Choosing between wearing glasses or contact lenses to help correct your vision is mostly a matter of personal preference. But while taking glasses on and off has little effect on the health of your eyes, slipping contacts in and out does require some special care and attention. Follow the guidelines below to help keep your eyes in good condition.
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap before handling your contacts to be sure that no nasties are transferred from your fingers to your lenses. Dettol Touch of Foam Hand Wash has both an anti-bacterial agent and moisturisers to help keep hands clean and fresh, but regardless of the product you choose, make sure that you rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and dry your hands with a clean towel before picking up your contact lenses.
- Always clean your lenses properly after taking them out, and before and after storing them. Never use tap water or saliva to rinse or store your contact lenses, as both are common sources of potentially damaging germs. Instead, only use the cleaning products and procedures recommended by your optometrist for your brand of contact lenses.
- Freshly disinfect contact lenses that have been stored without use for seven days or more to be sure that they haven’t picked up any impurities or germs during storage.
- Remove contact lenses when swimming as there is a high risk of infection from bacteria in the pool water and irritation from pool chemicals. If you really need vision support while swimming, consider prescription goggles.
- Never go to sleep while wearing contact lenses unless your optometrist has specifically told you that you can. In most cases, wearing contacts overnight is likely to lead to infections or irritation, although there are now some products that are designed to be suitable for overnight use.
- If your eyes become dry, soothe them with eye drops or sprays. Look for a product that contains no preservatives, as preservatives can cause irritation. Unlike eye drops, spray products are easy for contact wearers to use because they are simply sprayed on to closed eyelids.
- If your eyes become infected or irritated, remove your contact lenses immediately and stop wearing them until you see your optometrist.
- Call the optometrist! Your optometrist is there to help you, so call them if you have any questions or concerns.
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