How to use and care for contact lenses?
When buying contact lenses, one needs to be aware of the precautions that need to be taken in order to keep them safe and clean and healthy. Even if you are using contact lenses only occasionally, for example for cosmetic purposes, you should speak to your eye doctor first. As we explain in this article, an appointment with your optician or ophthalmologist is necessary before buying your first pair of contacts.
When you know that your eyes are good to be wearing contact lenses and you've bought your first pair, you need to make sure that you are doing everything correctly. The video below shows how to properly handle contact lenses in order to keep your eyes safe and happy.
If you still have doubts, here is a list of hints that might prove useful:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap and dry them with a clean towel before touching your eyes or contact lenses.
- Put your make up on AFTER putting contact lenses in your eyes, not before.
- Swimming with contact lenses is very dangerous, never do that. If you do, dispose of them immediately after exiting the pool.
- Using water to clean your contact lenses is a big no no, don't ever do that. Always use good quality contact lens cleaning solutions to rinse and clean your contacts.
- Unless you are wearing extended wear contact lenses, don't sleep in your contacts. You will starve your eyes of oxygen.
- Follow the replacement schedule provided by the manufacturer or your eye doctor. Don't wear your contact lenses longer than you are supposed to, you increase the risk of infection.
- Stick to one lens for your left eye and the other lens for your right eye. Mixing up prescriptions is obviously going to cause problems, but another reason not to do that is to avoid transferring germs from one eye to the other.
- If you use contact lenses only from time to time, it's wise to shake the contact lens container before opening it in order to unglue the lenses from the lid as they might tear during opening.
- Replace your contact lens container every 3 months.
- If you feel like your eyes are dry and not happy, try using rewetting eye drops suitable for contact lens users. If they don't help, stop using your contacts and speak to your eye doctor.
- Don't use somebody else's contacts and never let them use your contacts!
Now a few tips for people using make up. According to make up artist Selen Hurer, contact lens users should avoid some make up products such as oily make up removers, waterproof eye pencils and mascaras as they can seriously irritate one's eyes. Eye primer should be used on eyelids instead of concealer and glitter eye shadows should be completely avoided. Make up users should also make sure that their sponges and brushes are cleaned regularly, to keep the germs away.
If you are new to contact lens use, ask your eye doctor for advice on any issue that's bothering you. We are also happy to help you, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.