What Every Contact Lens Wearer Should Know
For those that weren’t blessed with perfect vision, they typically resort to using glasses or contacts. The number of people who use contact lenses continue to grow every year. There are a few things that every contact wearer should know to keep their contacts in prime shape and their eyes free of bacteria.
Unfortunately re-using your contact solution day after day is a common practice among contact lens wearers. It is recommended to switch out your solution on a daily basis. Contact solution is designed to swipe your contacts free of daily debris and bacteria. If you are recycling the solution over and over again, your lenses are quite possibly floundering in bacteria filled liquid each night. This cannot only cause minor, but major eye infections.
There are days when your vision isn’t up to snuff, where your eyes are bothering you or causing you some slight pain. These are the days when you should not be wearing your contact lenses. If there is any form of discomfort or your eyes have any slight hue of red, it is wise to immediately remove your contacts. Your eyes could be telling you that an infection is coming which could be worsened by wearing contacts.
All contacts come with an expiration date and your doctor will inform you of how long you should be wearing a pair of lenses. Many people will stretch a three-month contact into a six-month contact, which is not smart. Contact lenses are made of plastic and have pores to help your eyes come in contact with oxygen and keep your eyes moist. If you overuse your lenses, the pores will likely get jammed with debris and dirt. This is like asking for an eye infection and discomfort.
One of the most common mistakes among contact wearers is they sleep in their lenses. Sleeping in your lenses deprives your eyes of the oxygen transmission it needs. When your eyes are closed your cornea receives little nourishment from the air and your tears, and blocking your cornea with a lens further diminishes the ability to receive those vital elements. Sleeping in your contacts can also lead to something more serious like rips in your cornea. Lenses can tighten in your eye as you sleep causing pressure on your cornea, resulting in a painful rip.
There is a lot more to consider than washing your hands before using your contacts and cleaning them on a daily basis. Don’t get lazy and instead care for your eye health by making good habits.
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Jessica is an experienced eye care specialist. You can find her thoughts at livejournal blog
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