United States – The American Optometric Association has announced that August 20-24 is Contact Lens Health Week 2018. The warning is worth repeating to the nation’s 45 million contact lens wearers: Contact lenses provide many vision benefits, but you risk your eye health if you don’t handle them with proper care.
Eye Love founders, Drs. Travis and Jenna Zigler, love fitting contact lenses as an additional option to providing their patients with the vision they deserve. With this being said, they are fully aware that a good percentage of their patients are not practicing perfect contact lens hygiene.
As contact lenses have become even more popular, it is crucial to discuss how to properly care for your contact lenses. Improper lens care can lead to many problems for your eyes, including inflammation, infection, excessive dryness, and others. If left untreated, these conditions can become severe.
Proper lens care starts with hand hygiene. Many of the serious problems associated with contact lens care can be decreased by washing one’s hands before insertion and removal of the lenses. If someone doesn’t wash their hands, any of the bacteria and other microbes could be introduced to the eye or the contact lens. Checkout the Tea Tree Oil Soap you could use to ensure eyelids and hands are thoroughly clean. Secondly, proper use of solution is very important. You should never “top off” the solution in your case. Topping off is the practice of not completely disposing of the contact lens solution from the night before and adding more solution to fill the bowls. The old solution in the bowl provides a breeding ground for microbes that can cause infections in your eyes. And then, you put those microbes directly on your eyes…eww! Think of this like bathing in the same bath water day after day. You would NEVER do that!
According to allaboutvision.com, “Dry eye syndrome is a common problem among contact lens wearers and non-wearers alike. But symptoms of dry eye can be more pronounced if you wear contact lenses and your contacts start to dry out. Dry eye is a common cause of contact lens discomfort.” Your eye doctor also can tell you about other possible remedies for contact lens-related dry eyes, including eye vitamins, flaxseed or fish oil supplements, and a lid & lash hypochlorous acid cleanser for dry eye relief.
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