Contact Lens Etiquette: What to Do and What to Avoid

Contact Lens Etiquette: What to Do and What to Avoid

Contact Lens Etiquette

Contact lenses have become increasingly popular thanks to technological advancements that have made them more comfortable and accessible. However, many people who wear lenses may not realise the importance of proper care and use. This blog post will discuss the dos and don’ts of wearing Contact Lenses, the potential risks, and the importance of consulting with an optometrist.

Why do people prefer contact lenses?

Lenses are thin, curved lenses placed directly on the eye’s surface to correct vision problems. Many people prefer them over eyeglasses because they offer a more natural look and a wider field of vision. However, they require proper care and use to avoid potential risks, such as eye infections, dry eyes, corneal scratches, and allergic reactions.

The Do’s

Cleanliness and hygiene

Before handling your lenses: Your hands must be clean and dry. Wash your hands well, and dry them using a lint-free towel before touching your lenses. Avoid using moisturising soaps or lotions, as they can leave a residue on your hands that can transfer to your lenses.

Proper handling and storage

When handling your lenses, be gentle and avoid touching them with sharp or pointed objects. Please avoid using your fingernails to handle your lenses, which can scratch or damage them. Store your lenses in a clean, dry case, and replace your case every three months or as your optometrist recommends.

Consistent replacement and disposal

Replace your lenses according to the recommended plan provided by your optometrist. Never wear your lenses beyond the recommended time frame, which can lead to eye infections and other complications. Please dispose of your lenses as instructed, and avoid reusing or sharing them with others.

Regular eye exams and check-ups

Schedule regular eye exams and check-ups with your optometrist to ensure your contact lens works effectively and your eyes are healthy. Your optometrist can also provide updated prescriptions and recommend new contact lens options that may be better suited for your needs.

The Don’ts

Sleeping in contacts

Avoid sleeping in your lenses, leading to dryness, discomfort, and an increased risk of eye infections. If you need to sleep in your contacts, talk to your optometrist about extended-wear lenses designed for overnight use.

Wearing contacts for too long

Do not wear your lenses longer than the recommended time frame, even if they feel comfortable. Extended wear can lead to corneal abrasions, infections, and other complications.

Using water on contacts

Never use water or saliva to clean your lenses, which can lead to severe infections. Use only approved contact lens cleaning solutions, and follow the instructions provided.

Sharing contacts

Do not share your lenses with others, increasing the risk of infections and other complications.

Potential Risks

Eye infections

Eye infections are a common risk associated with wearing lenses. Symptoms may include redness, pain, and discharge from the eye. In severe cases, infections can lead to vision loss.

Dry eyes

Lenses can cause dryness and discomfort in some people, especially if they are not adequately hydrated. Symptoms may include itching, burning, and redness.

Corneal scratches

Scratches on the cornea can occur if lenses are not handled or stored correctly. Symptoms may include pain, redness, and sensitivity to light.

Allergic reactions

Some individuals may be allergic to contact lens solutions or materials, leading to symptoms such as itching, redness, swelling, and eye discharge.

Conclusion

Proper care and use of lenses are essential to maintain good eye health and avoid potential risks. Remember always to practice good hygiene and cleanliness when handling your Contact Lenses, and follow the recommended replacement and disposal schedule. Regularly consult your optometrist to ensure your lenses work effectively, and your eyes are healthy. By following these, you can enjoy the benefits while avoiding potential risks.