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Contact Lenses for Healthy Eyes

By Tanya Turner

Contact lenses have so many advantages over glasses that more and more people switch to them. In the past contact lenses were hard and uncomfortable. But, times have changed. Modern contacts have become comfortable to wear, easy to care for and affordable. And everybody can find lenses suitable for his or her individual needs.

Contact lenses for healthy eyes

There are several important contact lens rules that every wearer should follow. You need to clean them with special cleaning solution not just water, and never wear your lenses overnight unless they are specifically designed for extended (several days) wear. Your eyes need oxygen, so lenses should not be kept in the eye over an entire 24 hour period, it is best to take them off after 10 hours of wear. Oxygen deprivation can lead to serious eye infections, and the vessels in the eye can swell from lack of oxygen. This swelling may cause permanent eye problems. So it is crucial to clean your contacts regularly, and let your eyes rest while you sleep.

Moisture is also very important for the health of your eyes. Modern contact lenses help to retain essential moisture in the eye. Still, some contact lens wearers experience dryness in their eyes especially while staring at a computer screen or working in air conditioned places. If this is the case, ask your doctor to switch you to lenses that are specifically designed for drying eyes and retain moisture better than others. Two examples of such lenses are O2Optix by Ciba Vision and Acuvue Oasys by Johnson and Johnson. Also there are many eye drops to moisturize your eyes while wearing contacts.

Types of contacts

You can find several types of contact lenses on the market. Traditional lenses can be used for a long time with regular cleaning and daytime only use. You can wear these lenses for about 6 month. Disposable lenses which are most popular these days are thinner and therefore more comfortable, but they tear more easily. They are made to last for a week or two and then be replaced with a new, clean pair. Disposable contacts are cheaper, than the old fashioned ones. You can even get daily disposable contacts which you wear for a day and throw away in the evening. This illuminates cleaning and storing problems altogether. Many doctors consider daily disposable contact lenses the healthiest choice for contact lens wearers.

There are also color contact lenses that can have prescription powers or serve cosmetic purpose only. Now everybody can have blue, green or even amethyst eyes. Also for parties and clubs you can get costume contact lenses, like cat eyes or red vampire eyes. These lenses are a must have for a Halloween party.

You can get your contact lenses from an optometrist or ophthalmologist's office, or to save money, take your prescription to a Target or Walmart store. For even more saving and convenience you can order your contact lenses online. To find best online contact lens retailers look at the review sites, this way you can be sure that you are ordering from trustworthy and legitimate company.

See review of the retailers who sell cheap contact lenses

Contact lenses can be enjoyable and convenient to wear. Just make sure that you follow your doctor's instructions on cleaning them and replacing your lenses with a new pair when it is time for it to go.

About the Author
Find information and advice about modern contact lenses at Contact Lenses Consumer Guide. We also review retailers of discount contact lenses to help you find the best deals.

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