Contact lenses are a blessing to people who require vision correction. The right pair of contact lenses will fit so comfortably and naturally on your eyes, that you won’t even feel any signs of its presence – only clear and sharp vision. Especially for people who have been using spectacles for a long time, using contact lenses is like looking at the world with a fresh set of eyes. To get the best results out of your contact lenses, you have to take care of them religiously and meticulously. These are delicate objects that can get damaged easily. Stick to the following guideline to get the best out of your contact lenses.
Keep them clean
- Since contact lenses go directly on your eyes, you need to take utmost care in keeping them clean.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with mild, non-cosmetic soap before and after handling them. Then dry your hands with a clean, lint-free towel. Keep your fingernails trimmed or short, so as to avoid scratches or tears.
- Only use the contact lenses solution to clean them, by rubbing them with your index finger against your palm. Avoid using tap water or saliva to lubricate or clean.
- You need to ensure that the case that you use to store your contacts stays clean all the time. Regularly washing it with sterile solution or hot water is recommended. The solution in the case also needs to be changed daily. It’s best to replace your case every 3 months.
- If you use hairspray or deodorant, apply it before putting your lenses on, otherwise accidentally getting some of it in your eyes while wearing your lenses will cause irritation and itching.
- If you want to apply eye makeup, then that should be done after putting on your contact lenses. Be extremely careful that you don’t get any makeup on your lenses.
Contact Lenses Safety
- You should only wear your contact lenses as long as is recommended by the lens provider or your eye care specialist. Different lenses come with different life spans. If your lens is daily wear, then don’t exceed that time period. Same with monthly wear and yearly wear lenses.
- Never let another person wear or handle your contact lenses. You never know what kind of germs might get transmitted through that.
- When out in the sun wearing contact lenses, ensure that you have a pair of sunglasses (with total UV protection) handy. Contact lenses can make your eyes more sensitive and susceptible to sunlight.
- Don’t go swimming with your contact lenses on. They will get washed off or can get contaminated or infected in the water.
- Never sleep with your lenses on, unless you’re using special “extended wear” contact lenses. Tear formation doesn’t happen easily when your eyes are closed for long periods, causing them to dry out.