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 a few 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 in it.
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.
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 lead to infections and micro-abrasions on the contact lens.
Remember to remove your contact lenses before going to sleep. When our eyes are closed, the cornea lacks the necessary oxygen from the air, increasing the risk of eye infection and other discomforts.
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.
Using contact lenses for an extended period beyond the recommended time by your eye specialist can lead to corneal injury and keratitis. Therefore, it is essential to replace your contact lenses at regular intervals to prevent chronic eye infections and irritation.
Regularly clean your lenses to prevent the buildup of proteins, dust, and microbes, which can cause eye infections and chronic problems like papillary conjunctivitis due to irritation.
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 crucial to contact your eye doctor immediately for consultation and appropriate treatment.
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