Eyes are vulnerable to infections; especially when you wear contact lenses. If you do not use contact lenses as directed or do not take proper care of it, you could be damaging your eyes. The most important thing that you can do is to keep your lenses clean. Other than that, there are a number of things that you can do to take proper care of your eyes and contact lenses. Take a look:
Take Care of your Contact Lenses
Here is how you can take care of your contact lenses
1. Wash your hands with soap before. Pat them dry using a lint-free towel before you handle your contact lenses.
2. Keep the contact lenses away from water. Remove lenses before going to swimming or while bathing.
3. Avoid using saline solution and rewetting drops for disinfecting your lenses.
4. Wear lenses as per guideline. Replace them according to the schedule as prescribed by the eye specialist.
5. NEVER put your contact lenses in your mouth to get them wet.
6. When cleaning, rub the contact lenses using fingers first. After that, rinse the lenses with a solution and then soak them. As per the eye experts, this “rub and rinse” method is the best way of cleaning the contact lens. Even if the solution is a “no-rub” variety then also you can use it to rub the lenses.
7. Follow proper guideline for cleaning and storing the lenses. Ask the eye specialist for the guidelines.
8. NEVER rinse or wash your contact lenses with water. Do not even think of keeping them in water instead of the solution.
9. If you are storing the lenses in the case for a longer period, follow the instructions to determine if you need to re-disinfect the lenses before wearing them again. In any case, avoid wearing a contact lens after storing it for at least 30 days without re-disinfecting the lenses.
10. ALWAYS rinse the contact lens case using fresh solution. NEVER use water. Leave the empty case open and air-dry it.
11. Never let the tip of the solution bottle to come in contact with any other surface. Tightly close the bottle after use or when not in use.
12. Replace the contact lens case at least every three months. These can be a source of infection. NEVER use damaged lens cases.
13. NEVER re-use old contact lens solution.
14. Avoid transferring the contact lens solution into any other container. This affects the sterility of the solution, and this might cause an eye infection.
Take Care of Your Eyes
If you wear lenses, then take proper care of your eyes to avoid any kind of infection. Here is how you can keep your eyes safe:
15. Wear your contacts as per your doctor recommends. Wear them as long as the doctor thinks it’s necessary.
16. In case you cannot keep track of the time when to change your lenses, ask your eye doctor to give you a chart for tracking your schedule. Or else, make a chart for yourself.
17. NEVER EVER wear someone else’s contact lenses, especially if its wearer already uses those lenses. Using other’s contact lenses can get you eye infections or other foreign bodies from their eyes to yours.
18. NEVER sleep with your contact lenses in. Avoid doing it unless you have an extended-wear lens. When you close your eyelids, your tears don’t get much oxygen to your eyes compared to when it’s open. So, take the lenses off before going to sleep.
19. When going out, wear sunglasses with complete UV protection. You can even wear a hat. Contact lenses make your eyes light-sensitive.
20. Keep your eyes moist and use a rewetting solution (if only recommended by your doctor).
21. Often people accidentally wear contact lenses inside out. Although this doesn’t hurt it doesn’t feel good even. In order to avoid this keep the lens on the tip of your finger so that it forms a cup. Now, look at the contact from the side. If the cup of the lens appears like it flares out at the top and has a lip that means the lens is inside out. And if it appears like the letter “U,” then it is the right side out.
22. If wearing contact lenses gets your eye irritated, take out the lenses. Talk to your doctor and do not wear them until as suggested by the doctor. If you continue wearing them, your eye will get infected.
23. In case you have sudden vision loss or have a blurred vision that won’t get better; if you experience light flashes, swelling and unusual redness in your eye, go to your eye doctor right away.
24. If you smoke, then quit smoking. Coontact lens wearers who smoke are more likely to get eye problems than non-smokers.
25. Do not use any decorative lenses. Avoid buying lenses that are sold at the at costume shops. These lenses can damage your eyes permanently.
26. Get your eyes regularly checked. If you wear contact lenses, you should visit an eye care specialist quarterly or annually as per your need and as suggested by the doctor.
You are suffering from a contact-lens related infection if you experience these following symptoms:
- blurry vision
- unusual redness of the eye
- feeling like there is something in your eye
- pain in the eye
- light sensitivity
- tearing or heavy discharge from the eye
Do not avoid these symptoms as contact lens-related eye infections can cause severe complications and even cause vision loss. Rush to an eye specialist if you wear a contact lens and experience all these symptoms.
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