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Keeping your eyes healthy while wearing contact lenses

Keeping your eyes healthy while wearing contact lenses

Contact lenses are a safe and effective way for people to enjoy good and comfortable vision without glasses. However, if the proper precautions aren’t taken, they could cause severe eye problems. In this article by Mountain Eye Care, we will talk about how you can keep your eyes healthy while wearing your contact lenses. If you are considering wearing contact lenses for vision correction and comfort, we recommend that you make an appointment with us today!

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Here are some ways that you can keep your eyes healthy while wearing your contact lenses:

Keep your contacts clean…

Keeping your lenses clean by washing your hands and using sterile solutions recommended by your eye care provider anytime you handle your contacts is one of the most important ways to avoid lens related eye problems.

Avoid sleeping with your contacts in…

Unless it is medically necessary, do not sleep in your contacts. Studies have shown that overnight use of contact lenses greatly increases the chance of getting an eye infection.

Replace your contacts frequently…

As a contact ages, the integrity of the plastic is compromised, just like a tire can wear out, so can a lens. Wearing an old lens can cause complications that can result in your doctor keeping you out of your contact lenses for weeks or months while you recover.

Avoid using water or saliva on your contact lenses…

Never use tap or distilled water  or other non-sterile solution on any kind of contact lens. Water is not pH balanced to your eye and can cause a soft lens to swell to many times its normal size.  Organisms called Acanthamoeba inhabit all water sources and can cause devastating eye infections. If you don’t have solution on hand, use an artificial tear, or leave it dry.

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