Contact lenses are a great way to help improve your vision without having to use glasses which some people do not like for various reasons. The added weight on the nose, having to constantly adjust the frames, fogging up of lenses are some of the reasons people choose to wear contact lenses instead of glasses.
If you wear or are thinking of wearing contact lenses, consider the following:
- Wash Your Hands Before Applying: Before wearing the contact lenses, it is necessary to wash your hands properly. Our hands harbour bacteria which can infect the contact lenses and subsequently the eye itself. Even before taking out your lenses, it is a good idea to wash the hands thoroughly .
- Clean Lens Case Routinely: It is necessary to clean the lens case as well as lenses carefully on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the individual to rinse them every night with the help of disinfecting solution. You must replace the case every 3 months.
- Avoid Contact Lenses While Sleeping: You should avoid wearing contact lenses while sleeping. This can lead to dryness and discomfort while increasing the risk of bacterial infection in the eye. There is an increased risk of vision loss due to severe infections from overnight wear and it should be avoided at all cost.
- Consult With Your Doctor: Make sure you consult a qualified Optometrist before buying any type of contact lenses. A doctor can better guide you through the process and check the condition of your eyes to see if they can handle the contact lenses while also doing the appropriate measurements to find the right contact lens fit.
- Do Not Expose to Water: It is necessary to avoid wearing contact lenses during a shower or in swimming pools. This can lead to serious eye infections due to the presence of bacteria and fungi in the water. If you do swim in them, it is suggested to change the contact lenses immediately after getting out of the pool. Also, never use tap water to clean or store your lenses.
If you are interested in trying contact lenses for the first time, it is important to see a qualified eye care professional for a proper check up of the eyes and to teach you the correct way of inserting/removing the contact lenses safely. Visit one of the eye care professionals at Westway Eyecare today!.