16 Essential Dos and Don’ts of Contact Lens Wear
This is not to cause fear towards wearing contact lenses but there are a lot of stories that circulated in recent years about people having trouble with their favourite eyewear. Have you heard about the story of a woman who was found with 27 contact lenses stuck in her eye? How about that of a novelty contact lens wearer who almost got blind?
These are just some of the horror stories of improper contact lens wearing. As access to contact lenses have become widespread and easy, people are able to purchase and use them without the guidance of a trained eye care professional. This results in eyecare mismanagement and sometimes to accidents and even vision problems later on. Know that these are all completely preventable if first and foremost, your contact lens had been prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Second, that you purchase and use the correct one that was prescribed to you from a reliable clinic or supplier. Lastly, there are a few essential dos and don’ts of contact lens wear. They are all easy to remember and to follow, and we have summarised them for you in this blog. Here they are:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water before handling your contact lenses and before touching your eyes. This good habit prevents the spread of germs and bacteria hence, helping you avoid eye irritations and other problems.
Know how to properly clean and store your contact lenses. The best way to start is to follow the instructions given to you by your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Use recommended solutions only.
Blinking can help moisten and clean your eyes. Blink regularly most especially when you feel that your eyes are a little bit dry.
Wash your contact lens case weekly with soapy water. Wipe it with a clean cloth or a tissue then let dry. Replace your contact lens case every three months.
Contact an eyecare professional at the sign of eye pain, discomfort, itchiness, redness, tearing, change in vision, or any change most especially if you suspect that it is a result of wearing contact lenses. Book an appointment right away to get the necessary treatment immediately
It would be helpful to carry spare eyeglasses in case you are unable to wear your contact lenses say you drop, forget, lost, or damage it.
If you will be engaged with (rough) outdoor and sports activities, make sure to wear sports eyeglasses or protective eyewear such as goggles to shield your eyes from dust, exposure to direct sunlight and heat, fluids, and even chemicals.
Find out from your optometrist or ophthalmologist when your contact lenses are due to be replaced.
It is recommended to remove your contact lens when you are going to sleep, swim, or take a bath.
Get regular eye check-ups. Our vision changes over time but some are too minor for us to even notice. It takes tests done by professionals for these to be diagnosed. Book an appointment now!
Don't reuse a solution that has been used the night before. Don't add a new solution to a used one just because you are trying to save on it. This bad practice is known to increase the risk of an eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis. It is when amoeba enters the cornea which can eventually lead to blindness
Do not share your contact lenses with another person. The fluids in our eyes carry bacteria which may be alright in our eyes but might not be ok on others. Sharing contact lenses can lead to serious eye infections. Contact lenses are also fitted on your eye's specific needs, shape, and size so it is really not for someone else’s use.
Be careful when buying over the counter novelty and coloured contact lenses. Always consult an eye care professional first before getting contact lenses. Never compromise health and safety for style.
Discontinue wearing a newly purchased contact lens if it causes any pain or discomfort. Consult an eye care professional right away.
Never rub your eyes while wearing contact lenses. It might cause infection most especially if your hands are not clean.
It is not advisable to expose contact lenses under direct heat or sunlight.
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