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Your eyesight is an often-overlooked but serious part of your overall health. Though you may believe that your current glasses or contact lenses are good enough, it is important to see your eye doctor regularly to ensure that your vision has remained the same and that you are properly caring for your eyes. One of the most important things you can do to keep your eyes healthy is replacing your contact lenses after the recommended amount of time. Do you know how you can keep your eyes in top condition? Find out with Dr. Mark Skowron, Dr. Kerry John, Dr. Lavender Streiff, and Dr. Mirjana McCarthy at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL.
When should I see my eye doctor?
Most doctors recommend seeing your eye doctor every one or two years for a comprehensive eye examination. The American Optometric Association says that eye examinations should occur around six months of age, three years of age, and school age, then every two years. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you should see your eye doctor every year or every other year.
What can I expect from an eye examination?
An eye examination will begin with your doctor gathering your family, lifestyle, and medical history and asking about any issues you have had with your eyes in the past. Then, your doctor performs several evaluations, including one to check your actual vision itself and others to look for signs of issues like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia, glaucoma, and cataracts or muscle degeneration. They will also ensure your eyes work together and do not function individually.
How often should I replace my contact lenses?
Since contact lenses now come in many forms, you should replace your lenses depending on their instructions. Disposable lenses are available in daily, weekly, or monthly form. This means that you should replace those lenses every day, week, or month. Reusable lenses should be replaced at least every six months.
Contact Lenses in Elmhurst, IL
Your eye doctor can help you determine if contact lenses are best for you and when you should replace them. For more information on contact lenses or when you should replace them, please contact Dr. Skowron, Dr. John, Dr. Streiff, and Dr. McCarthy at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL. Call (630) 834-6244 to schedule your appointment with your optometrist today!
Trying to figure out what contacts will help your eyesight? We have the answers you’ve been looking for.
According to Vision Impact Institute, about every 3 out of 4 people need some kind of vision correction, whether it’s wearing glasses or contacts. If you’ve wanted to take the plunge and start getting contacts, it can often feel like there are so many options that you aren’t sure which one is right for you. Let our Elmhurst, IL, optometrists provide the information you need to make an easier, more informed decision about the contact lenses that are right for you.
Soft Disposable Contacts
These contacts are made to completely fit over the cornea and may even be large enough to cover some of the whites of the eyes, as well. These contacts have a shelf life, ranging from a single day to a month.
With these contacts, you pop them in when you get up in the morning and then toss them out before bedtime. These contacts can be easily tolerated for up to 18 hours. This can be a great option for someone who doesn’t like the idea of needing to clean and disinfect extended wear contacts and just wants to be able to remove their contacts, throw them away and replace them with fresh, new ones.
These contacts can often be worn both during the day and at night while you sleep. There is a lot of convenience when it comes to getting these contacts but it’s important that you talk to our Elmhurst eye doctor about safe practices when it comes to extended wear lenses. You may not want to sleep in them most nights so that you can give your eyes the oxygen they need to breathe. You’ll also want to be meticulous about cleaning them to prevent infection.
If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism, this condition may need to be corrected by toric lenses. These lenses are able to change the deviated angle of the cornea to prevent warped vision.
If you need help seeing both close up and far away, then we may recommend bifocal contacts to help fix both fields of vision at the same time.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
These contacts are made from hard materials and are a bit smaller than soft contacts (only covering a portion of the cornea). Some RGP lenses use both hard and soft materials to make the contacts easier and more comfortable to wear.
These contacts are less common or popular as they once were; however, they haven’t gone out of style completely. In fact, for some vision issues, hard lenses can actually provide clearer vision than soft contacts. Plus, these contacts allow more oxygen to get to the eyes, making them a healthier option than soft lenses.
If you’ve always wanted to have a beautiful pair of baby blues then color contacts may be the way to enhance and change the color of your eyes. There are so many color contact options out there that can naturally and realistically alter your eye color when you wear them.
Are you ready to get contact lenses? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with our eye care specialist at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL. Call our office today to let us know that you want to get fitted for contacts.
Having problems with your contacts? While contact lenses are safely used by millions of individuals every day, there are some things you should keep a lookout for. Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, offers a full range of eye care services to their patients. Here are five contact lens problems to watch out for.
Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea. The symptoms of this condition include sensitivity to light and pain. It is common in soft lenses that are not properly disinfected and cleaned, or contacts that have been rinsed with contaminated water. This condition requires medical attention.
2. Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is a common problem among people who wear contacts. The symptoms of dry eyes can be more pronounced if your contact lenses start to dry out. Dry eye is a common cause of contact lens discomfort. Special contact lenses for dry eyes or eye drops can help. Be sure to consult your Elmhurst eye doctor if you experience dry eye syndrome.
Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the outermost layer of the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis is usually caused by contacts that are not kept clean and disinfected. Symptoms of conjunctivitis include burning sensation, redness and discharge from the eye.
4. Corneal Abrasion
A corneal abrasion is a scratch on your eye. Corneal abrasions can happen when abrasive particles get trapped underneath contacts, causing nicks or scratches to the front of the eye. This is most frequent with RGP and hard contact lenses. If the pain associated with a corneal abrasion continues, you may need medical treatment.
5. Corneal Edema
Corneal Edema is the swelling of the cornea. Corneal edema can occur following over-wear of certain types of contacts. Symptoms of corneal edema include pain, halos around lights and hazy vision. Without proper attention, a corneal edema can cause permanent scarring or infection.
Now is the perfect time to make a wise decision. If you live in the Elmhurst, IL area, call Skowron Eye Care at (630) 834-6244 right now to schedule a yearly eye examination and get fitted for the best contact lenses for you. A yearly eye examination is one of the most important preventative measures you can take to protect your vision and health.
Over 40 million people in the United States wear contact lenses, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When the CDC partnered with the group Contact Lens Assessment in Youth (CLAY) to conduct a survey on the eye care habits of a group of contact lenses users, they found surprising (and alarming) results. Nearly all of the participants (over 99%) admitted to engaging in poor contact lenses hygiene, therefore increasing their risk of developing infections and other eye problems by as much as five times or more than normal.
In addition to regular eye exams and check ups, the optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL advise people who wear contact lenses to follow a few basic hygiene precautions to keep their lenses - and eyes - bacteria and infection free.
Contact Lenses and Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL
From redness and mild irritation to painful infections, most people who wear contact lenses will experience an issue at some point. But taking a few simple precautions and preventive steps can drastically reduce the risk of contaminating contact lenses and solution with dirt, bacteria and other irritants.
How to Care for Your Contact Lenses
The majority of respondents (over 80%) in the CDC and CLAY study admitted to leaving their contact lenses in for longer than recommended. To avoid dry eyes, sticking and irritation, follow the guidelines and change lenses as recommended.
- Remove your contact lenses to sleep - over 50% of the study participants admitted to breaking this simple rule
- Always discard old solution and replace with a fresh batch (do not mix the two)
- Always wash and dry hands with soap and warm water before removing and handling contacts
- Clean contacts before and after each use
- Make sure to also clean the lenses case with solution and replace cases often (typically every three months)
Find an Optometrist in Elmhurst, IL
For more information on how to care for your contact lenses and avoid eye infections and potential vision problems, contact Skowron Eye Care by calling (630) 834-6244 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam today.
Contacts aren't really for everybody. Learn if they're good for your from your Elmhurst, IL optometrist.
Are you interested in wearing contact lenses but aren't sure if contacts are the right choice for you? Dr. Mark Skowron, Dr. Kerry John, Dr. Lavender Streiff and Dr. Neelam Patadia--your Elmhurst, IL optometrists at Skowron Eye Care--share some information that will help you decide.
Can you touch your eyes?
Some people are squeamish about touching their eyes. Since wearing contact lenses requires that you touch your eyes to put in and take out your contacts, they won't be a good choice if you don't think you'll be able to put the lenses in or take them out without help. Fortunately, most contact lenses wearers adjust very quickly and putting in and taking out contact lenses becomes just another part of their routine.
Can you care for contact lenses?
Good hygiene and lens care is essential to successful contact lens wear. It's important to wash your hands before handling the lenses and follow your optometrist's cleaning recommendations. If you don't like the thought of spending a few minutes each day cleaning your contacts, you may be interested in daily wear contact lenses. You simply throw away the lenses away at the end of the day and open a new pair in the morning.
Are there any conditions that would prevent you from wearing contact lenses?
Although most people can wear contact lenses, they might not be a good idea if:
- You experience frequent eye infections.
- Your allergies are chronic and severe. In many cases, you can remove your contacts and wear your glasses when allergy symptoms flare up.
- Your eyes are dry. A film of tears helps keep your contact comfortable. If your eyes are too dry, wearing contact lenses can be uncomfortable.
- You work in a dusty or dirty place. Dust and dirt can fly into your eye and make your contacts feel uncomfortable. Although you might not want to wear contacts to work, you may still be able to wear them after you get home.
Do contact lenses sound like a good choice for you? Call the optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL at (630) 834-6244 to schedule a comprehensive eye examination.