It is common for first-time eye-contact lens wearers to face confusion and trepidation when wearing them. If patients carefully follow the correct wear and cleaning procedures, contact lenses are comfortable and safe with few risks.
The following tips will help new contact lens wearers know how to care for their lenses correctly.
Many people experience fear and anxiety when using contact lenses because they worry that lenses may get stuck or scratch their eyes. However, it’s crucial to dispel these concerns as contacts cannot get stuck in the eye, and proper lens maintenance reduces the risk of eye scratches. It is essential to relax and understand that it takes time and practice to become proficient in inserting and removing lenses. As long as hands are thoroughly washed before handling contacts, there is no risk of touching the eyes. This process will take little time to become second nature and easy to do.
Eye care is vital, and practicing good hygiene when wearing contact lenses is necessary. This includes washing hands thoroughly with soap and water, drying them entirely before inserting contacts, and cleaning the lenses with the appropriate contact lens cleaning solution. It is essential to use clean solutions only when storing contacts and to use fresh solutions every single time when taking lenses out. Wearers should replace the lens case every 1 to 3 months to prevent bacteria growth and infections.
Wearers should also be sure to change contact lenses as per the optometrist’s guidance. Wearing lenses longer than recommended can cause eye irritations or infections. This is due to the contacts breaking down and the surface of the lenses holding in protein and bacteria.
Rinsing contact lenses with water is strongly discouraged due to the presence of microorganisms that can lead to severe eye infections and complications. Water absorption by contacts causes swelling, rendering them unfit for the eyes. Using water in contact lens cases is equally crucial to avoid potential risks. Additionally, swimming or showering while wearing contact lenses is also not advisable.
People must wear contacts on the optometrist’s schedule and use the recommended products. Following the optometrist’s instructions, people can reduce the risk of complications or infections and keep their eyes healthy.
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Contact lenses can significantly improve your vision and quality of life without the burden of glasses and surgical intervention. However, their use requires meticulous care and attention to hygiene. Remember to take care of the lenses and know what to do if any eye problem arises.