There’s a learning curve with contact lenses. You have to figure out how to get them into your eyes, for starters, but you also need to learn how to care for these flimsy little lenses.
Fortunately, it’s not overly complicated. If you follow a few rules, you should be able to keep your contacts working their best while also avoiding eye problems. Here at Edwin Y. Endo, OD & Associates in Aiea, Hawaii, our team wants to help you avoid eye infections while seeing clearly through your contact lenses.
With that in mind, here are four tips we recommend.
Before you put in or take out your contact lenses, give your hands a good scrub in hot, soapy water and rinse them well.
If you don’t, the microbes from everything you’ve touched recently can transfer into your eye. That could include viruses and bacteria that cause keratitis, an infection that can cause eye irritation, light sensitivity, and, in extreme cases, blindness.
Hitting the hay with your lenses in — even if they’re approved for sleep — bumps up your risk of an eye infection by at least sixfold.
No matter how tired you are, make sure you remove your contacts every night. Make it a part of your nightly routine, just like brushing your teeth.
It can be tempting to just “top off” the solution in your case rather than dumping and replacing it daily. Don’t.
Use fresh solution every day to prevent yesterday’s microbes from hanging around, as the accumulation of bacteria heightens your likelihood of an eye infection.
Similarly, swapping out your lenses on the prescribed schedule minimizes your risk of letting bacteria and viruses build up, compromising your ocular health.
It’s not just your lenses that need a swap, either. The American Optometric Association also recommends replacing the case for you contact lenses every three months.
These tips should help you avoid the most common causes of a contact lens-related eye infection. Even so, things happen.
Monitor your eyes. You might be developing an infection if you have symptoms like:
If you notice any of these signs, talk with us. We can customize a care plan to address your infection and protect your vision.
For eye care whenever you need it, call our office or book your visit online today.