Maintaining Good Eye Health While Using Oxygen Therapy

There are many threats to your eye health, and your eyes are extremely important in how you can function and care for yourself. These threats can even be caused by the things meant to help you, or help you see better. Eye health is just as important as lung health, and eye comfort and ease of use is just as important as the health of your eyes. Here are a few ways to both look after the health of your eyes, as well as receive the oxygen therapy you need, with the bonus of more comfort and convenience.

Glasses are often preferred over contact lenses, especially if you have sensitive eyes or need a very strong prescription. If you are using an oxygen concentrator with the use of a nasal cannula, you be tempted to use contact lenses, just to keep from having a bunch of things crowded on your face.

You might be one of those people who can't stand wearing contacts, and you shouldn't have to suffer with them in you also need to use prescription oxygen. You don't want to have to go all day with stinging eyes! It's even been proven that oxygen flow to the surface of the eye is important to eye health, and wearing contact lenses hinders this. You also shouldn't have to forgo the proper amount of oxygen therapy, when you don't want to wear both your glasses and cannula.

A solution to that would be using the Oxygen Glasses. Oxygen Glasses are your prescription eyeglasses and a nasal cannula combined. If you're having trouble picturing how that will work, here's a description:

You wear the glasses on your eyes like any other pair of glasses. The lenses are the exact prescription you need, and the frames can be chosen from a few different styles, depending on which one you think looks best. The cannula runs from behind your head, over your ears, along the rim of your glasses, and down the sides of your nose to your nostrils. Once you put your glasses on and they are comfortably in place, you would then place the ends of the cannula into your nose, and begin your oxygen therapy dose.

Your eyes might become dried out due to dry or irritated sinuses while using oxygen therapy. This is more common during the cold months, when the air is much drier, but it's a given if you live in a place with a very arid climate.

If this happens, use a humidifier at night when you sleep, or have it with you during the day. You can also try swabbing the inside of your nose gently with a cotton swab dampened with a saline solution for the nose. Doing these things should restore proper moisture and comfort to your eyes, thus helping them to stay healthy.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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