About contact lenses

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About Contact Lenses

 

 

About Contact Lenses

Contact lens technology has developed significantly over the years, offering comfort and providing crisp vision correction that help restore your vision while maintaining white, healthy eyes. No matter your age or vision correction needed, there is likely to be a Bausch+Lomb contact lens suited to your needs, and lifestyle.


 

There are two types of contact lenses that can be used – soft or hard lenses.

 

Soft contact lenses:

 

  • Made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea
  • May be easier to adjust to and may be more comfortable than hard lenses
  • Silicone-hydrogels and hypergels provide more comfort and allow oxygen to your eyes
  • Require a frequent replacement schedule

 

Types of soft contact lens

 

  • Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
  • Monthly Disposable Contact Lenses
  • Extended Wear Contact Lenses

 

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses:

 

  • A new pair of lenses is required daily
  • Very convenient
  • No cleaning regimen is needed
  • Promotes ideal eye health (provided lenses aren’t used longer than the recommended 24 hour period)

 

Monthly Disposable Contact Lenses:

 

  • Need to be replaced monthly
  • Should be removed from the eyes every day – then cleaned, rinsed and disinfected in solution overnight
  • A more cost effective way for improved and convenient vision
  • A strict cleaning regimen has to be adhered to maintain good quality vision, and promote eye health.

 

Extended Wear Contact Lenses:

 

  • Are available for overnight or continuous wear for up to 30 days
  • Length of continuous wear depends on lens type and your eye care professional’s evaluation of your tolerance for overnight wear
  • Your eyes need to rest without lenses for at least one night following each scheduled removal

 

Hard contact lenses or Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses:

 

  • More durable and resistant to deposit build-up, providing clear, crisp vision
  • Replaced once a year versus the replacement schedules of soft contact lenses
  • Easier to handle and less likely to tear because they are made of harder plastics
  • Not as comfortable as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing

 

How to choose the right lens for you and your lifestyle

 

Daily Disposable   Montlhly / Extended Wear Disposable
  • Made to be worn once and then discarded

    • No cleaning regimen required
 
  • Requires lenses to be cleaned daily (or before and after use) to ensure lenses are:
    • Cleaned of debris and protein build-up
    • Disinfected
    • Moistened / lubricated in the lens case to ensure wearing comfort

A convenient option as no lens care routine is required, daily lenses are ideal for those who:

 
The most common option that requires a strict lens care routine, monthly lenses are ideal for those who:

  • Are active
  • Use lenses occasionally
  • Like travelling
  • Don’t want to clean lenses every night
 
  • Wear lenses everyday
  • Require a cost effective option
  • Require an extended wear option (due to difficulty inserting and removing lenses)

Lenses are available for:

 
Lenses are available for:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia – Multifocal lens addresses your:
    • Near vision
    • Intermediate vision
    • Distance vision
 
  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism Presbyopia – Multifocal lens addresses your:
    • Near vision
    • Intermediate vision
    • Distance vision
     
     

 

Did you know?

 

Contact lens basics

 

  • Contact lenses mimic the function of the cornea, by bending light rays that enter the eye and focusing these rays at one point at the back of the eye – your retina – they translate light into vision, so that clear images are seen when light rays are properly focused onto the retina1,2
  • Contact lenses can’t get stuck or disappear behind your eye, as the inner surface of the eyelids has a thin, moist lining (the conjunctiva), which folds back and becomes the outer covering of the white part of the eyeball
  • Your eye care professional will recommend a lens that is best suited for your eyes, as well as the amount of time that your lenses can be worn each day 
  • Avoid eye infections and keep your eyes comfortable by following the recommended lens replacement schedule
  • Include a “rub and rinse” step in the lens cleaning process
  • Minimise contact with water while wearing contact lenses because tap water contains harmful bacteria that can lead to eye infections
  • Replace the lens case frequently to help reduce the risk of infection

 

Technological advances

 

  • High-tech materials, such as silicone hydrogel and hypergel have been specifically designed to:
    • ensure sustained comfort throughout the day
    • allow oxygen to reach your eyes for optimal eye health, giving you white, bright and healthy eyes all day long.

 

No limitations

 

  • There is no age limit if you are interested in wearing contact lenses
  • Depending on your sensitivity it may take anything from a day to a couple of weeks to get used to wearing contact lenses
  • Consult your eye care professional to determine if you are ready / able to wear contact lenses
  • Older patients may need different prescriptions for reading and distance vision, and may be prone to dry eyes

 

Take care

 

  • Remove your lenses before using hair spray as aerosols and pump sprays are sticky and can leave a residue on your lenses
  • Remove your lenses whenever you swim or shower, if you don’t, you could get an eye infection as unsterilized water (tap, sea or swimming poools) are loaded with bacteria and micro-organisms
  • Use appropriate swimming goggles if contact lenses are worn while swimming, they not only protect against lens loss from swimming under water, but they may also offer some protection from the environment
  • Insert your lenses before applying make-up, if possible use oil-free and fragrance-free make-up
  • Purchase new make-up frequently, we recommend new mascara every 3 months, new eyeliner every 3 months and new eye shadows every 6 months, use water-resistant mascara and eyeliner to prevent flaking and smudging, avoid lash-building fibres as they can cause irritation if they get underneath your lenses
  • Glitter looks fabulous - but the tiny, shiny specks can get into your eyes and cause irritation /problems with your contact lenses, if you do use glitter lotions, powders and gels, be careful not to touch your eyes and wash the glitter off your hands right away

References: 1. Facts about the cornea and corneal disease. NE1 Health Information. Available at http://nei.nih.gov/health/cornealdisease/[Accessed June 19, 2014]. 2. The effects contacts have on your eyes. Rebuild your vision. Available at: http://www.rebuildyourvision.com/blog/glasses-contacts/the-effects-contacts-have-on-your-eyes/[accessed June 19, 2014]

 

Marieke van Nieuwkerk
Brand Manager
087 820 7002
m.vannieuwkerk@bausch.co.za

 

 

Bronwen Coleman
Marketing Manager
087 820 7002
b.coleman@bausch.co.za

 

 

Claudia Marais
National Sales Manager Surgical
087 820 7002
c.marais@bausch.co.za

 

 

Marianne Oosthuizen
Responsible Pharmacist
087 820 7002
m.oosthuizen@bausch.co.za

 

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Johan­nes­burg, South Africa
Tele­phone:+27 11 087 0000 / 087 820 7002
Email: m.vannieuwkerk@bausch.co.za

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