Contact Lenses

The ABC of contact lens wear

Contact lenses can be a great alternative to eye glasses and millions of people use them worldwide. Their use is relatively safe. However, they can wreak havoc on the eyes if they are not used in the right way.

 

Tips for a current or prospective contact lens wearer

  • Contact lenses come in various forms based on material- soft or rigid gas permeable; and duration of wear- daily, disposable or extended wear, each with its pros and cons

 

  • Be sure to make your choice under the guidance of your eye doctor or certified eye health practitioner (even if they are costume types)

 

  • Poor handling of contact lenses can cause microbial keratitis, a vision-threatening infection of the corneal (the transparent outer covering of the eye upon which the contact lens is usually placed).

 

RED FLAG SIGNS that all is not well


  • Eye discomfort, burning sensation or pain
  • Redness
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision

 

 

Golden rules of contact lens wear

Dos

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water, rinse and dry with a lint-free cloth before inserting or removing your contact lenses
  • Use lenses only as prescribed e.g. dispose disposable ones daily
  • Use the rub and rinse technique for cleaning your lenses
  • Use only recommended lens solutions (check the expiry date too)
  • Wash your contact lens case regularly and air dry
  • Replace your lens case every three months so it does not turn into a comfortable home for germs
  • Have your eyes checked regularly by your eye doctor

 

Don’ts

  • Don’t buy over the counter contact lenses. Only wear lenses after thorough eye exam and fitting by your eye doctor
  • Don’t swim or shower with your contacts lenses
  • NEVER use any other liquid apart from the recommended contact lens solution to clean your lenses. This includes tap water, bottled water and SALIVA (definitely a no-no as it contains a lot of germs)
  • Don’t just top up the lens solution in the lens case. Use a fresh supply every time for cleaning and storing your lenses
  • NEVER sleep in your contact lenses unless they have been designed specifically for that purpose or are extended wear lenses
  • NEVER borrow someone else’s lenses or lend someone else yours

Keeping all these in mind, there’s no reason why your contact lens experience should not be as easy as pie.