Avoiding contact lens infection is simply a matter of practicing good hygiene. Yes, there are other factors which are sometimes beyond your control but you can eliminate a lot of infection risk by following some well worn hygiene 101.
Contacts have become as much a fashion accessory as an aid to improved vision and it’s using them for fashion which can get many users into trouble. Reckless use of lenses is inviting complications and in this article, we’ll highlight some of the ways you can protect yourself from making an unscheduled visit to the eye doctor.
What Causes Infection
There are several reasons for contact lens infection including over use, poor hygiene, sensitivity and bad fitting lenses.
It’s important to understand that if irritation in the eyes is causing you problems then take that as a warning that there could be a serious complication developing. Don’t ignore it.
Avoid using them again until you’ve seen your doctor.
Let’s take a look at some preventable measures you can undertake to avoid possible infection. This will cut down dramatically the chances of you picking up an errant infection.
1. Make sure your contacts fit correctly. Avoid the temptation of wearing them based solely on the fact they make you look good.
2. Schedule regular check-ups with your doctor.
3. Practice good hygiene. Clean your lenses on a daily basis without fail. It’s amazing how much sediment and particles can be picked up by the eyes and you’re asking for trouble if you don’t clean them.
4. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling them.
5. Make sure your lens case is also cleaned every day. An uncleaned case can become a breeding for infection so don’t tempt fate and think because it’s closed, it can’t attract foreign substances. In fact, replace your case often.
6. Never use solutions which are not recommended. Again, the eyes are a delicate part of the body and using a solution other than what’s on the recommended list is a recipe for inviting contact lens infection.