Contact Lens Wear and Care Tips
Here at Orchard Park Optometry, we receive many questions about contact lens wear and care. Many of our patients safely wear contacts every day, but there are some important wear and care tips every contact lens user should know. Use these tips to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable.
Contact Lens Wear Tips
Contact lens wearing schedule
Your contact lens wearing schedule will vary depending on your particular contact lenses. Some lenses are daily disposables, while others last longer. It’s important that you follow the recommended wear length from your manufacturer or your optometrist. Many people stretch the recommended time before disposing of them. This can lead to debris and proteins building up in the contact lenses pores. Ultimately, this may lead to eye irritation and even infection. Make sure you replace your contacts as necessary!
Contacts and Makeup
If you wear eye makeup, you should make sure to insert your contacts before applying it. This reduces the chances of makeup getting on your eyes and ruining your contact.
For the same reason, you should always take out your lenses before you take your makeup off. This also reduces the chance of getting water on your contacts.
Also, if you’re wearing contacts, putting eyeliner on your inner rims can increase the chances of getting makeup on your contacts.
If you tend to mix up which lens goes in which eye, you may want to start with the same eye every time. This will reduce the chances of mixing up your right and left lenses, even if you’re in a rush.
It can also be hard to tell whether you’re inserting your lens inside-out. To make sure you’re putting your lens on the right way put the lens on your finger. Hold it up so you’re looking at it from the side. Does it look more like a half ball or a soup bowl with a rim? If the latter, your lens is inside out. Don’t worry though, even if you do insert your lens inside out it won’t harm your eyes, it may just feel a bit uncomfortable.
Contacts and Sports
Many people enjoy wearing contacts for sports. Glasses can fall off or get damaged easily. There is little to no chance of contacts falling out of your eyes, or getting damaged.
For many sports, contacts are the way to go. However, water sports are the exception. This includes steam rooms and hot tubs. If you swim, especially in lakes, you should remove your contacts. Even with watertight goggles, there is a chance of getting a contact lens eye infection from the water. If fluids other than your contact solution touch your contacts, it can clog the pores in your contacts with debris or harmful substances (we go into this more in depth below).
Also, if your lenses get wet, they may be hard to take off. If this ever happens, you can use your eye drops to loosen them. You should remove them as soon as possible, and clean and disinfect them.
Contact Lens Care Tips
As you probably know, contact lens care is important. Keeping your contacts clean and sanitary wards off eye infections or discomfort. Before storing contacts, you should clean, rinse, and disinfect them. You can do this by rubbing them for about 20 seconds between your fingertips. Make sure to use fresh solution recommended by your optometrist.
Once you put your lenses in your eye, empty and rinse the lens case with new solution and allow it to air dry. Then, replace the solution when you put your contacts back in the case. If you run out of solution it may be tempting to use saliva, water, or other fluid on your contacts. However, you should never do this. There can be bacteria in any of these fluids that can lead to an eye infection. You should also make sure the tip of your solution bottle doesn’t touch other surfaces, such as your eyes, contact lenses or fingers.
It can also be tempting to keep your contact lens case forever. But, we recommend you replace this case every 3 months to reduce the chances of bacteria. If you’ve purchased contacts at Orchard Park Optometry, contact case and solution is complimentary.
As you probably know, our eyes are always changing. Because this can affect the type of prescription you may need, be sure to book regular eye exams with your optometrist. This will ensure you still have the right contacts for your eyes. Again, if you’ve purchased contacts at Orchard Park Optometry, we offer complimentary vision re-checks within one year.
If you’ve ever shopped for lenses, you know there are many different types of contacts. There are also many steps to make sure you’re taking proper care of your contacts to ensure they stay comfortable, and reduce the chances of eye infection.
If you have more questions or would like to know more about contacts book an appointment at Orchard Park Optometry today. We’re conveniently located in Orchard Park Mall and would be happy to answer any questions and help you find the best contact lenses for your eye. For your convenience, you can also order contacts online from us.