5 Mistakes You’re Probably Making With Your Contacts

Contact lenses are worn for various reasons: fashion purposes, eye treatments or just for fun look such as Halloween costumes. Whatever your purpose is for wearing them, it’s important to take good care of them to keep your eyes safe. Here are some common mistakes people make with their contact lenses.

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1.       Swimming or Showering With Them

Ophthalmologists always advise to keep your contact lenses away from the water, including pool water, to avoid potentially blinding infection caused by the microorganism Acanthamoeba. Parasites and bacteria in the water can get caught under your lenses, too, which can cause painful infection that will likely require long and complex treatment.

2.       Using Tap Water to Wash Them

Even more dangerous than swimming with contacts on is cleaning your lenses using tap water. Even if the water is pure enough to drink, it is not sterile. Tap water may also contain Acanthamoeba, so soaking your lenses in water straight from the faucet is an invitation to serious infection. Contact lenses come with their own solution, so make use of it whenever you need to clean and store them.

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3.       Using the Lens Case for Too Long

Your lens case should be cleaned thoroughly with lens solution every day, and must be replaced with new one every month. And don’t cut corners by popping your lens case in the dishwasher together with your used dishes. There are food particles and dish soap residues in there that may end up on your case and make their way to your lens. Simply clean the lens case with solution and let it try overnight.

4.       Wearing the Lens Past Their Expiry Date

Most contact lens users are guilty of keeping their contacts longer than recommended span of time. This is similarly hazardous to an old lens case. Old contacts tend to collect germs, proteins and solution residues over time. This makes the lenses feel itchy and uncomfortable to the eyes, which may lead to infection.

5.       Sleeping With Contacts On

Although some contact lens manufacturers claim that it’s okay to sleep in their lenses, ophthalmologists never recommend this. The cornea, the outermost layer of your eye that the lens covers, needs oxygen. Wearing lenses deprives the eye of oxygen, and sleeping in them worsens the problem. Overnight wear can cause discomfort and irritation, or worse infection.

Before purchasing your next pair of contact lenses, make sure to keep these common mistakes in mind and follow professional advises for optimum eye health.

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