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By aitkineyeca32139567, Jun 17 2019 07:12PM

Some tips for people who wear contact lenses:

Replace your lenses on schedule.

You should replace your lenses as often as suggested, even if you don’t wear them every day. Wearing lenses beyond their recommended use is a common reason for eye irritation, and it also increases your risk of developing serious eye infections.

Clean your lenses well.

There are several different systems for keeping your lenses clean. Many people use a multipurpose solution for cleaning, rinsing, disinfecting, and storing their contact lenses each day. While some solutions are marketed as “no-rub” solutions, we still find that rubbing your contacts thoroughly during the cleaning process increases comfort and better removes any film or debris. Always wash your hands before removing or inserting your contacts. If you use a lotion or moisturizer, wait until after you’re done handling your contacts, as residue from the lotion can stick to the contacts.

Don’t use water.

If you run out of contact lens solution, it’s tempting to use water as a backup for cleaning and storage. Don’t do it! Not only will it increase your discomfort, water often has microbes that can introduce infections and further irritate your eyes.

No saliva, either!

Like water, it’s tempting to use your own saliva when you don’t have solution with you to rinse and clean your contacts. But using saliva will also increase your risk of irritation and infection.

When they are really uncomfortable…

If your contact lenses are really uncomfortable, there may be some dust or other debris clinging to your contacts and irritating your eyes. Remove your contacts and clean them thoroughly, letting your eyes rest before placing the lenses back in your eyes. Always be sure your contacts aren’t “inside out,” as they won’t feel good if they’re not inserted the right way. If they still don’t feel good, try giving your eyes more of a break by wearing glasses instead of contacts for a while. Allow your contacts to soak, or throw them out and start with a fresh pair.

Get your eyes checked every year.

A comprehensive eye examination can detect problems with wearing contact lenses, even before you notice any change in vision or any discomfort. Your optometrist can see signs of health problems on your cornea and recommend changes that can prevent problems form developing.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Jun 11 2019 03:09AM

Is Eye Twitching Serious?

If you’ve ever been short on sleep or greatly-stressed, you might have also experienced repetitive, uncontrollable eye spasms known as blepharospasm, or eye twitching.

While it can be annoying, eye twitching is usually fairly painless and harmless, indicating nothing more than increased fatigue, stress, or caffeine intake. Once these issues are resolved, the eye twitching usually disappears.

In rarer cases, eye twitching will become chronic, affecting the individual’s quality of life or progressing to the point of severe vision impairment.

If an eye twitch doesn’t resolve itself within a few days, or your eye twitch is strong enough to close the entire eye or affect other areas of your face, you should make an appointment to be seen at our office to determine the underlying cause and begin any possible treatments.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Jun 3 2019 03:05PM

There are many things you can look for if you’re concerned your child may be suffering from a vision problem. Vision problems can be misdiagnosed as both behavioral and learning disorders, which is why getting your children’s vision checked regularly is essential to their success both in and out of the classroom.

Here are some of the common symptoms your children may display if they have an undetected vision problem:

• Squinting, covering one eye, or closing one eye while reading

• Losing place of what line/page they were reading

• Skipping over words and lines while reading

• Angling or turning their heads to see more clearly

• Getting headaches while reading

• Holding things excessively close while reading

• Getting distracted or frustrated while reading

• Avoiding reading or other schoolwork

It is important to realize that young children may not report symptoms of vision problems. They do not know what “normal” vision is like. They may think that an inability to see clearly or comfortably is normal. That is why we can’t rely on symptoms to detect vision problems in young children.

Recommended eye examination schedule for children:

6-12 months old: InfantSEE (a FREE assessment of vision and eyes)

3-4 years old: SeeTo Learn (a FREE assessment for pre-school children)

5-18 years old: annual exam (vision problems are becoming more common and changes are happening more quickly)

By aitkineyeca32139567, Mar 18 2019 02:37AM

The EyeCare Centers of Aitkin & McGregor now recycle your used contacts and packaging. After you finish wearing your contacts and are ready for a new set, save your old contacts and bring them to either the Aitkin or McGregor location for recycling. You may also recycle the plastic container and foil seal that stores your contacts until ready for use.

Thank you for your help in recycling!

By aitkineyeca32139567, Feb 10 2017 05:31PM

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