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Contact Lens Overuse

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Contact lens overuse is an increasingly common eye condition that has significant potential to do serious damage to your eyes, and lead to major eye and vision issues in the future. Dr. Loretta Clifford of The Eyexam Group in Totowa, New Jersey comments “Contact lenses represent a great way to enhance how you look and feel while allowing you to maintain your best vision. But, they pose a very real risk of damaging your vision if you don’t know how to care for and use them properly. It is important to know what to do to allow safe wear of your contacts and avoid this increasingly prevalent and dangerous eye condition.”

The 18 Hour/Week Rule

Your eyes require oxygen just like a person and denying them the opportunity to breathe properly by overwearing your contact lenses can cause severe damage to your eyes. But, how much is too much when it comes to contact lens wear? To answer this question, eye care professionals have come up with a standard benchmark: If you come in anywhere less than 18 hours a week with your contact lenses out, you are overwearing your contact lenses. When denied oxygen in this way, the eye may attempt to supply oxygen through neovascularization. This process involves the growth of new blood vessels into parts of the eye that should remain clear and unblocked for your best vision. This can seriously hinder your ability to see, and do serious long-term damage as well.

Spare Glasses: Your First, Best Tool To Protect Your Vision

In working on reducing your contact lens wear, a spare pair of glasses can be your best friend. Studies have shown that wearing your glasses instead of your contacts as little as once or twice every week can significantly reduce your chances of developing symptoms of contact lens overuse by allowing your eyes to rest from the strain put on them by consistent contact lens wear.

Even on days when you choose to wear your contacts, it is possible to take steps to reduce your chances of over wearing your contacts. One easy way to do this is to wait to put your contacts in when you wake up in the morning. Wear your glasses during your morning prep, and put your contacts in as the very last step before leaving for the day. Taking your contacts out as the first part of your bedtime prep is another great way to help yourself. These two methods combined can significantly reduce your chances of contact lens overuse without having to make much conscious effort to do so.

Never Sleep With Your Contacts In

Sleeping with your contact lenses in is among the leading causes of contact lens overuse. This practice is among the most dangerous and damaging of the many poor lenses wearing choices a person can make. Overnight contact lens wear, or even wearing them for a short nap during the day, may deny the eyes essential oxygen and hydration, possibly leading to vision-threatening infections and a painful scratch on the surface of the eye called a corneal abrasion, which can cause eye pain, light sensitivity a, d excessive tearing. Removing your contact lenses, even for a short nap, is an essential step toward guarding your long term eye health.

Follow Instructions, Save Your Eyes

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Possibly the most important part of preventing contact lens overuse is paying close attention to the replacement schedule prescribed by your doctor. Timelines for contact lens replacement are established to protect your eyes from the potentially harmful consequences of contact lens deterioration and calcium deposits that build up on your contact lenses over time. Many people believe that as long as their contacts are comfortable to wear, there is nothing wrong and no need to replace them. Optometrists have fought against this harmful myth for years. By the time contact lenses are uncomfortable, they may have already begun to damage your eyes in ways that may affect your sight long term. Whether in an attempt to save money or through simple inattentiveness, wearing your contact lenses beyond their prescribed replacement date is an incredibly harmful practice that could have serious long term consequences.

For any questions and further tips, contact Dr. Loretta Clifford today.

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Introducing NEW ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™, the first-of-its-kind* contact lens that seamlessly adapts to changing light to provide all-day soothing vision.** And, did you know these lenses are one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2018?

*High intensity light/bright light/changing light found both indoors and outdoors
**Ability to see comfortably in bright light

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Did you know that 94% of patients in Totowa are bothered by bright light?

ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ quickly and seamlessly adapts to balance the amount of
indoor and outdoor light entering the eye, while filtering blue light & blocking harmful UV rays.
Acuvue Oasys with Transitions contact lenses in Totowa | The Eyexam Group
Acuvue Oasys with Transitions contact lenses in Totowa | The Eyexam Group

You live an active lifestyle. You deserve a contact lens that’s AS ACTIVE AS YOU!

  • Less squinting when subjected to bright light.
  • Helps patients’ vision recover from bright light up to 5 seconds faster!
  • Reduces halos and starbursts at night, and provides crisp, clear vision.
  • Filters blue light and offers UV protection.
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Nearly two out of three people indicate being bothered by light. Most consumers (94%) who experience bright light use compensating behaviors to help their eyes cope.

The future of contact lens technology is here!

THE LENS THAT KNOWS LIGHT

This contact lens is built with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™ to reduce the stressful impact that light can have on your eyes.

How does it look on my eye? Does it get dark?

The lenses become darker when activated by UV and/or HEV light. They were specifically designed to provide patient benefits while minimizing the change to the appearance of the eye. While outdoors, the level of activation is always changing in response to the light, so in most situations the lens isn’t in the darkest state. These lenses also fade back to clear quickly when you come inside.4

Is this new lens offering a sunglasses replacement? Can you use them with sunglasses?

ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ are not intended to be used as a replacement for sunglasses. However, they can be worn with non-prescription sunglasses. While these lenses do provide UV protection to the areas they cover, other parts of the eye and surrounding areas are still exposed to UV light. Sunglasses help to protect the entire eye.

Does the lens activate in indoor light or only outdoor UV light?

The lens activates in both indoor and UV light. Even when this lens appears clear, it is working and adapting to different lighting conditions.

Does it work behind the windshield?

While photochromic lenses react to UV light, car windshields block nearly 100% of UV light. It is important to note that ACUVUE OASYS® with Transitions™ are not a replacement for sunglasses, but they can be worn with non-prescription sunglasses.

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