Skip to main content

Our New Location in McKinney is Now Open!

Home »

eye exam

What Eye Drops Are Best For My Eyes?

Are you suffering from red, irritated and scratchy eyes? Do you feel like you have something stuck in your eyes? These are hallmark symptoms of dry eye syndrome, a condition that occurs when your eyes are not properly lubricated due to insufficient tear production, blocked glands, or unbalanced tear composition.

The symptoms can be so unpleasant that many rush to the nearest pharmacy to find the perfect eye drops that will offer them the relief they need so that they can get back to focusing on other things.

However, seeking the ideal artificial tears to relieve dry eyes can be a daunting process. The eye drops shelf at the drug store offers so many options that it’s hard to know which ones are right for you. What’s more, some can actually make your symptoms worse.

Not all eye drops are created equal—currently, there are 6 main categories of artificial tears available over the counter. Choosing the artificial tears based on your specific needs can help narrow your options.

The 6 Types of Eye Drops / Artificial Tears

Preserved Artificial Tears

Preserved artificial tears contain added preservatives to maintain a very long shelf and keep bacteria at bay once the bottle is opened. Unfortunately, it also causes inflammatory dry eye disease, meibomian gland dysfunction and an allergic reaction in those who are sensitive, leading to redness, irritation and inflammation. While these drops may offer temporary relief, long term they can do more harm than good. Moreover, the preservatives may leave residue on contact lenses.

Preservative-Free Artificial Tears

Preservative-free artificial tears are great for contact lens wearers as they don’t cause any preservative build-up on the lenses. They are also suitable for those with sensitive eyes since they contain fewer ingredients that can cause irritation.

Preservative-free eye drops typically come in a box of 28 to 30 small vials that fit in a pocket or purse.

To use these drops, just pop the top off and insert the drops into your eyes. Some of these vials can be re-capped to allow you to continue to use the vial for up to 24 hours, but not longer. Refrigerate opened vials between uses to prevent any bacterial growth.

Oil-Based Artificial Tears

Oil-based tears come in preserved and preservative-free versions. These are thicker than traditional eye drops, as they contain an oil-based formulation. The oil helps prevent the watery portion of the tears from evaporating too quickly.

If you suffer from moderate or severe dry eye, oil-based artificial tears may be a great option. However, they’re not recommended for contact lens wearers, as the oils may stick to the surface of the lenses, making it difficult to keep them clean.

Eye Drop Spray or Mist

These sprays are preservative-free and are used to relieve dryness and irritation in both the eyes and eyelids. They’re easy to use, especially for those who struggle to insert drops into their eyes.

To use the spray, just close your eyes and spray onto your closed eyelids. Once you blink, the tears will slide into your eyes.

Don’t use the spray if you’re wearing makeup, lotions, or creams on your eyelids, as it can cause the makeup or lotion to enter your eye.

Artificial Tear Gel

Artificial tear gel adds a thick coating of tears and can be used at any time of the day or night. However, the thicker consistency of the gel drop may blur your vision for several minutes.

The gel is applied in the same way as eye drops. It effectively soothes the eyes and provides extended relief for both moderate to severe dry eye.

Most artificial tear gels contain preservatives, so they can only be used up to 4 times a day, and usually they are not safe for contact lens wearers.

Artificial Tear Ointment

Dry eye ointments are thick and coat the front of your eye. They’re usually used 1 to 2 times daily as needed. It may be best to use them at bedtime, as it will blur your vision.

Get Dry Eye Relief Today!

Artificial tears may be a good way to temporarily relieve eye dryness. However, using the wrong type of eye drops can be worse than not using any drops at all. So be sure to consult your eye doctor before you get eye drops.

Keep in mind that eye drops don’t address the root cause of dry eyes; they just provide temporary respite from the uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. Only an eye doctor can examine your eyes to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and recommend the best treatment for your unique case of dry eye.

Schedule an appointment with Switalski Eye Care in Plano to learn more about dry eye syndrome and to find out which treatment is best for you.

Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Brian Switalski

 

Q: What is dry eye syndrome?

