Be a Smart Contact Lens Wearer

Be a Smart Contact Lens Wearer

Millions of adults and children suffer from vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.  Many people choose contact lenses to correct their vision for fashion, athletic reasons, or personal preference. Regardless of your reason for wearing contact lenses, it’s important to care for them properly to protect your vision.

It’s easy for contact lens wearers to forget to change and dispose of lenses at the proper time.  In other cases, some choose to wear their contact lenses longer than prescribed to make their supply last longer.  This can be very dangerous to your eyes.

Contact lens prescriptions and lens maintenance should be treated the same as all other doctor prescriptions.  Wearing expired contact lenses and wearing contacts longer than prescribed without disposing of them can contribute to eye infections and diseases, including conjunctivis, corneal edema and corneal ulcers.

In addition, contact lenses worn past their prescribed usage can lead to build up protein deposits, calcium, or lipids, which can cause itching, redness, contact irritation, discharge, and blurred vision.

The type of contact lenses you have determines how you care for them. To keep your eyes safe and your contact lenses clean, you must follow the directions for your type of contact lenses. Keep these tips in mind when applying and removing your contacts to keep your eyes safe.  Always refer to your doctor with any questions you may have.

  • Always wash and dry your hands with soap that does not contain a fragrance or oil and a clean towel before you touch your lenses or your eyes to prevent debris from entering and damaging your eyes.
  • Rinse your contact lens with solution to remove any trace of debris. Always use the disinfecting solution, eye drops, and enzymatic cleaners your eye care professional recommended. Some eye products or eye drops are not safe for contact lens wearers.
  • Never use tap water directly on lenses, and never put contact lenses in your mouth to "rinse" them. Microorganisms can live in even distilled water, causing infection or sight damage.
  • To minimize the risk of discomfort, insert your contacts before applying any makeup. Take out contact lenses before you remove makeup for the same reason. If you use hair spray, use it before you put in your contacts. It’s also a good idea to keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid damaging your lenses or scratching the eye.

If you are interested in learning more about contact lenses set-up an appointment today.

Source: Free Vision Info - Contact Lenses
Source: WebMD

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