To millions of people around the world, contact lenses are a convenient and affordable form of vision correction. However, they are a medical device and must be taken care of properly. Here are 8 healthy habits you should adopt in order to continue experiencing the many positive benefits of contact lenses:
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1) If you stick to the suggested wear schedule, your contact lenses should stay comfortable throughout the day. Do not sleep in your lenses unless approved by your optician in order to keep your eyes hydrated and healthy.
2) You should only wear lenses that have been prescribed for you. If you are interested in trying a new lens type, make sure you consult your optician first so that you can get the most appropriate lenses for your eyes.
3) Every time you're going to handle your contact lenses you must wash your hands with soap and water first and then dry them thoroughly with a lint free cloth. This will ensure that no dirt, bacteria or fibres end up on your lenses and in your eyes.
4) When cleaning your contact lenses you must use the appropriate disinfecting solution rather than water, as it is the only way to clean your lenses safely. This will help remove any debris that may have built-up on the lenses whilst wearing them.
5) You should always remember to take out your lenses before you swim or shower. If you are a swimmer you can buy prescription goggles which will protect your eyes and correct your vision.
6) Even contact lens wearers need to wear glasses sometimes! Always keep a spare pair of prescription glasses in case you need to give your eyes a break from contact lenses.
7) Just like your lenses, the case you store them in should be rinsed with solution after each use. Replace the case no less than once every three months.
8) Only use fresh contact lens solution to clean and store your lenses. You should follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer and always check the solution is still in date
Your eyes are delicate and you should take the right precautions to ensure they stay healthy. We hope our tips are helpful, but if you have any more questions please feel free to contact a member of our in-house Clinical Team.