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AMD- The Basics on Age-Related Macular Degeneration

What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects a person’s central and colour vision. It is a deterioration of the part of the eye called the macula. The macula is a small part of the retina, which is the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye.

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in older patients. It may affect one or both eyes. A person with AMD does not go fully blind as they do keep their peripheral vision. As it gets worse it affects patient’s ability to read, drive and recognize their loved ones.

What are the types of AMD?

- The first is called DRY AMD. This is the more common type and is usually slow to progress. This causes the light sensitive cells in the macula to get thin and die
- The second is called WET AMD. This occurs when new blood vessels grow and damage the macula. These vessels are weak and leak into the macular which causes scarring
- A form of macular degeneration that is found in young patient is called Stargardt’s disease, which is a genetic condition

What are the symptoms of AMD?

-In early stages, there may be no symptoms at all
-trouble seeing in low light
-blur in central vision
-missing spots in vision
-noticing that straight lines are now wavy/crooked

Who is at risk of getting AMD?

-those with a family history of AMD
-smokers
-those with a poor diet and/or overweight
-those over 50 years old
-causations
-those with cardiovascular disease/high blood pressure

Treatment of AMD

-Use of supplements which include antioxidants such as zeaxanthin and lutein
-Injections or lasers into the eye which block the blood vessels from leaking in wet AMD
-Low vision aids – such as the Orcam – which is a form of assistive technology that can read and recognize faces for the user

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Carrots and Good Eye Sight?

My mother told me that carrots would give me good eyesight. Is that true?

She was right, but carrots are not the only food that can help improve your vision and give you healthy eyes.

GREAT FOOD FOR GREAT EYES

One of the most basic components of good health is diet. It is the high carotenoid content of carrots that makes them good for your eyes. All yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, such as cantaloupe, peppers and squash are likewise beneficial for vision. Dark leafy greens are also high in carotenoids; spinach, kale and collard greens are associated with reduced risk of developing macular degeneration.

Have you heard about free radicals and what they do to your body? They are atoms or molecules that are missing one of their two electrons. This makes them unstable, so they will try to take an electron from another molecule nearby. This in turn creates another free radical which attacks the molecule next to it, and so on. The result is a chain reaction of damage (also called “oxidation”) to all major components of cells including DNA, proteins and cell membranes. Oxidation can cause diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, inflammatory and immune diseases, asthma, diabetes, and dementia.

Lucky for us, antioxidants are substances that disarm free radicals and turn them into simple oxygen molecules. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants (such as carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin) and therefore, reduce the risk of developing degenerative diseases. Dark chocolate, pecans, blueberries, artichokes, goji berries, kale, beans, cabbage and broccoli have many health benefits. Both white and, especially, red wines are high in antioxidants and may reduce the risk of macular degeneration when consumed in moderation. So enjoy a glass or two this holiday season knowing you are helping reduce your risk of disease!

And so you see, your mother knew what she was talking about!

Screen Time and it’s affects on your Children

I’m worried my daughter is spending too much time on her tablet – what is this doing to her?

You are right to be concerned. Multiple studies correlate increased use of digital media by children with risks of obesity, poorer school performance, poorer sleep quality, as well as delays in critical cognition, learning and social skills. Pre-COVID we recommended no more than two hours/day of recreational screen time for school age children (less for younger children). This is still the goal, but COVID has made it impossible for many families to avoid children spending far more time in front of screens than is healthy.

What can we do? Let’s start with these guidelines:

    1. Take a break every 30 to 60 minutes. Look out the window; get up to stretch; break the spell.
    2. Avoid screen use in the hour before bedtime.
    3. Encourage outdoor activity over screen time. (New research indicates that increased myopia or nearsightedness may be linked with children spending fewer hours outdoors.)
    4. Continue or start the habit of ANNUAL eye exams for all children. Your optometrist will check how the eyes converge (turn in to read), accommodate (to focus on words and screens), and – if required – discuss the potential benefit of reading glasses for your child. These may include proper visual system development, reducing eye strain or aiding in clarity. We will also check for the many silent ocular health conditions only a full eye exam can reveal.

