Dennis N. Marshall, OD Eye Doctor in Blackfoot, Idaho
Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a Comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Is LASIK eye and vision surgery an option for you ? Our Blackfoot eye doctor is always ready to answer your questions about eye disease and Contact lenses.
The global pandemic can be overwhelming, and investing so much daily energy into staying healthy is certainly stressful. However, with all the health concerns facing us, your eye doctor reminds you that it’s still essential to make your eyes a top priority!
Our eye care team shares a few simple steps you can take to keep your eyes in good shape, as you protect your overall health.
Visit Your Optometrist for an Eye Exam
One of the best ways to value your vision is by getting regular comprehensive eye exams. According to a recent study co-conducted by VSP Vision Care and YouGov, a market research agency, almost 97% of people surveyed agreed that healthy eyes are essential and vision loss is feared, but only about half of these people actually go for yearly eye exams!
Practice Proper Contact Lens Hygiene
If you wear contact lenses, following safe hygiene practices can help you prevent eye irritation and infection:
- Be sure to wash your hands before inserting or removing your lenses.
- Rinse and disinfect your lenses with the solutions recommended by your eye doctor.
- Don’t wear your contacts for longer than the wearing schedule you were given.
- Keep your contact lens case clean, so harmful bacteria don’t find their way into your eyes and cause an infection.
- Don’t swim or sleep in your lenses (unless directed to by your optometrist).
Switch to Dailies – Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
If you wear weekly, bi-weekly or monthly contact lenses, now may be a good time to consider switching to daily disposable contacts. Generally, people who wear daily disposable lenses tend to experience fewer problems. Every morning, you insert a fresh pair of lenses so there is minimal maintenance required to keep your eyes safe and healthy.
Pay Attention to Comfort
Touching your eyes is never a smart move, but during Covid-19, it’s even more important to keep your fingers away. However, if you’re wearing uncomfortable contacts – not touching your eyes is much easier said than done. In fact, studies show that 89% of contact lens wearers in the US say they manually adjust their lenses or rub their eyes when vision feels uncomfortable. If your contacts are causing discomfort, book a visit to your eye care provider. A new type of contact or a better fit can help reduce your eyes’ exposure to the germs on your fingers. Not all contacts are created equal, and we offer a wide range of types in our eye clinic.
Additionally, if you find that your contact lens solution seems to dry out your eyes, book an eye exam with our optometrist; a new solution may be advised.
Dennis N. Marshall, OD, your Blackfoot eye doctor for eye exams and eye care
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