And You Thought You Knew How to Clean Your Contact Lens Case! Contact Lens Case Hygiene

We were accustomed to hear other doctors saying, “Just air dry your contact lens case and you are good to go.” Actually there’s more to making your contact lens case virtually bacteria free than just air-drying. I want you to go and check your contact lens case… it should not be brownish, yellowish or have spots of black pigments. If your case has one of them, it’s time to throw them away. Remember, change your contact lens case every time you change your solution—that is between 1 to 3 months time.

As important as cleaning your contact lens is making sure you also maintain the cleanliness of your case where you put your lenses. A number one no-no is washing your case with water. Water has acanthamoeba that can stick to your case and may inadvertently be transferred to your contact lenses. Acanthamoeba can cause serious infection.

Clinical trials are always being conducted to unlock ways to prevent any microbial infection in contact lens wear. Saying that, the Brian Holden Vision Institute, a well-respected vision institute located in Australia explained in one of their studies, that to have the least amount of bacteria present in your case, the old air-drying contact lens cases is not enough.

We need to do 4 steps right after throwing out the old solution from the case:

  1. Rinse the case and caps with fresh contact lens solution.
  2. Rub the case and caps with fresh contact lens solution.
  3. Throw the excess solution and wipe the case and caps with lint-free tissue.
  4. Turn the case and caps upside down and place on top of a clean tissue.

These additional steps ensure that no biofilm will be formed on the case and caps. Biofilm is a group of microorganisms growing on a solid surface (living or non-living) and are generally embedded within a self-produced matrix of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS). — wouldn’t you want it out of your cases?

Gold Heart Optical Centre Cleaning Contact Lens Case

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Gold Heart Optical Centre Cleaning Contact Lens Case

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Gold Heart Optical Centre Cleaning Contact Lens Case

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Gold Heart Optical Centre Cleaning Contact Lens Case

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Should I or Should I Not Try Contact Lenses? Know the advantages of contact lens wear

Should I or should I not try contact lenses? I am sure that many of you have wondered if contact lenses are for you. Yes, you have your glasses, they are very convenient, no wasted time in putting them on and off. You shop for that “perfect” pair that embodies your personality… but have you ever thought at times if you can do away with your eyeglasses? We always tell patients that just like shoes, you do not use your running shoes to attend parties. So similar to shoes, we also need other options to be more comfortable in some activities and also to complete your look.  Contact lenses have so many advantages, let me show them to you.

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For the ladies out there, isn’t it awkward to wear those fashion statement black, acetate frames while you are in a dress? We also have patients saying they just remove their glasses in those occasions… yup, you look fabulous without your glasses but then risk to be called a snob or clumsy person.  Even those who join programs in school, some would just remove their glasses, some would wear them, but then why chance the eyeglasses flying off your face when you are about to do a difficult dance stunt? For males, especially for those who are active and play basketball with friends, or those that go to gym to workout. With sweat all over your face, your eyeglasses either is dripping wet with perspiration or drops down to your nose.

Contact lenses are indeed very convenient too in the noted scenarios above. They can co-exist with eyeglasses. With contact lenses, your peripheral vision will be wider. No more issues of snubbing your friends, nor issues on sweating or your eyeglass dropping in a normal hot summer day. With contact lenses… you will feel FREE.

There are different contact lenses that will fit everyone’s lifestyle. And since contact lenses come in colored too, it can also be used to enhance your look. For occasional wearers, DAILY DISPOSABLE lenses are the best—pop in and pop out…. No more cleaning. For those who will wear their lenses more often, then the MONTHLY DISPOSABLE lenses will be a better option for you—unless you do not want the cleaning part in maintaining your lenses—-then DAILY DISPOSABLE will be your best buddy. Remember to only go to your trusted optometrist to teach you RESPONSIBLE CONTACT LENS WEAR.

Nearsightedness: Control and Prevention

There is a myopia (nearsightedness) epidemic happening in so many countries all over the world. Patients we see with myopia in the clinic are becoming younger and younger. Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong have seen the most childhood myopia in their statistics, and Philippines has been following their footsteps. Clinical trials are being done by top scientists in order to find means in controlling and preventing myopia. Currently, myopia control can be achieved with specially designed contact lenses and ophthalmic lenses. But what is also important is to control some environmental factors that can cause the progression of myopia. Kids will say that you want to blame your parents for giving you myopia, but studies show that 78.4% in 15- year old children are myopic, compared with only 19.8% in parents… this means environment really plays a big role. Indeed times have changed. Some kids do not even know how to play dolls or cars or robots… And whether you want to admit it or not, some parents are guilty of giving their children Ipads or mobile phones to play games to keep them busy and be quiet. Digital devices are the modern pacifiers. Even in attending reunion parties, you will see relatives with head down tinkering with their mobile phones than having decent conversations with their loved ones. I am not saying that I am not guilty of some of these things by the way.

 

Gold Heart Optical Centre Nearsightedness Myopia

Here are some tips as to how to avoid your glasses or your children’s to get thicker by the coming years.  Prevention of nearsightedness is the key.  

  1. GO OUT & PLAY – Myopia prevalence was significantly higher in the Singaporean residents vs Australian (29.1% vs 3.3%). Children in Australia spent 13.75 hours per week outdoors vs Singaporean children who spent approximately 3.05 hours per week outdoors. Sunlight has its role–Dopamine and Vitamin D are being considered in restraining eye growth.
  2. Vision Breaks 20-20-20 – For every 20 minutes of near task, look as far as you can for 20 seconds as far as 20 feet.
  3. Appropriate Reading Distance/Distance From Gadgets – Use the “Harmon Distance” when reading, writing, and doing other close work. The distance between the eyes and the task is the distance from the elbow and middle knuckle.
  4. Use appropriate lighting at all times.
  5. Have regular vision examinations.
  6. Do not abuse your eyes with digital devices use.
  7. Eat a balance diet.

 

Why is it important to control myopia progression?

It is important to control myopia progression as high myopes have greater risks for glaucoma, retinal detachment, and other retinal conditions.