It is estimated that at least 80% of the information a sighted person’s brain is processing is visual, and in today’s world that may be an underestimation. What could be more important than an optimally functioning visual system? Annual eye exams for children are covered through MSP, so book one today.

Myopia Management Options

Myopia Control

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition that impacts billions of people world-wide. Thanks to increasing use of digital devices, that number is growing and is projected to impact almost half of the global population by 2050. One study recently showed that home confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic appeared to be associated with a significant increase in myopia in young children (1.4-3 times in 2020 compared with the previous 5 years). Why does this matter? Firstly, dependence on glasses or contact lenses is a hassle that is best avoided if possible. Secondly, the development of high myopia (defined as -6.00 diopters or more) places an individual at higher risk of conditions such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Fortunately today we have options available to help control the progression of myopia which were not available in the past. One option is a low dose of a medicated drop called atropine. Atropine relaxes the focusing mechanism of the eye, which is thought to be the means by which progression slows. Multifocal contact lenses are another good option, which can slow the myopic progression without the need for drops. Older children appreciate the option of contact lenses, particularly if they are active in sports. For the contact lens-averse patient, there are certain brands of spectacle lenses shown to reduce the progression of myopia, and in some cases bifocals or anti-fatigue lenses can be used as well. Lastly, some optometrists will fit their patients with OrthoK lenses - contact lenses that are inserted at night and removed during the day. These give patients the benefit of not requiring glasses or contacts during the day while also controlling their myopia.

As you can see, there are many options available to slow the progression of myopia. Discuss with your Doctor of Optometry which option is the best for your child. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, know that one easy way to help slow the onset or progression of myopia is outdoor play. So, get your kids outside to enjoy our beautiful (and hopefully not smokey) Okanagan summer - and feel good about the fact that you’re helping their eyes while doing so!

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Katarina Markin – Lake Country Optometry

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Computer Vision Syndrome affects an estimated 65% of computer users. If you use multiple screens, you are even more likely to experience symptoms.

Common symptoms of computer vision syndrome are:

  • burning-watering
  • headache or eye ache
  • double vision
  • blurry vision-light sensitivity

If you get these symptoms whenever you are working up close regardless of whether you are using a screen or not, then you likely have a vision problem related with “near” work. If this is the case, an optometrist can provide several treatment recommendations.

Let’s assume that the issue is only when using a computer. What is the problem with computers specifically? First, glare from poor lighting sources such as open windows will be more pronounced if you are working on a screen. Vision is most comfortable if the brightness of the screen and environment are relatively equal and there is no glare on the computer screen. Second, computer monitors need to continuously refresh which causes a flicker. Normally this flicker happens so quickly that it is not noticeable to the user. However, this “critical flicker-fusion frequency” for computer users has been shown to fatigue over time spent on the computer. It is thought that one of the reasons that blue-light blocking glasses reduces fatigue is because it preserves the critical flicker-fusion frequency for the wearer.

We still haven’t gotten to the most common cause of fatigue related to computer use – dry eye! With any focused work, we need to consider drying-out of the outer surface of the eye. Humans blink less than half as often when staring at a computer compared to a more natural environment. The tears literally evaporate from your eyes while you are staring at your computer screen. The solution? Optometrists like to reference the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes take a break for 20 seconds and look at something 20 feet away from you. Set a timer to remember and if you feel you need further relief, use a drop of your favourite artificial tear to rehydrate your eyes.

 

 

New To Contact Lenses? Here Are Our Top 5 Tips!

For an estimated 56 million North Americans, contact lenses are the preferred form of vision correction. So if you’ve just started wearing contact lenses — you’re in good company.

Advice About Contact Lenses from Lake Country Eye Doctor: Dr. Reimer

Here are 5 tips to quickly help you adjust to wearing and caring for your new lenses so you can enjoy the many benefits they offer.

