Using Contact Lenses – Tips that Every Lens Wearer Should Know
Bad or blurry vision has become a common problem these days. But thanks to technology, common vision conditions such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, etc. can be treated using Lasik eye surgery. However, corrective eye surgery may not be the best solution for people with extremely high refractive errors or autoimmune disorders. So, that makes using contact lenses the second-best option.
But up to 90% of people in America who wear contact lenses do not follow care instructions properly. An improper lens-care regime can easily cause minor irritation and infection in eyes that can lead to blurred vision. Moreover, in cases of extreme carelessness, eye infections can give rise to severe problems that may eventually lead to loss of vision.
I am sharing some very useful tips for putting in contacts and caring for them. If you wear lenses and not going for Lasik treatment anytime soon, keep reading.
Clean your hands before wearing contact lenses
Germs on your hands can get into your eyes and cause redness and an eye infection. So, always wash your hands thoroughly with a lotion-free soap before wearing contact lenses.
Disinfect your lenses properly after removing them
If you disinfect your lenses using proper guidelines, the risk of an eye infection reduces multifold. Here’s how to wash contact lenses after removing them from eyes:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and dry them using a lint-free towel.
- To clean the buildup and other debris, rub the lens with a few drops of recommended solution in your palm. Do not clean it using water.
- Rinse the lens in the solution again.
- Put the lens in a clean lens holder and fill it with the solution. Make sure to always remove the leftover solution before placing the lens in its case.
Do not use lenses beyond the recommended time
Overuse is the most common cause of eye irritation from contact lenses. So, replace them within the time that your eye doctor has suggested. Gas-permeable lenses can be replaced once a year, but disposable lenses should be thrown away every day, week, or month, as per their recommended duration of use.
Do not bathe with the contact lenses in
Water has micro-organisms that shouldn’t come in contact with lenses since they can multiply inside your eyes and lead to a serious eye infection. So, always remove contact lenses before taking a shower or going for a swim.
Do not wear contact lenses for more than 12 hours at a stretch
If you wear contact lenses continuously for more than 12 hours a day, your cornea will not get enough oxygen. And this can lead to an eye infection.
Replace the lens holder or case every 3 months
Since lens cases can be a source of contamination, they must be replaced every 3 months.
See your eye doctor regularly
Even if your lenses feel perfectly comfortable, make regular appointments to get your eyes checked. Many times, lens-related problems are discovered during routine eye checkups. If you experience itchy or watery eyes, see your eye doctor immediately.
It’s common to take proper lens care for granted. But every time you are tempted to do so, remind yourself of the consequences. Take good care of your lenses and safeguard your vision.
Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs to inform readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care, especially LASIK. Aaron loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.