Good eye health habits can protect your eyesight


While all of us need to pay close attention to eye health, informing our eye care practitioners about any signs of compromised vision or poor eye health, contact lens wearers need to be especially vigilant to ensure that their eye-care protocol consists of healthy practices.

Contact lenses provide a few distinct advantages over eyeglasses particularly for people who live active lifestyles. Contacts stay in place better during strenuous physical activity than eyeglasses do, which makes them safer and more convenient. They also make it easier and less expensive to protect your eyes from the sun's UV rays, since you can wear regular UV-rated sunglasses at the same time. Wearing eyeglasses instead of contacts would require you to purchase prescription sunglasses to get the same protection.

In addition to the above, many contact lens varieties and brands offer features that help correct your vision while making it easier for you to maintain good eye health.

Proclear Multifocal contact lenses, by CooperVision, offer a convenient alternative to reading glasses. Providing visual clarity from near or far, these unique contacts contain a natural, moisture-absorbing substance found in human membranes. This prevents dryness, making the lenses feel as comfortable at the end of the day as they did when you first put them in.

Other Proclear lenses that provide increased comfort and all-day hydration for those who suffer from dry eyes are the Proclear Compatibles and the Proclear Compatibles Toric lenses, the latter of which correct blurred vision caused by astigmatism. Proclear contact lenses are the only lenses on the market approved by the FDA for increasing the comfort of those suffering from eye dryness.

Biomedics contact lenses also help you maintain good eye health by providing superior oxygenation to the eye during wear. They maximize comfort, letting you use them for an extended period basically putting them in and then forgetting about them. Biomedics lenses come in a variety of lens types, including Biomedics 55 Premier, a disposable lens that's an excellent choice for first-time contact lens wearers, since it's easier to tell which side is which. The Biometric Toric lenses, also made under the brand name UltraFlex Toric, provide superior performance for those battling astigmatism.

CibaVision's Freshlook contact lenses provide needed moisture, comfort, and durability, while also offering different tints that let you vary your eye color. If you've always wondered what you'd look like if your eyes were a different color, this is the perfect way to find out. They come in Color Blends, Color Blends Toric, Opaques, and a color-enhancing variety called Radiance.

Freshlook Lite Tint lenses are 1-2 week disposable soft contacts, which are tinted but not enough to change your eye color. The tint simply increases the visibility of the lenses, making them easier to handle. These lenses also feature an inside-out indicator (the letters FL) that helps you determine correct placement.

Acuvue, always an innovator, from the time it developed the very first disposable soft contact lenses, is no less so today. Offering a line of quality contacts that feature silicone hydrogel technology, Acuvue maximizes the comfort level, moisture retention, and oxygenating properties of its lenses, which keeps the company on the leading edge of its field and you on the healthy edge of eye care. Offering a variety of lens types, including Acuvue 2, which features UV protection, the company makes a lens for every need.

Daily disposable contact lenses, which many different companies offer, provide an easier way to protect your eyes from harmful bacteria. Because you only use them once and then discard them at the end of the day, you wear a brand new, perfectly clean lens each day that's free from buildup and far less likely to harbor harmful bacteria. Daily disposables are available from Acuvue, CooperVision, Bausch & Lomb, and CibaVision.

For contact lens wearers, following such healthy practices as responsible lens care (to prevent the growth of bacteria that can lead to eye infections), removal of even extended-wear contacts before going to bed at night (to prevent oxygen starvation of the eye tissues), and reusing lenses only as directed by the manufacturer will prove helpful in maintaining eye health.

In addition, everyone whether or not they wear contacts should visit their eye-care provider regularly and watch for signs of eye problems between visits. Promptly report such factors as vision changes, eye pain or pressure, changes in appearance such as eye swelling, excessively dry eyes, or unusual watering or discharge to your eye-care practitioner.

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