Unless you want to go around wearing a monocle or unless you want to have to wear glasses everyday, then contact lenses might as well be your top friend on Facebook. When it comes to contact lenses, understanding how to properly care for them will not only ensure that your eyes stay healthy but that your contacts last longer as well. By following these easy steps, you can help avoid eye infections and save money on contact lenses in the long run.
Wash Your Hands
Although it might seem like the last thing you want to do before crawling into bed after a long day, washing your hands before taking out your contact lenses will help prevent against any spread of infection or dust. Because think about it: all the bacteria that has accumulated on your hands throughout the day or even since the last time you washed them could go directly onto your eyeball when you try to take out your lenses.
Don’t Sleep With Them In
Whether you simply fall asleep reading or fall asleep because you’ve had a long night, it’s important to try to not sleep in your contacts. By sleeping in your contacts, your eyes can be dried out and it can cause red eyes, eye aches, and even some mild infections. Instead, make a conscious effort to take your contacts out every night before bed— no matter what.
Make Sure to Wash Them
Although it might seem like a no brainer, it can be easy to fall into bad habits and forget to wash your contacts on a daily basis. By allowing your contacts to soak in a solution over night, you are not only cleaning them but you are also giving them the moisture they need in order to perform correctly.
Try To Avoid Water
If you’re an avid swimmer, consult your optometrist about a vision solution that you can use while swimming. Because chlorine and water can damage your contacts, it’s important to try to avoid them as much as possible.
Caring for your contacts doesn’t have to be a full-time job. In fact, by getting into a simple routine of washing your hands before putting them in and taking them out, not sleeping with them in, washing them every night, and avoiding direct contact with water, you can help your contacts last longer and protect your eyes from the spread of infection.