The history of contacts goes back as far as the time of Leonardo da Vinci when he gave an idea in his Codex of the eye, Manual D. Though his approach was not practical, it laid down the foundation of the contact lenses we see and use today. In the current time, over 150 million people around the world use soft lenses. They have indeed changed the way we correct our vision and see the world, but at the same time, if you do not take proper care while using them, you can end up having a severe eye infection or allergic reaction.
Here Are A Few Tips to Consider While Wearing Contact Lenses
- You should wear contacts every day only if your eye specialist recommends it.
- In case you are unable to remember the right time to change the lenses, either ask your doctor for a schedule chart or keep a reminder in your diary or phone.
- Do not try to contact lenses that have been used by someone else. It can transfer infection from their eyes to yours.
- It is advised not to wear contacts while you are sleeping. The cornea is the only organ of the body that takes oxygen directly from the surrounding air using tears. When your eyes are closed, your cornea does not get enough oxygen, and it can cause severe dryness if you sleep with your lenses.
- Make sure that the tip of the solution bottle that you use to clean the contact lenses does not touch any other surface, even your fingers.
- When you are outside in harsh sunlight, prefer to wear sunglasses or a wide-brim hat.
- To keep your eyes moist, use either plain saline solution or re-wetting solution as per your doctor’s prescription.
- There are chances that you might end up wearing contact lenses inside out. They won’t hurt you, but it will be very uncomfortable. To avoid such situations, place the lens on your finger and make sure the cup looks like the letter “U.”
- If you feel irritation while wearing lenses, stop using them immediately. Do not use them before consulting with a doctor again.
- If you feel that you have sudden vision loss or everything starts to look blurry, contact your doctor immediately, as you might have an eye infection.
- Never go for a swim with lenses in your eyes.
Cleaning Tips to Make Sure You Do Not Get Any Infection While Using Contact Lenses:
Based on the type of contacts, your maintenance schedule will be different. While disposable lenses need the least care, conventional ones will require regular care every time you put them in and take them out. Here are a few tips to consider:
- Always make sure that you wash your hands with a mild soap before you handle your lenses.
- Do not put perfume, oils, or lotions before using them.
- Make sure to dry your hands with a lint-free, clean towel.
- For those who use hair spray, use it before you put in the contacts.
- Prefer to keep your fingernails short and clean.
- Always put the eye makeup only after you place your lenses. While removing the makeup, remove the lenses first.
- Always use any eye medicine only after consulting with your doctor.
- Do not use tap water to clean your lenses.
- Do not put the lenses in your mouth to rinse them.
- Clean the lenses as per instructions before and after every use.
- Replace the case of your contacts every three months.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can enjoy wearing your contacts without hurting your eyes. Contact lenses are a good choice if your eyes are not over-sensitive. Although they are available without prescription it’s in your best interest to consult your doctor before you start using them.