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Learn How to Tell if Your Contact Lens Is Inside Out

This is a common mistake many beginners make when inserting soft contacts. Place the lens on your index fingertip and look carefully at its shape. The edge of the lens should be pointing upwards, like the rim of a teacup. If the edge is flared outward like a blooming flower, the lens is inside out.

Some contact lenses have tiny laser markings of numbers or letters. If the numbers/letters read correctly when you hold the lens on your fingertip, they are properly oriented and the lens is ready to be inserted.

Never Use a Substitute for Contact Lens Solution

Your eye doctor will recommend the appropriate contact lens solution to suit your eyes and lenses. Some people have sensitivities and not all lens solutions are the same.

Even if you run out of contact lens solution, don’t be tempted to rinse your lenses with water, and never use saliva to moisten or clean them.

Using substances other than the recommended contact lens solution to rinse or rewet your contacts can introduce harmful microbes to the eye and cause a serious infection. That’s why it’s best to remove your contacts before showering, swimming, or any other time they might get wet.

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Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our Lake Country eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

If Your Contact Lenses Feel Uncomfortable, Take Them Out!

Some newcomers mistakenly think that if their contacts feel uncomfortable or gritty, they simply need to “get used to them.” Contact lenses are supposed to be comfortable, so if you are experiencing discomfort there may be something wrong.

With clean fingers, remove your contacts and rinse them, inside and out, with the solution or rewetting drops as recommended by your eye doctor. Dust or dirt could have gotten stuck between the lens and your eye, causing irritation. Flushing the lenses with contact lens solution will help remove the irritant.

If your eyes still feel irritated, don’t place the contact lenses back in your eyes. Instead, wait until they are no longer red or irritated, and try inserting them again. If the problem persists, contact your eye doctor.

Wear Contact Lens-Friendly Makeup

Wearing makeup around the eyes can be a source of irritation and infection whether you wear contact lenses or not. Here’s what we recommend when it comes to eye makeup and contact lenses:

  • Choose hypoallergenic makeup.
  • If using a cream-based product around your eyes, choose a water-based formula instead of an oil-based one.
  • Keep your eye closed during application to avoid makeup particles entering your eye.
  • Don’t apply eyeliner or eyeshadow to the inner rims of your eyelids.
  • Replace eye makeup at least once every 3 months to minimize the growth and spread of bacteria.
  • Never share eye makeup with friends or family.
  • Remove your contact lenses before removing your makeup.

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Stick to the Hygiene Guidelines

We can’t emphasize this enough — always thoroughly wash and dry your hands before handling your contact lenses.

Try to avoid washing your hands with oily or heavily scented hand soaps, as they tend to cling to the surface of the lens and could irritate the eye. Additionally, if you touch moisturizers or lotions before handling your contact lenses you run the risk of some residual product adhering to the lens and clouding your vision.

After washing your hands, dry them using a lint-free towel. It’s harder to grasp contact lenses with wet hands, and — as mentioned above — lenses shouldn’t come into contact with tap water.

Bonus Tip: Get an Eye Exam

While all this advice can be very helpful, it doesn’t replace an in-person exam with your eye doctor. Your eye doctor will advise you when to return for your next contact lens consultation. Following this schedule is the best way to ensure you can enjoy the freedom of contact lens wear.

If you are new to contact lenses (or not!) and have any questions or concerns about your eyes or vision, call 250-766-4240. Lake Country Optometry will be happy to schedule you for a contact lens exam and fitting.

With the help of Dr. Reimer, you’ll be an expert in contact lens wear and care in no time!

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5 Reasons To Wear Sunglasses In The Fall

When we think of fall accessories, the first things that come to mind are warm sweaters, plush scarves, or a snug pair of boots. Here’s another essential item to add to your list: a good quality pair of UV-blocking sunglasses.

But why is it so important to protect your eyes when the sun seems to be hiding behind clouds on most days? While it may not make much sense, you’ll get a better understanding by the time you finish reading this article. So let’s dive in and explore the 5 reasons you should protect your eyes from the sun in the fall.

