If a research is to be believed, up to 50% contact lens wearers report that they experience dryness which becomes worse on constant staring at a screen.
All thanks to our lifestyle, we do not take proper care of our contact lens the way we should. As per various experts, contact lenses, if not worn the correct way, can trigger various eye issues. Let’s not make that happen.
Here are 5 mistakes all contact lens wear have been guilty of making time and again. Let’s find out.
- Sleeping in them
No matter, even if you have overnight contacts, sleeping in them time and again can starve the front surface of your eye of oxygen and leave it dry with discomfort, swelling, blurry vision.
A simple scratch on your eye can lead to various serious problems. This is because lens may trap bacteria which can enter in your eye through the scratch and can cause eye inflammation, redness and pain.
As per a recent Australian study, people who sleep in their lenses even for once a week are 6.5 times more prone to severe eye infection when compared to people who wear the lenses only during the day.
- Showering in them
You should not make your lenses wet as water can make them swell or stick to the eye which can scratch your eye thus, making it easier for the bacteria to enter inside.
Showering with your lenses in can make you prone to a range of vision-threatening diseases. Water from pools, lakes, rivers, showers and the likes may contain various harmful microorganisms which can even lead to permanent loss of vision.
Thus, make it a point to wear swimming goggles before splashing inside a pool.
- Not cleaning them properly
Cleaning your lenses properly is very important. Even more important is the liquid that you use to clean them with. The right way to apply your lens is after cleaning them thoroughly with freshly washed hands. Next, rub your lenses with a cleaning solution specialized for the lens to remove any mucus, and other secretions.
- Wearing them past their expiration date
You might want to use your contact lens even after they are expired just out of laziness or just to save money, but this can cost you even more. Using the contact lens for too long can accumulate protein on the lenses or they can even serve as the breeding ground for a range of microorganisms, thus making you prone to long-term vision damage.
- Ignoring your contact lens case
Your contact lens case is as important as your contact lens. Neglecting it and not keeping it well can lead to serious eye infections. It is highly recommended to clean it daily. All you need to do is rinse your case with a cleaning solution and then let it air dry on a paper towel.
All set? Prevention is always better than cure. Avoid the above-mentioned mistakes while using contact lens and stay safe.