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who cannot wear contact lenses

Who cannot wear Contact Lenses?

Who cannot wear contact lenses?

Contact lenses are an alternative for eye glasses. It was created more than 100 years ago, it was first made of glass and hard plastic. Nowadays, contact lenses are made of soft plastic, it is a small and thin disc designed so you can place directly on the surface of the eyes (cornea).

Often, eye doctors or other professional optometrists prescribe contact lenses for vision problems such shortsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. An optometrist can also prescribe them to treat certain eye conditions and diseases. For instance, people who have had cataract surgery and who have not received a lens implant, also can use special contact lenses.

If you’re thinking of getting a contact lenses, there are two thing that you need to do first;

  1. Find out the facts about contact lens
  2. Visit you eye doctor

Since contact lenses are medical devices, they must be properly installed by an eye care professional. This could happen even if you’re not wearing glasses and just want to wear contacts to change the colour of your eyes. After your eye doctor examines your eyes to make sure it is okay for you to wear contact lenses, then they will write you a prescription for contact lenses.

However, not everyone can use contacts and should switch to contacts. For some people, the idea of touching their eyeballs everyday is not something they want to do, but for others there are medical and physical problems that need to be addressed. You should not wear contacts lenses for example if you have dry-eye syndrome or allergies. 

who cannot wear contact lenses

So, who cannot wear contact lenses? The person who has dry-eye syndrome which is their tear glands produce fewer tears. Although, there are contact lenses and eye drops designed to help their dry eyes, it is still not enough to make wearing contact lenses comfortable. Other than that, who have allergies or sensitive-eye means they are allergic to the disinfecting solution or the contact lenses itself. Every time they go to clean their contacts, the body will react negatively and might cause discomfort due to irritation and infection to their eyes. Ages also plays a role for anyone who cannot wear contact lenses. Children and pre-teens want to try contacts to change their look. From the opinion of an eye-doctor, the earliest age who can try contact lenses is during adolescence; because their eyes are very tender and sensitive. Plus handling contact lenses is not an easy task, if they put it the wrong way, it may cause damage to their eyes.

For more information on whether you can wear contact lenses or not, you can visit Malaya Optical Optometrists for a contact lens exam and fitting. Furthermore, nowadays, eyeglasses are becoming more and more stylish, and the designs of frames are changing and becoming more attractive each year. 

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Computer Eye Strain: Symptoms and Solution

Excessive screen time can lead to a condition called computer eye strain (CES). This is sometimes known as computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain. It occurs because our eyes have to work hard when viewing screens. Therefore, in this article we will explain about the symptoms and solutions for computer eye strain.

digital eye strain

Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing digital screens for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of digital screen use. It seems everyone is staring at a computer screen, phone or other digital device these days. And it’s causing a serious problem called digital eye strain.

What are the symptoms?

While not causing any permanent damage, common symptoms of CES can cause a lot of discomfort and irritation in the short term. These symptoms include:

  • Eye fatigue
  • Physical tiredness
  • Eye twitching
  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble focusing

In addition, use of digital screens often limits the amount of time that we blink, therefore denying our eyes the hydration they need to stay moist and healthy. Dry eye syndrome is when our eyes have become dried out, as a result of tear ducts no longer producing adequate natural tears that our eyes need.

What are the solutions?

Tips for computer work

Computer use is a common cause of eyestrain. If you work at a desk and use a computer, these self-care steps can help take some of the strain off your eyes.

