Contact lenses can be both a blessing and a curse. While they offer freedom from the hassle of wearing glasses, they 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 listed 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 putting the lenses in.

Additionally, never expose your eyes to dirty hands while wearing contact lenses. Our hands come into contact with various germs and dirty surfaces throughout the day, so always clean your hands before touching your eyes or the lens.

It is also important to avoid 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 if you have your lenses on. This can not only cause infections but also lead to micro-abrasions on the contact lens.

Remember to always remove your contact lenses before going to sleep. When the eyes are closed, the cornea is deprived of oxygen from the air, increasing the risk of eye infection and other complications.

If your eyes feel dry, itchy, red, or irritated, it is 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 lead to corneal injury and keratitis.

Regularly replace your contact lenses to prevent chronic eye infections and irritation.

Cleaning your lenses regularly is crucial. Failure to do so can result in a buildup of proteins, dust, and microbes on the lens, leading to 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.

In case of any irritation or infection while using the lenses, it is important to contact your eye doctor immediately.

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