There are some great benefits to contacts: they’re invisible, don’t get in your way, and are quite comfortable. However, it’s absolutely crucial that you take proper care of them. A Koreatown, CA optometrist offers some basic contact care tips below.
Different types of contacts have different care requirements. For instance, someone with allergies may need one type of cleaning solution, while someone else may need a formula for protein buildup. Follow your eye doctor’s directions to the letter.
Some people only wear contacts occasionally. If your contacts have been sitting for more than a week, disinfect them again before putting them back in.
Your eyes will change over time. It’s important to regularly get your eyes checked to ensure that your current prescription is still the best one for you. Follow your eye doctor’s recommended schedule for exams.
Contacts don’t play well with water. Always remove them before going swimming or relaxing in a hot tub. It’s also best to take them out before showering.
One of the most common—and most dangerous mistakes—people make with wearing contacts is leaving them in too long. This can lead to some very serious eye problems, including hypoxia, corneal ulcers, and inflammation. (We’ll spare you the gory images, but trust us: you do not want these issues.)
Always wash and dry your hands before handling your contacts. Never rub your contacts with dirty fingers. Even if you think your hands are clean, err on the side of caution and wash them again.
Even the purest water has bacteria and microorganisms that can be dangerous to the eyes. Never use tap water–or even sterile water–for cleaning or storing contacts. It’s also important to store the solution properly. Never pour new solution into an old bottle, or vice versa. It’s also not safe to combine two bottles of solution.
If your contacts are making your eyes hurt, or if your eyes are watering, becoming highly sensitive to light, or very red, immediately remove them and call your eye doctor. This is not something you want to ‘wait and see’ on. These could be signs of serious eye problems, some of which could potentially cause permanent damage if left untreated.
Contact us, your Koreatown, CA optometry clinic, for all your eye care needs. We’re here to help!