Contact lenses are a popular device for correcting vision. They can be worn for several hours a day, ensuring that the wearer will be able to see clearly and without hassle. That said, contacts are generally safe for everyone as long as they are properly used and cleaned. Below are 10 rules that every contact lens wearer should follow in order to ensure their safety:
- Make sure your contacts have been fitted by a qualified eye specialist. It’s also important to take note of the expiry of your lenses so that you won’t use them longer than recommended. Keep in mind that wearing contacts beyond the recommended period will increase your risk of eye infection.
- Never sleep while still wearing your contact lenses because this could make your eyes more susceptible to infection.
- Use fresh contact lens solution every time you store your lenses in their case. Do not reuse or top off old solutions because this can no longer disinfect your contacts.
- Make sure that you’re using the right type of solution for cleaning and disinfecting your contacts. Never use saline solution because this is basically just sterile saltwater and it cannot clean or disinfect contact lenses.
- Use a multipurpose contact lens solution for cleaning your contacts. Rub the lenses with the solution so that debris and protein buildup can be removed.
- You can also use your multipurpose contact lens solution for cleaning your contact lens case. Air-dry the case during the day or when you’re wearing your contacts. Then, replace it every month.
- Remove your contacts if your eyes become irritated while wearing the lenses. If the irritation continues or you experience other eye symptoms, consult your eye doctor.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your contact lenses. Rinse and dry your hands completely.
- Regularly check your contacts for chips or tears. Contact lenses are generally soft, but a chip or tear in the lenses could still scratch your eye. Discard your contacts if you find any damage.
- Do not wear your contact lenses while showering or swimming. Tap water, as well as water from seas, lakes, rivers and pools, harbor organisms that can cause eye infections.
At Nova Vision Center, you can rest assured that every optometrist is fully trained and qualified to provide quality eye and vision care. We offer a range of services including pediatric vision care, treatment of eye diseases and injuries, eye exam and more. Call us at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve customers in Arlington and Alexandria, VA, as well as other surrounding areas.