Contact lenses help you see better without affecting your appearance or interfering with sports, which is specially helpful for younger contact lens wearers. There are many options, but with a busy life, daily disposable contact lenses are a great option.Daily disposable lenses have a much better safety profile and a lower risk of infections. These daily contacts are available in most prescriptions , astigmatic lenses and even in multifocals for people over age 40 with distance and near visual needs. Use of extended wear lenses and sleeping in contacts are associated with higher risks of complications. And of course, yearly eye exams are necessary to evaluate the health of your eyes if you are a contact lens wearer.
Contact lenses and lens solutions are considered medical devices and are regulated by FDA. Contact lenses are a very safe option to correct refractive problems as long as you follow the instructions provided by your optometrist.
Keep your eyes healthy by following these rules and always remember to carry a pair of glasses with you in case you have to take out your contacts.
– improper cleaning and/ or delayed replacement and/ or sleeping in contacts are the number one risk factor for contact lens related complications.
– eye infections , specially Kerititis (sight threatening corneal infection) are often the result of improper lens use.
-unfortunately, around 60% of contact lens users do not properly follow the care instructions.
– significant reduction in incidence of contact lens related corneal infections is achieved by attention to lens handling hygiene and storage case hygiene as follows:
- Wash your hands with soap and water and dry with lint free paper towel before handling your contacts.
- Do not rinse or store your soft or gas permeable contacts in tap/sterile water or your saliva, or saline or contact lens rewetting drops. ONLY use the contact lens solution that is recommended to you by your eye doctor.
- Replace your lenses according to your eye doctor’s instructions.
- Even if the solution says “no rub”, rubbing the lenses with solution and rinsing them is better.
- Replace your contact lens case every 2-3 months and rinse them with fresh solution (not tap water) and let them air dry every day.
- Do not top off old solution in your lens cases. Use new solution every day.
- If you don’t wear your lenses often , you should switch to daily disposable lenses.
As a rule of thumb , the more often you replace your lenses, the lower the risk of complications!