WHAt do i need to know about contact lenses?
If you're nervous about starting to use contact lenses, you may be wondering what tips and tricks you should know before you start wearing them. While there are many pros and cons of contact lenses, if you've already decided to get them, there are some things to keep in mind. Other than following directions for cleaning and wearing the lenses themselves, there are other aspects of contact lenses that are helpful to know:
1) Keep your hands clean
Whenever you touch your eyes, you should thoroughly wash them beforehand so you know you're not transferring any harmful bacteria into such a sensitive part of your body.
2) Properly clean and replace your contact lens case
Though it may seem unnecessary, proper case maintenance is also a big factor in having healthy eyes! To prevent the chance of infection, you should be cleaning out your case and replacing it every one to three months. When you store it, keep it in a dry place that is protected from the elements.
3) Only use new solution
Reusing solution is a quick way to get an eye infection! Keep your contacts clean and eyes healthy by always using fresh solution to clean.
4) Do not use tap water
Solution may have the appearance of regular tap water, but the two are completely different! Solution will gently clean and sanitize your lenses, but tap water can actually be harmful and carry bacteria that can lead to an infection. Keep a travel sized bottle of contact lens solution in your purse or pocket to prevent any close calls.
5) Do not sleep in contact lenses
Unless you are wearing special, extended wear contacts that are proven safe and healthy to sleep in, do not go to bed without taking your contacts out! If you wear the regular daily or two-week contacts, sleeping in them will dry your eyes out and can lead to serious consequences. This is especially true if you have been in a body of water that possibly has bacteria in it- letting your dirty contacts stew in your eyes overnight with no chance to breathe is dangerous!
This is one that many people forget about, but blinking is an important step to keep your eyes lubricated, moist, and feeling comfortable.
It may seem like contacts are too high maintenance, but once you get into healthy habits they're easy to take care of! They are also extremely beneficial if you lead an active lifestyle, and can be more convenient than glasses.