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Can I Wear Contact Lenses at My Wedding?

I got married this spring. The big event got me thinking about the importance of eyewear for The Big Day. As a seasoned contact lens wearer myself, I was already expecting to wear my contacts instead of glasses. But for many of our patients, this is not the case. It is really important to give some good thought and consideration to your eyewear for this important day ahead of time so you will be prepared. If you’ve never worn contacts before, fear not! I’m going to give you some of my best advice for first-time wearers so you can be prepared!

What are the Benefits?

There are lots of benefits to wearing contact lenses instead of glasses. Here are two of my favorite reasons to wear contacts for your wedding:

1. Less glare in photographs (and, trust me, there will be LOTS of photos!)

2. Improved peripheral vision so you can really take it all in!

Advice from the Doctor

To help you be prepared for the big day, I am including a few pieces of advice below:

1. DON’T do this at the last minute! Typically, a proper contact lens fitting includes at LEAST two visits to your eye doctor. The first will include a diagnostic pair of lenses being inserted into your eyes by the doctor. Then, you will need an insertion and removal lesson so that you’re able to handle inserting and removing the contacts by yourself. Next, you trial these diagnostic lenses for about one week or so at home. You will then return to the doctor’s office for a follow up visit to confirm the proper fit, ensure the lenses were comfortable, and to finalize the prescription. More complicated prescriptions will require more than one follow up.

2. It’s a long, fantastic day – so be PREPARED! Remember, this is going to be one of the best days of your life so you want to enjoy every moment. In order to be most comfortable, your eye doctor will prescribe a healthy brand of contacts that will lubricate your eyes from morning until night minimizing dryness, irritation, and other complications. However, you’ll still want to bring a back up pair and lubricating drops just in case.

3. For patients who require bifocals or progressive glasses, MULTIFOCAL contacts may be best for you enabling you to see near, far, and in between (think ceremony to centerpiece). Some contacts provide a reading prescription for patients who require bifocals or progressive glasses. These contacts are called ‘Multifocals’. So, rejoice! Even the over 40 crowd can be FREE of glasses at the wedding too!

4. If you wouldn’t feel like yourself WITHOUT YOUR GLASSES, then wear them! There is nothing wrong with wearing glasses on your big day. Just remember, the best quality lenses with anti-glare technology will provide the best vision and will help reduce glare in photographs. It is worthwhile to invest in a new frame so you will look and feel your best, and new lenses so your eyewear will be scratch-free!

Be Aware!

Take caution when applying makeup. I suggest you insert the contacts BEFORE applying makeup. Since this will be a new process, you may want to consult with your makeup artist during a trial period to make sure everything goes just right on the Wedding day.

Contacts are medical devices and should be treated as such. You should only wear the exact contact lenses prescribed for you. To ensure the lenses fit you properly, schedule an exam with a licensed optometrist.

Meghan (Schiffer) Riegel, OD

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors. Be sure to mention this will be a first-time contact fitting.

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12 Tips for Optimal Eye Health

Good Eye Care Habits & Hygiene

By practicing good eye care habits and hygiene, you can prevent many vision problems from occurring. Eye problems and the risks associated with vision loss only grow as you age. By neglecting eye care, you place yourself at a higher risk of suffering from cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and low vision.

So make sure you maintain great eye health by following these 12 tips for optimal eye health.  

1. Avoid rubbing your eyes

Itchy eyes can be a hallmark symptom of allergies, and though rubbing may bring temporary relief, it ultimately increases swelling and worsens the itch. If you wear contact lenses, rubbing your eyes can also dislodge or even break a lens, causing the lens to get lost or scratch the cornea. Plus, eye rubbing can lead to eye infections, since our hands are typically covered with a host of germs.

2. Regularly wash your hands

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is often caused by germs and bacteria carried to your eyes by unclean hands. Frequently washing your hands with soap and warm water helps keep bacteria away and prevents eye contamination. Prior to inserting or removing contact lenses, make sure to wash your hands with mild soap and dry them using a lint-free towel. 

