Are contact lenses the right choice!


How well do contacts work for our work vision, our play or chill time?  In our office we see many working people: surgeons, accountants, artists and many cool people from all walks of life and all ages who work on electronic devices.  These devices are not limited to our desktop computers, but our laptops, our IPads, Kindles and phones.  While the kids we see in our office may not be at their folks place of work,  needless to say that these kids use their vision the same way and are usually glued to their electronic devices for work, play and communication.  Should adults or kids be wearing contacts while working on these devices?  Of course, some have to or are going to, but keep on reading below!

Let’s focus on how contacts may work for your job.  Many people wear contact lenses. The advent of daily wear disposable contacts and frequent replacement contacts including patients with astigmatism and those who wear bifocal contacts are constant advancements in the realm of contact lens technology.  Most people wear glasses for accessories and different visual environments and needs.  Some glasses wearers rather not wear contacts or their prescriptions are not suitable or they feel discomfort if they have tried to wear them.  However, there are many contact lens wearers who have worn contact lenses for years and will only want to wear contacts.  We do fit contacts on these people with appropriate eye health.

In our office, when a contact lens patient is needing an exam, they usually want more contact lenses.  We find that life styling a patient is so important.  We find out what their vision needs are and what health histories there may exist for them or members of their families.  Health histories like diabetes may cause eye wounds and irritations to heal slowly.  This is one health example that precludes someone from wearing contacts usually.  So, some patients are not good candidates for contact lenses.

The real point of this discussion is that people usually don’t see as well as they should with wearing contacts especially for work.  Why you ask?  This is because that the prescription in contacts is on your eyeball.  This may make your eye muscles work harder because your eyes use muscles that over focus at near ranges.  This is definitely not good for the majority who spend hours on a computer for their work days.  As you focus on a project or your screen the blink rate decreases and your eyes naturally dry and this causes blurriness and dryness.  This increases your risk of eye infections because the contacts are more likely to scratch your eyes and many times without discomfort.  This may cause pink eye or scarring of your vision.

Are eyeglasses better for work?  What’s different about glasses?  What is the solution?  Ask your eye doctor.  He or she may say that your contacts are not affecting your vision health and your functioning on your job visually is fine.  That is your doctor’s decision for you.  Our office has found over 30 years it causes problems with your eye health in many cases.  Medications we take or supplements, dry work environments or store bought solutions with preservatives may contribute to discomfort and blurred vision.  Appropriate glasses prescriptions are the healthiest for your eyes and your vision will be clearer and more comfortable even if you have dry eyes.  Glasses don’t cause your eye muscles to focus as hard at a reading distance or computer distance.  New technology in glasses lens prescriptions allow people to see through lenses that have invisible areas to allow you to see at distance as well as computer lengths and near vision details.  Some bifocal prescriptions in glasses work well for people as well. Some people find that a prescription without bifocals is working fine for them.

Think about your eye health.  Make sure your eyes are examined yearly so you can tell your eye doctor how you need to see, or are seeing for everything you like to do or need to see.  This is true even if your contacts or glasses are working fine.  Visual health and prevention of macular disease from blue light from our electronic devices needs to be monitored in an eye exam by your eye doctor yearly.  Studies are showing that blue light from our TVs, computers and phones are slowly contributing to potential macular degeneration.  Our kids are really at risk.  You and your kids and tweens should wear prescription sunglasses that cover your face to protect your eyes from Ultraviolet light.  Explore new lens options for glasses for work that block blue light.  These blue light blocking lenses would be good even if you only used them for your work.  Contact lenses do not have this technology.  Have your eye health monitored yearly for macular degeneration.

Come to Eyewear Gallery to ask questions you might have about contacts lens vision correction options and/or glasses lenses options that might work.  Schedule An Appointment!  Dr. Warren Johnson| Dr. Do Nguyen  901-763-2020






























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