  • Blink often to refresh your eyes – Many people blink less than usual when working at a computer, which can contribute to dry eyes. Blinking produces tears that moisten and refresh your eyes. Try to make it a habit to blink more often when looking at a monitor.
  • Take eye breaks – Throughout the day, give your eyes a break by looking away from your monitor. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  • Check the lighting and reduce glare – Bright lighting and too much glare can strain your eyes and make it difficult to see objects on your monitor. The worst problems are generally from sources above or behind you, including fluorescent lighting and sunlight. Consider turning off some or all of the overhead lights. If you need light for writing or reading, use an adjustable desk lamp. Close blinds or shades, and avoid placing your monitor directly in front of a window or white wall. Place an anti-glare cover over the screen.
  • Adjust your monitor – Position your monitor directly in front of you about an arm’s length away so that the top of the screen is at or just below eye level. It helps to have a chair you can adjust too.
  • Use a document holder – If you need to refer to print material while you work on your computer, place it on a document holder. Some holders are designed to be placed between the keyboard and monitor; others are placed to the side. Find one that works for you. The goal is to reduce how much your eyes need to readjust and how often you turn your neck and head.
  • Adjust your screen settings – Enlarge the type for easier reading. And adjust the contrast and brightness to a level that’s comfortable for you.
Proper body positioning for computer use
Tips for lifestyle and home remedies
  • Adjust the lighting – When watching television, it may be easier on your eyes if you keep the room softly lit. When reading printed materials or doing close work, try to position the light source behind you and direct the light onto your page or task. If you’re reading at a desk, use a shaded light positioned in front of you. The shade will keep light from shining directly into your eyes.
  • Take breaks – When doing close work, take occasional breaks and rest your eyes by looking away from the digital screen.
  • Limit screen time – This is especially important for children, who may not make the connection between extended viewing, eyestrain and the need to rest their eyes regularly.
  • Use artificial tears – Over-the-counter artificial tears can help prevent and relieve dry eyes. Use them even when your eyes feel fine to keep them well-lubricated and prevent a recurrence of symptoms.Your doctor can suggest which eyedrops might be best for you. Lubricating drops that don’t contain preservatives can be used as often as you need. If the drops you’re using contain preservatives, don’t use them more than four times a day. Avoid eyedrops with a redness remover, as these may worsen dry eye symptoms.
  • Improve the air quality of your space – Some changes that may help prevent dry eyes include using a humidifier, adjusting the thermostat to reduce blowing air and avoiding smoke. If you smoke, consider quitting. Moving your chair to a different area may help reduce the amount of dry moving air on your eyes and face.
  • Choose the right eyewear for you – If you need glasses or contacts and work at a computer, consider investing in glasses or contact lenses designed specifically for computer work. Ask your optometrist about lens coatings and tints that might help too.
Go for an eye exam

Having regular eye tests will not only ensure clear and comfortable vision but will also address other eye health issues and medical conditions. If you use a digital device every day at work, your employer is under obligation to fund your eye exam as stipulated by the Health and safety Regulations 1992.

You should inform your optometrist of your computer use when you go for your eye test so that they can take this into consideration. They may even ask whether you use a computer, how it is set up and how much time you spend on digital devices each day. Book your appointment with us today!

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Foreign object in the eye, what should I do?

WHAT TO DO: FOREIGN OBJECT IN MY EYE

Don’t panic! 

What is foreign object in the eye? It is something that should not naturally be there. Dust, eyelashes, fibre from a sweater, insect or even metal pieces could also be the foreign objects.

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Red and Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes At Night

Dry eyes can be irritating, uncomfortable and at times, borderline painful. But throughout the day, your dry eyes are annoying but not painful and yet, at night, the true colors of having dry eyes emerge.

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Smoking and Vision Lost
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Refractive Error Vision

What is Refractive Error?

Refractive error is a common eye disorder in which the eyes can’t clearly focus on the images of objects looked at. There are numerous types of refractive error such as short-sighted, long-sighted or presbyopia which is when you need glasses to read as we grow older. These are common refractive errors.

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Glaucoma Vision

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that slowly damages the nerve for vision at the back of the eye which is the optic nerve. This condition is often linked to high pressure inside the eye but can also occur with normal pressure. Early detection and treatment can prevent or delay vision loss caused by Glaucoma.

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Learning Related Vision Problems in Children

Children’s Visual Learning Difficulties

As a parent, we want what is best for our kids. We want them to succeed in everything that they do but are we aware of what may be holding them back? What visual learning difficulties they may be experiencing? Statistics show that one out of four children has a vision problem which may be affecting their ability to concentrate and understand what they are being taught in class.

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Family History Vision Loss

Family History of Vision Loss

If a member of your family has a problem with there eyes, there is a high possibility that you too will experience the same thing. An eye test can detect a problem before it affects your eyesight. An early detection of an eye problem, can improve the likelihood of treatment.

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Optometrist Contact Lenses testing