Once you’ve gone to the eye doctor and had your eyes checked out, you
might be given a new prescription for modern contact lenses. If you’re
lucky enough to be able to wear contacts, there are a few rights and
wrongs should know about the wear, care and maintenance of your new
One basic thing to remember is that not all contact lens solutions
work for all eyes, and you may have to try out a few different contact
solutions to find out if you are allergic to any of them and which ones
might work the best for your eyes. You should have learned the proper
method of putting your contacts in from your eye doctor, but before you
ever pickup a contact lens you must make sure that your hands are clean
and remember that any residue from soaps, skin lotions, or any other
household chemicals that get on your contact lenses will cause problems.
If you experience irritation, pain, or blurred vision, you are doing
something wrong, and the first thing to check is to make sure your
contacts are spotlessly clean.
Assuming your lenses are clean and there are no irritation problems,
you can begin wearing your new contacts for the proper amount of time
for your particular contacts and as prescribed by your doctor. Your eye
care professional will also instruct you on how to take your contacts
out and how to store them. You may be instructed to use a wetting agent
or saline solution to keep your eyes lubricated while you are wearing
your contacts. It can take a few days for your eyes to become accustomed
to wearing your contacts at first and you should remember to give your
eyes a rest from wearing the contacts at the end of your day.
If you have trouble remembering when to change or remove your contact
lenses, you can create a chart or schedule to hang on the wall to
remind you. You should always wear your contacts only for the amount of
time prescribed; wearing them longer might save some money but could put
your eyesight at risk for problems later on. Unless you have been
prescribed extended wear contacts by your doctor, you should always
remove your contacts before you go to sleep at night. Sleeping with
contacts in your eyes can cause corneal ulcers over time. When you first
begin wearing contact lenses your eyes may become more sensitive to
sunlight. If it becomes difficult to wear your contacts on bright sunny
days you can wear sunglasses to reduce the discomfort.
In addition to wearing your contact lenses as suggested by your eye
doctor, you should also clean and store them as prescribed as well.
Don’t mix and match different types of cleaning solutions because
specific types of contact lenses may need specific types of solutions.
Always use only the eye care products that your eye doctor has
recommended for your use. Rinse your contact lenses carefully using only
the recommended solutions and let them air dry. Do not ever use saliva
or tap water on your contacts because of the risk of contamination with
microorganisms that can cause eye damage or infection. Contact lens
solutions can also become contaminated if you let the tip of the bottle
come in contact with any thing that is not clean, including your own
Everyone who wears contact lenses should always have a pair of
back-up the correct prescription eyeglasses handy for use anytime you
need to take your lenses out, or in case something happens to your
contacts. Anytime you experience burning sensations, redness, or
excessive tearing, you should remove your contact lenses immediately and
leave them out until you have consulted with your optometrist. Remember
that good hygiene is the most important single factor when it comes to
the proper use, maintenance and storage of your contact lenses.
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