortable? Expensive? This post is dedicated to delineate the common myths identified with contacts.

A myth is an idea or a story that is believed by many people, but is not actually true. I don’t mean to ruin your childhood by coming out and saying that Santa Claus is not real, or that Greek gods like Zeus and Poseidon are as real as Santa Claus; but you get my point. Ignorance is bliss, but you can’t remain in the dark for long. Eventually, one has to be enlightened.

The first common myth identified with contacts is that not everyone can wear contacts. Thanks to advances in contact lens technology in recent years, just about everyone and anyone can wear contacts. For example, there are now bifocal contact lenses for people with presbyopia and toric soft lenses that correct astigmatism. Thus, you may be a better aspirant than you think!

The next myth that I will debunk is that it is difficult to use. Although it is true that it takes a bit of practice to get a hang of using contacts, most opticians in optical shops will sit down and do a test run with you. They usually go over how do put them on and take them out, the do’s and don’ts and they will answer any questions you might have. They’ll make sure that before you leave you’re comfortable and confident with your new lenses and keep in touch afterwards to make sure you’re getting on alright with them.

Consequently, age is not a limitation to using contacts. Many people affirm the myth that some are too old or young to use contacts, which isn’t true. There is no official age where one can start using contacts. It really depends on whether your optician believes you are mature and capable enough. Older individuals may need different prescriptions for reading and for distance, but that’s not a problem as there are bifocal and varifocal options. Although as individual’s age, their eyes may become dry or develop other minor disturbances, opticians can guide you through any adjustments you might need to make.

The next myth in line is that contacts are a hassle and they’re uncomfortable. Today’s lenses are made with high-tech material such as silicone hydrogel, that lets in a lot more oxygen into your eyes which ensures adequate hydration and comfort. Using contacts is no more time consuming or difficult than brushing your teeth. Daily disposable are extremely convenient – you wear them once and throw them away. They’re great for those occasional times you don’t want to put on glasses like playing sports or dressing up for an event.

Besides that, a huge myth identified with contacts is that it causes eye problems. Although it’s true that lens wear could increase risk of certain eye problems, if you follow your optician’s instructions regarding how to take care of your lenses, how long to wear them and how frequently you should replace them, wearing contacts is as safe as wearing a frame.

Last but not least, the notion that contacts are expensive is another prevalent myth associated with contacts. Contact lens can sometimes be cheaper than a pair of eyeglasses. Even daily disposable lenses, once considered a luxury, can be gotten at only a few ringgit. Whether you choose dailies or monthlies, varifocal or standard prescription, you’ll be sure to get a good deal from eyetina.

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Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Daily disposable contacts are contact lenses that are used for a single time and are extracted and disposed of at the end of each day. A brand new pair of lenses is worn the next morning. Both practitioners and consumers are increasingly advocating daily contacts for their health and amenity benefits.

At the time when disposable contacts were popularized in 1987, most contacts were discharged yearly. Hence, they were regarded as a step towards modernization. Albeit they were referred to as disposable, the exclusive lenses introduced at the time were not single-use. They were generally lasted for about a week or two.

It is common for individuals to get confused between daily wear and daily disposable. This is because of the misunderstanding that contact lenses involve replacement and extraction intervals. The frequency of your lens’ removal and change refers to a term called replacement schedule. A wearing schedule on the other hand refers to the time span of your contacts use before extraction.

Daily wear means the contacts is only worn during the day but not during sleep. Extended wear however means wearing them continuously for two or more days including the duration of sleep. Prescription for disposable contacts can either include daily or extended wear depending on your eye physiology and needs. Daily disposable lenses are mainly for daily use, but some individuals use them just for specific activities such as sports and dispose them immediately without using it for a full day.

To maintain optimum eye health and comfort, frequent replacement of contacts is essential. Substances that are naturally found in your tears such as protein, lipids and calcium can build up on your lenses. These precipitation cause your lenses to feel less comfortable than they were at the time when it was new and also sets your eye up to me more prone to infections. Cleaning your lenses is not 100% effective and will result in some precipitation still lingering and accumulating over time.

