Contact Lens Maintenance 101

Maintaining your contact lenses properly is crucial not only for ensuring your lenses perform correctly and comfortably, but also for preserving your eye health and hygiene – wearing improperly maintained contact lenses can lead to severe eye infections that may compromise your vision. Here are a few things to remember when caring for your contact lenses.

  • Do: Always adhere to the prescribed wearing schedule and timetable. Your contact lenses will have been designed to function properly for a set period of time. Contact lenses will begin to degrade if they are worn past the manufacturer’s recommended timeframe.
  • Don’t: Attempt to wear your contact lenses for longer than prescribed. Wearing contact lenses for days on end can be extremely dangerous to your vision. You risk trapping microbes under the lenses. These can flourish in the eyes, causing ulcers and corneal perforation that can lead to blindness.
  • Do: Keep your lenses sterile. Always meticulously clean your lenses after and before each wearing. Make sure your case is always scrupulously cleaned.
  • Don’t: Use any cleaning agent other than the prescribed contact lens solution. Moistening your lenses with anything other than the proper lens solution risks introducing bacteria and irritants into your lenses and eyes.
  • Do: Remove your contacts if you feel any discomfort. If you feel any redness, swelling, itching, or irritation, remove your contacts immediately. Visit your eye care professional if you experience any changes in your vision or prolonged discomfort.
  • Don’t: Allow the contact lens solution bottle tip to become contaminated. Merely touching the tip to your finger, eye, or any surface could expose it to potentially dangerous microbes.
  • Do: Thoroughly wash and dry your hands before handling your contacts. It’s also a good idea to keep your nails short to minimize the chance of exposing your lenses to hidden bacteria.
  • Don’t: Attempt to reuse contact lens solution. Change the solution in your case – don’t top off existing solution.
  • Do: Remove your contact lenses before sleep. While there are extended wear contact lenses, it’s still a good idea to remove them before bed to facilitate oxygen flow to the eyes and reduce chances of eye infection.
  • Don’t: Expose your contact lenses to water. Tap water – even filtered water – can damage contact lenses and introduce bacteria into the eye. Take out your lenses before swimming or showering or participating in any activity where your face may get wet.

These tips are basic guidelines for contact lens use and storage; always follow your optometrist’s or physician’s instructions for wearing and caring for your contact lenses.

Although contact lenses are a great vision correction solution that offer a wider field of vision than glasses, they might not be right for everyone. Here are a few conditions that may make wearing contact lenses challenging or ill-advised.

  • You are prone to eye infections or have highly sensitive eyes.
  • You either live or work in highly dusty conditions.
  • You experience significant allergies – watery, itchy eyes – with symptoms that persist even when they are being treated.
  • Your lifestyle or living situation makes it difficult for you to maintain your contact lenses properly.

Discuss your vision correction options with your optometrist before deciding on a solution.

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