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Contact Lens : Recommendation and Benefit

  23 Aug 2019


Contact Lens : Recommendation and Benefit

By :

Dr. Damara Andalia, SpM   


There are still many of us who use contact lenses or contact lenses that are not in accordance with what is recommended by an eye doctor. Like, using it in the shower, or while sleeping (except orthokeratology). How should it be? In the following, we will describe these things one by one.
In addition, we will also discuss what are the advantages of using contact lenses over glasses. Then, a common question that is often asked by the public, can contact lenses inhibit the progression of nearsightedness? And of course, will also explain various other important information about contact lenses.
There are no contact lenses that make your eyes hurt, if so then there may be a problem with your eyes.


Can I take a shower with contact lenses in my eyes?

Bathing with contact lenses attached is not recommended. It is advisable to put on contact lenses after bathing. Contact lenses should not have contact with any kind of water. Corneal disease caused by Acantamoeba lives in swimming pools, tap water and saunas.
If contact lenses are used in the shower, you should always keep your eyes closed. In case of accidental contact with water, apply a few drops of lubricant and then remove contact lenses with clean, dry hands. Then, clean the contact lenses again before putting them back on or throwing them away. Do not wear contact lenses that have been in contact with water without cleaning them first.

Can I sleep with contact lenses on?

Sleeping with contact lenses in place increases the risk of infection 5x higher. When the eye is closed, the oxygen supply to the eye is reduced, which can cause swelling of the cornea. Although there are several contact lens materials that can be worn while sleeping (RGP extended wear / orthokeratology), it is best to discuss it with an eye doctor who specializes in contact lenses first.

What are the advantages of using contact lenses over glasses?

  • Contact lenses are one of the methods of improving vision without changing their appearance, especially for those who are not confident in using glasses.
  • Sharper vision because there are no obstacles from the eyeglass frame, so the field of view is wider.
  • Better peripheral vision.
  • Contact lenses do not cause a state of fogging (fogging) as in glasses.
  • Not exposed to rain splashes.
  • Contact lenses do not interfere with activities, especially for those who routinely do sports and other outdoor recreation activities.

Can contact lenses slow down the progression of nearsightedness?

Yes. In many studies it has been proven that hard contact lenses that are worn at night while you sleep (orthokeratology), can slow and stop the elongation of the eyeball, which is the cause of nearsightedness (myopia).

Are people who wear contact lenses more likely to suffer from related computer vision syndrome?

Computer use causes eye fatigue, irritation and dry eyes. The reduction in the ratio of blinking and blinking that is not completely closed is real for those of you who have daily activities with computers.
Individuals who use contact lenses with computer activities have a higher level of eye dryness and irritation compared to individuals who do not use contact lenses. Discomfort in the eyes usually occurs after using the computer for more than 4 hours.
The use of lubricants can relieve discomfort and dryness of the eyes. Discuss with your eye doctor how long you should wear your contact lenses. Don't forget to take a break from the computer, keep your eyes away from the computer, and place the computer lower than your eyes.

Can patients with dry eyes wear contact lenses?

As you age, your eyes can get dry and can make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable. However, with the right lens material, the correct usage schedule, and proper contact lens care, lens fluid and lubricant drops, the use of contact lenses will be successful and comfortable. The only way to find out is to make frequent visits to a contact lens ophthalmologist so that additional examinations and evaluations can be performed.

Can I use contact lenses after LASIK?

LASIK can significantly improve vision. If you have very poor vision without a visual aid you will feel a significant difference after LASIK. In some circumstances, LASIK produces slightly blurred vision to some degree. Contact lenses are the treatment of choice in these circumstances. When the thickness of the cornea becomes too thin after LASIK, contact lenses can help improve vision and are the best option.
The best contact lenses that can be used after LASIK are RGP contact lenses. In contrast to soft lenses, RGP creates a replication of the corneal contour in contact with the cornea, and eliminates post-LASIK aberrations.
In the end, I never get tired of reminding my readers, always consult with your eye doctor if you are currently a contact lens user in order to avoid various risks and complications. Likewise, for those of you who want to use contact lenses, ask your eye doctor first, because only an eye doctor can determine whether contact lenses are the right choice for you. Remember that the eyes are a very important part of you, without healthy eyes your activities can be disrupted.