    • A: Dry eye syndrome is a condition where your eyes either produce low-quality tears or don’t produce enough tears to keep your eyes hydrated. This may be due to certain diseases (like diabetes or other autoimmune diseases), aging, allergies, hormonal changes, smoking, poor air quality, medications and the environment.

    Q: What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?

          • A: Dry eye syndrome can cause a wide range of symptoms including:Itchy eyes
            A feeling that there is grit or debris in the eye
            Blurred vision
            Burning sensation
            Dryness
            Irritation
            Sensitivity to light and glare

      Q: Artificial Tears

                • A: Artificial tears are drops used to lubricate dry eyes. These drops help maintain moisture on the surface of your eyes. Artificial tears are available without a prescription from your optometrist. There is no one brand works best for every form of dry eyes. Aside lubricating the surface of your eyes, artificial tears can also promote healing of the eyes. Additionally, some types of drops work to decrease the evaporation of tears from the surface of your eyes. Artificial tears may also contain thickening agents, which keep the solution on the surface of your eyes longer.

      Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In McKinney, Texas. Visit Switalski Eye Care for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

      How’s Your Hand-Eye Coordination?

      People with poor hand-eye coordination are sometimes perceived as clumsy or inattentive. The truth is that poor hand-eye coordination stems from a deficit in visual-motor coordination. Fortunately, your eye doctor will assess your coordination during a comprehensive eye exam.

      What Is Hand-Eye Coordination?

      Hand-eye coordination is a person’s ability to smoothly control their hand movements based on the visual cues they receive from the brain. When the eyes and brain are communicating effectively, a person’s hand-eye coordination can be drastically improved. Many activities, from driving a car to catching a ball, depend on our visual system working at its best.

      Here’s how it works: Our eyes capture what they see around them, and send this visual information to the brain. The brain processes and interprets these images, and then communicates with our hands and arms, informing them of the object’s position, speed, size and many other parameters.

      This process is very complex and must work seamlessly for our hands to react quickly to visual stimuli. Having good hand-eye coordination can be the difference between turning the steering wheel away from an encroaching car to avoid an accident, or being hit by that car.

      We all utilize hand-eye coordination multiple times throughout the day when doing things like:

      • Writing
      • Driving
      • Typing
      • Playing a video game
      • Exercising or playing sports
      • Inserting a credit card into a chip reader

      When the visual and motor systems don’t communicate efficiently, a person may experience symptoms like clumsiness at the very least, and professional, academic or developmental challenges at the worst. For example, poor hand-eye coordination can interfere with typing skills, attention and handwriting.

      Even a person with perfect visual acuity (eyesight) and great motor skills can experience poor hand-eye coordination. That’s because the problem usually isn’t with the individual systems, but rather how the brain, eyes and the body interact with each other.

      Eye Exams Can Detect Problems With Visual Skills

      Assessing hand-eye coordination is crucial for both adults and children, as this skill greatly impacts most parts of life.

      At your comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will check several visual skills, including hand-eye coordination. If a problem with hand-eye coordination or any other visual skill is found, Dr. Switalski will discuss the next steps in treating and correcting the problem.

      To schedule an eye exam for you or your child, call Switalski Eye Care in Plano today!

      Q&A

      #1: What other visual skills are evaluated during an eye exam?

      During an eye exam, your optometrist will test for visual acuity, convergence, eye tracking, eye teaming, color vision, and focusing. Testing these skills is especially important for school-aged children, since learning and academic performance heavily depend on healthy vision.

      #2: How often do you need a comprehensive eye exam?

      Adults should have their eyes examined by an optometrist every year, or as frequently as their optometrist recommends. Children should have their eyes first checked at 6-12 months of age and then as frequently as advised by the optometrist. As a rule, most children should be seen when they are 2 or 3 years old, before first grade and then every year thereafter.

      If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or are yourself due for an eye exam, contact us today. We want what’s best for your vision and life!

      Childhood Myopia Is in Crisis Mode on a Global Scale

      When it comes to the prevalence of myopia (nearsightedness), the statistics are staggering. By 2050, nearly half of the world’s population—about 5 billion people—will be myopic. Below are a few useful tips to help you prevent your child from being part of that statistic.

