Cleaning your contact lenses correctly is essential to avoid an eye infection. It’s important that you follow your eye care provider’s instructions to the letter. This includes storing your contacts properly and cleaning them the right way.
If you want to know steps to keep your contacts in good condition, then read on.
Risks associated with contact lenses
Older contact lenses or those that don’t fit well can scratch your eye. They may also result in blood vessels growing into the cornea, which is a dangerous condition that could threaten your vision.
It’s also important to avoid using some types of eye drops while wearing contact lenses. You can use wetting drops or lubricating drops if your eye doctor recommends doing so.
If your eyes are painful, red or suddenly have sensitivity to light, it’s a smart idea to call your eye doctor right away. The same applies if your vision is blurry or if you notice discharge or fluid coming from your eye. These may be signs of a more serious eye problem.
Caring for your contacts
It’s crucial to clean and disinfect the contact lens before putting it back in. There are many kinds of cleaning systems, and which one you choose is dependent on the type of lens that you use, whether you have allergies and whether your eyes create protein deposits. Talk to your eye doctor about which cleaning solution is best for your situation.
It’s important to follow the schedule your eye doctor has provided for wearing and replacing lenses. Also follow directions from your doctor and the lens manufacturer on cleaning and storing your lenses. If they’re in the case for an extended period, check the instructions to find out if you need to disinfect them again before wearing them.
You should also keep regular eye exam appointments. This is because the shape of your eye may change over time, requiring a new lens prescription. Never use a hot tub, shower or swim with your contacts in, as contacts do not mix well with water. You should also never sleep with your contact lenses on.
Good contact use practices
When you’re putting in your contacts or taking them out, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly first and dry them so that no dirt gets on the lenses. Always clean the contacts before putting them in your eye. Ensure that the lens is moist, clean and free of any scratches or debris before putting it in. A contact lens that is damaged in any way should be replaced.
When you’re removing your contacts, first place the lens in the palm of your hand, and add a few drops of solution to the lens; then rub it in with your finger. Rinse the contact again with solution. Always use fresh solution for this process.
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