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Dr. B’s Health Guide for Contact Lens Wearers

Wearing comfortable contacts may be life changing vs. glasses because contacts can improve visual sharpness and peripheral vision.

First-time vision correction wearers love the fact that contacts let them enjoy their “no spectacles” appearance as long as possible!

Like many of the positives in life however, too much of a good thing is sometimes harmful!

When choosing to wear contacts, it’s important to follow these guidelines so the long-term health of your eyes is maintained:

  • Avoid sleeping in contacts (approved for sleeping) more than six nights in a row.

  • Never extend the life of your contacts in order to save a few bucks! Damage from old contacts accumulates over time, causing serious eye health risks.

  • Daily disposables are definitely best for consistent vision clarity and healthy eyes.

  • Take a break from contacts by wearing relief glasses containing your most recent prescription. Two or three days weekly is recommended for long-term eye health.

  • Wear non-prescription sunglasses over your contacts, or prescription sunglasses instead of your contacts for protection from harmful sun glare.

Where should you buy your contacts, relief glasses, and sunglasses?

CONTACTS…Cheaper sources than your eye doctor’s office might be found, but they may sell only the product(s) while your eye doctor is partnering with you for your long-term eye health.

RELIEF GLASSES…Contacts are designed for good vision, but they are a foreign object in your eyes that pose a potential health risk. Relief glasses are a must and your eye doctor is best qualified to style you in a great looking/fitting frame with a digitally precise prescription and blue light protection lens treatment.

SUNGLASSES…Bargain sunglasses may not have enough UV and HEV protection, which increases risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. The risk of skin wrinkles, under eye bags, “crow’s feet,” and skin cancer also increases. Your eye doctor can be trusted to prescribe reliable protection for your eyes and eye lids.