by Caroline Cauchi, OD
National Contact Lens Health Week 2017 is observed August 21-25 so we are sharing our top tips on using contact lenses. Read on to learn Dr. Cauchi’s 12 contact lens tips.
45 million Americans wear contact lenses safely. However, infections can occur and they are almost always associated with poor lens care. In kids between ages 12 and 17, 6 out of 7 report not caring for the lenses exactly as directed by their doctors. This places them at big risk for infection.
Here are some times to reduce your risk of microbial keratitis (serious eye infection):
- Wash and dry your hands before touching your contact lenses.
- Never rise them with tap water or saliva.
- Never sleep in your lenses unless your doctor has prescribed this.
- Keep your case clean rinsing it with lens solution and storing dry.
- Replace your case often (they aren’t that expensive).
- Inspect your case daily, if you see black spots in your case, throw it away.
- Use fresh solutions every day. Day old solution has lost its ability to sterilize your lenses.
- Don’t wear your contact lenses if your eyes hurt, are red or have discharge.
- Don’t wear a ripped lens. It can scratch your cornea.
- Don’t wear your disposable lenses longer than what is recommended by your doctor.
- Don’t reuse your daily disposable lenses.
- Don’t wear someone else’s contact lenses. They may be the wrong size. Further their ocular bacteria may be different from yours and cause a nasty infection. It is sort of like wearing someone else’s underwear.
Eye infections hurt and are ugly. Sometimes they can scar your cornea, impairing your vision.If you are a parent, do a sneak peak at your child’s lens case. If it is disgusting, have a little talk with them. Wearing lenses is a privilege, not a right. To learn more about contact lenses, call us today at (619) 461-4913 and make an appointment to see one of our expert eye doctors. You can also contact us directly through our on-line contact form while you are here on our website.