Safety with Contact Lenses
There’s nothing wrong with getting contact lenses just to change the color of your eyes. But remember this: you still should have an eyecare professional prescribe and fit your lenses, even if you don’t need to correct your vision. Lenses that don’t fit properly can cause infection or serious eye damage, no matter what kind of vision you have.
It’s also important not to swap lenses with another person. This too can cause serious infection.
Source: The Contact Lens Council
Are Contact Lenses for You?
If an eyecare professional told you years ago that contact lenses aren’t for you, it’s time to take a second look. There have been so many contact lens developments in recent years that more people can wear the lenses than ever before.
People with presbyopia, or what’s also called “aging eye,” who need to wear bifocal glasses, can often wear contact lenses in which the top of the lens is for distance and the bottom is for reading. Or they can wear lenses that have concentric circles that provide the different vision corrections needed.
There are also different options regarding how often you have to remove and clean lenses, what colors you’d like lenses to be, etc.
If you thought you couldn’t wear contacts, you might want to check with your optometrist or ophthalmologist again.
Source: The Contact Lens Council
Treating Eye Allergies
Group B Strep in Newborns
If you notice your eyes are stinging, watering, tearing or are dry and irritated, chances are you have an eye allergy, and there are several ways to find relief.
According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, over-the-counter artificial tear drops can be soothing, are safe to use and can be used as often as necessary. Over-the-counter eye drop decongestants can provide relief, but you should not use them for more than two or three days or your symptoms can actually become worse.
If these treatments don’t help, you may need a prescription medication. There’s a wide variety of eye allergy medications. Your doctor will be able to determine which one would work best for you.
Source: American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology
You may not give much thought to Group B strep, but it’s the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborns. The most common problems group B strep causes are sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis.
Pregnant women who are carriers of group B strep can pass this bacteria on to their babies. This is why it’s so important to get regular prenatal care. It’s routine to test for group B strep late in pregnancy. If you test positive, you can get antibiotics through a vein during labor.
Most pregnant women who are carrying group B strep have no symptoms, and about 25 percent of women may be carrying the bacteria at any given time. If you’re carrying it, you’re not necessarily sick, but you can pass it on to your baby.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Avoiding sunburn by using sunscreen is always the goal, but if for some reason you do get a sunburn, here are some ways to get relief:
- Take a cool bath or apply cool compresses. A little baking soda added to the bath may help with the pain.
- Keep the sunburned area moist by applying lotion.
- Aspirin or acetaminophen may help the pain, but remember not to give aspirin to children under 18.
Do not apply butter or petroleum jelly or wash the sunburned area with a harsh soap.
Call your doctor right away if you experience the following symptoms:
- Faintness or dizziness
- Rapid pulse or rapid breathing
- Fever or chills
Source: American Red Cross