Around 41 million Americans wear contact lenses. While contacts are one of the safest and most effective corrective eyewear options available, it’s important to handle and care for them properly to reduce the risk of infection. In celebration of Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month this October, your reliable eye doctors from Southwest Vision Center share some tips for preventing contact lens-related eye problems.
Be Careful When Using Cosmetic Contact Lenses
Halloween is just around the corner. You and your kids may already be preparing your costumes. If you are considering wearing colored contact lenses as part of your costume, consult your eye care specialist first. We will perform an eye exam to assess your visual health. We will also check if your cosmetic lenses are safe to use.
Remember Your Contact Lens Replacement Schedule
Keep in mind that most contact lenses a have recommended wearing schedule. Daily lenses, for example, are meant to be used once only, which means you have to replace them every day. Frequent replacement lenses, on the other hand, can typically be worn for a few weeks before it’s time to discard them. Following this schedule is critical, as it helps reduce the risk of lens-related infections.
Use Only Our Prescribed Lens Solution
Different types of contact lenses are made of different materials, which is why we prescribe a specific solution for them. Never use anything else to clean your contacts. Other solvents may contain substances or chemicals that can damage your lenses and increase your risk of developing eye irritations or infections.
Avoid Showering and Swimming While Wearing Your Contact Lenses
Water from your shower or swimming pool may contain microorganisms that could contaminate your contact lenses. This puts you at a higher risk of developing eye infections and irritations. To prevent these from happening, your trusted optometrist advises avoiding water activities while you are wearing your contact lenses.
For more tips to prevent contact lens-induced eye problems, call us at (269) 241-0031 for Edwardsburg, (269) 241-0032 for Three Rivers, or (269) 241-0033 for Buchanan. We serve Granger, IN, and Three Rivers, MI.