Contact lenses are one of the most popular options for vision correction today, next to LASIK of course. They are safe, easy to use, and even come in color for those who wish to freshen up their look. Even though they are easy to use, it is still critical not to ignore proper contact lens care. Eye infection can easily occur when lens care is neglected.
Today’s blog will discuss what can cause eye infection with contact use, how to avoid it with proper care, and a bonus section on taking care of your eyes as well!
Top Risks of Eye Infection
While millions of people safely use contact lenses daily, there is a potential risk for eye infection. These risks are greatly reduced by exercising proper contact lens care. Eye infections with contact lens use may occur from:
- Improper use of extended-wear contact lenses;
- Environmental factors and poor hygiene;
- Impacted tear exchange beneath lenses.
Again, simply practicing safe contact lens care can greatly reduce the risk of infection. While there is no way to completely prevent infection, taking good care of your lenses comes pretty close.
Proper Contact Lens Care
There are many different types of contact lenses available, from extended-wear to daily disposables. No matter which type your Texas eye care professional decides is best for you, make sure you practice the following lens care protocol as recommend by the American Academy of Ophthalmology:
- Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling contact lenses.
- Never store your contact lenses in water, and always remove lenses before swimming.
- Only use fresh, sterile contact lens solution on your lenses. Rewetting drops and saline solution are not a safe alternative, and solution should always be fresh, never topped off.
- Follow your eye care professional’s schedule and guidelines in regards to your individual prescription.
- Clean your lenses with the “rub and rinse” method: rub the contact lenses with your fingers and rinse with fresh solution.
- Replace your contact lens case regularly, at least every three months to reduce the risk of eye infection.
Don’t Forget to Take Care of Your Eyes, Too!
Eye care and protection is just as important as contact lens care. Always pay attention to how your eyes feel and keep the following in mind:
- Redness, tearing, pain, increased light sensitivity, discharge, blurry vision and swelling can be symptoms of something serious. Always consult an eye care professional immediately when experiencing any of these symptoms.
- Decorative or costume lenses can cause serious and permanent eye damage, so beware of the quality of lenses you use in your eyes.
- Be aware that smoking increases the risk of contact lens complications.
- Regular eye exams are a must, especially for contact lens wearers!
It is normal for our vision to change throughout our life. Scheduling regular eye exams is the best way to stay ahead of these changes and detect any potential problems early.
Berkeley Eye Center has been providing quality eye care and corrective vision to Texas for over 50 years. We provide affordable eye care solutions with outstanding customer service. Ready to schedule your next exam? Call 713-526-3937 or request an appointment online with one of our professionals!