Contact lenses are a convenient and effective way to improve vision, but it’s important to use them responsibly. Dr Ajay Sharma, Ophthalmologist and Chief Medical Director at EyeQ, shares some dos and don’ts for wearing contact lenses.

When it comes to wearing contact lenses, hygiene should be a top priority. Dr Sharma advises washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your lenses to prevent dirt and harmful germs from entering your eyes.

Following the replacement schedule recommended by your eye doctor is also crucial. Wearing lenses for too long can cause discomfort, reduce oxygen supply to the cornea, and increase the risk of eye infections.

Using approved cleaning solutions is equally important. Dr Sharma emphasizes the need to rely on solutions approved by your eye care specialist to ensure compatibility with your lenses and protect your eye health.

Don’t forget to maintain clean storage cases for your contact lenses. Regularly clean and replace them as needed, allowing them to air dry between uses. This prevents the buildup of harmful microorganisms that can affect both your lenses and your eyes.

There are also some don’ts when it comes to wearing contact lenses. Dr Sharma advises against swimming with lenses on, as water can introduce harmful microorganisms and cause infections.

Sleeping with lenses should also be avoided whenever possible, as it restricts oxygen supply to the cornea and can lead to irritation, redness, and infection. However, extended-wear lenses designed for overnight use are an exception, but it’s important to follow your eye care professional’s recommendations.

If you have any eye allergies, it’s best to discontinue the use of contact lenses until the allergy is under control. Additionally, consult your eye care specialist for guidance on using appropriate eye drops, as some may not be suitable for use with contact lenses.

When it comes to applying eye makeup, Dr Sharma suggests doing so before inserting your lenses to prevent particles from getting trapped beneath them and causing irritation.

By following these dos and don’ts, you can enjoy the benefits of contact lenses while prioritizing your eye health. Regular check-ups with your eye care specialist are also essential to ensure that your lenses continue to meet your vision needs and maintain the health of your eyes.

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