It can take some time to learn how to wear contact lenses. You have to learn how to remove them, how to put them in, and how to take care of them. But there’s so much more that’s involved. You also have to be careful when wearing contact lenses so you don’t cause eye problems. Here are seven things you should never do when wearing contact lenses.
1. Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
This is one important rule that you should practice. Maybe you’re someone who rubs their eyes a lot due to dryness or irritation. You can’t do this when you’re wearing contact lenses. Rubbing your eyes can damage the cornea, which can lead to serious problems and could require eye surgery.
Be as cautious as possible whenever you rub your eyes. You also want to be gentle when you apply pressure to them. If time is on your side, remove your contact lenses before rubbing your eyes.
2. Don’t Touch Your Contacts With Dirty Hands
Remember to wash your hands before removing your contact lenses. There are several things that you touch throughout the day, most of which are grounds for bacteria. You can avoid infecting your eyes by washing your hands beforehand. Wash them thoroughly with soap and warm water and dry them on a lint-free towel.
You want to make sure that your hands are completely dry. Think of all of the things that your hands have touched throughout the day. This could range from bathroom doors to grocery carts or computer keyboards to handrails. Your hands are carrying a lot of germs. You don’t want to transfer those germs onto your eyes, so it’s best to wash your hands beforehand.
3. Don’t Reuse Contact Lens Solution
Contact lens solution is a great disinfectant. But it’s made for one-time use. It’s not as effective when it’s been lying around for hours on end. Empty and change your contact lens solution after each use. This can reduce your risk of exposure to bacteria which can cuase eye infections.
4. Don’t Sleep With Your Contacts On
It’s likely that you might fall asleep. But it’s one of the biggest reasons why eye doctors tell their patients to remove their contact lenses before going to sleep at night. Sleeping with your contacts can cause damage, dry eyes, and other serious problems. It can also decrease the quality of your contact lenses, but that doesn’t matter when you have a serious eye problem.
When you wear your contact lenses all night, the buildup of lipids and proteins can make it difficult to sleep. You’ll wake up with irritated eyes. In other cases, it could lead to blindness. It also becomes a breeding ground for bacteria in which you’ll get an infection.
5. Don’t Apply Makeup on Your Lenses
You want to avoid getting makeup on your lenses. While it’s not as bad as rubbing your eyes or sleeping with them on, it still can cause problems. Have you ever accidentally applied eyeliner or mascara to your contact lenses? It’s best to remove them before applying makeup and after washing your hands.
Clean your lenses with a fresh batch of solution. Then you can reinsert the lens back into your eye after you’ve applied your makeup. To avoid going through this extra step, apply your makeup before inserting your contacts.
6. Don’t Let Sweat or Sunscreen Get Into Your Eyes
Since it’s the summertime this is a must. Makeup isn’t the only thing that finds its way into your contact lenses. If you’re someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, then you’ll want to avoid getting sweat and sunscreen into your eyes. It can lead to infection or irritation if you’re not careful.
You can prevent this problem from happening by wearing your hair out of your face. Also, avoid applying sunscreen around your eyes. Or, you can decide to exercise during the coolest times of the day such as the nighttime. When you exercise at night, you’ll sweat less and you won’t need to apply sunscreen.
7. Don’t Let Water Get Into Your Contacts
Water must not get into your contact lenses. You should never go swimming in a lake, ocean, freshwater spring, or pool with your contacts on. Water is breeding grounds for bacteria that can cause infection and damage both your lenses and eyes. Chlorinated and saltwater doesn’t kill off all bacteria or organisms.
Whenever you swim, bacteria attracts to your contacts and multiplies. This can also affect your contact lens case. The best way to avoid this problem is to not to swim with your contacts on. If you need to shower, then remove your contacts and put them back in completely dry.
These tips will help you become a pro at wearing contact lenses. It’s important to understand these mistakes so you can prevent them from happening. Focus on the things you can do right instead of what you could do wrong to achieve the desired results.