Contact Lenses: Do’s and Dont’s
A recent study showed how people wearing contact lenses are educated on how to wear and care for them ideally. However, only a small portion of this population complies with the recommendations. To be more specific, more than 80% of these individuals were convinced that they are doing the recommended contact lens wear and care practices. Sadly, as it turned out in the survey conducted only 2% of these contact lens wearers adhere to the ideal lens hygiene steps. As estimated, less than 1% is fully compliant to the set recommendations which include hand washing before touching the lenses, using fresh lens solution in each use and replacing the lens time to time.
The subjects of the survey were clients who are about to undergo an eye care examination in either a private practice or university-affiliated settings. The study reported the actual practices of the contact lens wearers nowadays. It was published in the December issue of the journal Optometry and Vision Science. According to the report, most people wearing contact lenses knew what to do and what to avoid when using the item. However, only a small portion of this group is putting out the recommendations into practice. Furthermore, it was also detailed in the report that the complications frequently complained by using contact lenses are discomfort and infection.
- Replace contact lenses as recommended. Failure to replace these eye items after the time approved can cause problems. Wearing them longer than recommended may lead to eye infection and redness.
- Perform hand washing before touching the lenses. Again, eye infection is one of the most common complications experienced with contact lens use. So be sure to wash those dirty hands before getting the dirt to the eyes.
- Clean the lenses, as instructed by the doctor. To clean the lens, rub them with fingers and thoroughly rinse them. Soak them in a designated container overnight with the use of solution. Make sure to put sufficient amount of solution that it covers the lenses completely.
- Use fresh solution when storing the eye lenses. The old solution should be replaced with a new every time the lenses are stored.
- Replace the lenses’ case every three months or as directed in the packaging.
- Store the lenses in a proper storage container and be sure to clean them after using.
- Don’t use tap water in cleaning the lens. Certain microorganism may thrive in tap water which can cause eye infection.
- Don’t use the contact lens when swimming or in a hot tub.
- Don’t wear the lenses when eye irritation or redness is experienced.
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