Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care

Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care

A woman putting contacts in

Eye health and clear vision are the two most important things when it comes to your eyes.  


Contact lenses, when properly cared for, are a safe and effective way to correct blurry vision. However, wearing contact lenses requires an everyday routine to minimize any chance of health risk that accompanies wearing contact lenses.  


According to the CDC, 45 million Americans wear contact lenses every day. If you are considering contacts, or have worn contacts for a while, it is wise to learn how to properly take care of your contacts, to ensure your eyes remain healthy.  


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Contact lenses are medical devices that spend hours a day pressed up against your eyes. Failure to wear, clean, and store them properly can result in eye infections. 


In this post, we will go over the importance of properly handling your contacts. Keep reading to learn more! 


Your Contact Lens Care Routine 


Contact lenses are one of the most popular choices for those who struggle with blurry vision. If you need vision correction and choose to wear contact lenses, then you need to practice a routine of proper care and maintenance to avoid any potential health problems.  


Here are a few tips that you should incorporate into your contact lens care routine to reduce your risk for infection.  


Always Wash Your Hands Before Touching Your Lenses 


Your contact lenses spend hours every day touching your eyes. Every time you handle your contact lenses or any contact lens accessories, you must wash your hands.  


Your hands harbor bacteria and dirt and if left unwashed, those hazards will make their way onto your eye.  


Use soap and water, and thoroughly dry your hands before you handle your contacts. 


Only Use Approved Contact Solutions for Cleaning and Storage 


Only use solution designed for the purpose of cleaning your contacts.  


Using water or other substances can result in infection or other eye health problems.  


Replace Your Contacts and Case Regularly 


One of the biggest benefits of getting disposable contacts is that you do not have to worry about the long-term lifespan of your lenses. If you get daily, or weekly contacts, you simply throw them away when it is time to move on to your new lenses.  


If you have contacts that last for a longer period (monthly or yearly), then you will need to be sure that you replace your contacts at those intervals.  


Additionally, replace your case every three months to prevent bacteria build-up. 


Never Sleep in Your Contact Lenses 


Sleeping in your contacts can increase the risk of infection and can lead to retinal damage. If you regularly sleep in your contacts, opt for extended-wear lenses that are designed for overnight use.  


Remove Your Contacts if You Are Experiencing Discomfort 


If your contacts are making your eyes uncomfortable, it is best to remove them before it becomes serious. If your eyes are uncomfortable or you experience unusual redness, remove your lenses and get in contact with your optometrist as soon as possible. 


Regularly Visit Your Eye Doctor 


Regular visits to the eye doctor are key for maintaining your eye health. This is especially true if you wear contact lenses. Your optometrist will be able to evaluate your eye health and make any needed adjustments to your prescription.  


Better Eye Health Starts at Oxford Family Vision Care 


When it comes to your eyes, nothing is more important than clear vision and eye health.  


If you wear contact lenses or have noticed your vision has grown blurry, then it may be time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Collins at Oxford Family Vision Care.  


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We are a short walk from Miami University and we proudly serve the residents of Oxford, Ohio. We offer all the best contact brands including Acuvue, Bausch & Lomb, CIBA, Cooper, Night & Day, Frequency 55, and Vistakon.  


We also offer multiple varieties of contacts including gas-permeable contact lenses, bifocal lenses, colored contact lenses, and disposal contact lenses.  


If you need to talk about your contact lenses or want to book an appointment with Dr. Collins, please reach out to Oxford Family Vision Care today! 


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