      What Is Myopia?

      Myopia occurs when the eye elongates, causing light rays to focus in front of the light-sensitive retina rather than directly on it, while looking at something far away. So, people with nearsightedness perceive distant objects as blurred while close-up objects can remain clear.

      Myopia tends to develop during childhood, when the eyeballs rapidly grow (along with the rest of the body), mainly between the ages of 8-18. It can worsen slowly or quickly, but it is not simply an inconvenience. People with progressive myopia are more likely to develop serious eye diseases like cataracts, retinal detachment, macular degeneration and glaucoma later in life—conditions which may lead to permanent loss of vision and even blindness.

      How To Know Whether Your Child Is Myopic

      Below are some telltale signs to watch for:

      • Blurred distance vision – Objects in the distance are blurred; kids may complain that they can’t see the board
      • Headaches – When myopia isn’t corrected, it can cause eye strain and headaches.
      • Head tilting or squinting – If your child squints or tilts his or her head while watching TV, for example, it may be a symptom of myopia.
      • Looking at objects too closely – If you notice your child moving closer to the TV or squinting as they try to see the writing on the board, it may indicate myopia.

      What Parents Can Do to Slow Their Child’s Myopia Progression

      • Encourage your child to go outdoors for at least 90 minutes a day, preferably in the sunshine. Studies show that playing outdoors reduces the risk of developing myopia and slows its progression.
      • Limit the amount of time your child spends staring at a screen, reading and doing close work such as homework.
      • When your child uses a digital screen, make sure that it isn’t too close to the face.
      • Teach the 20-20-20 rule: During screen time, take a break every 20 minutes to look at an object across the room or out the window about 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
      Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Brian Switalski

      Q: How is myopia diagnosed?

      • A: Your child’s eye doctor will perform a thorough pediatric eye exam to diagnose myopia, which often includes a visual acuity test, where the eye doctor will use an eye chart made up of letters of varied sizes. If the test results indicate myopia, then the optometrist may shine a light into their eyes and evaluate the reflection off the retina to determine the degree of refractive error for their prescription.

      Q: Can myopia lead to blindness?

      • A: High myopia may increase your child’s risk of developing more serious eye conditions later in life, such as cataracts, retinal detachment and glaucoma. Left untreated, high myopia complications can sometimes lead to blindness—which is why routine eye exams are critical.

      Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In McKinney, Texas. Visit Switalski Eye Care for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

      Why Are Dilated Eye Exams So Important?

      Having your eyes dilated during an eye exam may seem like a nuisance. But when you consider the benefits of a dilated eye exam, the temporary blurred vision and sensitivity to light that typically follow are definitely worth it.  

      What Are Dilated Eye Exams? 

      At some point during a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will shine a bright light into your eyes to examine the back of your eye, called the retina. The problem is that bright light causes the size of the pupil’s opening to shrink, which makes it hard for the optometrist to see a large portion of the retina. 

      That’s why eye doctors apply special eye drops in each eye to keep the pupils open. A dilated pupil allows for a much more accurate assessment of your eye’s structures, including the focusing lens, blood vessels and tissues at the back of the eye called the retina, as well as the optic nerve and macula. 

      Dilating the eyes makes it easier for your optometrist to detect the following conditions and diseases: 

      • Cataracts
      • Glaucoma 
      • Diabetic retinopathy
      • Macular degeneration
      • Retinal tumor 
      • Retinal detachment or retinal tears
      • Eye floaters

      It’s important to note that many of these conditions can develop without noticeable symptoms, until they cause vision loss at which point treatment may be more challenging, making dilated eye exams all the more crucial. 

      The Dilation Process

      First, your eye doctor will apply eye drops to each eye to trigger dilation of the pupil. Your eyes should be fully dilated about 10-20 minutes later. 

      Your eyes will remain dilated for 4-6 hours, and during this time you may be sensitive to light. That’s because the larger pupil allows more light than usual to enter the eye. Many patients find it more comfortable to wear sunglasses until their eyes return to normal. 