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Sunglasses: Summer Vs. Fall

The Sun’s Position

While we may squint more in the summer, the sunlight’s path to the eyes is more direct in the fall as the sun sits closer to the horizon. This places our eyes at greater risk of overexposure to UV rays.

Changing Temperatures

Irritating symptoms like dry, red, or watery eyes are often due to the season’s cool and harsh winds. The colder the air, the stiffer and thicker the eyes’ tear oils (meibum) become. Because thicker meibum doesn’t spread as evenly over the surface of the eyes, the tears can’t offer sufficient protection and moisture.

Minimize irritation by shielding the eyes from cool winds with wraparound sunglasses.

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Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our Lake Country eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

UV Rays

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is problematic year-round, as it can result in serious eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. That’s why it’s important to wear 100% UV-blocking sunglasses anytime you’re outdoors, no matter the season.

Make sure to sport your sunnies even on cloudy days, as up to 90% of UV rays pass through clouds. Furthermore, outdoor objects like concrete and snow reflect a significant amount of UV rays into the eyes.

Fall’s Dangerous Sun Glare

Because the sun is positioned at a lower angle in the fall, it can produce a brutal glare that poses a danger for driving. Rays of light that reflect off of smooth surfaces like the metal of nearby cars can be so bright to the point of blinding the driver.

You can combat this dangerous glare by wearing polarized sunglasses. These lenses reduce the glare’s harmful effects by filtering out horizontal light waves, such as the ones reflected by a shiny car bumper.

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Looking for Sunglasses Near You?

Here’s the bottom line: you need to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses in the fall and year-round, no matter the season or climate. Investing in a stylish pair of durable, UV-protective sunglasses is — simply-put — a worthwhile investment in your eye health.

So if you’re looking for advice about a new pair of high-quality sunglasses for the fall, with or without prescription lenses, visit Lake Country Optometry. If standard sunglass lenses are too dark for you at this time of year, ask us about green or brown tinted lenses; they transmit more light and contrast to the eyes than standard grey tints.

We’ll be happy to help you find that perfect pair to protect your eyes, suit your lifestyle needs and enhance your personal style. To learn more, call 250-766-4240 to contact our Lake Country eye doctor today.

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Protect Your Eyes From Harmful Wildfire Smoke

wildefireWildfires, including those still devastating parts of the western United States and Canada, can harm your health, including your eyes. The hot smoke, ash, and soot billowing into the air contain a mixture of noxious gases and fine particles of burned vegetation that spread with the winds, sometimes hundreds of miles from the fire.

Wildfire smoke is made up of thousands of compounds, including those used in plastic, dry-cleaning solutions, and solvents. Asbestos, a toxic air contaminant, is also released into the air when buildings burn.

These pollutants can harm your eye’s surface, causing blurred vision and redness, and may also cause y a burning sensation leading eyes to become watery, dry, or itchy. Wildfire smoke also aggravates pre-existing health conditions like dry-eyes and ocular allergies and may make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable—even impossible—to wear.

In extreme cases, wildfire smoke may even lead to scarring of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane covering the white of the eye and the eyelids’ underside. Scarring damages the conjunctiva and its protective mucous layer.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests the following steps to keep your eyes healthy when smoke is in the air:

  • Double the quantity of over-the-counter artificial tears you use to address eye conditions and cool the artificial tears’ vials or bottles in a refrigerator before using
  • Apply cool compresses to your eyelids
  • Stay indoors and close the windows to reduce smoke’s effects
  • Use an air purifier or air filter in your home or office
  • Refrain from drawing outside air into your air conditioner
  • Refrain from wearing contact lenses, which attract wildfires’ dust particles
  • Wear eyeglasses, sunglasses, or specialty goggles if you are outdoors

Continue observing these precautions even after the smoke has cleared as particles can linger in the air for up to two weeks.

If smoke-related symptoms or discomfort persist, please contact Lake Country Optometry. We will examine your eyes and prescribe the appropriate treatment. We treat patients with wildfire-related vision challenges from Lake Country and throughout British Columbia.

