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Do you wear contact lenses? In case you do then you have many different questions. A few of them are,
What is the right way to put them in my eyes?
What chemical solution is best to keep them sterilized?
Should I get gas permeable ones or normal ones?
What preventive measures I can take to keep my eyes safe from infections?
Yes, the latter of all the important questions we normally ask related to wearing contact lenses is much more important. Whether you’ve just started wearing contacts or you have been wearing them for quite some time, taking the best preventive measures is everything you need to focus when it comes to lenses.
We all love our eyes and in order to keep them safe, here are a few precautions that I believe one must consider before they choose to wear contact lenses. Before purchasing contact lenses, it’s highly important that you pay attention to such contact lens-related infections and take safety precautions before they infect your eye-sight.
Preventive Measure # 1: Ensure that the Contact Lenses You’re Using are Sterile
One of the most commonly sought out contact lens problems that we all often experience is none other but the sterility problem. Are we taking the measures required to keep our contacts safe from germs and bacteria's? Here’s a question that we are supposed to definitely ask ourselves when it comes to contacts.
First off, check the case in which you’re keeping your contact lenses.
Is the case clean and hygienic? Or does it have fungus or moldy elements stuck at the sides. In case, there are, it’s best that you first clean the case thoroughly with water and detergent to make it crystal clean. Next, check the chemical in which you’re going to place your contacts! Is the chemical fresh or stale? If the chemical that you’re using is a month old or even a week old, then it’s best you change the chemical right away. Make sure not to keep age long chemicals in your cases as it will not only affect the lenses but will also infect your eyes. So make sure to follow these instructions carefully.
Preventive Measure # 2: Dropped Your Lenses? Best You Clean Them Right Away
Many times, we are so clumsy that we drop our contacts without knowing. And when that happens, it’s best that you find them, pick them up and instead of wearing them back in your eyes, hold on for a while.
Do you have your lens case with you or have you left them back home?
In case, you have it with you, it’s best that you first place the contacts in the lens box for a while and let it become sterile. The party can wait and so can your friends, and if you’re not wearing one of your contacts for 5 minutes, it won’t make you look like a witch or a troll. It’s better to be safe than sorry, because if you wear your dirty lenses, you are surely going to get eye infection sooner or later. It’s best you clean them.
Preventive Measure # 3: Using Contacts? Better Wash Your Hands Before You Use Them
Now here’s an advice that I give to every novice and expert who likes to wear contact lenses. And right now, I believe this particular advice is more of a necessity than just a need. We all know the current situation of the world and how COVID 19 is impacting each & every one of our lives. This particular disease can transmit from simple human contact. Now just imagine, what if you do not wash your hands and touch something that has already contracted the virus and go ahead and touch your pair of lenses?
I am pretty sure you’re now bound to get infected with the COVID 19 virus.
Hence, it is best that you take the safety precautions of washing hands thoroughly before you wear your contact lenses. Because, when you don’t wash your hands, nowadays it can eventually lead to your death.
Preventive Measure # 4: Do Not and I Repeat Do Not Over Wear Them
Eyes are windows to the soul and I understand the need of you keeping your eyes beautiful.
But if you can avoid wearing contacts and instead resort to a pair of glasses for a social event, then what’s the harm right? Wearing contacts all the time is not a good habit and can create eye infections.
If you can roll without a pair, then I ll encourage that you keep your contacts safe and only wear them when necessary. For instance, your best friend is throwing her birthday party at the Ministry of Sound club and you get to know that Roger Shah and some other great DJs are playing, then it’s best you wear them.
But if you’re just going to attend a casual event at the symposium on crowdfunding, there’s no need at all.
Preventive Measure # 5: Prescriptions Getting Outdated? Best Renew Them Before it Expires
Normally, a coloured contact lens has a contract of 30-days and if it exceeds the mark, it’s best you get new ones. If they are disposable, then contact the company from where you purchased a pair and ask them to replace.
Many of us, even though we don’t realize, stretch the tenure of using contacts more than the 30-days mark. That my friend is certainly not a good sign. Especially when you’re wearing contacts or using them.
When you prolong the use of a pair beyond its prescribed limits, you’re just creating a reason to get your eyes infected. Getting an eye infection is much more dangerous than getting the lenses replaced on time. It’s best to contact your ophthalmologist and ask them what to do if your prescription is getting outdated.
Eye infections are the worst. If you once get them, it can be pretty tragic for your eyesight and is a whole lot painful. Now you don’t want to go through the same pain while wearing contacts, do you?It’s best that you take these safety precautions and stay safe from getting a busted eye.