05/11/2020 0 Comments
Hygiene Habits for Contact Lens Users
In 2020, touching your face is the ultimate no-go.
That's because your face has three main orifices through which disease can be spread: your mouth, your nose, and your eyes.
However, for the users of contact lenses Bedford has, touching the area around their eyes is an everyday part of their routine. Contacts also go directly in their eyes, meaning it's now more important than ever to practice good contact hygiene.
Want to know how to take care of contacts?
Disinfect Your Lenses and Their Case
When you first receive your contact lenses, you might also get a case and some contact lens solution.
If you don't, go out and purchase some right away.
Before you go to bed, pour some of the solutions into your lens case and soak your contacts in them overnight. The solution both lubricates and cleans your lenses.
Often, people will attempt to clean their contacts by running them under water or putting them in their mouths. Do not do this! Tap water has the possibility of being contaminated, and your mouth naturally contains germs.
As such, properly disinfecting your lenses and their case will go a long way in keeping them clean.
Don't Sleep in Them
Did you know that sleeping in your contact lenses actually increases your chances of getting an infection?
Wearing contacts to bed reduces the amount of oxygen your eyes receive. As such, it's always best to put them in your case before you sleep.
Wash Your Hands Before Touching Your Contacts
You've probably heard this time and time again this year, but it bears repeating: washing your hands is one of the primary ways you can prevent disease.
Throughout the day, your hands come into contact with a variety of substances, including bacteria. Whatever you touch then becomes contaminated. This includes your contacts.
You can avoid getting your contacts filled with germs by washing your hands before you handle them. 30 seconds under warm water with antibacterial soap should do the trick.
Just be sure to wipe them dry before touching your lenses!
Dispose of Your Contacts When Directed
All of the contact lenses Bedford has (and all contact lenses in the world) can only last for a certain amount of time before they need to be replaced.
Usually, lenses are only meant to be worn for a day, two weeks, or a month, depending on what type you have. Wearing them past the recommended amount of time increases your risk of contracting an infection.
Having an annual eye exam also keeps your eyes healthy and strong!
Ready to See What Contact Lenses Bedford Has for You?
Now that you know how to care for contact lenses, you might be ready to get some new ones.
Choosing contacts that work for you is important. An eye doctor will be able to properly gauge your vision and prescribe you the right pair.
The contact lenses Bedford offers can be found at Family Vision Clinic. We provide a full roster of eye care services, from routine exams to diagnoses to eye surgery. Book an appointment today!