Baltimore Contact Lens Specialist on Convenience & Care

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baltimore Contact Lens Specialist on Convenience & Care

Baltimore Contact Lens Specialist Dr. Shari Strier of Baltimore Washington Eye Center shared information about contact lens convenience and care. “Contact lenses provide exceptional vision for patients and new designs provide increased convenience and a healthier profile as well,” said Dr. Strier. “However, contact lenses and their associated solutions and cases can be costly. For patients looking for economy it becomes tempting to try to reduce these costs by decreasing the frequency of contact lens and storage case replacement and by using inadequate amounts of solution,” she warned.

Dr. Strier cautioned contact lens wearers regarding some shortcuts that might look tempting.”Often patients will leave used solution in the case and merely “top off” the solution when removing their lenses in the evening. This technique greatly decreases the effectiveness of the antimicrobial properties of these solutions. Also, despite that fact that most eye care providers recommending rubbing and rinsing lenses in solution prior to soaking this is often a step that is skipped by wearers. Studies have shown that the antimicrobial properties of commercially available multipurpose solutions are greatly enhanced if the lenses are rubbed in solution before they are soaked,” emphasized Dr. Strier.

According to studies published in Ophthalmology the risk of moderate to severe microbial keratitis-a severe eye infection that can lead to scarring and loss of vision-in contact lenses wearers went up 6.4 x in patients that did not clean their storage cases well and 5.4 x in patients who infrequently changed to a new case. In a study reported in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye it noted that over 60% of patients wore their lenses longer that both the manufacturers and their optometrist recommended. Poor compliance with replacement schedules resulted in complaints consistent with potential contact lens related complications in approximately 20-30% of respondents.

The small amount of savings associated with these behaviors is overshadowed by the increase risk they pose to eye health.

Guest Blogger Shari E. Strier, O.D., Optometrist & Contact lens Specialist at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

If you or someone you know has questions about contact lenses, contact lens problems or contact lens fitting please feel free to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or so that we can recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.