26. June 2012 08:54
All contact lens users, an eye care expert has recently warned, need to undergo an eye exam at least once a year.
A person’s refractive error (making it necessary for them to wear contact lenses or glasses) can change at any time, Dr Stephen H. Uretsky, a board-certified ophthalmologist from Coastal Jersey Eye Centre, stated in a recent interview. This means, the expert added, that there is a serious risk of wearing inappropriate contact lenses (which significantly increases the chances of developing dangerous complications, such as infection) if one does not visit his or her eye care practitioner regularly.
In addition, frequent eye exams help to diagnose many potentially blinding diseases, e.g. glaucoma, which are fairly easy to treat provided they are discovered in time. Another thing, Dr Uretsky believes, is that checkups are an opportunity to be fitted with the newest, most comfortable and safest contact lenses available, as lens manufacturers introduce new versions of their products as often as twice a year.