Did you know that approximately 1 out of 10 Americans wear contact lenses? While they are widely used vision correction options, many still don’t understand how to properly use and clean them, resulting in eye infections and other lens-related complications.
Today, Myopia Institute discusses ways to take care of your contact lenses and maintain your visual health.
Clean and Replace Your Lens Case Regularly
Like contact lenses, the case where you keep them should also be cleaned and replaced regularly. Make it a habit to empty your case of the old solution, clean the case and fill it up with freshly poured lens solution. We also advise changing lens case every three months to prevent microorganism buildup and lower your risk of infection.
Always Disinfect Before Wearing Your Contact Lenses
Whether your using ortho k lenses or the regular ones, always disinfect them before putting them on your eyes. This step is especially important if you only use your lenses every now and then.
Use Only Our Prescribed Lens Solution
Never use water to clean or submerge your contact lenses. Water from the faucet, river or pools may contain microorganisms and other impurities that may stick to your lenses. This can put you at risk of having serious eye infections that may even cause vision loss. Your eye doctor recommends a specific solution compatible with your lenses’ material to keep them in shape and maintain your eye health.
Observe the Recommended Wearing Time
Most contact lenses are not meant to be worn while sleeping. An exception to this rule is orthokeratology, otherwise known as corneal reshaping therapy. The ortho k molds are designed to reshape your eyes while you’re sleeping. Unless you’re using this kind of lenses, remember to take your contact lenses out at night to prevent extended lens wear complications. You should also take note when you should have your pair replaced.
Keep in Mind That Contact Lenses Are Medical Devices
Whether you’re using contact lenses to see better or to improve your appearance, keep in mind that contact lenses are medical devices. This means an eye doctor needs to examine your eyes, determine if you can safely use contact lenses and prescribe them. You should also understand their proper use and maintenance.
To learn more ways to protect your eyes from contact lens-related complications, contact a myopia control specialist in your area today.