When it comes to contact lenses, what you don't know can really hurt you and your eye health. So, whether you have recently switched to contacts from eyeglasses or you are considering it, you need to know that there are certain steps you need to take to prevent eye infections from developing. Here are four things that you need to know about handling contact lenses with care in order to keep your vision safe and eyes healthy:
1. Always Clean Your Hands Before Handling Your Contacts.
Just like you wash your hands before you eat food, you should wash your hands before you touch the contacts that you will be putting into your eyes. Otherwise, any germs that are on your hands will be directly transferred onto the contacts and then onto to your eyes. Use antibacterial soap and warm water to thoroughly wash your hands before handling your contacts.
2. Keep Your Contact Lenses Clean.
Before your contacts go into your eyes, it is important that you clean them thoroughly. When you received your contact lenses at the eye doctor's office, he or she would have sent you home a paper with cleaning instructions. In addition, he or she likely would have gone over those instructions with you verbally. These instructions should be followed step by step. Also, don't re-use old cleaning solution. Make sure to always use new solution. If you don't do so, you could be contaminating your lenses, thereby increasing the risk of infection in your eye.
3. Make Sure to Rest Your Eyes.
At first, it may be difficult to remember to take your contacts out before you go to sleep. However, it is critical that you do so, even if you have to set an alarm on your phone to remind you. Otherwise, you are increasing the risk of bacteria developing between your eyes and the contacts, which could lead to a serious infection and damage to your vision.
4. Take Your Contacts Out When In Any Kind of Water.
You may not think there is any risk in taking a shower or slipping into the hot tub with your contacts still in, but there is. In fact, according to the CDC, some water – such as that in hot tubs, swimming pools and even at home – could contain a bacterial organism known as Acanthamoeba, which could cause eye pain and blurred vision. It can lead to serious damage of the cornea and eventually vision loss or even blindness if not properly treated. If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure to contact your eye doctor immediately to schedule an appointment to be examined.
For more information, go to websites from optometrists and contact lens specialists.Share
18 March 2016
Hello, I am Erica Holsted. I would like to share my knowledge about contact lenses on this website. Contact lenses dramatically changed my life. When I obtained my first pair of glasses, I instantly felt deeply self-conscious. The drop in self-esteem was relentless despite my friends and family telling me I still looked lovely. Thankfully, I talked with an eye doctor about using contact lenses instead. I was able to choose between daily, weekly, monthly and yearly lens options. The soft lenses felt comfortable in my eyes and helped me see perfectly. I still wear my glasses at night, however, to give my eyes a brief reprieve. I will talk about contact lens types, care and wear suggestions on this site. Please come back again soon.