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, contact lens wearers must follow certain measures to ensure eye health.
First and foremost, hygiene is crucial. The storage case for contact lenses should be kept clean and disinfected to prevent eye infections when reusing the lenses. It is recommended to clean the lens case with warm soapy water and thoroughly dry it at least once a week before placing the lenses in it.
Additionally, it is important to avoid exposing the eyes to dirty hands while wearing contact lenses. Our hands come into contact with various germs and dirty surfaces throughout the day, so always remember to clean your hands before touching your eyes or the lenses.
Swimming with contact lenses should be avoided 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.
It is crucial to 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 infection and causing discomfort such as blurring of vision, swelling, and eye pain.
If your eyes feel dry, itchy, red, or irritated, it is best to completely avoid wearing contact lenses as these symptoms may indicate an eye infection.
Overwearing contact lenses beyond the recommended duration can lead to corneal injury and keratitis. Therefore, it is important to follow the guidelines provided by your eye specialist.
Regularly replacing your contact lenses is essential to prevent chronic eye infections and irritation.
Cleaning your lenses regularly is also 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 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 wash your eyes thoroughly.
If you experience any irritation or infection while using contact lenses, it is important to contact your eye doctor immediately.
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