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Eye Health

21 December 2010

My life with contacts

Helet Merkling worked for many years as a human rights lawyer. She started wearing contact lenses when she was a student and has done so for the past twenty years.

Helet Merkling worked for many years as a human rights lawyer. She still does legal work with her husband, lives in Cape Town, and they have two young children. She started wearing contact lenses when she was a student and has done so for the past 22 years.

Which type of lenses do I use and why?

At the recommendation of my opthalmologist, I use disposable, soft contact lenses. These I only wear while I am awake. Or if I go out at night – I always take them out while I am sleeping.

  • Always follow your contact lense instructions with care
  • Never use water or any other liquid to ease the wear of scratchy lenses
  • Stick to your opthalmologist’s recommendations
  • Go for regular checkups
  • Choose eye make-up carefully and at all costs stay away from flaky mascara
  • Carry your glasses with you in case of an emergency - you could lose your contact lenses.
 

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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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