Tips to take care of your contact lenses

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Tips to take care of your contact lenses

Contact lenses give us freedom from glasses and also comfort. However, it is very important to use them and wash them correctly to avoid eye infections that can become serious.

An inappropriate use of contact lenses can affect our vision

It is important to follow correctly the instructions of our ophthalmologist or optician, in addition to the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the lenses. Misuse of contact lenses can cause visual conditions with serious consequences for our vision.

An expired contact lens or with insufficient or incorrect hygiene can cause scratches on the cornea (corneal abrasions), allergy (depending on the material used) or infections.

If you notice itching, redness or blurred vision, it will be necessary to remove the lenses and go to the ophthalmologist.

Tips to keep a good hygiene of your contact lenses

When you put your contact lenses or when you take them off, it is important to follow some steps to avoid them from getting damaged or causing an infection.

Hereby you will find the steps to follow for a good hygiene of your lenses:

  • Clean your hands with soap and water before putting on or removing contact lenses.
  • Do not wear glasses when showering or bathing. Do not sleep with the contact lenses on.
  • Follow the instructions marked by your ophthalmologist and renew your contact lenses when indicated.
  • Contact lenses should not be cleaned with water, saliva, or with a homemade saline solution. Always use a cleaning solution purchased at a pharmacy. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions step by step.
  • Use a new solution every time you clean the lenses. When you reuse it, the solution may no longer be sterile.
  • Clean the lens case with sterile solution and not with water. The case must often be replaced. Check it with the manufacturer.
  • Give a rest to your eyes from time to time. Do not use the lenses for long periods of time.
  • Put on your contact lenses before makeup and take them off after removing your makeup.

In your case, is it appropriate to use contact lenses?

If you notice that contact lenses give you side effects such as:

  • Frequent ocular infections
  • The lens material causes you eye allergy
  • You have dry eyes frequently
  • It is hard for you to keep a good hygiene of the lenses

It is possible that the use of contact lenses is not the most appropriate visual correction for you.

Remember to visit  the ophthalmologist

As time passes, your graduation may change or the shape of the cornea can be modified.

It is important to perform regular checks with your ophthalmologist to maintain good visual health.

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