For years, contact lenses have been a convenient and safe form of visual correction. However, improper use of contacts can result in serious consequences. Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, a trusted expert in eye care and cataract treatment, lists three common mistakes that contact lens wearers should avoid.
Wearing Lenses Longer Than Recommended
Disposable contacts are only good for a specific period. However, long-time contact lens wearers can sometimes get overconfident and prolong the use of their disposable lenses. If you find yourself putting off the replacement of your contacts, stop right there. Get rid of your old contacts before it starts irritating or affecting your eyes.
Additionally, make sure you don’t sleep while still wearing your contacts – unless they’re actually designed to be worn sleeping. Wearing lenses while you sleep can cause infections in which case you may need an eye doctor to help you out.
Not Washing Hands Before Handling Lenses
Thoroughly wash your hands before touching your contacts. Failure to do so can cause corneal infiltrative events, or inflammation of the corneas. Moreover, don’t forget to dry your hands after washing. Water can hold harmful microorganisms, which could transfer onto your lenses once you handle them. Before touching your contacts, ensure your hands are completely dry.
You need to care for your contact lenses, and this means ensuring clean and proper storage for them. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends replacing lens cases as frequently as three months. Make sure to regularly clean and disinfect the cases as well.
Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry is one of the most reliable eye care providers in the area. From eye exams to sports vision training, we provide a range of services that will suit your needs. Call us at (703) 660-9494, or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve clients in Falls Church, VA, and the surrounding areas.