August 16th to the 20th is Contact Lens Health Week! If you like to take a break from your eyeglasses every now and then, contacts are a convenient and comfortable option if taken care of properly. These tips are essential to follow when wearing contact lenses:
- Always Wash Your Hands: This may seem obvious, but it needs to be emphasized. Before handling your contact lenses or accessories, make sure to always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Never Use Water: Don’t rinse or store your contacts in water—ever. Water contains a lot of microorganisms and will not disinfect your contacts.
- Remove Contacts Overnight: Don’t sleep in your contacts unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Your cornea won’t receive enough oxygen overnight and can get infected. Trust us—it’s not worth it to leave them in (no matter how tired you are).
- Replace Contact Lens Case: It doesn’t matter how clean it may look, you should replace your contact lens case at least once every three months to avoid bacterial growth.
- Don’t Wear Contacts for Longer Than Prescribed: Know your contact lens replacement schedule. If you wear your contacts for longer than instructed, it could result in pain, irritation, bacterial infections, and even vision loss.
Follow these health tips and you’ll be good to go! If you fall in love with wearing contacts, you should still switch to glasses at least once a week to give your eyes a break. Visit our sister site, DiscountContacts.com, for the best prices on contact lenses.
A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Amanda works hard at balancing her passion for writing and marketing. She is a Pittsburgh native that just recently moved to Columbus and enjoys doing just about anything outdoors from going on hikes to taking her dog for walks around the city.