Did you know 35 per cent of the country’s total population requires vision correction, which can be achieved by surgery, laser treatment, eyeglasses, or contact lenses? 

However, only approximately 25 per cent of people—or 87.5 million people—have their vision corrected. About 94 per cent of these people use eyeglasses, 6 per cent wear lenses, and 2.5 per cent have used both.

While wearing the lenses a person needs to be extra careful because if contact lenses are not used with precautions and the right methods, it can lead to severe eye issues and problems. 

What are contact lenses?

To help you see better or to make your vision clear, little transparent discs are used that you wear in your eyes; these are known as contact lenses. On the tear film that protects your cornea, lenses float.

Contacts, like eyeglasses, are used to treat refractive defects that affect vision. A refractive error is when the eye does not refract (bend or focus) light properly into the eye resulting in a fuzzy image.

For those with the following refractive defects, contacts can enhance vision:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism (distorted vision)
  • Presbyopia (changes to near vision that normally happen with age)

6  ways to take care of your eyes if you wear contact lenses

Never sleep while wearing lenses

The risk of eye infection is greatly increased when using contacts while sleeping. 

Your lenses prevent your eye from receiving the oxygen and water it needs to combat a bacterial or microbial invasion while you’re sleeping.

Blinking allows oxygen to enter your eyes when you’re awake since it keeps them moist. The quantity of oxygen and moisture your eyes can access is greatly reduced by contacts, which fit over the surface of your eye.

That decline gets significantly worse when you’re asleep. The corneal cells lose their capacity to efficiently fight germs when there is not enough oxygen present, a condition known as hypoxia.

So this is the most essential thing to keep in mind if you are planning to wear lenses. 

Avoid rubbing your eyes while wearing contact lenses

The cornea might be harmed by rubbing your eyes while wearing a contact lens, further impairing your eyesight. Avoiding touching the eyes becomes crucial in order to prevent any such incident of eyesight impairment.

Never shower with contact lenses on 

Water is another item that should not come in contact with contact lenses. Water, whether it be in a swimming pool, hot tub, or ocean, is full of germs that can harm the eyes and lenses. 

Additionally, the lenses can be harmed by any kind of water, which can irritate the eyes. So, before getting in the shower, take off your contact lenses.

Keep the case for contact lenses clean 

Always keep the contact lens case neat and clean.

Lenses should be kept in the appropriate lens storage case, which should be changed at least every three months. After each usage, clean the case; in between cleanings, leave it open and dry. To clean and store the lenses, just use a new solution.

Wash your hands before and after wearing contact lenses

If you are using contact lenses, you must follow strict guidelines while touching them. Always keep your hands clean when wearing or removing the lenses. 

Your hands come into contact with a variety of objects during the course of the day, which raises the risk of infection when they come in contact with your eyes or contact lenses. 

Before touching your eyes or lenses, you must carefully wash and dry your hands. It guarantees the protection of the eyes.

Avoid overwearing contact lenses

Many ophthalmologists have said that overwearing contact lenses cause red – itchy eyes and make them dry. 

Contact lenses impede the process of oxygen absorption when used for extended periods of time. When worn for the recommended amount of time, a well-fitting contact lens floats on the surface of the eye, enabling enough of your tear film to flow under it and provide the cornea with essential oxygen.

Your eyes need oxygen in order to be healthy. Since the cornea lacks blood veins, it must get its oxygen from the surrounding air.

Serious eye problems can arise from excessive usage.

Even if they appear okay, it is best to avoid using them after their expiration date and to limit their usage to no more than 6 to 8 hours each day.

Final thoughts 

Avoid skipping your annual eye exam. Even if your eyes appear to be in good condition, regular eye exams and eye health are important, especially if you wear contact lenses frequently.

Even though everything appears to be alright, it is advised to not wear contact lenses over their expiry date. The total time spent wearing contact lenses per day should not exceed 6 to 8 hours, and they should not be worn while sleeping or showering.

Never use water or anything else in place of your lens solution. Purchase a high-quality solution, and before using it, verify the seal and expiry date. If you have eye irritation, use eye drops that your ophthalmologist has suggested rather than rinsing your eyes with water.

Furthermore, you should also undergo preventive health checkups. These health checkups give a complete report about your health, allowing you to take necessary precautionary measures to improve your well-being and keep a host of ailments at bay.

Q1. What happens if you cry with your contacts on?

Wearing contact lenses while crying is safe for both you and your lenses; tears don’t harm the lenses at all; on the contrary, they lubricate them so they can move more easily over the corneas.

Q2. Do your eyes get weaker if you wear contacts?

Your contacts can harm your vision instead of improve it if you wear them for an extended period. 

Q3. How long can contacts sit in the solution?

While some solutions can keep lenses for up to a month, others are only suitable for 24 hours. Some multipurpose soft contact lens solutions permit long-term storage of up to one month in a firmly closed contact lens case.

Q4. Do I need to change the contact solution every day?

When cleaning and storing contact lenses, only use a fresh solution. Do not repurpose old solutions. Even if you don’t wear your lenses every day, change your contact lens solution as instructed by the doctor.

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