Safety Tips for Contact Lenses in Washington, DC
Approximately 40 million Americans wear contact lenses, yet how many of those people follow the rules for safe wearing? In fact, most people who wear contact lenses are probably unaware of all the do’s and don’ts.
While contacts are considered totally safe when cared for properly, bad contact lens habits can put your vision at serious risk. To promote quality eye health and vision amongst everyone who wears contact lenses in Washington, DC, our eye doctors have prepared these helpful guidelines:
Do’s and Don’ts of Contact Lenses
- Wash, rinse, and dry your hands well before touching your lenses or your eyes. Ideally, use a mild, oil-free soap, and dry your hands on a lint-free cloth.
- Clean your contact lenses after you take them out. Use the disinfectant solutions recommended by your eye doctor.
- Wash your contact lens case with warm, soapy water about once a week. Rinse it and wipe dry.
- Position yourself over a clean flat surface when inserting and removing your lenses, and plug the sink if you are over it.
- Clean and rinse off your lens if you drop it.
- Insert your lenses before you apply your eye and face makeup.
- Remove your contact lenses before you remove your eye makeup, and use a hypo-allergenic, oil-free remover.
- Blink regularly when wearing contacts, so your lenses stay moist.
- Toss out contact lens solutions a month after opening, even if there is some liquid left.
- Make sure that your eyeglasses are up-to-date so you can wear them in case your eye doctor advises you not to wear contacts for a time, or in case you lose your lenses.
- Close your eyes when using aerosol sprays, including hairspray, so no residual film gets left on your lenses.
- Wear protective goggles or glasses in any environment where dust, grit, or sand could get into your eyes. This includes gardening, sanding or grinding, and bike riding.
- Wear lenses if your eyes are red or uncomfortable.
- Recycle contact lens solution, because its disinfecting ability is diminished or gone after a single use.
- Sleep in your daily lenses. Less oxygen reaches your eyes when your lids are closed, and closed lids also hold germs close to your eyeball – all of which raises the risk of infection.
- Place a contact lens in your mouth to lick it clean or moisten it. (You are not a cat.)
- Use tap water to rinse or soak your lenses. Harmful bacteria live in water, and they can adhere to your contacts and breed against the surface of your eyes.
- Ignore symptoms such as redness or pain. Call our eye doctors for immediate assistance with your contact lenses in Washington, DC.
- Swim with contact lenses. Prescription goggles are a much safer solution for seeing underwater.
- Put makeup on the inside of your lids, only apply it to your outer lid margins.
- Use old makeup, it can easily be contaminated. Throw out mascara and eyeliner products every 3 to 6 months.
- Reuse daily disposable contact lenses. Dailies are meant to be worn for only one day, as the name states.
When contacts are worn responsibly, they are regarded as one of the safest medical devices available to the public. Yet if you don’t care for them the right way, you are threatening the lasting health of your eyes and vision. Also, it’s important to schedule regular contact lens eye exams so your eye doctor can evaluate visual acuity and the fit of your contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses in Washington, DC, call our office to book your contact lens eye exam and expert fitting.