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. For contact lens wearers, Dr. Sanduja has provided a list of essential measures to follow.
Firstly, 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, always ensure that your hands are clean before touching your eyes or the lens. Our hands come into contact with various germs and dirty surfaces throughout the day, so maintaining hand hygiene is essential.
Avoid swimming with contact lenses on, as swimming pools can be a breeding ground for infections. Similarly, refrain from using tap water while rinsing your face or taking a shower if you have your lenses on. This can not only lead to infections 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 lacks access to ambient 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 best to avoid wearing contact lenses as these symptoms may indicate an eye infection.
Do not overwear your contact lenses beyond the recommended duration advised by your eye specialist. Prolonged use can lead to corneal injury and keratitis.
Regularly replace your contact lenses to prevent chronic eye infections and irritation.
Clean your lenses regularly to prevent the buildup of proteins, dust, and microbes, which can cause eye infections and chronic problems like papillary conjunctivitis.
Avoid using eye makeup while wearing contact lenses. 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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