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Choosing among the Different Types of Contact Lens

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Any person who wants to wear contact lenses must first seek professional help either from an ophthalmologist or an optometrist to determine his particular optical needs. After this step, a person who wants to wear contact lenses has to choose which type of lenses he would be most comfortable using.

There are basically six types of contact lenses, depending on the materials of which they were made and on the time period for which they can be worn.

The first type is the daily-wear soft lenses, which are made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes. This kind of lenses is recommended for those who lead active lifestyles who do not have time for a strict and careful cleaning regimen. This kind is also very comfortable to wear due to its very short adaptation period.

The second type of contact lenses is the everyday-use disposable soft contact lenses. These lenses can only be used once. They are specifically designed to last only for one day. They are supposed to be disposed at night and replaced by another pair of lenses the next day. These lenses may be expensive because they cannot last for a long time and wearers must replace them every day, but this kind of lenses does have many benefits. For one, it requires no amount of lens care and it assures that one uses fresh and clean lenses every time. Thus, this kind of lenses will suit one who has a very active lifestyle.

The third kind of contact lenses is the extended-wear soft contact lenses, which can be worn overnight. Like daily-wear soft lenses, these are made of soft and flexible plastics which allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes. These may suit one who is very busy to be bothered by constant replacement and cleaning of contact lenses, since they are usually be prescribed for up to seven days of wear, even without removal.

The fourth kind id called extended-wear disposable soft lenses. These are soft lenses which can last for only one to six nights. These are just like the second type, only they last a little bit longer. The benefits are the same – they require little or no cleaning at all.

The fifth type is the frequent and planned replacement soft lenses. These are soft or extended wear lenses which are replaced based on a predetermined schedule. These lenses assure fresh and clean contact lenses when replaced and they provide flexibility as the time for replacement varies according to the personality of the user.

The last type is the Rigid Gas Permeable lenses which are made of slightly flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes. Their most outstanding feature is that they can last for a long period of time, usually for one to two years, although they are also available in daily-wear versions.

Whichever type of contact lenses one chooses to wear, the most important thing to remember is to follow the regimen needed by that particular pair of lens so that the eyes remain healthy and infection-free.

Documented Cases of Successful Chiropractic Care for Asthma

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There have been many cases of children and adults who have experienced the benefits of chiropractic care in the treatment of their asthma. Some of the cases documented in case studies and reports follow:

  • As reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health – Chiropractic 2009, a boy aged 7 years, was presented for chiropractic evaluation and possibly care. He suffered from allergies, asthma and chronic colds since he was 5 months old. During the time of the initial evaluation, the boy was on a prescription for Albuterol for asthma and Alavert for allergies. The patient was treated applying specific, low-force adjustment technique with the use of the Activator Instrument in addressing the vertebral subluxation in the areas in the thoracic, cervical and lumbosacral spine. Two weeks into the chiropractic treatment, the patient was well enough to discontinue his medications for allergy and asthma, as well as the use of nebulizer.
  • A report published in the International Chiropractic Association International Review of Chiropractic January 1995 issue, written by Trent Bachman and Charles Lantz, cites the case of a three year old boy who has been medically diagnosed of asthma since he was 22 months old. He was prescribed two medications – Theodore Sprinkle and Metaproterenal Syrup – in an unsuccessful attempt to control the the symptoms of asthma. The boy was examined and evaluated for chiropractic care. He received 28 chiropractic manipulative treatments for a period of three years and three months. The chiropractic management of asthma applying the Gonstead adjustive therapy resulted in dramatic improvement of asthma and enuresis.
  • In Today’s Chiropractic November 2000 issue, an article titled “Chiropractic Management of 47 Asthma Cases”, one case of severe and persistent asthma was selected for the report. The symptom and profile of the patient, a 12-year-old boy was also representative of most patients in his classification group. The onset of the boy’s asthma started when he was 2 years old and by time he was 4, his asthma was severe persistent, as diagnosed. The patient experienced daily attacks despite the twice a day medications and total of 24 inhalations using three different inhalers he was treated with.

He was found to have subluxations in the spine based on spinal scans and correction ensued. Within six months of the chiropractic care, the patient did not have to use medications. He was checked up by his medical specialist close to a year after chiropractic care was initiated, and was diagnosed as non-asthmatic.