Contact lenses can be both a blessing and a curse. While they offer freedom from the hassle of wearing 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, contact lens wearers must follow certain measures to ensure eye health.
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. Dr. Sanduja recommends cleaning the lens case with warm soapy water and thoroughly drying it at least once a week before placing the lenses inside.
Additionally, it is important to avoid touching your eyes or the lenses with dirty hands. Our hands come into contact with numerous germs and dirty surfaces throughout the day, so always remember to clean your hands before handling your lenses.
Furthermore, it is advised to refrain from swimming with contact lenses on, as swimming pools can be a breeding ground for infections. Similarly, using tap water while rinsing your face or taking a shower should be avoided when wearing lenses, as it can lead to infections and micro-abrasions on the lenses.
Taking off your contact lenses before going to sleep is essential. When the eyes are closed, the cornea lacks the necessary oxygen from the air, increasing the risk of eye infections and discomfort.
If your eyes feel dry, itchy, red, or irritated, it is best to avoid wearing contact lenses as these symptoms may indicate an eye infection.
Overwearing contact lenses beyond the recommended duration can cause corneal injury and keratitis. Therefore, it is important to follow your eye specialist’s instructions regarding the duration of lens usage.
Regularly replacing your contact lenses is crucial to prevent chronic eye infections and irritation. Additionally, cleaning your lenses regularly helps remove protein, dust, and microbes that can accumulate on the lens and cause eye infections or 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.
In case of any irritation or infection while using contact lenses, it is important to seek immediate medical attention from your eye doctor.
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