Contact lens care can be frustrating. There are two ways around this issue. One is to wear extended lenses continuously for a few days and dispose them when they are removed. The other way is to use daily disposable lenses.

Most opticians and consumers feel that they provide the best of both worlds. They are conducive because they do not require any cleaning of lenses and they are a healthier alternative because there isn’t any accumulation of precipitation and overnight use like extended lenses.

Generally, daily disposable contacts are pricier than extended lenses. Costs can vary depending on the brand of the product and material used. Though, it is important to note that the higher lens cost of daily disposable contacts is fizzled by the money saved from not having to purchase lens care products.

With that said, we have reached the end of our entry for today. As always, do get in touch with us with your thoughts as they are valuable in determining the strength of our content from here on out. Till our next post, farewell!

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Soft Contact Lenses

Do you guys know the ins and outs of soft lenses? Well, you sure will regardless by the time you’re done reading this entry.

Soft contact lenses was first approved for supply in the U.S. in 1971. In the first six months, soft contact lenses sales reached $1 Million USD within the first six months. In the UK, there are approximately 3.7 million contact lens users, of these the majority use soft lens.

As their name suggests, these lenses have a soft structure. They are very comfortable to wear due to its soft structure which is a bit like a piece of thick clingfilm. In most cases, their gas permeable counterparts are smaller in size. These cover the whole iris, cornea and lays on the sclera.

Soft lenses are able to stay in place reliably and easy to adjust. The flexible plastic is combined with water to allow oxygen to pass through the contact lens to the cornea. This is also responsible for added comfort and maintenance of eye health.

Replacement regularity or wearing schedules often describe soft lenses. There are two-weekly, monthly, and in some cases three-monthly or six-monthly replacements. The lenses may operate on a daily-use basis and sometimes for up to 30 days of extended or continuous wear.

The daily disposable contact lenses are the most commonly fitted soft lens in the UK. Wide array of materials, fit, powers and designs are offered for soft contact lenses to correct all kinds of vision. Much like a sponge, soft lenses incorporate water and must be kept in contact lens solution to prevent them from drying out.

There are soft contact lenses to correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. Myopia is also known as shortsightedness; it is when a person is unable to see objects clearly in the distance. Contact lenses for this prescription require a ‘-‘ (minus) power.

Hyperopia is known longsightedness; when a person is unable to see objects clearly up close. Contact lenses for this prescription require a ‘+’ (plus) power. Astigmatism is a condition which affects the curvature of the eye which causes blurred vision. In my previous entry I explained everything you need to know about astigmatism. If you haven’t checked it out yet do check it out!

Presbyopia is a condition that usually occurs to those over the age of 40 which causes a person to lose near vision. Contact lenses for presbyopia visual correction often include the words multifocal, progressive, bifocal or presbyopia. To find out which contact lens fits your prescription, you need to contact your optician for a contact lens eye test and fitting.

A new generation of soft contact lenses called silicone hydrogels which allow much more oxygen to pass through to the cornea than previous soft lens material, are healthier for the eye. These materials are now used for all types of soft lenses but was originally intended for extended wear.

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Zero-powered or plano costmetic lenses which are colored and special-effect soft lenses designed to change the color or appearance of the eyes rather than correct eyesight can also be used by specialists to mask eye injury or disfigurement. Many soft contact lenses incorporate a UV (ultraviolet) inhibitor to help protect the eye.
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Astigmatic?

Are you astigmatic? Fret not, you’re not alone! Did you know that approximately 1 in 6 Americans or 16.54% of Americans are astigmatic? Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision. It is due to either irregularly shaped corneas (the transparent layer forming the front of the eye), or sometimes the curvature of the lens within the eye. As a result, vision becomes distorted at any distance.

Normally, the cornea and lens are smooth and curved equally in all directions, helping to focus light rays sharply onto the retina which is at the back of the eye. However, if your cornea or lens isn’t smooth and evenly curved, light rays aren’t refracted properly. When the cornea has an irregular shape, it is called corneal astigmatism. When the shape of the lens is distorted, it is called lenticular astigmatism. Astigmatism is almost like looking into a fun house mirror in which you appear too tall, too wide or too thin.