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How To Prevent “Mask Fog” on Your Glasses

 

If you wear glasses and a face mask, you’ve probably struggled with “mask fog.” Your lenses get all misty, requiring you to wipe your eyewear throughout the day. Below are a few strategies to help you prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up when wearing a mask.

But First, Why Do Glasses Fog Up?

Quite simply, condensation forms whenever moist warm air hits a cool surface. Your specs fog up when the mask directs your warm breath upward instead of in front of you — which is great for preventing virus transmission but bad for anyone with less-than-stellar eyesight.

Is Your Mask Well Fitted?

The mask should fit securely over your nose. Ideally, you’ll want to wear a mask with a nose bridge or one that can be shaped or molded to your face. When the mask fits properly, hopefully most of your breath will go through it, not out the top or sides.

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Use Your Glasses To Seal the Top of Your Mask

This method works best with large, thick eyewear frames. By pulling your mask up higher on your nose and placing the lower part of your eyeglasses on the mask, you can get a snug fit that blocks your warm breath from escaping upward toward your eyewear.

Tape Your Mask to Your Face

You can always use tape to secure your mask across the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheeks. Use easy-to-remove tape, including adhesive, medical, or athletic. Just be sure to stay away from duct tape.

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Soap and Water Help Prevent Fogging

This trick is one that healthcare professionals regularly turn to. All you need for this hack is soapy water (dish soap works best) and a microfiber cloth. Stay away from soaps with lotions in them as they can leave a thick residue, making it even harder to see.

Simply rub both sides of your lenses with a drop of soap, then buff the lenses with a soft microfiber cloth. This effective trick helps prevent your lenses from fogging up as a transparent, thin film of soap acts as a barrier.

Anti-Fog Wipes and Sprays

Another option is to purchase wipes and sprays designed to tackle foggy lenses. Read the fine print, as certain anti-fog solutions may not work as well, or may even damage lenses with coatings that minimize glare and fingerprint smudges, for example.

To learn more about ways to keep your glasses from fogging while wearing a mask, contact Lake Country Optometry in Lake Country today.

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Don’t Do These 11 Things If You Wear Daily Disposable Contacts!

Countless people around the world wear daily disposable contact lenses or dailies. These popular single-use lenses are removed and discarded at the end of each day, and a new, fresh pair is inserted the next morning. Used properly, dailies promote eye health, and they’re comfortable and convenient.

Despite the many advantages associated with wearing daily disposables, there are plenty of ways you can damage your eyes and vision — some you may never have considered.

1. Don’t Touch Contacts with Dirty Hands

Before touching your lenses, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. By touching your contact lenses with dirty hands, you transfer bacteria to your lenses, which can lead to an infection. Preferably dry your hands with a disposable paper towel rather than a cloth towel, and ensure that no remnants of the towel remain on your fingers.

2. Don’t Expose Your Contacts to Water

Any source of water, whether tap, pool, or lake water, can change the shape of your lenses and cause micro-abrasions on your cornea. Plus, the water may contain bacteria that can wreak havoc on your eye health and cause you to experience temporary vision loss or even permanent blindness.

If you must get in the water with your contacts on, make sure to wear waterproof goggles. If you do get water on your contact lenses, dispose of these lenses and insert a new pair. Exposing contact lenses to chemicals like chlorine binds to the lens and cannot be cleaned off. It then leeches onto the cornea and causes irritation.

The next time you’re tempted to swim or shower with your lenses on, think twice before doing so.

3. Don’t Reuse Your Contacts

Daily disposable contacts are designed to be thrown away after every single use, and people who reuse them risk painful and risky outcomes. Dailies are thinner, more fragile, and don’t hold moisture as well as other contacts.

Users sometimes attempt to increase the lifespan of these lenses by cleaning them in a disinfecting solution and wearing them for several days or even weeks at a time. This is problematic, as the lens material doesn’t allow for repeated disinfecting. In fact, the process of cleaning the lenses tends to be not only ineffective but also breaks down the lens itself, increasing the risk of the lens falling apart while in the eye. The risk of complications and infection is not worth the few saved bucks.

