Contact lenses are widely used these days as an alternative to wearing glasses. Unlike before, there are so many different types of lenses with equally many maintaining instructions, so taking care of your lenses may sound trickier then it actually is. Improper use of your contact lenses can lead to irritations or more severe eye conditions, so here is a brief guide to show you how to take care of your contact lenses.
Proper hygiene is a must
Always wash your hands with water and soap before touching your lenses. Rinse with plenty of water and dry your hands with a towel, as residues from soap or detergent may irritate your eyes and cause pain or even blurred vision.
Put in your lenses before applying makeup – this way they don’t accidentally touch your face and get filled with particles. Similarly, remove the lenses before removing the makeup.
Wear and maintain the lenses as prescribed
Each type of lenses comes with its own wearing schedule, so make sure you follow the doctor’s recommendations. Don’t wear them like you heard your friends do – you can’t know what type of lenses they are using.
Also, make sure you clean and store your contact lenses as per the doctor’s recommendations. Older models should be cleaned by rubbing them gently with your finger in the palm of your hand, while some newer models simply have to be dipped in a cleaning solution.
Don’t use other peoples’ contact lenses and don’t share yours. Doctors and ophthalmologists recommend contact lenses that match particularities of each person’s eyes, so even contacts that have never been worn – but haven’t been prescribed specifically for you – can be detrimental to your eyes. And if that other person has already worn them then more risks are to be taken into account – this can spread an infection or particles from their eyes to yours.
Check with the doctor regularly
You should see your doctor annually to check your lenses prescription, but you are highly advised to check in as soon as you have any problems like mild irritations, vision blurriness or red eyes – after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!