Contact lenses can be both a blessing and a curse. While they offer freedom from the hassle of glasses, they can also pose a risk of infection if proper hygiene is not maintained, especially during the monsoon season, according to Dr. Neeraj Sanduja, an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon. For contact lens wearers, Dr. Sanduja has outlined some essential measures to follow.
First and foremost, it is crucial to keep the storage case of the contact lens clean and disinfected. This helps prevent eye infections when reusing the lenses. Make sure to clean the lens case with warm soapy water and thoroughly dry it at least once a week before placing the lenses inside.
Additionally, never expose your eyes to dirty hands while wearing contact lenses. Throughout the day, our hands come into contact with various germs and dirty surfaces, so always remember to clean your hands before touching your eyes or the lens.
It’s important to avoid getting water on your face while wearing contact lenses. Swimming pools can be a breeding ground for infections, so it’s best to remove your lenses before taking a dip. Similarly, using tap water to rinse your face or shower should be avoided when wearing lenses, as it can lead to infections and micro-abrasions on the lens.
Remember to always remove your contact lenses before going to sleep. When our eyes are closed, the cornea is deprived of oxygen from the air, increasing the risk of eye infections and other discomforts.
If your eyes feel dry, itchy, red, or irritated, it’s best to completely avoid wearing contact lenses as these could be signs of an eye infection.
Avoid overwearing your contact lenses beyond the recommended duration advised by your eye specialist. Extended use can cause corneal injury and keratitis due to swelling of the cornea.
Regularly replace your contact lenses to prevent chronic eye infections and irritation.
Cleaning your lenses regularly is essential. Failure to do so can lead to a buildup of proteins, dust, and microbes on the lens, which can result in eye infections and chronic problems.
While wearing contact lenses, it is advisable to avoid using eye makeup. If any cosmetic product or face cream comes into contact with the lens, remove the lens and thoroughly wash your eyes.
If you experience any irritation or infection while using contact lenses, it is important to contact your eye doctor immediately for guidance and treatment.
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