4. Don’t Insert a Dropped Contact In Your Eye

One of the perks of daily lenses is that they are less expensive (per lens) than other types of contacts. So if you find yourself dropping a lens into the sink or on the floor, don’t bother placing it back in your eye. Doing so can cost you your eye health.

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5. Don’t Ever Put Contacts In Your Mouth

It seems like a funny concept, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t believe the number of people who do this. If you drop a contact lens, avoid rooting around the floor trying to find it, and if you do, definitely don’t put it in your mouth to lubricate it. Your mouth contains bacteria that can infect your eyes once you reinsert your contacts.

Play it safe by carrying around an emergency pair of glasses or an extra pair of daily disposable contacts in your bag, your car, or at work.

6. Don’t Overwear Your Daily Lenses

Wearing your lenses for long periods of time can damage your eyes, even if they’re daily contacts. The maximum recommended daily use for any contact lens is 14-16 hours, though Dr. Reimer will determine the exact number of hours you should wear your lenses. Your eyes, just like any other part of your body, need to rest. Your corneas receive oxygen from the air, not from blood vessels, and while it’s healthy to wear contacts during the day, wearing them for extended periods can significantly reduce the amount of oxygen your eyes receive, which can lead to complications. If you don’t give your eyes the rest they need, your corneas might get swollen, which can lead to corneal abrasion and even bacterial infection.

7. Don’t Sleep With Your Lenses

Daily lenses should never be worn overnight. You’re risking your sight by sleeping in a lens that’s not approved for overnight use, as it can lead to ocular irritation, swelling and corneal ulcers.

8. Don’t Insert Contacts Before Completing Your Morning Routine

Avoid inserting your contacts before you shower or wash your face, since you risk exposing your lenses to tap water and the bacteria that come with it. We also recommend that you insert your lenses after blow-drying and styling your hair, especially if you’re using hairspray or other aerosols, as these products can dry out your contacts. Additionally, the spray can coat the lenses and leave a film that not only irritates the eyes, but can make it difficult to see. If you’re at the hairdresser’s and cannot remove your lenses, shut your eyes when spray is applied.

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9. Don’t Get Makeup On Your Contacts

Insert your contacts before applying makeup, because any makeup residue on your hands, such as mascara, can easily transfer to your lenses.

It’s not uncommon for people to get concealer, eyeliner or mascara on their contact lenses. If that happens, immediately remove the lens and clean the makeup with solution (while making sure to dispose of the lens before bed). Otherwise, simply replace with another lens. Avoid wearing waterproof makeup, since it can’t always be removed from your lenses, even when rinsed with solution.

To prevent makeup from getting on your lenses, don’t apply mascara all the way from the base of your lashes up. Instead, apply it from the midway point. It’s also important not to apply eyeliner on the inner lid of your eye, but rather to the skin above your lashes.

10. Don’t Wear Contact Lenses If Your Eyes Are Irritated

As the saying goes, “”if in doubt – take them out!”” If your eyes feel irritated, uncomfortable, or if you notice any pain or redness, don’t power through. If your symptoms last a while, contact Dr. Reimer at Lake Country Optometry. You don’t want to let a serious infection go unchecked.

When your eyes feel more rested and are free of discomfort, put in a fresh pair of contacts.

11. Don’t Rub Your Eyes

If your eyes feel itchy or dry, or if a lens feels out of place, you may be tempted to rub your eyes. But rubbing, whether with contacts or without, can lead to long-term ocular issues. This may cause you to experience blurred vision, and may even damage your cornea. Instead, Dr. Reimer can recommend eye drops to relieve any discomfort. Make sure to apply them only when contact lenses are removed.

Above, we have delved into things you should never do with daily contact lenses. Fortunately, if you do make a mistake, you can remove the lens and replace it with a fresh one. The few dollars you might save by not opening a new pack aren’t worth the damage a mistake can cause.

If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about contact lenses, contact Lake Country Optometry in Lake Country today. Dr. Reimer will be happy to explain how to care for your eyes and maintain your vision.

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