Many contact lens wearers have become accustomed to bad contact lens habits. The same can be said by eyewear as well, however, contact lenses can lead to an eye infection when poorly maintained or mishandled. Below, we’ve listed a couple of brief tips regarding maintaining contact lenses, and how to ensure that your eyes remain safe and comfortable for optimal health.
Use Contact Lens Solution – Not Tap Water
Our Lenscrafters offices see contact lens patients every day, and surprisingly, this issue comes up quite often. What to do when the last drop of contact lens solution has run out? As unfortunate as it may be, throw the old contact lens away. Sleeping with a contact lens can be dangerous and increase the risk of an eye infection. Every contact lens collects bacteria overtime, which is why contact lens solution is required to preserve the lens. Using tap water will not clean your lens but, in fact, increase the buildup of bacteria — the same goes for sleeping while wearing your contact lenses. For those patients who utilize daily contact lenses, they don’t need to worry about storing contact lens solution or improper cleaning.
Say GOODBYE to that old contact lens case!
Contact lens cases are reusable – temporarily. They have a lifespan of maybe one or two months. Bacteria build-up affects the contact lens case as well as the contact lenses and will not go away. Simply scrubbing out your contact lens case with soap will not be enough. The plastic material absorbs chemicals and bacteria, so a simple scrubbing will fail to solve the real issue. Fortunately, Dr. Richard E. Hults & Assoc., Inc. provides free contact lens cases to all patients who come through our door.
Follow Your Contact Lens Schedule
As much as patients think they can extend the life of their contact lenses by a few days or more, overusing your contacts is harmful. Aside from the bacteria that’s on the contact lens, which isn’t noticeable on the eye, contact lenses are a medical device that include a certain lifespan. Nobody plays with their medications. Why play with a contact lens? Stay safe & follow the schedule given by your eye doctor.
Daily contact lenses are popular, comfortable, and reduce overuse!
The standard contact lens worn varies between bi-weekly or monthly lenses, yet daily disposable contact lenses have become the ideal recommendation among many eye doctors. The maintenance-free handling, avoidance of a contact lens case, and strictly encased in contact lens solution avoid bacteria build-up. Plus, they’re very easy to keep track of, and losing one isn’t nearly as problematic as a monthly.
Last Safety Tip: Take a Contact Lens Holiday.
Your eyes are not meant to be encased in plastic for the whole week. Make sure you wear each week your backup pair of eyeglasses to help your eyes get the oxygen they need to breathe! If you don’t have a backup pair of eyeglasses, you may want to invest in a new pair to help your eyes get back on track with proper contact lens care.
For more information about wearing contact lenses, contact our offices in Canton, Akron, and Fairview Park, OH, today.