Top safety tips for contact lens wearers
Millions of people wear contact lenses as a convenient way to correct their vision. But all contact lens wearers must be vigilant about one thing: contact lens safety. At Mountain Eye Care, our clients can get outfitted with contact lenses that improve their vision and lifestyle. Additionally, our clients can buy their contact lenses from us online! If you’re considering making the switch from glasses to contact lenses, then we encourage you to make an appointment at Mountain Eye Care today. In this blog, we share some information about a few safety tips for contact lens wearers.
Get your contact lenses from a professional and reputable optometrist
Make sure to have your lenses fitted by a qualified eye care professional who can show you how to properly care for your contact lenses and show you how to put them in and take them out.
Don’t wear your contacts overnight
When you close your eyes with your lenses in place, you’re reducing oxygen. This makes the surface of the eye more vulnerable to infection. Also, you have a lens being closed against the eye and any germs on the lens are being slammed against the cornea. Take your contact lenses out before you go to sleep.
Don’t wear your contact lenses while you’re swimming
Lakes, rivers, seawater, swimming pools, and even tap water can all harbor an organism called acanthamoeba, which can cause an eye infection. Wearing contact lenses while swimming, showering, or doing other water-related activities can lead to serious acanthamoeba infections of the eye.
Don’t reuse your contact lens solution
You may think you’re saving money by doing so, but the disinfecting capability of the solution is gone. Use fresh solution every time you store your lenses in their case.
Don’t use saline solution for contact lens disinfection
Saline solution is simply sterile saltwater. It will not clean or disinfect. Be sure to choose a solution that includes disinfectant.
Take out your contacts if they are bothering you
It seems like common sense, but it can be easy to ignore irritation when you’re busy or distracted. Never put up with irritation, as it could be a sign of an infection or other problem.
The above mentioned are just a few tips on how to manage your contact lenses safely. If you’re thinking about switching from glasses to contact lenses, then we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Mountain Eye Care today. Let our team of optometrists get you outfitted with contact lenses that can improve your vision and lifestyle!
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