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. Dr. Neeraj Sanduja, an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, emphasizes the importance of following certain measures for contact lens wearers.

First and foremost, hygiene is crucial. It is essential to keep the storage case of the contact lens clean and disinfected to prevent eye infections when reusing the lenses. Dr. Sanduja advises cleaning the lens case with warm soapy water and thoroughly drying it at least once a week before placing the lenses in it.

Additionally, it is important to avoid exposing 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 make sure to clean your hands before touching your eyes or the lens.

Furthermore, it is advisable 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 lead to infection but also cause micro-abrasions on the contact lens.

Remember to 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 infection and other discomforts such as blurring of vision, swelling, and eye pain.

If your eyes feel dry, itchy, red, or irritated, it is important to completely avoid wearing contact lenses as these symptoms may indicate an eye infection.

Avoid overwearing contact lenses beyond the recommended duration advised by your eye specialist. Extended use can lead to corneal injury, swelling of the cornea, and keratitis.

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

Cleaning your lenses regularly is essential. Failure to do so can result in a buildup of proteins, dust, and microbes on the lens, leading to eye infections and chronic problems like papillary conjunctivitis due to irritation.

While wearing contact lenses, it is best 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 contact your eye doctor immediately.

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