Contact lenses are an innovation to spectacles that aids in eye correction besides enhancing the aesthetics and appearance of a person who has an eye defect. But contact lenses need some special care and attention.
Being lazy or careless while handling your contact lenses can put your vision and eye health at risk. Thus it is imperative to avoid being careless while dealing with your contact lens to be empathetic towards your eyes.
But what are the mistakes that lens wearers usually commit? Here we list down the top five mistakes that can prove to be dangerous:
Sleeping with your lenses on
Sometimes you may feel a lot tired after a hectic day to take the pains of removing your lenses before dozing off. But it is one of the biggest mistakes that one may commit. Our eyes need oxygen and hydration to fight infections and to keep them functioning properly.
When we are awake, we blink our eyes, which help in lubrication and aids in the carriage of oxygen to the eye’s surface. But the same is not the case when we sleep.
Wearing lenses for a prolonged period can reduce the amount of oxygen and moisture that is required for our eyes and may result in blurry vision and other eye-related problems.
Dirty hands are one of the biggest enemies of eye lenses. Dirty hands can transfer bacteria, oil, and dirt to your lenses and contaminate the same, resulting in serious eye infections. Hence it is always a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly before you touch these delicate pieces while wearing and removing them.
Being harsh while cleaning your lens
Irrespective of the quality of the lens you are using, you should always be gentle while cleaning them. Do not rub vigorously during the clean-up session and gently rub it with a solution to remove bacterial build-up and dirt.
Read this post and find out more about the cleaning process, keeping them soaked in the solution overnight can get you cleaner lenses and help you get rid of dirt and debris that you might have missed during the initial clean-up.
Taking a shower wearing your lens
May it be any water source, water contains different impurities, parasites, or microorganisms that may cause infection to your eyes that can prove to be vision-threatening. If you bathe wearing your lens, there are chances that the bacteria or parasite may stick to your lens and risk your eyes. Therefore, you should always take off your lenses while bathing.
And, if at all it is necessary, make sure that you wear protective goggles while swimming or taking a bath.
Failure to change the solution on a daily basis
Your eye lenses need to be soaked in a clean solution every day. You cannot soak them in the same water that you used a day before. Hence, whenever you take out your lenses to wear, always rinse the case thoroughly in saline water and dry the same with a tissue keeping it turned upside down before using it again for storage purposes.
Next, fill inside it a clean solution and soak your lens in it before you use it again.
These are a few common mistakes that many people who wear lenses tend to commit. But, now, since you know that you have been doing it all wrong all these days, make sure to avoid repeating such mistakes for better eye health.