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Early soft contact lenses wearers had developed some issues with infections and irritations. The eyes naturally secrete mucous and protein that can build up on soft contact lenses over time. But these early problems have been resolved by stressing good hygiene, improved cleaning and storage solutions, and affordable daily replacement contact lenses. Contact lenses are available to correct near- and farsightedness, and astigmatism. Though some people wear contact lenses overnight on a regular basis, is not recommended by many optometrists. While bifocal contacts are available for age-related close vision problems, many patients may have good success with monovision correction. For monovision, the eye doctor will test to see which eye is dominant. The dominant eye is corrected for distance vision and the other, non-dominant eye is corrected for close vision. Though it takes a little adjustment, the brain compensates quite well for many people and negates the need for readers. Some people corrected for monovision may lose some of their depth perception. Contact lenses can also be recommended for children, depending on the child’s maturity and dexterity. For some children, contact lenses offer the best correction for significant prescription problems. Contact lenses work very well most patients, including those who have strong prescriptions. Some questions to ask about contact lenses include: • Do sports play an active role in my life? Contact lenses perform quite well for most sporting activities. • Do I have enough tears for contact lenses? For the best comfort, your eyes should naturally produce a good lubricating tear film. • Do I work or play in changing environments? Conditions that make eyeglasses fog up or become uncomfortably hot or cold may indicate a good candidate for contact lenses. However, if your environment involves exposure to chemicals or solvents, contact lenses may not be a good selection as they tend to absorb these harsh contaminants and damage the eyes. • Can I tolerate inserting the lenses into my eyes? If you have difficulty with touching your eyes or inserting eye drops, contact lenses may not be the best choice for correction. Eyeglasses Eyeglasses have become a fashionable lifestyle choice. With so many options, styles, shapes and
colors, it’s hard not to enjoy the possible positive effect on your appearance. And, there are benefits for those who wear glasses. Eyeglasses can be worn full-time or as needed, depending on the activities you are engaged in. Glasses can also provide an extra level of protection for the eyes, as they can block or defl ect debris from entering the eye. Eyeglasses also can offer extra protection from ultra violet (UV) light, which can damage the eyes and lead to serious eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. If your prescription changes, it’s a simple matter to change the lenses in your glasses. With the modern, lightweight materials and designs from which eyeglasses are made, there are literally no risks associated with eyeglasses as a corrective device. There are some myths, however, that persist with eyeglasses. One common myth is that the more you wear eyeglasses the weaker your eyes will become. There is no truth to the myth that avoiding glasses will keep your eyes stronger. Also, don’t fall for money-wasting scams to “train” or “exercise” your eyes for sharper vision. The shape of your eyeball and your cornea determine whether you need vision correction, much more than the ocular muscles. Which choice is right? As with any important decision regarding your vision, it is important that you review all your options with your eye doctor. He or she can help you take an inventory of the plusses and minuses of each option and recommend the best treatment for comfortable, clear vision. In the end, it may be a combination of vision correction options that work best for you — many people use more than one method of correction depending on the situation. Dr. Gary Cole and Dr. Laurel Pulsifer practice eye care at Conway Eye Care. Founded in 1925, Conway Eye Care and its sister office Coos Eye Care in Berlin, are full service vision care centers, offering complete eye exams for patients of all ages; OCT scanning diagnostics; and eye surgery and treatment for eye diseases. Since 1982, they have been affiliated with Maine Eye Center in Portland, Me., one of the largest specialty ophthalmology facilities in New England. The offices accept new patients and participate in most major health insurance plans. For more information, call Conway Eye Care at 603-356-3000 or Coos Eye Care at 603-752-3510, or visit our website: conwayeye.com.
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The Conway Daily Sun, Thursday, July 7, 2011