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Contact Lens Care, Safety & Risks at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center-Valparaiso & Knox, IN

By Scott Buck, M.D.

Contact Lens Care & Safety
There are a number of good hygiene practices that will help you to wear your contacts safely and comfortably. The eye doctors and staff at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center recommend that you to please take time to read and then practice the following care principles:

Your contact lenses must be properly cleaned and disinfected each time you remove them in order to kill germs and prevent infections!

  • At the time you insert your contact lenses, you should thoroughly rinse the case with warm water and allow it to dry. All contact lens cases need frequent cleaning, including disposable lens cases!
  • Never put your contact lens in your mouth and then insert it into your eye!
  • Never use homemade cleaning solutions; they have been linked to serious eye infections!
  • Do not attempt to sterilize disposable lenses – you must discard them!
  • Never mix different brands of solutions!
  • Any eye drops, even nonprescription ones, can interact with all types of contact lenses!
  • Only use the brand of solution prescribed by Drs. Buck or Carlson or else check with the doctor before changing brands!
  • Always wash your hands with soap prior to handling contact lenses or touching your eye!
  • Do not share your lenses with someone else!
  • Do not take your lenses in and out repeatedly throughout the day!
  • Only wear your contacts on the schedule prescribed by Drs. Buck or Carlson!
  • Dispose of your contact lenses at the interval prescribed by Drs. Buck or Carlson!

Call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center If You Experience Any These Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Redness lasting more than one day
  • Discharge from your eye
  • Blurred Vision
  • Unusual Scratchiness
  • Unusual Light Sensitivity

Contact Lens Safety & Risks
If you are considering getting contact lenses of ANY type, Drs. Buck or Carlson recommend:

  • Having a thorough eye exam from a licensed Optometrist or Ophthalmologist
  • Having a careful fitting and getting a valid prescription that includes the brand and complete set of lens parameters.
  • Purchasing the lenses from either Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center directly, an eye care professional or from a vendor who requires that you provide prescription information for the lenses.
  • Carefully following directions given to you for cleaning, disinfection, and wearing the lenses.
  • Visiting the Optometrist or Ophthalmologist who initially prescribed your contacts for follow-up eye exams in order to make sure they are fitting properly.

Contraindications to Wearing Contact Lenses

Most people who need vision correction are able to wear contact lenses safely and comfortably, but there are some exceptions. Some of the conditions that might keep you from wearing contact lenses are: frequent eye infections, severe allergies, dry eyes or an inadequate tear film, a work environment that is very dusty or dirty and inability to handle and care for the lenses properly.

The eye doctors and staff at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center are here to help wear you care for and wear your contact lenses safely and comfortably and pleased to see patients from La Porte, Mishawaka, South Bend, Michigan City, Crown Point, Merrillville, Chesterton, South Haven, Westville, Hebron, Lowell, Valparaiso and Walkerton as well as Chicago, Illinois suburban areas of Frankfurt, Calumet City, Monee and Crete. To schedule an appointment for Cataract examination, please call us at 219-464-8223.

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Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, P.C.
502 Marquette Street
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, P.C.
1001 S. Edgewood Drive, #5
Knox, Indiana 46534

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Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center in Valparaiso and Knox, IN provides eye exams for adults & children,
eye surgery such as LASIK, cataract surgery & lens implants and eyelid surgery, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma,
age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and dry eye, as well as eye exams for cataracts, eyeglasses and contact lenses.