      Reading and using a computer may be difficult with dilated eyes, and your vision may be blurred. Some patients report feeling a tightening sensation in their eyelids, or headaches. 

      Dilated eye exams are a crucial part of keeping your eyes healthy. To schedule your comprehensive eye exam, call Switalski Eye Care in Plano today!

      Q&A

      #1: At what age should one have a dilated eye exam? 

      You should have your dilated eye exam no matter your age. Most eye doctors will dilate a new patient at their first exam regardless of age to get a baseline of their retinal health.

      #2: Will I be able to return to work after a dilated eye exam? 

      Everyone reacts differently, so it’s hard to tell. If your job requires you to focus on small print or detail, it may be challenging. Typing and writing may also be difficult with dilated pupils. To be on the safe side, book your appointment at the end of your work day, clear your schedule after your eye exam and only plan to do activities which aren’t visually demanding. 

      Contact Lenses Wear & Care Do’s and Don’ts

      Contact Lenses & Eye Care in [tokes name='location']

      Contact Lenses & Eye Care

      Here’s a shocking statistic: According to the CDC, more than 99% of the people who wear contact lenses in the U.S. engage in at least one risky or unsanitary behavior with their lenses!

      Contact lenses are a safe and convenient way to correct your vision — as long as they are worn and cared for properly. Engaging in risky behavior when it comes to your lenses can put you at risk of developing eye infections or cause eye damage.

      So, if you wear contact lenses, continue reading to learn the correct contact lens protocol. To ask any questions about your contact lenses or schedule a contact lens consultation, call Switalski Eye Care in Plano today.

      The Do’s of Contact Lens Wear and Care

      • We can’t stress this enough: Do wash your hands! Before touching your eyes or handling your lenses, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. After rinsing, dry your hands on a paper towel or clean lint-free cloth.
      • Do disinfect your lenses when you remove them from your eyes, using only solutions recommended by your eye doctor.
      • Do remove your contact lenses before sleeping, swimming, and showering. Contact lenses and water do not mix due to the risk of infection.
      • Do clean your contact lens case weekly with warm soapy water and replace it every 3 months.
      • Do carry a pair of glasses with you in case you need to remove your contact lenses.

      The Don’ts of Contact Lens Wear and Care

      • Don’t overwear your lenses. Replace them as often as your doctor recommends. So, replace your monthlies every month, your weeklies every week, and discard daily lenses before bedtime.
      • Don’t rub your eyes while wearing contact lenses.
      • Don’t use tap water or saliva (ever!) to rinse or rewet your contact lenses.
      • Don’t allow makeup to get into your eyes when wearing contact lenses.
      • Don’t share your contact lenses with anyone — seriously, don’t.
      • Don’t wear your contact lenses if your eyes feel irritated or appear red. Give them a chance to de-stress before inserting them back into your eyes.
      • Don’t skip your annual eye exam. Your eyes will thank you.

      Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Switalski

      Q: What are the latest trends in contact lenses?

      • A: Many contact lens manufacturers are now producing “daily” disposable contact lenses. These are lenses that are inserted in the morning and thrown away at night. This style of contact lens wear is both convenient and healthy. With these lenses, patients buy fewer solutions and don’t have to keep up with how old their lenses are and when to change them. Daily disposables are also beneficial in causing less allergy and dryness while reducing the risks of infection. Daily lenses are now offered in all types of prescriptions from distance vision to astigmatism and multifocal/bifocal prescriptions.

      Q: Is wearing contacts better for sports activity?

      • A: Yes, wearing contacts provide a wider field of view thus preventing avoidable injuries. Prescription sports goggles work well but when your actively sweating you goggles will fog up and start to move around a lot. I recommend contacts a lot for my active patients.

      Wearing Daily Disposable Contact Lenses| Switalski Eye Care




      Enjoy the benefits and comfort of a brand new, clean, crisp pair of contact lenses the very next morning. Contact lens-related infections and eye conditions that result from improper cleaning and storage are a thing of the past. Now, you can enjoy the simple pleasures of crisp, clean, comfortable vision at the start of every day.

      Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Brian Switalski

      Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

      • A: Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

      Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

      • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

      Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In Plano, Texas. Visit Switalski Eye Care for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

      Are Contact Lenses Safe For Young Children?

      Here’s a question we often get at our practice: ‘Is my child too young for contact lenses?’ This is an important question, and the answer may surprise you.

      For children with myopia (nearsightedness), contact lenses can be a convenient method of vision correction. It allows kids to go about their day without having to worry about breaking or misplacing their glasses, and enables them to freely participate in sports and other physical activities.

      Some children and young teens may ask their parents for contact lenses because they feel self-conscious wearing glasses. Contact lenses may even provide children with the confidence boost they need to come out of their shell. Moreover, these days, it is very popular for children to wear single-use one-day disposable soft contacts, since there is no cleaning or maintenance involved.

      Some parents may deny their child’s request for contacts due to concerns about eye health and safety. There’s no reason to worry: contact lenses are just as safe for children as they are for anyone else.

      At Switalski Eye Care, we provide children, teens, and patients of all ages with a wide variety of contact lenses. If you’re concerned about the safety of contacts for your child, we’ll be happy to explain and explore ways to ensure maximum safety, optimal eye health and comfort. To learn more or to schedule a pediatric eye exam for contact lenses, contact us today.

      What Are the Risks of Having My Child Wear Contact Lenses?

      A study published in the January 2021 issue of The Journal of Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics found that kids aren’t at a higher risk of experiencing contact lens complications.

      The study followed nearly 1000 children aged 8-16 over the course of 1.5-3 years to determine how contact lenses affected their eye health.

      The results indicate that age doesn’t have an effect on contact lens safety. In fact, the researchers found that the risk of developing infections or other adverse reactions was less than 1% per year of wear — which is comparable to contact lens wearers of other ages.

      But before you decide that contact lenses are right for your child, you may want to consider whether your child is ready to wear them. During his or her eye doctor’s appointment, the optometrist may ask about your child’s level of maturity, responsibility, and personal hygiene. Since many children are highly motivated to wear contacts, they tend to display real maturity in caring for their lenses. That said, in the initial stages, parents may need to play an active role, as their child gets used to inserting and removing the new contact lenses.

      It’s important to note that just as with any other medical device, contact lenses are not risk-free. Anyone who wears contact lenses has a chance of developing eye infections or other complications with contact lenses. However, when worn and cared for according to your eye doctor’s instructions, contact lenses are low-risk and perfectly safe for children and teenagers.

      So, go ahead and bring your child in for a contact lens consultation! We’ll help determine if your child is ready for contacts and answer any questions you or your child may have. To schedule your child’s contact lens fitting or eye exam, contact Switalski Eye Care in Plano today.

      The Importance of Eye Exams for Contact Lenses

      Are you planning on wearing contact lenses for the first time? Do you need a new contact lens prescription? Are your current contacts not as comfortable as you wish they were? Your eye doctor will perform a contact lens eye exam to ensure that your vision with contacts is clear, comfortable, and safe, providing you with the right lenses for you.

      What is a contact lens exam?

      If you wear or want to wear contact lenses, you’ll need an eye exam for contact lenses, in addition to your regular comprehensive eye exam. Special tests are performed during a contact lens exam to evaluate your eyes and vision with contacts.

      Are eyeglass prescriptions the same as contact lens prescriptions?

      No, a prescription for glasses cannot be used for contact lenses. An eyeglass prescription is for lenses that are positioned approximately 12 millimeters from your eyes, whereas a contact lens prescription is measured for lenses that sit directly on the surface of your eye.

      The prescription for contact lenses also includes the brand, lens diameter and curvature, which are not part of an eyeglass prescription.

      Contact lenses fitting: One size does not fit all

      One contact lens size doesn’t fit all eyes. If a contact lens is too flat or too steep for your corneal shape, you may experience discomfort or even eye damage. Your eye doctor will take certain measurements to determine the best contact lens design and fit for your eyes.

      Corneal curvature

      This measures the curvature of your eye’s clear front surface (cornea) so the eye doctor can select the optimal curve and diameter for your contact lenses. If your eye’s surface is somewhat irregular because of astigmatism or other conditions, you may require a special lens.

