The eye doctor told us some things that you need to know about contact lenses, llike possible complications, rules about taking care of them as well as some answers to fears you may have concerning this subject
Contact lenses complications :
- Although it is possible for some complications to appear, they should be taken very seriously because if used inappropriately, contact lenses can have a devastating effect on the eye. Complications resulting from the use of contact lenses may vary depending on the type of lenses you chose. Also, the complications can appear due to the inability of wearers to properly clean and disinfect the lenses or if you skip the periodic (1 month, 3 months) eye check to the eye doctor.
- Having dry eyes, corneal diseases or chronic/repeated eye infections may put you in difficulty when you are wearing contact lenses.
- Polluted environment can damage your lenses - if the atmosphere is impregnated with vapors, these can be absorbed by the lenses or some impurities can stick to them (like paint or chemicals). Artificial tears are the solution recommended by any ophthalmologist. They are used during the day, especially in heavily polluted cities. Also, excessive use of computer can cause dry eyes even without contact lenses, so in that case, using artificial tears is also recommended.
- Ocular allergies or specific discomfort are forcing many people to give up wearing contact lenses.
- In most cases, there is a period of adjustment required (up to seven days), the interval increases gradually by wearing the lenses.
You must follow these hygiene rules :
- Wash your hands with soap and water every time you touch your contact lenses;
- Always keep the lenses in their special box;
- Do not use oil based soap, because it leaves a film that can be transferred from your hands to your lenses;
- Put the contact lenses on before applying makeup or hair spray;
- After swimming, the lenses must be removed, cleaned and disinfected, therefore, in this case, it’s recommend to use two pairs of lenses or a pair of lenses and a pair of glasses;
- Clean the lenses with special solution to remove any dirt;
- Don’t ever borrow another person's lens! The danger of transmitting infections from one person to another is very high;
- Don’t clean the lenses with tap water or saliva, use only recommended solutions, otherwise there is a real danger of infection
- Remove the lenses immediately if your eyes are red, irritated, painful or very sensitive to light;
- Clean not only the lenses, but also the container every day and keep them in sterile solution.
Problems when wearing contact lenses:
- You may experience a foreign body sensation in the eyes. Remove the lenses and make sure that they are properly used and cleaned;
- Cleaning and putting on the lenses can take from a few dozen seconds to 5 minutes;
- If you feel uncomfortable sleeping with your lenses on: there are lenses that can be worn even during sleep without problems;
- If you fear the possibility that your lenses will fall, you must know that there are different sizes of lenses and the eye doctor will recommend the ones that have the same radius of curvature as your eyes, so they can be applied perfectly.
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