CARING FOR YOUR CONTACT LENSES: DOS AND DONTS
Wearing contact lenses has many advantages compared to eyeglasses. It also has some disadvantages, and this is dependent on the user’s hygiene regimen to prevent problems such as eye infections and vision problems. Improper cleaning and other bad habits can lead to a range of problems, including eye irritation and infection. Below are a few tips to help.
- Always wash and rinse your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses and dry your hands with a lint-free cloth or tissues.
- Always clean your lenses after removal using only the recommended solutions.
- Always rinse and clean your lens storage case in warm soapy water at least once a week and dry with a clean cloth.
- Always discard all solutions one month after opening, even if there is still a solution remaining.
- Always keep your spectacles up to date so that you can use them if you’re not wearing contacts.
- Always close your eyes when using cosmetics or aerosol sprays, such as hairsprays, while wearing your lenses.
- Always use swimming goggles when swimming with contact lenses.
- Always wear protective glasses or goggles if you are in any situation where dust, sand grit or other foreign matter could enter your eye, such as bike riding, gardening, sanding, grinding, or working in a dusty environment.
- Always see your eye doctor if you experience any unexplained redness, pain, discomfort, change in vision, excessive tearing, light sensitivity, or unusual eye secretions.
- Always insert lenses before make-up and remove lenses before make-up.
- Never continue wearing your lenses if you are unwell, if your eyes are uncomfortable or unusually red.
- Never place your lens in your mouth for cleaning or wetting or use tap water to soak or rinse your lenses.
- Never bathe with your contact lenses in.
- Never top off contact lens solutions, always use fresh solutions.
- Never expose your lenses or storage case to undue heat.
- Never sleep in your contact lenses.
- Never share lenses or cases with anyone.