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As the leader in contact lens fitting in the midlands of South Carolina, Sansbury Eye Center is uniquely positioned to assist our patients regarding the use of contacts for vision correction. Since the first extended wear contacts became available in 1981, over 25 years ago, contact lens wearers have been a major part of our practice. Nationally, approximately 20% of patients with refractive error wear contact lenses. In our practice, 40% of our patients wear contact lenses. We feel our experience in the evaluation and fitting of your contact lenses for daily, thirty day overnight, planned disposable, or RGP wear, gives you a distinct advantage in being a successful contact lens wearer.
We have access to virtually any contacts that are FDA approved for use in the United States. Over the years, we have experienced a high degree of success with certain brands and we are highlighting them below:
Different lenses are made for different wearing schedules. While some lenses can potentially be worn for a week or even a month of continuous wear, others are meant to be taken out daily. To protect your eyes from serious complications, it is important that you follow the wearing schedule that is recommended.
Furthermore, proper follow-up care by your eye care professional is essential to ensure eye health throughout your life. Over time, your eyes and lenses can change, often without symptoms or warning signs which may put you at risk for developing potentially serious complications, including vision loss. Regular ongoing professional care can help to ensure a lifetime of good vision and eye health.
Why is contact lens care important?
Like all synthetic materials, contact lenses are subject to a buildup of micro-organisms and deposits. If not removed, these deposits and absorbed materials can build up on the lens surface which over time may result in the reduction of comfort and vision as well as an increased risk of contamination.
This is why lenses need to be cared for on a regular basis using various types of solutions, which are not only compatible with the lens materials but also with the eye itself.
Why can't water be used for rinsing contact lenses?
Tap water contains chlorine, minerals and metal particles, which can damage both the lenses and the eye. Among other things, water contains organisms, which can lead to serious infections of the eye through microbial contamination. Home made saline, purified or distilled water does not disinfect contact lenses and should not be used for rinsing the lenses.
Cleaning and Disinfection
Cleaning and disinfecting are important to kill micro-organisms responsible for eye infections.
Contact lenses must be stored in solutions approved for contact lens storage.
Use drops approved for re-wetting contact lenses as needed to alleviate symptoms of lens dryness. This is not an actual lens care step, but can be used for extra comfort.
The Lens Case
Data indicate that lens cases are a significant source of microbial contamination. Proper lens case cleaning and frequently replacing your case are essential for minimizing the risk of contact lens-related eye infections. Always follow the directions on the packaging insert for detailed instructions on cleaning your lens case.