Records show that at least one out of 10 Americans uses contact lenses. While they are a widely used vision correction option, many are still confused on how to properly use and clean their contacts. Vision Care Associates, your trusted medical eye care clinic, shares tips on how to prevent contact lens-related complications.
Clean Your Contact Lenses Before Putting Them On
Before putting your contact lenses on, make it a habit to clean or disinfect them. This is especially important if you don’t use them that much. They may have surface deposits or microorganisms that can be transferred to your eyes.
Use Only Our Prescribed Lens Solution
Your eye doctor puts in a lot of thought when prescribing a lens solution. We look for one that’s compatible with your lenses’ material, keeping them in shape. We also consider your current eye health. This is why you should refrain from using water to clean your contact lenses. Water from the shower, pool, or river may contain microorganisms or other impurities that may latch onto your lenses. This can put you at risk of developing eye infections that may even cost you your eyesight.
Follow the Recommended Wearing Time
Contact lenses usually have a recommended wearing time. As most are not supposed to be worn while sleeping, remember to take your lenses out before turning in for the night. Some are also classified according to their replacement schedule. Daily disposables, for example, are meant to be used only once. After using them for a day, dispose of them properly in the evening. Doing so can lower your risk of having extended lens wear problems and other complications.
Remember That Contact Lenses Are Medical Devices
All contact lenses, whether you’re using them to improve your vision, enhance your appearance, or as part of a costume, are medical devices. This means you have to undergo an eye exam before your eye doctor can prescribe you a pair. We’ll also check if your lenses are safe to use.
Clean and Replace Your Lens Case Regularly
You should remember to clean your lens case often, as well. Empty the old solution, clean the case and refill it with freshly poured lens solution. It’s also a good idea to replace your lens case every three months to prevent surface and microorganism buildup.
For more tips on preventing contact lens-related problems, call us at (304) 315-6055 or complete our form. We serve Marietta and the surrounding OH areas.