For all of us contact lens wearers, I’m sure there has been times when your eyes have felt like they were suffocating. Red, dry, puffy and itchy eyes are just some of the symptoms of your eyes not getting enough oxygen. Here are some of the reasons why and how to achieve the best eye health with your contact lenses.
First off, your eye’s need to breathe! Yes, it’s true. Your cornea is the window to your vision and is exactly where your contact lenses sit. Like every other cell in your body, it relies on oxygen to stay healthy and function normally. Your cornea’s however do not have any blood vessels to carry oxygen rich blood to it as it is avascular (as it needs to be clear and transparent ). This means that it gets it’s oxygen from the atmosphere to stay healthy. When you wear contact lenses you are depriving your cornea of the air it needs to breathe. Wearing the right type of lenses for the right amount of time will ensure that your eye’s will stay healthy and make contact lens wear a breeze!
A few things to remember to ensure that your contacts are breathing properly:
As always, contact lens check-up’s at Opticianado are free to our clients. If you have any questions or just want to ensure that your eye’s are getting the healthiest amount of oxygen, feel free to book an appointment with one of our contact lens specialists.