Many Americans suffer from an eye condition requiring them to wear corrective lenses. If you do not want to wear corrective lenses, then a popular alternative is to wear contact lenses.
For many, contact lenses are more convenient to wear than glasses. If you have a job requiring you to wear anything on your face, then glasses can get in the way or may cause safety risks. If you have never worn contacts before, then the idea of inserting contacts into your eyes may be intimidating.
Contact lenses are safe if you take care of them. When you first get your contact lenses, you are more likely to follow all the instructions. If you have been wearing contact lenses for years, then it is easy to overlook safety procedures. You do not want to fall into this bad habit since it can potentially damage your eyes. Learn about the best contact lens practices below.
If you want to look after your eyes and your contact lenses, then you need to make sure you only wear your lenses for the recommended time. All types of contact lenses have expiration dates, from prescriptions ones purchased with vision insurance to those bought for cosmetic reasons. Contact lenses are exposed to the fluids in your eyes, which means the lenses deteriorate over time and therefore need to be changed regularly.
If you ignore the lifespan and wear them for longer than is generally recommended, then you could find yourself with serious eye problems. These can range from irritation and itchiness to full-blown infections and diseases. Specific complications that can arise from wearing your contact lenses for longer than you are supposed to wear them include dry eyes, where your cornea loses sensation, and corneal ulcers, where open sores on the outer layer of your cornea create a painful burning sensation.
Different types of contact lenses have different expiration dates, which may vary based on brand or generic prescription. At the end of the day, make sure you follow the instructions for the contact lenses you have been prescribed. Unless otherwise stated, you must wear contact lenses for the following times:
The type of contact lenses you have determine how you go about caring for them. Your eye doctor can inform you of how to care for them at the time of being prescribed your lenses. There are some general rules for cleaning and taking care of your lenses though, including the following:
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To clean a contact lens, place it in the palm of your hand and rub it softly with your index finger. By rubbing your lens, you remove surface buildup. You need to clean your contact lens case with either hot water or a sterile solution every time you use it to ensure the buildup has been properly removed. Make sure you let it dry naturally. Your lens case must ideally be replaced every three months.
Every time you clean and disinfect your contact lenses, use a new solution. Do not reuse an old solution or pour the solution into a different bottle. If you do, then the solution is no longer be sterile.
One of the most common things contact lens wearers wrongly do is sleep with their lenses in. Even if you only do this occasionally, sleeping with contact lenses in can severely increase your risk of eye infections. This is because when your eyelids are closed, not as much oxygen is brought to your eyes as when they are open. Only some extended-wear lenses can be worn while you sleep.
Your eye doctor may be able to give you advice on which type of contact lenses are best for you and which are safest. Generally, daily disposable contact lenses are the safest type. To wear contact lenses safely, follow these rules:
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