3. Beware of UV rays

By exposing yourself to sunlight and UV rays, you increase the risk of developing macular degeneration and corneal sunburn. Beyond just adding some style and zest to your look, sunglasses should protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays. Speak to your optometrist about the different options available for people who wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses too, to keep your eyes safe in the sun.

4. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is crucial for your body’s overall health and wellbeing — and that includes your eyes. Among other complications, if you don’t have enough fluid in your body, it impacts tear production and can cause dry eyes and irritation. Drink up!  

5. Don’t smoke cigarettes

Need some extra motivation to quit smoking? 

Smokers are more prone to developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye conditions. Cigarette smoking can also destroy optic nerves, which can adversely affect your vision over time. So think twice before you light up, and speak to your doctor about getting help to quit. 

6. Eat a healthy diet

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to ensure that your diet is rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamins A and C. These can be found in leafy greens (your mom was right about spinach!), orange vegetables (think, carrots and sweet potato) and citrus fruit. Furthermore, fatty fish like salmon contain essential omega-3 fatty acids which also promote excellent eye health. 

7. Keep a healthy distance from screens

Nip digital eye strain in the bud by positioning your computer monitor about an arm’s length away from the eyes and 20 degrees below eye level. Ideally, work in a room with enough diffused lighting to reduce stress on your eyes from the computer light.

8. Remember the 20-20-20 rule 

Speaking of computers, have you heard of the 20-20-20 rule? When using digital devices, rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet away for 20 continuous seconds. 

Once you’re at it, blink 20 times in succession to prevent dry eyes, and make it a habit to rise from your seat and take 20 steps to promote good posture and blood circulation, which helps your vision too.  

9. Be careful with eye make-up 

Make sure that your eye shadow, mascara, and eyeliner don’t cause your eyes an allergic reaction. Get in the habit of removing your make-up before going to sleep in order to avoid bacterial build-up from residual make-up left in the eye area. And, from time to time, clean your make-up brushes, especially those used to apply cosmetics around the eye area.

10. Sleep is golden

Just as with the rest of your body, your eyes need a break. So make sure that you get sufficient shut-eye (8 hours) each night to keep your eyes revitalized and healthy.

11. Wear protective eyewear 

Whatever you do, make sure your eyes are well-protected. If you’re swimming, wear goggles to prevent chlorine from entering your eyes. If you’re gardening or engaged in a DIY project at home, wear safety glasses to keep dust particles and bacteria at bay and prevent eye injuries. Ask your local eye doctor about protective eyewear for sports and other activities.

12. Regularly visit your eye doctor

Don’t underestimate the importance of getting a routine eye exam, whether you need an updated prescription or not. Even if you can see well today, a comprehensive eye exam can pick up early signs of eye diseases and conditions before symptoms become noticeable, such as glaucoma, diabetes, retinal holes which could lead to retinal detachment, and cancers like melanoma. Early detection and management can prevent further complications and serious vision loss down the line.

Only an eye doctor has the required knowledge, experience, tools and techniques to determine whether you have these or other eye conditions.

It is recommended that everyone gets a comprehensive eye exam once a year (or at least every two years). Children, whose eyes are rapidly developing, and people at higher risk for developing eye problems such as diabetics and older people, need to undergo eye exams even more frequently: at the minimum, yearly. 

During the evaluation, the eye doctor will check for things like: 

  • Farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and/or presbyopia
  • Eye coordination 
  • Optic nerve and eye pressure tests to spot glaucoma

It’s also important to be on the look-out for any changes in your vision. If you experience hazy or double vision, worsening eyesight, red eyes, eye pain, swelling or floaters, contact Dr. Kestenbaum.  

Incorporate these tips and habits into your lifestyle to maintain healthy eyes and a high quality of life. Optix Family Eyecare offers comprehensive eye exams in Plainview, New York, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about ways to maintain healthy vision.