5 Tips to Avoid Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections

Contact lenses are a very popular option for vision correction. Approximately 45 million Americans wear these eye-hugging lenses. They’re comfortable to wear, and they’re especially great for athletes and other active people who might risk breaking regular eyeglasses in the course of their day.

However, if you do not properly care for your lenses, you risk developing eye infections. These infections can be quite serious and can even lead to blindness. Approximately 40-90%  of contact lens users don’t follow the care directions for their lenses, and about 1 in 500 people develop serious infections every year.

At Eyecare Center of Snohomish, Dr. Anup Deol attends to all your eyecare needs, including fitting you with contact lenses. She also shows you how to properly care for your contacts to avoid infections.

5 tips to avoid contact lens-related eye infections

Since contact lenses are inserted directly into your eyes, they must be treated very carefully to avoid introducing any contaminants that might damage the lenses or produce other, serious health consequences. Getting in the routine of following a few simple care tips will ensure your eyes stay healthy.

1. Wash your hands

It might seem obvious, but be sure to wash your hands immediately before handling your contact lenses. Use soap and warm water, and wash for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing your nails and rubbing between your fingers. Dry your hands completely with a clean towel. 

2. Rub your lenses with a proper solution

Although some contact lens cleaning products state on their labels that they are “no rub” solutions, the best way to clean your contacts is to rub them between your fingers in clean contact lens solution. So, ignore the labels and take a few extra minutes to do the job right.

3. Don’t use water

Avoid getting water in your eyes while you are wearing your contacts. Water may contain bacteria, viruses, or parasites that can cause irritations or more serious infections. Don’t swim or shower in your lenses to avoid contamination with water, and definitely don’t clean your lenses with water.

4. Don’t sleep in your lenses

Do not sleep in your contact lenses unless you have special “overnight” lenses. Your eyes need some downtime, just like the rest of your body. Leaving your contacts in your eyes for long periods of time can trap dirt and bacteria under the lenses that can then cause an eye infection.

5. Replace your lenses on time

Contact lenses have an expiration date, so you should plan to replace your lenses when the time is due. Some lenses are meant to be used on a daily basis, while others are disposable and must be replaced each time you put your lenses in. Ask your doctor for help if you’re not sure which kind you have. And make sure you get regular checkups, too, to see if you need a prescription update.

Contact lenses are a convenient form of vision correction, but they must be treated carefully to avoid problems that can damage your vision. Following a few simple tips helps you make wearing your lenses both easy and safe. 

For all your vision care needs, call Eyecare Center of Snohomish or use our online booking tool to set up an appointment today!

You Might Also Enjoy...

How Diabetes Causes Blindness

Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in adults worldwide. But with proper blood sugar control and regular checkups with your eye doctor, you can easily avoid this dreadful scenario.