      Pupil and iris size

      The size of your pupil and iris (the colored part of your eye) is also important in determining the best contact lens design.

      Tear film evaluation

      This test evaluates the quality of your tears, to determine whether they will be able to keep contact lenses and your cornea sufficiently hydrated throughout the day. If you have dry eye disease, standard contact lenses may not be right for you.

      Trial lenses

      Following the eye exam, you will be provided with trial lenses to verify that the chosen contact lenses offer clear and comfortable vision. This will allow the eye doctor to make any fine adjustments to the prescription.

      Contact Lens Eye Exam Near You

      Wearing the correct contact lenses for your eyes allows you to enjoy all of the benefits of wearing contacts, while keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable.

      If you’re already a contact lens wearer, visit your eye doctor at least once a year to make sure the lenses are still providing you with optimum vision and comfort.

      Contact Switalski Eye Care in Plano to book your contact lens eye exam today!

      Digital Eye Exams Explained

      Eye care isn’t the same as it was back when you were a kid. Now, to get an updated vision prescription, instead of having to rely on your answer to “which is better: A or B,” while reading an eye chart on the wall, digital eye exams are on the scene – generating precise results via an automated process. Additionally, eye health evaluations now make use of digital eye exam tools such as optomap retinal imaging, and advanced glaucoma screening that doesn’t depend on the traditional, uncomfortable air puff.

      At our Dallas eye care center, we’re pleased to use state-of-the-art eye exam technology, which enhances precision, efficiency and comfort for our patients.

      What do digital eye exams do?

      Digital eye exams and automated refraction use software-driven eye charts and sensors to measure how your eye reacts to light. By altering the magnification of an image until the sensors detect that the patient sees it clearly, an accurate prescription can be obtained.

      Additionally, your digital eye exam at our Dallas eye doctor’s office can map and image your eye, providing our eye doctor with a wealth of data:

      • Corneal topography provides details about the shape of your eye, which helps to diagnose an irregular cornea or corneal disorder. This information also makes it more efficient to fit contact lenses.
      • Optomap retinal imaging can spot the early signs of eye disease, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts, way before you notice any symptoms. These images are also recorded, which provides our doctors with a detailed way to track your eye health and monitor for changes over time.
      • The signs of systemic conditions such as hypertension and high cholesterol can be detected at an eye exam with digital imaging.
      • Visual problems that may only disturb you at night, such as halos and starbursts, can be identified with digital eye exams, so you can benefit from treatment with customized eyewear.
      • Automated visual field testing is used to detect glaucoma, instead of using the conventional air puff test that many patients find uncomfortable.

      We don’t cut corners when it comes to your vision. Our eye care office in Dallas is equipped with the latest diagnostics, including digital eye exams. Come see for yourself!

      At Switalski Eye Care, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 972-424-2019 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plano eye doctors.

      Want to Learn More? Read on!

      Childhood Myopia Is in Crisis Mode on a Global Scale

      6 Common Myths About Glaucoma

      What Are Trifocal Lenses?

      FOLLOW US:

      Don’t Panic Over Dislodged Contact Lenses

      No fear – contact lenses can’t get lost behind your eyeball!

      Everyone is guilty of rubbing their eyes sometimes. No matter how many time your eye doctor warned you not to rub your eyes when wearing contact lenses, your fingers still found their way to your eyelids – right? Or perhaps you decided to leave your contacts in while removing eye makeup, rubbing your eyelids repeatedly with a cotton ball. Anyone who has vigorously rubbed their eyes while wearing contact lenses probably relates to the scary experience of losing a contact in their eye.

      Eye rubbing isn’t the only cause of dislodged contact lenses. Poorly fitting contacts can also dislodge easier, which is why an eye exam by our qualified Plano eye doctor is essential for determining the best fit. Accidentally inserting your contact inside-out can also make it move more easily in your eye, and the discomfort will prompt you to rub your eye – dislodging the lens.

