Reading with contact lenses

Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Reading with contact lenses

If you wear contact lenses, you will know just how important it is to look after them - as well as your eyes. When performing daily tasks, such as showering, it is best to remove your contact lenses so as to avoid risk of infection from any bacteria. However, for other activities - such as watching television and reading - you should wear your contact lenses to help enhance your vision.

You might not think it, but reading while wearing contact lenses could take its toll on your eye health - should you not take precautions. So to reduce your chance of encountering any problems, here are a few tips to follow for wearing contact lenses when reading:

Wear the correct lens strength

First of all, it is crucial to ensure that you are wearing the correct lens strength for your eyes. Of course, in order to see each word clearly on the page you must rely on your eyesight. If you are wearing lenses that are too weak, you are likely to experience problems such as blurry or distorted vision.

If you aren't sure whether you are wearing the correct lens strength, or think you are in need of a new strength, book an appointment with your optometrist who will be able to test your eyes and advise you of the best lenses accordingly.

Take regular breaks

Reading for prolonged periods of time while wearing contact lenses can cause your eyes to become tired. Continuing to read when your eyes feel tired can lead to eyestrain, which can cause serious problems further down the line.

It is important, therefore, to take regular breaks from reading to give your eyes a rest. After each chapter, put the book down and walk around the house to allow your eyes to focus on objects other than the page.

Hold the book at eye level

Reading at an awkward angle could cause your lens to slip out of place, causing extreme discomfort or pain. So if you are reading from a book or electronic tablet, make sure you hold it at eye level, or just below eye level. This is the optimal comfort position for reading, meaning your contact lenses will remain comfortably in your eyes.

Remember to blink often

If you are reading for a long stretch of time, it is easy to forget to blink. Not blinking while wearing contact lenses can cause your eyes to become dry, which can make them sore and uncomfortable.

One of our most popular brands that deal with this problem are our Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses and 1 Day Acuvue Moistthat use HYDRACLEAR® Plus and LACREON® technology respectively containing more moisturising solution than most contact lenses – giving you optimum breath-ability, combined with Acuvue UV-protection.

When you are reading, remember to blink often and if your eyes do begin to feel dry, moisten them with some eyedrops.

If you have any questions surrounding eye health, contact our optician today at
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