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Fresh Contact Lenses: Why?

Are there ever days when you leave your disposable contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? It's a pretty accepted fact that things are at their best when they haven't been used too much. Guess what? The same principle is also applicable to your lenses. There are so many reasons why you shouldn't keep them in for any longer than you've been instructed to. Despite that fact that it might seem okay to use them just one more time, if you want your eyes to look healthy, don't overlook the replacement and wearing routine your eye doctor gives you. In other words, if you've been instructed to wear a new pair monthly, then change them every month, because they can't be worn any longer than that.

You might think, can't I just squeeze a few extra wears out of them? To answer this, all us to look at protein - and we don't mean the kind you eat, but the natural protein that is a main component of the tears and eye fluids that gathers over time on the surface of your lenses, forming a light haze. Blurry eyesight is just the beginning.

If this continues, these proteins transform and confuse your immune system, which begins to think that the formation is something foreign, and the body's reaction can lead to itchy, swollen and irritated eyes. This leads to a situation where you won't be seeing your best. Even when you're strict about caring for your contacts, sooner or later they stop being as clear and smooth, just due to regular wear and tear.  Soft contact lenses are made of different materials with different contours and lens thickness.  Your eye doctor ensures proper initial fit of the lenses.  However, the soft lens does not always hold its original shape, and can "warp" with handling.  Overwearing a lens that does not fit properly anymore can cause damage to the eye. Seasoned contact lens wearers may not know this, as they have adapted to the feeling of the contact lenses.  So even if the lenses "feel" comfortable, ensure that the eyes are still bright, white and healthy by regular contact lens checkups.

So adhere to the plan your eye doctor determines for you. Everyone's eyes are unique, so only your optometrist should decide on the correct contact lens replacement routine for you. When you dispose of and replace your lenses when you're told to, you will never even recognize the difference that becomes so apparent when you use them longer than you're supposed to.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

www.albertahealthservices.ca

www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan

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