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Huge Do’s and Don’ts in The World of Contact Lenses

Big do’s and don’ts in the world of contact lenses

With an estimated four million wearers in the UK, contact lenses are a convenient alternative to glasses, offering users an easy and discreet way to keep their eyes happy and healthy. However, for your contact lenses to be effective, they must be worn and cared for properly. We take a look at some of the great pros and cons in the world of contact lenses.

Do:

  • Follow your optician’s instructions

    Your lenses have been prescribed for you and must be worn as directed by your ophthalmologist. This can be your optician or be directed by the supplier you are purchasing from e.g. B. Pure Optical. If you follow your optician’s advice, you can also protect your new lenses and make sure you don’t put your own eye health at risk.

  • Wash your hands before handling, inserting, or removing your contact lenses

    It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly to keep your eyes hygienically clean. Using a fragrance-free soap and drying your hands on a lint-free cloth will prevent potential infection-causing germs, debris, or irritants from being transferred to your eyes.

  • Store your lenses properly

    If you are not wearing your contact lenses, you will need to clean them after removing them and keep them safe with a suitable solution. You will also need to use a fresh cleaning solution each time and thoroughly wash your lens case in warm, soapy water once a week to prevent the build-up of bacteria.

  • Remove them before you go to bed

    Your lenses are not designed to be worn for long periods of time, ideally no more than eight hours. Hence, sleeping in them is a no-no. Your lenses need to blink regularly to keep them moist and clean. So if you sleep in it, you can have dryness issues and become more prone to eye infections.

Not:

  • Keep wearing your lenses if your eyes are irritated

    Red, sore, burning, or uncomfortable eyes are a sign that your eyes are not happy. If not resolved, further irritation and possible infection can result. Also, avoid rubbing your eyes while wearing your contacts. When you remove your lenses and wear your glasses, your eyes will have calmed down. However, if irritation persists, seek professional advice.

  • Mix your right and left lenses

    Each of your eyes has its own corrective lenses and should not be changed. Using a clearly labeled left and right lens case and getting into the habit of putting the lens into the same eye first each time can help avoid confusion.

  • Use tap water to clean your lenses

    Water contains bacteria that can make your eyes susceptible to infection, as does your own saliva. Always use cleaning solutions specifically designed for contact lenses and never use them again.

  • Wear your lenses while swimming, showering, or bathing

    Your contact lenses are delicate, as are your eyes, and you don’t want to run the risk of contamination. Water contains tiny bacteria that can cause problems, including infections in the eye. Always remove your contacts before entering the water.

  • Miss your next eye doctor appointment

    Visiting your eye doctor regularly can help maintain your eye health and make sure you are wearing the correct lens prescription as it can change over time. And your eyes are extremely valuable. So never try to skip the next follow-up.

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