      Regardless of what pushed your soft contact lenses out of position, you can handle the situation expertly and calmly to prevent any damage to your delicate peepers. Here’s how:

      1. Don’t panic: Your eye is covered by the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that totally surrounds your eye in a pouch, and your contact lenses can’t slip behind this natural barrier.
      2. Moisturize: Saline solution or rewetting drops will loosen the lens, making it easier to remove from your eye. Don’t be stingy with saline or drops, the more moisturizing solution you apply, the greater the chances it will simply flush the contact lenses out. If that doesn’t happen, blink repeatedly to move the lens, or close your eyelid and massage it gently to move the contact lenses into a better position for removal.
      3. Look the other way: Try to determine where your contact is, then look in the opposite direction and lift your eyelid. Once you see it in the mirror, gently touch it with your fingertip, drag it down and pinch it out. Don’t attempt to remove your contact when it is over your cornea because this can lead to a very painful scratch. Instead, drag the lens towards the white of your eye. While you do this, use saline drops to rewet as necessary, which helps the contact lenses slide more easily.
      4. Ask for help: If you can’t get the contact lens out of eye, don’t persist – as this can cause damage to fragile eye tissues. Contact our Plano eye doctor for assistance. We’ll try to talk you through the removal over the phone, or you can come to our clinic. After we safely remove your lens, we’ll perform an eye exam to check for any scratches and to treat any irritation that may have been caused.

      When hard GP contact lenses get stuck

      The above advice refers to soft contact lenses, but what about when a hard gas-permeable lens gets dislodged? In this case, avoid massaging your eyelid, as this can cause the GP lens to scratch your cornea. Instead, gently press your eye on the outside edge of the lens in order to break the suction that’s keeping your contact lenses firmly positioned in your eyes. Or- use a specialized suction device that’s sold in drugstores to help remove the lens.

      Nothing working? Call for an eye exam

      When you really can’t remove a stuck contact lens, don’t persist. Call immediately to schedule an urgent eye exam in our Plano, Texas, optometry office, and we’ll remove the lens for you. If you’ve managed to remove the lens, but your eye still feels irritated, see our eye doctor as soon as possible. Lasting irritation can be a sign of a corneal scratch that requires medical attention.

      At Switalski Eye Care, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 972-424-2019 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plano eye doctors.

      Want to Learn More? Read on!

      Monthlies vs Dailies. Which Should You Get?

      April Showers Bring May Flowers… and Allergies

      Children’s Learning Through Vision.

      FOLLOW US:

      Why Does Your Eye Doctor Dilate Your Pupils for an Eye Exam?

      If you’ve been following the guideline to have regular eye exams, then you’re probably familiar with having your pupils dilated. Why does your eye doctor do this?

      By dilating your pupils, the eye doctor can get a better view of your inner eye structures – so the eye exam is more comprehensive and more detailed. While the back of your eye can be seen through an undilated pupil, it cannot be examined as fully.

      A full evaluation of your macula, retina and optic nerve is possible through dilated pupils. In many common eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, these are the parts of the eye that exhibit signs of a problem. Also, health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can often be detected on these parts of the eye.

      What happens when the eye doctor dilates your pupils?

      Your eye doctor or a technician will insert eye drops into your eyes; it takes 20 – 30 minutes for them to take full effect. Then, your eye doctor will use a lighted microscope to inspect your eyes.

      Initially, you may feel a slight stinging when the drops are first inserted, but the discomfort is typically minor and short-lived. For a few hours afterwards, your eyes will be extra-sensitive to light and vision may be slightly blurred. Wearing sunglasses can help manage this sensitivity. Dilation usually wears off within four to six hours.

      Even though getting your pupils dilated for an eye exam may feel like a nuisance, it enables your eye doctor to check your ocular health and overall body health with much more accuracy. So the benefits are clear! Contact an expert eye doctor near you to schedule an eye exam.

      At Switalski Eye Care, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 972-424-2019 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plano eye doctors.

      Want to Learn More? Read on!

      What Can I Do to Prevent Glaucoma?

      Increasing Screen Time? It’s Time For An Eye Exam

      Flexible Spending Accounts & Vision Benefits

      FOLLOW US: