Contact lenses are a means to see the world out clear for those who have refractive error. They have extra benefit over glasses, but also they require extra care compared spectacles. Since they are worn on you eye, they are in contact, so they have to be kept clean. Not only that, there are many precautions that should be taken to make ones contact lens wearing experience safe and good. Here are some don't and do's of contact lenses:
- Never sleep with your contact lenses on. Even though, there are advanced contact lens materials available, where the oxygen permeability is good through them, it is recommended not to wear them when you close your eyes for long hours. As your eyes also need oxygen, which comes inside through the cornea, when contact lenses are placed over the eyes, the oxygen supply reduces. Onto that, if the eyes are closed, the oxygen supply reduces more. This is the time when it is easy for bacteria's to attack cornea and cause serious conditons like infections.
- Never let the contact lens come in contact with water. As contact lens are made such a way that they retain moisture in them to provide comfortable wearing, They tend to absorb water, which makes them heavy and they fall off. Which is a loss for you. Even if they are not heavy, there are many microorganisms that are there in the water which may cause some serious infections in the eye.
- Don't rinse your contact lens with any solution. Always buy the solution which is recommended by practitioner or the solution of the same brand which your contact lenses are of.
- If your contact lenses are broken from anywhere, immediately through them. Do not continue wearing them, as they can lead to serious problems.
- Never use anyone else's contact lenses, as they may support carrying of bacteria's or diseases from one to other.
- Stop wearing contact lenses if you have any eye irritation or you see redness in your eyes. First consult your eyecare practitioner and once you are clear of infection, you can start wearing them again.
- Do not use the contact lenses if they are expired. They may seem usable, but over time the material of contacts become hard from the date they were opened to be used.