To some, the use of contact lenses may be viewed as a tedious exercise. Getting up every morning and placing two round pieces of plastic-based material onto each eye is a ritual many could do without. For most contact lens users, however, this routine becomes as normal as putting on their shoes each day. It is a small price to pay to ensure one has good vision to perform all of their required daily tasks.
To ensure a safe relationship with your contacts, there are a few habits which need to be taken up to make sure your eyes stay as healthy as is possible. These simple tips can prevent eye infections which could lead to anything from mild irritation, to deterioration of sight, to blindness.
- Check the lens before applying; It should be a regular semi-circle shape
- Always wear and care, never wear and share.
- Wash and dry your hands before touching your contact lenses.
- Don’t sleep with your contact lenses in (unless otherwise specified by your eye doctor).
- Avoid wearing contact lenses while showering, swimming, or using a Jacuzzi.
- Always handle makeup/hairspray after you handle your contact lenses.
- When cleaning your contact lenses, rub and rinse them with solution each time.
- Water or spit are not options for cleaning! Use only the solution recommended by your eye doctor.
- Never mix the old disinfecting solution with new. Only use fresh disinfecting solution in your case.
- Never store your contact lenses in water.
- Make sure to replace your contact lenses as often as your eye doctor tells you to.
- Use a clean tissue to rub and rinse your case daily with the solution, then store upside down with the caps off.
- Get a new case at least every three months.
- In case you need to take your contact out at any time, keep a pair of glasses handy at all times.
Your Eye Doctor:
- Make sure to visit your eye doctor once a year, or more often if needed.
- Ask him/her questions about how to care for your lenses and case.
- If you have eye pain, red eyes, or blurred vision, remove your contact lenses and call your eye doctor.
Posters | Contact Lenses | CDC. 2015. Posters | Contact Lenses | CDC. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/posters.html. [Accessed 20 July 2015].