Many contact users either grow complacent or don’t care about proper care for their lenses. This can lead to a host of issues from wasting money to causing eye issues. Here’s some helpful info on how to avoid these issues with your contact lenses:
Tap water contains chlorine, minerals and metal particles, which can damage both the lenses and the eye. Among other things, water contains organisms which can lead to serious infections of the eye through microbial contamination. Talk to your eye doctor about what you can use to clean your lenses.
Here are a few characteristics you need to look for when choosing a solution:
Cleaning and disinfection are important steps to kill micro-organisms responsible for eye infections.
Contact lenses must be stored in approved saline solutions.
Use as needed to alleviate symptoms of lens dryness. This is not an actual lens care step but can be used for extra comfort.
The lens case itself must also be cleaned and replaced regularly. After inserting lenses, rinse out lens case with saline solution, leave open to dry.
Medicated eye drops often have preservatives, which can penetrate the lens structure. Lenses should always be removed before inserting drops, unless they are designed for contact lenses. Certain medications transform the tear film both qualitatively and quantitatively. This can lead to temporary or even permanent incompatibility of the lenses.
Antihistamines, high blood pressure medications, laxatives, hormone preparations (pills), sedatives, sleeping pills, acne and rheumatism preparations, and pregnancy can alter the tear film structure.
Accessorizing is not exclusively a cosmetic activity. Using the right accessories can make a difference in whether or not your contact lenses stay clean and functional.
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