Extended wear lenses - better comfort every day.

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Sarah Jenkins, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. Is it normal for the comfort of extended wear lenses to improve over time?

    Worn Proclears for years and would have said that comfortable. Never
    noticed then unless maybe I was really tired at night.

    During the last checkup I asked about extended wear and was given the Ciba
    Night & Day lens. This lens was an 13.8/8.4 compared to the proclear
    14.2/8.6 which seemed a little odd.

    During the first day I have more awarness than before on the left lens, next
    day left was Ok but more aware of the right & took them out for two nights
    (as recommneded). I have now worn them for four nights nostop with the
    result of a) better comfort - cannot tell at all I have lenses in even late
    at night b) less veins in eyes c) better vision at night ( I felt before
    that at night after wearing proclear for 14hr vision was reduced at night)

    Is it normal for a extended lens wear to be so comfortable? My only
    complaint (if you can call it that) is usually vision is slightly reduced in
    the morning due to a thickening of the tear/sleep in the eyes (I may have
    this without lenses it been so long since I have perfect vision!), however
    no drops are required and within a minuite or so vision & conmfort is back
    to normal.
    Sarah Jenkins, Oct 21, 2004
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  2. Sarah Jenkins

    LarryDoc Guest

    It is for some people. When changing to a new lens design (size,
    curvature, thickness, material) it is perfectly normal to have increased
    awareness. This gets better with time, often in a few days.

    With the new silicone hydrogel lenses like the excellent Night&Day,
    which offer very high levels of oxygen transmission, sometimes the
    cornea's nerves "wake up" and people can experience increased lens
    awareness for a while. That's actually a good thing----we want the eye
    to experience discomfort when there is a problem so you can act to fix
    it. Your eye becomes accustomed to the lens and then the lens becomes
    increasingly more comfortable over time.
    Don't be concerned. As long as the practitioner observed the lens fit
    and found it to be appropriate, the difference in numbers is meaningless.
    Personally I think it is a good idea to put a few drops of contact lens
    rewetting drops or plain old sterile saline in the eyes upon
    awaking---just to clear off any debris that may have accumulated
    overnight---if it is bothersome. Or not, whatever works for you!

    Enjoy your new lenses! Do be certain to have your regular check ups and
    remember that something doesn't feel right, take them out. If the
    discomfort continues, call your doctor. If all is well, just clean off
    and and re-insert.

    LarryDoc, Oct 21, 2004
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