4 Safety Precautions for Contact Lens Wearers

Person holding contact lens with white containerContact lenses are optical devices that enhance and compliment the natural look of the eyes. Whether you use them on prescription or for cosmetic reasons only, improper handling of each lens may cause harm to your eyes. Caution when handling them is, therefore, essential.

Any eye doctor you meet from a Maple Grove vision clinic will insist on proper care and handling to avoid precautions. Below are some of the basic ones that you should observe.

1. Sanitizing and drying hands before handling

These lenses get into direct contact with your eyes. It is easy for germs or dirt from the hands to get on them and pass on to the eyes. To avoid this, wash your hands properly and dry them before taking off or putting on the lenses. Use a microfiber towel to dry your hands, so you don’t leave fluff on your eyes.

2. Never sleep in your contact lens

Sleeping without removing your contact lenses is dangerous. It prolongs the duration the contacts are on, causing dryness. Also, the eyes move rapidly due to muscle twitching when you sleep. This movement might hurt the cornea or displace the lens from its position, making it hard to remove the contact lenses.

3. Never swim with contact lens on or let them touch the water

Swimming or showering with contact lens exposes them to water, which puts them at risk of collecting germs that could lead to infection. If you must use a vision aid to swim, go for prescription goggles instead. Always use the provided special disinfectant only to clean them and avoid contact with water.

4. Don’t reuse contact lens solution

The contact solution loses its disinfecting ability once used. Reusing it will not protect you from infections. You may not spend much on buying a new solution, but reusing it will cost you much more in the long run.

It’s also recommended that you replace the contact case every three months, as they easily collect dirt. Remember to always put on contacts before applying makeup. These precautions will help prevent cross-contamination.