Approximately 45 million U.S. residents wear contacts. Many of them, however, may have an increased risk of eyesight-related problems caused by improper wear and care. One of the reasons for this is the gap between what providers say about recommended contact lens practices and what patients hear.
Contact Lens Health Week, which is from August 17 to 21, is just around the corner. At Eye & Vision Care, we aim to close that gap by continuously providing resources for the healthy use of contacts. By addressing this, behaviors can be improved and discomfort can be lessened. Read on for more:
Practicing the Right Way to Wear Contacts
Before touching your contacts and putting them on, always wash your hands with soap and use a lint-free towel to dry them. Unless you are fitted with orthokeratology lenses or your doctor instructs you to do so, always remove your contacts and store them properly in their cases before going to sleep. Otherwise, you’re eight times more likely to catch an eye infection. Do the same before you take a shower or go swimming.
Exercising Lens Care and Maintenance Habits
Always follow your doctor’s instructions for cleaning, storing and disposing of contacts. Use only products recommended by your eye care provider for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses. Use a fresh solution; never reuse the old one. Even if you don’t wear your contacts every day, change the solution according to manufacturer recommendations. Don’t overextend contact lens wear to the point you feel eye discomfort. Replace your contacts on the scheduled date provided by your doctor.
Visiting Your Eye Doctor
Of course, don’t forget to visit your eye doctor. Apart from an eye exam, consider getting a pair of eyeglasses. This will serve as your backup for your contacts everywhere you go. If you feel pain or see redness in your eyes with some blurry vision, call your doctor immediately.
Visit Eye & Vision Care today so we can find the right contact lens fit for you. Call (703) 910-5952 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve clients in South Riding, VA, and the surrounding communities.