An OPSM optometrist shares some essential tips for safe and comfortable contact lens wear.
For many people, contact lenses can be freeing. They can give you the incredible gift of clearer vision, without some of the inconveniences you might experience with glasses.
But it’s essential to take care of them properly to prevent discomfort and infections, which can potentially be serious.1
Here, OPSM optometrist Elizabeth Kodari shares some top tips.
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Always wash your hands first
This is the number one rule for wearing contact lenses, Kodari says.
“Before handling your contact lenses, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry with a lint-free towel,” she says.
“This is important to make sure you don’t transfer bacteria from your hands to your eyes, where it could cause an infection.”
Tips for staying overnight
If you won’t be home when it’s time to take out your contacts, make sure you’ve got everything you need with you – a storage case, cleaning solution and your glasses.
“Don’t sleep in your contact lenses. This can increase your risk of infection and other potentially serious problems,” Kodari says.
“Speak to your optometrist about whether daily disposable contact lenses maybe a suitable option.”
If your eyes are red, sore or irritated, see your optometrist
“If you’re experiencing any discomfort or irritation with your eyes, don’t ignore it,” Kodari says.
“Take a break from your contacts and make an appointment with your optometrist, so they can assess what’s causing it and advise on the best solution.”
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This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.
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