Contact lenses can be a more comfortable alternative to wearing glasses, but they can also pose potential dangers to contact wearers. Many complications and diseases can be stimulated by wearing contact lenses. Some people complain that those conditions originate from the application of certain lens solutions, therefore, there are several contact lens solution, some of which are brands of solutions, that have been recalled; however, with extensive researches, researchers find that they have nothing to do with the solution, but the incorrect use of the solution and poor contact lens care.
Three main parts of an eye exposed to the contact lens are eyelid, conjunctiva and cornea, which are surely the most possible parts that may be infected. For example, microbial keratitis is caused by the infection of the surface of the cornea; corneal ulcers is caused by the actual invasion of the cornea and then the inner layers are destroyed and so on. As a matter of fact, most eye infections are related to bacteria attack. Some aggressive strains of bacteria, such as Pseudomonas, are able to perforate an eye overnight. Therefore, careful use of contact lenses is extremely important.
To minimize the possible eye infections, there are several contact lens using tips below that can guarantee a life-time health.
Have good hygiene while handling contacts. Wash your hands thoroughly, at least 10 seconds, with an anti-bacterial soap before you put them in and remove them from eyes. Your hands need washing carefully including washing nails and finger tips so as to thoroughly clean up possible bacterial left over.
Clean up the place where your lens case will be placed or put a clean paper towel on the counter in case of contamination of sudden drop. Do not try wearing contacts over a sink, because you contacts may drop in the right center of the nozzle and disappear. If you accidentally drop your contacts on the floor, you should put them in a complete disinfection cycle for at least 6 hours. Do to make sure the hygiene before putting them into eyes.
Rub your lenses regularly. Although most contacts solutions are advertised that with their solutions, there is no need to rub lens, the biofilm of debris and coatings that build up on your lenses are not so easy to be cleaned out. Thus, rubbing lenses regularly is of importance. In addition, if coatings on lenses are rubbed of, solutions are can act on the lens surface more efficiently. Have you noticed or not, the no rub label is disappearing on contact lens bottles and contact lens solution bottles, because there is actually no rubbing free contacts or solutions.
Rinse your lenses with solution. After rubbing the lenses, some people will neglect the rinsing step, because they argue that since lenses have been cleaned up by rubbing, the rinsing step can be eliminated. However, it is researched that inadequate rinsing is a proven cause of bacteria growth.
Place solution appropriately in case of being knocked over and contacting a countertop. It is important to close the cap on the bottle of solution, in case of potential bacteria entering the bottle. Although the solution is designed to kill bacteria, overloading bacteria, the solution will lose its capacity to kill bacteria. Moreover, every time when you use the solution, remember to squirt out the first few drops, especially you have no used the solution for a long period of time.
Use solution that is within the expiration date.
Use eye drop carefully. For the long time exposure to the outside world, you eyes always have bacteria, therefore, when using eye drops, you should pay attention not to make the eyedrop bottle touch your eyelashes and eyelids, or while you are intending to re-wet your eyes, your eyes will instead be contaminated. You may ask why, for the fact that there are so many bacteria around eyes, why do not they enter eyes. The answer is that our eyes have an natural immune system to keep them away unless you artificially allow them in.
Rinse the case regularly. Not only contact lenses are in need of rinsing, so are the cases. Clean them with solution, and then place them uncovered so as to let air dry.
Change contacts when you are told to, especially when you are using disposable lenses. If you wear contacts that are out of date, certain eye conditions, like burning eyes, red eyes, and dry eyes, etc.. will emerge.
Replace the contact lens case in a fixed period of time. It is not only necessary to replace your contacts, so is it necessary to replace your contact lens case. The ideal changing period is every one or two month. Even you are diligent to disinfect your case often, bacteria will also grow in the micro scratches, where you will feel hard to clean them out. This is why hospitals never reuses individual patients items. Therefore, to change another should be the best alternative. What’s more, contacts bottles are often free of charge.
Use brand name solutions. Solutions with improper ingredients may cause allergic reactions. It is advised choose solutions that suit your eyes best. Usually brand name solutions are more consistent, and there are large molecule preservatives that are safer and less toxic to eye tissues.
Change solutions every time you remove contacts from your eyes. There are some people who reuse the solution in their case or just keep use the solution by just adding to some new solution to it, for laziness or for frugality. The fact is that solution reused are of weak capacity to kill bacteria, therefore, use few solution is necessary.
Are you one of the millions of people who wear regular or soft contact lenses? If so, it is important you take tips listed above, so as to help promote good health and reduce your risk of infection, as well as help you see better.
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