Contact lenses offer effective vision correction without changing your appearance in a negative way. In fact, some contact lenses are used to enhance the way that you look. Lenses are available in many different colors and can be used to correct multiple vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Even though contact lenses offer many benefits, they can pose a problem if they are not maintained properly. If you are considering exchanging your glasses for contact lenses, you may not know the importance of proper lens care. Here are a few measures that should be observed to keep contact lenses safe for your eyes.
Clean them regularly.
Contact lenses should the removed and cleaned daily unless the lenses are designed to be worn for only a day and discarded.
There are multiple cleaning contact cleaning solutions available over-the-counter. Many doctor-approved multi-purpose solutions require the lenses to be soaked for a couple of hours to kill any microbes that may be present on the lens surface. In addition to the antimicrobial properties of a lens-disinfecting solution, the solution may also help remove proteins that have been deposited on the lens during wear.
Although the proteins do not necessarily cause an infection, they can cause discomfort. In addition, the protein deposits can cloud the contact lenses, preventing clear vision.
Only wear your contact lenses for the prescribed period.
Some contact lenses are designed to be discarded after a month of use. Others, on the other hand, may only be worn for a couple of weeks. In some instances, the contacts are designed to only be worn for a day. Even if a lens is not obviously damaged, it is best not to try to save money by prolonging its use when the manufacturer's instructions suggest it should be discarded. This could result in an eye infection.
Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.
Although you may be anxious to get your lenses in place, it is important to only handle your lenses with washed hands. If debris is present on your hands, the lenses could easily be scratched or torn. In addition, bacteria from your hands can be transferred to the lenses, where they will subsequently gain access to your eye.
Warm water and mild soap are generally enough to clean your hands properly before handling your lenses. Be sure to rinse your hands thoroughly after washing to ensure that there is no detergent or soap remaining on your skin that could be inadvertently placed on your contacts.
To learn more about contact lenses and their proper care, visit an eye doctor in your area.Share
27 June 2016
Hi, I'm Deena, and as I neared middle age, I noticed that my eyesight wasn't as good as it used to be. I first started out needing reading glasses to read the small print in magazines, and then a few months later, I had to put them on to see the computer screen clearly. I knew by then that my eyes were getting worse and that I needed to do something quickly. I made an appointment with the optometrist and the doctor gave me an eye exam. Even though my sight wasn't as bad as I had feared, I still needed prescription glasses. I love my new glasses because I can actually see now. I have put together a lot of information about eye problems, eye tests and even various types of eye wear so that others don't wait as long as I did to see the eye doctor.