Contact Lenses are perfect for active lifestyles

Contact lenses are a great choice  for people with an active lifestyle. If you are currently wearing prescription glasses you may well find that contact lenses enhance your enjoyment of  sports and outdoor activities like trekking, jogging and cycling.  Today’s contact lenses are lightweight, comfortable and not easily dislodged. Even in vigorous workouts, contact lenses provide clear and stable vision as they are placed directly on the cornea and stay in place with the movement of the eye.

If you are making the switch to contacts, or are just using them for sports,  here are some tips for new contact lens wearers.  While using contact lenses for the first time, it is very important to follow the care and usage instructions properly. Wear the lenses only for the prescribed period of time and throw away daily disposable lenses at the end of each day. Using them for a longer period of time may cause infection or irritation to the eyes. Contact lenses are prescribed  for individuals and should not be shared. Sharing of lenses can also lead to eye infections.  If you are not using a daily disposable lens, then always use fresh solution to clean or store your lenses. Always wash your hands before inserting or removing the lenses from the eyes. Starting with the same eye every time will help you remember the individual lens for each eye. To remove or insert the lenses into the case, place them on your palm first. This prevents damage to the lenses caused by fingernails.

Of course, Visiondirect.com is a great website for buying lenses. Visiondirect offers easy ordering, fast shipping and auto-reorder.  Visiondirect.com will quickly verify your prescription and then keep it on file for instant reordering.

All about Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have made effective vision correction comfortable, cosmetically pleasing and convenient. The rapidly evolving technology has enabled people to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, blurred vision and other correctable conditions related to an eye lens. You may want to know a little more about contacts before you talk to your doctor about a prescription.

A contact lens is a thin refractive optical lens (typically made out of soft, breathable, flexible and water absorbing silicon hydro-gels) that is placed on the surface of the eye. The contact lens then floats on the tear film layer of the cornea. This allows the lens to move naturally with your eye and line of vision. The eye’s refractive error can typically and easily be corrected with the use of contact lenses. Contacts can also be used for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes. Different types of lenses are available today, giving you multiple options to choose from. You can opt for soft lenses, hard lenses, disposable lenses, colored lenses and more.

Contact lenses have gained popularity over eyeglasses for a few reason that you may not have heard of. Many people find that contacts provide a better peripheral vision and do not fog up or collect moisture during rain, snow or condensation. People with contacts can also wear sunglasses, goggles and other fashionable eyewear without having to fit them with the prescribed lens. Contact lenses offer relief from the weight of eyeglasses, making them perfect for daily wear, for sports enthusiasts and those who love the outdoors.

When using contacts it is important that you follow the directions especially in regard to how long to wear them, when to wear them, how to put them in and keep them clean. Some contact lenses will require the use of a cleaning solution. Some basic tips are to wash and dry your hands before you put your contacts in or when removing them. Typically your left and right contact lens will be different in terms of their prescription parameters, so it can be helpful to make a habit of starting with the same side when you put them in or take them out. Carrying a backup set of eyeglasses is a good idea in case you accidentally lose or damage one of the lenses or run of out fresh contacts if they are disposable. Always discontinue using the lenses and talk to your doctor if you find them reddening your eye or hurting.

Take your time, talk to your eye care professional and ask lots of questions when choosing contacts. The technology has advanced so much that almost anyone can were contact lenses with comfort and convenience. Once you have your contact lens prescription check back with Vision Direct. Vision Direct has all the lenses your doctor will prescribe and at the most affordable prices. Visiondirect.com has ongoing promotions for new and repeat customers. For new customers check out this page for up to the minute promotional offers. If you are already a customer, our best offers for your next order are often found here.

Are your lenses as clean as they should be?

A recent study in the December 2011 Journal of Optometry and Vision Science has shown that while 85% of contact lens wearers believe they do a good job taking care of their contact lenses, in actuality, less than 2% of them properly care for their lenses. .

Results show that some of the biggest non-compliance issues are:

  • Replacing lenses infrequently and wearing them longer than the recommended time frame
  • Sleeping in their lenses
  • Exposing their lenses to water when showering, swimming or rinsing lenses in tap water
  • Not emptying out their lens case/topping off with solution
  • Changing their lens case infrequently
  • Not properly washing their hands before handling their lenses

Non-compliance can cause issues beyond simple lens discomfort, including conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye,” getting a sty on the eyelid or more serious compilations such as E-Coli due to the bacteria growing in their lenses and cases.

The study also shows that while most wearers are aware of proper lens care practices, very few actually follow through resulting in 72% of patients experiencing complications with comfort and 19% experiencing some type of infection. .

What can you do to prevent issues?

  • Make sure to wash your hands with warm water and soap before handling your lenses and touching your eye.
  • Wear a fresh pair of lenses at the recommended time, i.e. daily, every two weeks or monthly as suggested by your eye doctor.
  • Remove your lenses before showering or going swimming, or wear proper fitting eye goggles that prevent water from entering the eye.
  • Do not sleep or nap in your lenses.
  • Clean your lenses every night with contact lens solution and use fresh solution in your lens case every night. Don’t use water or top off the solution in your case, mixing old solution with new.
  • Rinse your lenses in solution before inserting them.
  • Rinse your lens case with solution daily and allow it to air dry while not in use.
  • Replace your lens case every few months. Many lens solutions come with a case in the box, so replacing your lens solution is a good time to throw out the old case and start fres
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