Contact lenses are one of the safest medical devices when worn responsibly. However, not caring for contact lenses properly or failing to follow safety rules can lead to serious problems. Contact lenses can be a potential point for infection. No matter how careful you are germs are on our hands, eyelid, everywhere. When germs such as bacteria and fungi are on the contact lens, they can invade the eye.
If you wear contact lenses, here’s what you should know:
Get a contact lens prescription from an eye doctor. Have your lenses fitted by a qualified eye care professional. Also be sure to get instruction on proper lens care.
Don’t wear contact lenses overnight. When you close your eyes with your lenses in place, you’re reducing oxygen. The surface of the eye becomes more vulnerable to infection. Also, you have a lens being closed against the eye-any germs on the lens are being slammed against the cornea.
Don’t wear your contact lenses in the shower or while swimming. Lakes, rivers, sea water, swimming pools and even tap water can all harbor an organism called acanthamoeba, which can cause eye infection. Wearing contact lenses while swimming, showering, or doing other water-related activities can lead to serious acanthamoeba infections of the eye.
Don’t reuse contact lens solution. You may think you’re saving money by doing so, but the disinfecting capability of the solution is gone. Use fresh solution every time you store your lenses in their case.
Don’t use saline solution for contact lens cleaning or disinfection. Saline solution is simply sterile salt water. It will not clean or disinfect. Be sure to choose a solution that includes disinfectant.
Replace your contact lens case every two to three months. Lens cases get dirty, just like a toothbrush.
Take out your contacts if they are bothering you. It seems like common sense, but it can be easy to ignore irritation when you’re busy or distracted. Never put with irritation, as it could be sign of an infection or other problem.
Never use saliva as a wetting agent. Your mouth is one of the dirtiest places in your body.
Before handling your contact lenses: wash your hand with soap-n-water and dry with a lint-free towel.
After you take out each contact lens from your eyes, gently rub with solution. Then rinse each lens with fresh solution before storing them for disinfection; be sure you squeeze enough solution into each case compartment to cover each lens. Even if the packaging of the solution you sue reads no rub, you should still clean each lens to remove any germs.
After disinfecting your contact lenses according to the product directions on your solution bottle and before you put them back in your eyes, rinse off each contact lens with fresh solution. Discard used solution, rinse out the lens case with fresh solution (not water) and let the case air dry.
Anyone who is too busy to be compliant with contact lens safety measures and thorough hygiene habits should not use it.
Similarly those who work where there is a lot of debris in the air, such as sawdust should also avoid using contact lenses.
People who have dry eye problems should not wear contact lens because when lens is put in the eye it rests on tear film, if you don’t make enough tears, you, if you don’t make enough tears, you could be at increased risk for infection.
Important Note: The articles are presented and provided by third party authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Saloni™ Health and Beauty Supply. They should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis. Consult with your physician prior to following any suggestions provided.