How to Care for Your Contacts

For some individuals who need help with their vision, contact lenses are a great option. Of course, anyone who has ever worn contact lenses knows that there are certain responsibilities that go along with this option. For instance, it’s important for a person to wash his or her hands before handling contact lenses. Because contacts fit over a person’s eyes it’s critical to keep them free from dust and other foreign particles. A contact lens with dust or other contaminants on it can cause a person to experience eye irritation or even an infection. The following list contains some other significant points when it comes to the proper care of contact lenses. Also, there are some further resources with additional information.

  • Follow the eye doctor’s orders. When a doctor prescribes contact lenses to a patient, he or she would be wise to listen to all of the instructions that come with them. For instance, an eye doctor will prescribe a particular type of contact lens. Then, the doctor will explain how long each pair of contact lenses should be worn. Wearing contact lenses for too long a period of time can result in eye problems.
  • Use the cleaning solution recommended by the eye doctor. Along with prescribing contact lenses an eye doctor gives patients information on what type of contact lense cleaner to use. Not surprisingly, there are cleaning solutions that are necessary for specific types of contact lenses. .
  • Clean and maintain a contact lens holder. Having clean hands and sterile contacts isn’t going to do a person much good if the contact lens case is contaminated. Consequently, it’s necessary to clean the contact lens case with hot water and let it dry out before closing it. In order to maintain the sterile environment of the contact lens case, a person must repeat this routine after each use.
  • Don’t clean contact lenses with tap water. There may be microorganisms in the water that cause infection once the contact lens is placed in the eye.
  • Handle contact lenses with care. For instance, to clean a contact lens, delicately rub it against the palm of one hand using a single finger. Of course, a person’s hands should be clean and thoroughly dry before starting this process.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses on irritated eyes. If a person’s eyes are irritated there may be an infection at work. The person must stop wearing the contact lenses and make an appointment with the eye doctor as soon as possible. An eye doctor can determine if there is an infection, treat it, and give the patient further instructions regarding the contact lenses.
  • Don’t share contact lenses with anyone else. Putting in someone else’s contact lenses is an invitation for an infection. Each pair of contact lenses must be used only by the person who received the prescription.
  • Be aware of the sun’s rays when wearing contact lenses. The eyes of a person wearing contacts are vulnerable to the sun’s rays, therefore it’s wise to wear UV protected sunglasses.   
  • When wearing contact lenses keep the eyes moist. A contact lens wearer should ask an eye doctor what sort of solution to use to keep a good amount of moisture in the eyes.
  • A person must not sleep wearing his or her contact lenses. Extended wear contact lenses are an exception to that important rule.
  • A contact lens wearer must visit the eye doctor at least once a year to have the prescription evaluated.
  • A person wearing contact lenses who has blurred vision, pain, irritation or any other unusual visual occurrences should see the eye doctor right away.
  • Be sure contact lenses are put in properly. It’s possible to put a contact lens in when it is inside out. Though this is not damaging to the eye, it causes the wearer a level of discomfort. A person should examine a contact lens as it sits atop one finger. If it looks similar to the letter “U”, then it’s in correct formation and ready to go over the eye. 
  • Create a reminder contact lens schedule. Some patients find it helpful to keep a schedule of when to change their contact lenses in the event that they become busy and lose track of the days.
  • Contact lenses should be put in prior to putting on any makeup. This is helpful in keeping dust and other makeup particles off the contact lenses.
  • Be mindful of the cleanliness of the contact lens solution bottle. A bottle of contact lens solution is designed with a tip that must be kept away from dusty surfaces, dirty hands, and other sources of contamination.

Finally, a patient who follows the instructions of his or her eye doctor will be able to care for contact lenses properly. Many people have found that the experience of wearing contact lenses is well worth the minimal amount of care connected with them.

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