Take care of your contact lenses

Following simple hygiene tips can help keep your lenses clean and infection-free.

Your eyes are priceless and contact lenses can help you view the world unobstructed by glasses. However, mishandling of lenses can result in infections and other eye problems. Therefore, it is imperative to take proper care of contact lenses so you may enjoy them without any discomfort.

Caring for your contact lenses

Here are some important tips that’ll help you take care of your contact lenses:

  • Follow the basic steps of cleaning, rinsing and disinfecting for storage to help contact lenses retain their quality and vision and prevent any discomfort while using them. Depending on the type of the lenses you’re using, your doctor will have prescribed certain cleaning rituals. Follow these religiously.
  • Wash your hands properly with a good antiseptic soap before handling lenses. Avoid soaps that contain perfumes or lotions as they may leave a residue on your hands. Dry you hands well before handling the lenses.
  • For cleaning lenses, always use a good branded multipurpose solution.
  • Change your lens case every three months.
  • Although some lenses are OK to wear overnight, it is a good practice to remove your lenses off before going to bed.
  • Apply your hand lotion etc. after you’ve worn your lenses.
  • Wear lenses before applying eye make-up and remove the lenses before cleaning the make-up.
  • Hair sprays should be used before wearing lenses.
  • Use cream based eye shadows instead of powder ones.
  • It is advisable to avoid mascaras with fibres, if you are using contact lenses.
  • Use goggles while swimming to protect your lenses and eyes

Some common myths related to contact lenses

Some of the commonly prevalent myths are listed here:

Myth: Contact lenses should not be worn by people above 40 years of age.
Fact: No, with the advent of multifocal and bifocal lenses, the elderly people can wear the lenses quite comfortably.

Myth: Wearing contact lenses may lead to eye infection.
Fact: Eye infection may occur due to poor hygiene and cleaning routines. Maintain good hygiene in handling the contact lenses and always use a goo quality solution for cleaning and disinfecting to avoid any eye hazard.

Myth: Contact lenses can get lost behind the eye.
Fact: It is not possible for a contact lens to get lost behind the eye. The eye is covered by a membrane which is connected to the inside of eyelids, making it impossible for the lens to travel behind the eye.

Myth: If you’re out of solution, you can clean your lenses with your saliva.
Fact: This is completely untrue and very harmful for your lenses. Saliva is full of bacteria

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