Contact Lens Care and Allergies: Tips for Avoiding Irritation
If you wear contact lenses, you know how important it is to take good care of them to avoid irritation and infection. But did you know that allergies can also play a role in your eye health when it comes to contact lenses? Here are some tips for taking care of your contacts and avoiding irritation caused by allergies.
Tip #1: Clean Your Lenses and Case Daily
Cleaning your contact lenses and their case regularly is an important step in preventing allergy-related irritation. When you wear your lenses all day, they can pick up allergens like pollen, dust, and pet dander. Allergens can also accumulate in your case, so it’s important to keep it clean. Use a contact lens solution to clean and disinfect your lenses, and rinse your case thoroughly with solution and let it air dry.
Tip #2: Avoid Using Tap Water
You should always avoid using tap water to clean your contact lenses or their case. Tap water can contain microorganisms and parasites that can lead to eye infections and irritation. Instead, use contact lens solution or sterile saline to clean and rinse your lenses and case.
Tip #3: Minimize Contact with Allergens
If you have allergies, try to minimize your contact with allergens as much as possible. When you’re outside, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from wind and pollen. Use air filters to reduce the amount of allergens in your home, and vacuum and dust frequently to remove pet dander and dust mites. Avoid rubbing your eyes, which can make allergy symptoms worse.
Tip #4: Use Eye Drops
If your eyes are feeling dry, itchy, or irritated, use lubricating eye drops to soothe them. There are many over-the-counter eye drops available that can help relieve allergy symptoms. Always check with your eye doctor before using any new eye drops to make sure they are safe for your contacts.
Tip #5: Talk to Your Eye Doctor
If you are experiencing frequent irritation or other symptoms related to contact lens wear and allergies, talk to your eye doctor. They can recommend specific tips and treatments to help manage your symptoms and protect your eye health.
Remember, taking care of your contact lenses and your eyes is important for preventing irritation and infection. By following these tips and talking to your eye doctor, you can enjoy comfortable and clear vision all day long.