Glasses Uncomfortable After A Rhinoplasty, Broken Nose, Or Skin Irritation
Are your glasses uncomfortable on your nose? More and more people are wearing glasses these days, according to WHO (World Health Organization), a majority of 61 percent of the population are reported to wear glasses, contact lenses or other reading or visual aids in 2012, versus 57 percent in 2001. The percentage has steadily risen in recent years, and more women than men wear glasses or contact lenses. As people get older, the use of visual aids grows rapidly. The majority of people in their forties occasionally wear glasses or contact lenses, while the rate for people in their fifties is more than 90 percent and nearly all people over 75 wear glasses.
In this article we'll discus different issues with glasses some people may be experiencing; Rhinoplasty recovery, broken nose recovery, and problems with skin irritation.
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Wearing Glasses During Rhinoplasty Recovery
Wearing Glasses With A Broken Nose
Problems With Skin Irritation
If you wear glasses, you already understand how they tend to affect just about every part of your life, if only in subtle ways. So if you're a Philadelphia-area resident considering rhinoplasty, you've probably already wondered about how the procedure will affect your glasses.
It is, after all, very important that you protect your nose after undergoing a rhinoplasty. And the procedure will indeed impact your ability to wear your glasses for a few weeks after surgery. In the immediate aftermath of your rhinoplasty, you can wear your glasses like normal – they can rest on the bridge of your nose while you wear your splint. Once the splint is removed, however, you will need to keep your glasses off the bridge of your nose for four to six weeks.
You should be prepared for moderate swelling and some bruising of the skin, although, the degree of swelling changes from patient to patient. Most of the swelling and bruising should recede in about 1-2 weeks although some swelling can persist for up to 2 months. It is ideal to avoid having the weight of your glasses shift your healing nasal bones and potentially cause indentions requiring revision surgery.
At this point, you have a couple options. You can look into bridgeless glasses or sunglasses, you can tape your glasses to your forehead. These options have issues on their own as well, buying bridgeless glasses or sunglasses can be a costly option for some, and most people have an oily complexion so the tape simply won't stick to their skin. There is one more option called NoseComfort Eyeglass Support that lifts your eyewear a few millimeters off of your nose so that no pressure rests on the nasal bones. With NoseComfort you don't have to worry about replacing tape all the time, and is more cost efficient than having to buy more pairs of eyewear to accommodate your healing nose.
A broken nose, or nasal fracture, is painful and may also permanently change the size, shape and function of your nose. The cosmetic effects of a nasal fracture may cause you to feel embarrassed. When combined with the physiological effects, such as improper breathing, discharge and congestion, a nasal fracture has long-term effects on your quality of life.
Nasal fractures occur when there is a fracture or crack in any bony area of the nose. The most common form of facial fracture is a nasal fracture that may affect the nasal tip cartilages, septum, and any nasal bone structure.
Nasal fractures can create functional and aesthetic difficulties. Since the nose represents the center of the face, a nasal fracture can imbalance facial features, leading to a significantly altered facial appearance. Nasal fractures may also cause nosebleeds, breathing problems, and sinus infections. For these reason, if you suffer a nasal fracture, you should see a doctor immediately to avoid further complications that may become permanent in some cases.
When wearing glasses, it's important that no pressure or weight from the eyewear rests on your nose. If your glasses are somewhat heavy, they may put indentations in the sides of the nasal bones while they heal, causing the bones to heal incorrectly (crooked nose, horse saddle nose). It is highly recommended that an appliance like NoseComfort Eyeglass Support be used during times like these, as to not cause any more problems that can hinder the recovery process of your nose.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to your glasses, you need to track your symptoms and isolate it to your glasses. One of the major signs is that the skin is irritated only where your eyeglasses are, or where they touch your skin. You may develop a masklike rash around your eyes, or you may just have spots where your glasses actually touch the skin. The symptoms are different for everyone.
Dr. David A. Bottger, Wearing Glasses After Rhinoplasty
Dr. Dean G. Davis, Nasal Fractures
GlassesCrafter.com, Frame Materials and Allergies
Some people have an allergic reaction to the eyeglass frames. One common allergy is a nickel allergy. This causes a rash in the area that comes in contact with the glasses. If you have an allergy to nickel you should try to purchase plastic frames or frames made of titanium. Titanium glasses are the best choice for people with allergies, but if it does not work for you then try the plastic glasses. Stainless steel glasses also work for people with a nickel allergy. Some people do have a difficult time with plastic glasses as well.
Some people can also be allergic to the nose pads on metal frames. Most are made of silicone or acetate, but they can also be made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nickel, titanium or rubber. Silicone is tricky, certain silicones are hypoallergenic (such as medical silicone), but most others that are basic silicone, can trigger allergic reactions. The main indicator of a specific nose pad allergy would be that the rash is focused around your nose where the pads touch your face.
Luckily, there are a few ways to alleviate these problems. You can tape the bridge part of your eyewear to your forehead, so the nose pads don't touch your nose and won't cause irritation, but as a note, most people have an oily complexion and the tape won't stick for more than a few times of taking off and putting on your glasses. You can also buy glasses cheek rests, or make your own from hairclips, to support your eyewear off your nose, just watch your eyes when taking off and putting on your glasses. You can also get an appliance called NoseComfort Eyeglass Support. NoseComfort keeps your glasses from coming into contact with your nose so there is no irritation from start to finish. Just wear it like a headband and the hook that comes down over your nose holds your eyewear acting as the bridge of your nose.
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