Category: Contacts

Safety Halloween

We’ve all seen those really cool Halloween contacts but are they safe for your or your children’s eyes? We discuss that in this blog and some other ways to keep your children’s eyes safe this Halloween!

Decorative Contact Lenses:

Using these decorative lenses without a prescription can lead to nightmares! They have been known to cause eye scratches, eye infections, eye sores, and vision loss.

It’s important to get a prescription because you can be sure that you are receiving contacts that fit properly, they are higher quality and less likely to cause eye problems, and your eye doctor can give you advice on how to wear them correctly.

Here are some more tips for Halloween night:

    1. Make sure to bring flashlights so that paths are clearly lit.
    2. Ensure that any hats, scarves or ties are secure so that they will not impede vision
    3. Avoid props that are pointed or sharp such as swords or wands they may harm other children’s eyes.
    4. Make sure masks, wigs and eyepatches don’t block your child’s visibility. Some masks are very dangerous for children because they block their side vision.
    5. Be careful with Halloween makeup! Be sure to use hypoallergenic makeup and avoid the eye area! Have wipes handy to clean you or your child’s face should their makeup begin to run. If you are using fake eyelashes be sure to carefully follow the instructions!

Coastal Eye Associates

If you have any concerns about protecting your child’s eyes on Halloween, please contact us or schedule an appointment with one of our doctors!

Contacts

There are many types of contact lenses, varying in shape, durability, and material.

Toric Versus Spherical Lenses

Just as glasses lenses will be shaped differently depending on the type of correction your vision needs, contacts are shaped differently too. Spherical contacts are shaped for treating myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and presbyopia (age-related farsightedness), but this shape can’t do anything to fix an astigmatism. That’s where toric lenses come in. These are cylindrical lenses designed to correct the warp in the cornea, and they are kept in the correct position by gravity and blinking.

Daily Versus Extended Wear Lenses

Most contact lenses are wearable only during the day, and for the sake of our eyes’ health, we have to take them out again at night. Some are meant to be thrown away after a single day’s use, and some are meant to last multiple weeks. It is a terrible idea to try saving money on contact lenses by wearing them longer than what is recommended on the packaging and by the optometrist, because they can become contaminated over time, leading to an infection.

Extended wear contacts are specifically designed to be so comfortable and gas-permeable that they are safe to wear overnight. New technology and materials have made extended wear contacts safer than they used to be, but even in FDA approved lenses, the risk of infection and other problems from leaving contacts in for days or even weeks at a time still exists.

Soft Versus Hard Lenses

The two most common options for lens materials are silicone hydrogels (soft) and plastic (hard). Both allow plenty of oxygen to reach the cornea, but each has different advantages. Soft lenses are more comfortable and stay in place better, while hard or rigid gas permeable lenses correct more vision problems, are easy to put on and clean, cover less of the eye, and last a comparatively long time.


If you are in need of an eye exam to determine the type of contacts that will work best for you, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors can help answer all of your questions and get the right contacts for you.

contact lens wearer

Wearing contacts for the first time can be a little bit difficult and a little bit scary. Below are some of our tips for first time contact wearers.

Putting in your lenses

  • Always wash your hands with soap before you touch your eyes or contacts.
  • Make sure the lens isn’t inside out. To do this, put the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. You want to make sure it looks like a smooth edged cup. If the edges are flared out, it’s inside out.
  • Using the opposite hand, hold open your upper eyelid.
  • Carefully pull down your lower eyelid with the free fingers of the hand with the contact.
  • Slowly and carefully move your contact towards your eye. It often helps to look upwards as you place the lens on your eye.
  • Slowly release your eyelid and close your eye for a moment to allow the lens to settle.
  • Repeat for the other eye. 

How to remove contacts

  • Before you touch your eyes or lenses, wash your hands with soap.
  • Look up at the ceiling and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger.
  • Slowly bring your index finger close to your eye until you touch the lower edge of the lens.
  • Slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye.
  • Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.
  • Repeat for other lens.
  • If you have reusable lenses- clean and disinfect. If you have disposable lenses discard them daily.
  • Never rinse your lenses or their case with tap water.

Eye Makeup and Contact Lenses

Be careful when applying makeup while wearing your lenses. Makeup can stick to your lenses. 

  • Put your lenses in before applying makeup.
  • Use only non-allergenic makeup. 
  • Cream eye shadow is less likely to get in your eye than powder. As a good rule of thumb it’s always better to choose water based creams than oil based.
  • If you choose to use powder instead, keep your eyes closed during the application.
  • Only apply eyeliner on the portion of your lashes that is well away from your eye and never between your lashes and your eye.
  • When removing eye makeup always wash and dry your hands first. Remove your contacts and then use your makeup remover.
  • It’s important to replace your makeup frequently. Over time bacteria can get into your make up products and then into your eyes leading to an infection. Also never share your eye makeup with others.

Dry Eyes with Contacts

If your current lenses fit well and you still experience discomfort, you may need a different type of lens or a different wearing schedule. Many types of contact lenses are available today, and you may find newer options are more comfortable than your old lenses. Here are a few solutions that may make your contact lens wear more comfortable:

When wearing contacts, check the appearance and comfort of your eyes daily. If you have redness or discomfort, consult your eye doctor immediately.
  • Daily disposables: If lenses with built-up deposits are making you uncomfortable, then starting each day with a new lens may help. This is true especially if you suffer from allergies and are bothered by the airborne allergens that can stick to your lenses, or if your tear chemistry is such that difficult-to-remove lipids and proteins are accumulating on your lenses. Several brands of daily disposable lenses are available from the major contact lens manufacturers.
  • Lenses with a different water content: Hydrogel (soft) contact lenses hold different amounts of water when they are fully hydrated, based on characteristics of the lens material. Some people are more comfortable with lenses in materials that have a low water content; others are more comfortable with lenses that have a high water content. If your eyes feel dry, ask your eye doctor if changing to lenses with a different water content might help.
  • Silicone hydrogels: These advanced soft lenses allow more oxygen to reach the eyes and may stay moist longer than conventional soft (hydrogel) contact lenses. 
  • FDA-indicated for dryness: Some soft contact lenses have been specially developed to relieve dryness. 

For more questions contact us or schedule an appointment with one of our doctors here at Coastal Eye Associates.