At the young age of seven, I began wearing glasses. To my surprise, the first day I put them on I saw the world in a whole new perspective! Everything was in detail! Fast forward about seven years and I began wearing contacts. The first visit to the optometrist for contacts resulted in me leaving empty handed. I couldn't get over the fear of touching my eye to put them in. Finally, I decided I'd give contacts another try and everything went great that time around. I officially said goodbye to my glasses I had worn my entire life. I thought I knew it all, like most teens, about wearing contacts; however, through much trial and error, I ended up learning the hard way. It was a bumpy road to get to this point with a few failed attempts. The good new is, I've finally figured it out.
Today, nearly 41 million adults in the U.S. and 125 million people worldwide wear contact lenses. When patients do not use lenses as directed by an eye doctor, the consequences can be dangerous and can even damage the eyes, potentially causing long-term problems with vision and eye health. Clean and safe handling of contacts is one of the most important measures wearers can take protect vision. Here are some common contact lens mistakes you may not even realize you're doing.
Cleaning Your Contacts with Tap Water or Wet Drops
31% of consumers admit to using rewetting drops, and 16 percent use tap water to clean contact lenses instead of a multi purpose solution. It is crucial to clean your contacts with a proper multi purpose solution in order to properly remove buildup that can lead to bacterial growth if not properly removed.
Not Maintaining a Consistent Hygiene Routine
You should always wash and dry your hands before handling your contacts. Even if you feel you just washed your hands, always make sure you do so immediately before handling.
Only Soaking Your Lenses
It's safe to say many of use just place our contacts in the case, pour some solution in, and let them soak overnight. This is wrong! The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends you carefully rub your lenses with your clean fingers, then rinse prior to placing them in the solution to soak.
Not Replacing Your Case
You should never use your storage case for more than a 3 month period. Any longer and you pose the risk for a dirty habitat for your contacts to be stored.
Being conservative on solution is never a good idea. You should always rinse your case and replace it with fresh solution after each use.
Waiting to Change Once They are Bothersome
Many will try to make their lenses last longer by waiting to change out their contacts once they become bothersome. This is actually very dangerous to the eyes. You should always follow your doctor's recommended changing schedule, which is based on the type of contacts you wear. Failure to do so can result in bacterial infections and permanent eye damage.
Do you wear contacts? Make sure you aren't making common contact lens mistakes by learning more about the proper care here.
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