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12:00 AM, August 14, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 14, 2015


Using Contact Lenses Safely

Contact lenses have become very popular in our country over the past 10 years or so. Girls and boys alike not only use them as an alternate to a pair of glasses, but also sometimes use them for cosmetic purposes. As much as contact lenses can be helpful, they can also turn dangerous in a matter of seconds, if proper care is not taken. Eyes are one of the most sensitive and useful parts of our body and so, we really need to take some extra care before making them dependent on a cosmetic object. 

First and foremost, keep your lenses as clean as possible. Before handling your contact lenses, wash and rinse your hands thoroughly. Use a mild non-cosmetic soap. Soaps with perfumes, oils, or lotions leave a film on the hands, which you may transfer to your lenses and cause eye irritation or blurred vision. It's also a good idea to keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid damaging your lenses or scratching the eye. Different types of contact lenses require special care and certain types of products. Always use the disinfecting solution, eye drops, and enzymatic cleaners your eye care professional recommends. Never use tap water directly on lenses since microorganisms can live in even distilled water, which can cause infection or sight damage. Clean each contact by rubbing it gently with your index finger in the palm of your other hand. Most multipurpose solutions don't have “No Rub” on their labels anymore. Lightly rubbing your contact removes surface build-up. Clean your contact lens case every time you use it with either sterile solution or hot tap water. Let it air dry. Replace the contact lens storage case every three months. Each day, wear your contacts only as long as your eye care professional recommends.

Another thing to remember is to never wear another person's contact lenses, especially if someone has already worn them. Using other people's contact lenses can spread any infection or particles from their eyes to yours. Do not sleep with contact lenses in your eyes unless you are prescribed "extended wear" contacts. Closed eyes don't allow tears to carry a healthy amount of oxygen to your eyes. And never wear your lenses around heat. The sensitivity of lenses makes it prone to melting easily, and may stick to your eye and need to be surgically removed. When cooking or around the stove, make sure your contact lenses are nowhere near you.

Since beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, we wouldn't want anything going wrong with them, now would we? Keep your eyes safe to always be able to witness beauty around you!

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