Caring for your contact lenses is essential to maintaining good eye health and ensuring comfortable and effective vision correction. Here are some important tips from VisualEyes Optometrists on how to properly care for your contact lenses:
Wash your hands: Before handling your contact lenses, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Make sure to dry them with a lint-free towel to avoid transferring any debris or germs to your lenses and eyes.
Clean and disinfect: Use the appropriate contact lens solution to clean and disinfect your lenses regularly. Follow the instructions provided by your eye care professional or the lens manufacturer for the recommended cleaning and disinfection regimen.
Store properly: Store your contact lenses in a clean lens case filled with fresh solution. Make sure to replace the solution in the case each time you store your lenses and never use water or saliva as a substitute for lens solution.
Avoid water exposure: Prevent your contact lenses from coming into contact with water, including tap water, swimming pools, and hot tubs. Water can introduce harmful microorganisms to your lenses and increase the risk of eye infections.
Follow the wearing schedule: Adhere to the recommended wearing schedule provided by your eye care professional. Avoid wearing your lenses for longer periods than advised, as this can lead to eye irritation, dryness, and other complications.
Handle with care: Be gentle when handling your contact lenses to avoid tearing or damaging them. Use your fingertips to handle the lenses and avoid using sharp objects or fingernails that could scratch or tear the surface.
Replace as recommended: Replace your contact lenses as recommended by your eye care professional. Using lenses beyond their recommended replacement schedule can lead to discomfort, reduced vision quality, and an increased risk of eye infections.
Avoid wearing during sleep: Remove your contact lenses before sleeping, unless they are specifically designed for extended wear. Sleeping with your lenses can reduce the amount of oxygen reaching your eyes and increase the risk of eye infections and complications.
Regular eye exams: Schedule regular eye exams with your eye care professional to monitor your eye health and ensure that your contact lenses are providing optimal vision correction and comfort.
By following these tips and maintaining good hygiene practices, you can help ensure the longevity of your contact lenses and protect the health of your eyes. If you experience any discomfort, redness, or vision changes while wearing your contact lenses, remove them immediately and consult VisualEyes Optometrists.
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