03 May Are You Taking Care of Your Contact Lenses Right?
For people with eyesight issues who don’t want to wear glasses but aren’t prepared for refractive surgery, contact lenses are a great alternative. There’s a lens for virtually every type of corrective treatment and all kinds of lifestyles, including specialized contacts that are made for people with chronically dry eyes or allergies. For them to work properly, however, you have to take care of your contact lenses properly, both in and out of your eyes.
Cleaning and Storing
Proper cleaning and storage are the most vulnerable times for your contact lenses. If your hands aren’t cleaned or your case is old, then there are likely millions of microbes waiting to cling to your lenses. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before taking your lenses out, and be sure the case is clean before placing them in it. For optimal results, change your contact lens case every 30 days, at most, before they can become breeding grounds for harmful germs and increase your risks of eye infection.
Wearing them Too Long
Most soft contact lenses must be changed daily, bi-weekly, or monthly, depending on your specific refractive error and a number of other factors. If you wear your lenses longer than recommended, then they can become damaged and harm your eyes. Also, be sure not to fall sleep with your lenses in or you may risk depriving your eyes of oxygen while you sleep. Change your lenses as often as prescribed, and if they’re longer than daily, then be sure to take them out before falling asleep every night.
High-Quality Contact Lenses for Every Need
Make the most of your contact lenses by making sure you take care of them properly, both in and out of your eyes. To learn more, or to schedule an eye exam, call Kirkwood Eye Center in Southlake, TX, today at (817) 416-2010.