Eye damage is not a simple issue. We thankfully have eyelids which protect our eyes, but what if damage cannot be prevented by eyelids? Contact lens wearers enjoy many advantages like not having to wear eye glasses; however, if not careful, they can suffer from many disadvantages. Here is a list of advices to follow in order to wear contact lenses without worrying:
10. Contact Lens Storage
The solution in which you store your contacts must be replaced daily. This way you will ensure proper cleaning. Apart from replacing the solution, the contact lens case itself must be replaced every now and then or else they will be unhygienic to use.
9. Cleaning and Drying
The only fluid you can use to clean your contact lenses is official contact solution. You must not use saliva as a replacement because it carries loads of germs that can infect your eyes. Contact lenses cleaning should be done each morning with your fingers and the solution before wearing them. Your contact lens case need to be cleaned to, but don’t use tissue or cloth to dry it up. Just let it air dry to avoid transmission of germs.
8. Follow Instructions
Contact lenses differ in the duration they can be worn. Some could be worn only for a day, whereas others could be worn for about two weeks. Hence, you should follow your optometrist’s prescription and the wearing instructions along it. If you feel the prescription doesn’t suit you and needs to change, consult your optometrist about the best contacts.
7. Comfort Your Eyes
The comfort of your eyes must come before anything. When you have a free day, take off your contacts and let your eyes rest and breathe for a day. More importantly, take off your contacts if they ever feel itchy or uncomfortable because these are signs that there is something wrong.
6. Keep Your Contacts to Yourself
Contact lenses are not to be shared. Harmful diseases such as pink eye can spread just because you used some else’s contacts.
5. Places to Avoid Wearing Contacts
If you go swimming anywhere or showering, take your contact lenses off before it. That is because shower and swimming pool waters harbor toms of germs and amoeba that can stick to the contacts and harm the cornea later on. You should also take off your contacts while sleeping. That is because your eyes need to rest and the contacts can dry out and scratch your eyes when you wake up.
4. Careful with Your Hands
Even if you don’t wear contact lenses, rubbing your eyes with your hands is a bad idea. It is worse when wearing contacts because it can relocate the contact in your eye which may lead to a problem. You have to use your hands to put and remove your contacts, but you must make sure that they are properly washed. Otherwise, you are risking getting your eyes infected.
3. Watch Out for The Environment
The eyes become more sensitive with contact, so whenever it is sunny, wear sunglasses or a hat to protect your eyes. Whenever it is dusty, it is preferable to take off your contacts to avoid eye irritation and trapping germs.
2. Check For Contacts Condition
Take a look at your contacts before wearing them. If a lens is torn, don’t wear it as it might scratch your eye and cause terrible consequences. Wearing the contacts inside-out can also scratch your eyes; thus, hold the lens on your finger and check that the edges don’t bow out and down.
1. Refrain From Wearing Contacts in Case of Eye Infection
An eye infection cannot become better with contacts on because the infection spreads to the lens making it hard for medication to have a positive effect.