An extensive eye exam can successfully diagnose astigmatism. How the eyes focus light and determines power for any optical lenses is needed to compensate for reduced vision is how astigmatism is tested for.  Visual acuity, keratometry and refraction will be included in this examination.

The visual acuity test requires you to read letters on a distance chart. In keratometry, the keratometer is used. The primary instrument used to measure the curvature of the cornea is a keratometer. The proper fit for contact lenses can be determined through this measurement. A procedure called the corneal topography which is more sophisticated may be performed to provide even more detail of the shape of the cornea in some cases.

A phoropter is the instrument used in testing for refraction. A series of lenses will be placed in front of your eyes by your optometrist to measure how they focus light. An instrument called the retinoscope or an automated instrument that automatically evaluates the power of the eye is used; it is a hand held lighted instrument. The power is then refined by lenses that allow the clearest vision which is then determined by the patient’s responses.

Eyeglasses, contact lenses, orthokeratology. laser and other refractive surgery procedures can be prescribed to people with astigmatism as options to regain clear vision. A single vision lens is generally prescribed to provide clear vision at all distances. 

However, for patients who have a condition called presbyopia which usually occurs to those over the age of 40, a bifocal or progressive addition lens may be needed. These lens provide different powers to see clearly in the distance and to focus effectively for near vision work. Contact lenses can offer better vision than eyeglasses for some individuals.

Soft lenses may not be effective in correcting astigmatism as they conform to the shape of the eye. However, correction for many types of astigmatism can be imposed through special toric soft contact lenses. The cornea’s irregular shape and vision for people with astigmatism and other refractive errors can be effectively compensated by rigid gas permeable contact lenses as they maintain their regular shape while on the cornea.

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How The World Misunderstood The Mighty Contact Lenses (Pt. 1)

Whether you advocate contact lens use or not, this piece will inform you why you should wear contact lenses regardless of the quality of your vision. Contact lenses need not serve the sole purpose of providing users with clear vision. Although it very well might be considered the main purpose by most, it has the potential to serve many other distinct functions. Besides vision enhancement, it provides the user a multitude of various experiences that the classic frame cannot provide.

First and foremost, the structure of a pair of contact lens provide a much more natural vision as it is worn directly on the eye. This allows the user to gain optimal access to their vision as the entire peripheral view is focused. In sports and driving, this particular aspect is especially important as individuals need to be able to see around them as much as possible. As compared to frames, using contact lens is favorable in physically demanding situations due to the restriction and danger frames inevitably bring about.

The next reason entails that the use of contacts allow users to be free from the discomfort and hassle of wearing glasses. Wearing glasses inevitably produces an obstructive vibe. From feeling the weight of the frame, to the slipping of the frame from its’ original placement, wearing contacts provide the comfort that the absence of these minute distractions grant. Furthermore, unlike frames, contacts do not fog up and collect precipitation.

In addition, contact lenses play a vital role in enhancing an individual’s facial aesthetics. Contact lenses could be argued to be deemed a fashion accessory. This is because users are able to select specific colors and designs from a vast variety of options. This allows users to mix and match the colors and patterns of their eyes with their outfits. There are many designs available in the market, ranging from holiday themes to animal print.

Last but not least, contact lens users allow other individuals to look them directly in the eyes. Eye contact is especially important in our interactions with our surroundings. From entertaining family and friends to creating meaningful network connections, the importance of eye contact cannot be undermined. The use of contacts allow the user to be able to use the impact of eye contact on a much deeper level. This does not mean that frames leave a negative impression in interactions, but it does limit the potency in terms of eye contact.
That brings us to the end of part 1, stay tuned as upcoming parts will be posted up very soon. Do get in touch with us and let us know what you readers would like to view on our blog and don’t hesitate to provide any feedback or suggestions. We’re all ears!