Caring for your contact lens requires a lot of precautions and gentle handling. Your eyes, being very sensitive, are prone to catch infections, if you do not maintain your contact lens properly. By taking the right care, you can extend the life of your lenses, while simultaneously ensuring the safety and health of your eyes. The article comes up with some useful tips on how to care for your contact lens. Read on to know the right guidelines for maintaining your lenses and prolonging their use.
Contact Lens Care Tips
- Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before touching your contact lenses. Make sure to rinse off the soap well. Thereafter, dry your hands with a clean towel. The remains of lotions, soaps, or chemicals can stick to contact lens, causing pain, irritation, or blurred vision.
- Wear your contact lenses in the way prescribed by your eye specialist and follow the schedule specific to the type of contact lens you have selected. Wear your contact lenses only for the recommended amount of time in a day.
- Rinse the lens case after each use and leave it open to dry, replacing the solution thereafter. Replace the case on a monthly basis. A dirty case can be a major source of infection. Clean the storage case with a clean toothbrush and contact lens solution on a weekly basis.
- Don’t use plain water directly on your contact lenses. Microorganisms reside in even distilled water and can easily lead to infection or sight damage.
- Clean your contact lens by placing them in the palm of your hand and then pouring the solution on top. Gently rub the lens with your index finger and then rinse with the solution once again.
- If you develop an eye infection, remove the contact lenses immediately. Also, discontinue its use until the infection has been completely treated. After resuming the use of contact lens, closely follow your doctor's instructions, to prevent future eye infections.
- Wearing contact lenses may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunglasses with total UV protection and/or a wide brim hat, whenever out in the sun, to protect your eyes as well as contact lenses.
- Do not sleep with your contact lenses on, unless your doctor has advised you to do so. If you accidentally fall asleep with your contact lenses on, be sure to put eye drops in your eyes and wait for a few minutes, before trying to remove your contact lenses.
- Take off your contact lens, before applying makeup to avoid contaminating your contact lens. When removing your makeup, wash and dry your hands first and then remove your contact lenses. Following this, remove your makeup.
- Don't let the tip of solution bottles touch other surfaces, including your fingers, eyes or contact lenses. The solution can get contaminated.
- See your eye-specialist on an annual basis, to check your contact lens prescription and keep your lenses in good working condition.
- Visit your eye doctor right away, if you have the slightest feeling of sudden vision loss, blurred vision, light flashes, eye pain, infection, swelling, unusual redness, or irritation.