Contact lenses are a convenient way to correct your vision impairments. Daily disposable lenses and rigid gas-permeable lenses are the optimal choices when it comes to eye health. However, these lenses have their downsides and simply aren’t feasible for everyone.
Regardless of the type of lenses you wear, proper hygiene and contact lens care are critical in preventing serious eye conditions and infections. We only get one pair of eyes, so it’s certainly worth it to ensure we are doing all we can to care for them. Here are some steps to take when caring for your contact lenses in Cape Cod, MA:
- Hand washing: It is imperative that you have clean hands before handling your contacts, whether you’re putting them in or removing them. After you’ve washed your hands with soap, use a lint-free towel to thoroughly dry them.
- Proper storage: Be sure you are using a disinfecting solution when you store your contact lenses overnight, not just a simple saline solution or rewetting drops. Never reuse solution, and do not store your lenses in water of any kind.
- Thorough cleaning: There are “rub-free” contact solutions available, but the rubbing method of cleaning your contact truly is the most effective cleaning method. Always use fresh solution to clean your contacts and contact case (do not rinse with water). Leave your empty case open to air dry after rinsing and replace it at least every three months.
- Contact solution safety: You already know not to reuse old contact solution in any way. In addition, take care to keep your solution bottle free of contamination by making sure the tip does not touch anything and that you keep the bottle tightly closed when you’re not using it.
- Eye safety: Be sure to follow the guidelines of the contact lens type you are wearing. For instance, do not wear single-use lenses more than once, do not sleep in your contacts and follow the replacement schedule provided by the contact lens manufacturer or your eye care professional. If you have any type of eye irritation—redness, pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, discharge or swelling—do not wear your contacts and contact your eye care professional.
Additional recommendations include:
- Stop smoking. If you are a smoker who wears contact lenses, you are more likely to have issues with your lenses.
- Get annual comprehensive eye examinations. Contact Bayview Optometrics to schedule your next eye exam. Eye exams can prevent and detect eye disease and infection, as well as measure whether your vision has changed in any way.
- Avoid wearing contact lenses while bathing or swimming.
- If you wear eye makeup, be sure to put your contacts in before applying your makeup. Do not apply eyeliner on the inner part of your eyelid (under your eyelashes), and be sure to replace your eye makeup regularly to avoid eye infections.
Contact lens hygiene and care is no joke. According to eye health experts, contact lens wearers are 10 times more likely than non-wearers to contract an eye infection. In fact, contact lenses are the cause of 30 percent of eye infections.
Contact lenses in Cape Cod, MA offer a great way to give you clear vision and let your eyes stand out. However, without careful hygiene and maintenance, contact wearers are at risk for eye infections and injury that could have a long-lasting or permanent effect on their vision. If you have contacts, be sure to speak with an eye care professional at Bayview Optometrics to ensure you are following the proper protocols for optimal eye health.