Experts recommend wearing contact lenses as one of the effective ways to improve your vision without surgery. According to studies, at least 45 million people in the United States prefer contact lenses. If you are wearing contact lenses, you should know how to care for them properly. Research shows that if you provide optimal care to your contact lenses, you can lower your risk of acquiring an eye infection. Here are some effective ways of maintaining contact lens health every day.
According to health experts, washing your hands with soap and water is your first line of defense against infection. After washing your hands, dry them thoroughly with a clean, absorbent cloth. You should always do this before you handle your contacts.
Eye doctors always advise removing your contact lenses before you go to bed. Research suggests that wearing contact lenses while sleeping makes you more vulnerable to an eye infection. You should also replace your contacts based on your eye doctor’s recommendation.
Using your lens disinfecting solution, rub, and then rinse your contact lenses gently. Eye health experts say that you shouldn’t use saliva or water to clean your lenses. Make sure to always replace the disinfecting solution in your contact lens case each time you clean your lenses. Never mix used and fresh solutions. It is always best to use the contact lens disinfecting solution that your eye doctor prescribed.
Before you bathe, shower, or swim, take off your contact lenses. Clinical findings state that water is an ideal vehicle for debris and pathogens. If these impurities cling to your lenses, they could get into your eyes easily.
You’ll never know if you’re going to lose one of your contacts. It is always wise to have a backup pair of contact lenses with you all the time.
You can care for your contact lenses better if you discuss proper eye care with your eye doctor. By discussing correct care and wear habits, you can prevent the onset of an eye infection. You should go to your eye checkups as often as your doctor recommends. If you experience blurred vision, redness, pain, or discomfort, remove your lenses right away and contact your eye doctor.
Rub and rinse your contact lens case with your lens disinfecting solution and not water. Pour out the used solution and dry the case with a piece of clean, dry tissue paper. Place your lens case upside down, lids off on a clean, dry surface. You should get at least one new lens case every quarter.
You should care for your contact lenses properly to keep them and your eyes healthy. Here at Optical Masters, we help you maintain optimal eye and contact lens health at all times. Please visit our offices in Denver, Colorado, for a one-on-one consultation. You can also call us at 720-780-8881 (Monaco), 720-780-9970 (Federal), or 720-782-2190 (University) if you want to schedule an appointment.