Congratulations! You’ve shaken off the worst habits of contact lens wearers. But are you satisfied with just not being the worst? We didn’t think so. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the 5 best habits for contact lens wearers.
Remove your contacts at night (even if they’re disposable)
While there are FDA-approved contact lenses designed for extended or overnight wear, sleeping in any type of contact lens can increase the risk of such serious eye infections as microbial keratitis. Lower your risk for bacterial and viral eye infections by removing your contacts each night before sleeping.
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your contacts
Before removing your contacts, remember to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. Dirt and bacteria accumulate on your hands throughout the day and can increase infection or tears in the lens material. If you are planning on handling such irritants as hot peppers or well-seasoned seafood, it may be best to wear your glasses that day to avoid a painful surprise later that night.
Always use new contact lens solution
You wouldn’t use leftover soap suds to wash your hands, would you? Completely replacing contact lens solutions nightly can reduce the risk of bacterial build-up—keeping your lenses and eyes in tip-top shape.
Side note: Never use saliva or your tongue to remove dust or other substances from your contact lens or lens case. Keep the spit for your shoes and flush the lens with the appropriate lens solution to remove any foreign matter.
Clean and replace your contact case regularly
Over time, an invisible layer of organic material known as biofilm can develop on the inside of your case. Biofilm is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria which can lead to contact lens contamination and serious eye infections. Remove this invisible material by rinsing and rubbing contact lens solution into the case and wiping dry with a clean tissue.
To further ensure the safety of your eyes, replace your contact lens case at least every 3 months—or when you purchase a new bottle of solution.
Have your eyes professionally examined at least once a year
Regular comprehensive eye exams in Baton Rouge can aid in early detection, management, and even prevention of eye diseases and disorders. For adults with prescription eyewear, schedule a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year to ensure your prescription remains suitable for your individual vision needs.
For additional information on healthy contact lens use and vision correction services in Baton Rouge, such as LASIK eye surgery, schedule a consultation with the eye health experts at Eye Specialists of Louisiana. You can contact us here or call our office directly at (225) 768-777.