Contact Lens Health Week starts August 19th! This observance was started by the CDC to spread awareness about the importance of proper contact care. Contact lenses truly are one of the miracles of modern medicine. They allow people to enjoy clear vision without the hassle or stigma of glasses. However, it’s important to realize that contacts are medical devices. It’s very important to use them properly, and to take all the necessary precautions. Otherwise, you could be at risk of getting a serious infection, which could lead to vision damage or loss. A Los Angeles, CA optometrist discusses contact lens health below.
We can’t overstate how important it is to clean and disinfect your lenses and case after each use. Wash and dry your hands before and after touching your contacts, and be sure to only use sterile solution. Proper storage techniques are also important. Always close the lid on your solution bottle before putting it away, and never combine old and new solutions or bottles. Ask your eye doctor for specific advice.
Most people wear their lenses about 12 to 16 hours a day. Some wear them from the time they get up until they go to bed, others remove them after work, to give their eyes a rest. The biggest thing is to never wear them past the recommended time. Some lenses are approved for long-term wear, but just because you can wear your contacts for a week or even longer doesn’t mean you should. Giving your eyes regular breaks is always a good idea. It also decreases the chances of you getting an infection. Overuse of contacts can cause some serious issues, such as dry eyes, red eyes, corneal damage, and inflammation.
It may be tempting to go through a discount retailer, but be careful. A good rule of thumb is to avoid any site or retailer that doesn’t require a prescription, even—and perhaps especially—if their prices are dirt cheap. Go through a licensed, reputable retailer.
Pay close attention to any soreness, irritation, or discomfort in your eyes. If you notice any of those symptoms, or other problems signs, such as blurred vision, burning, or flashes, immediately remove your contacts and call your optometrist.
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