Countless people all around the world use daily disposable contact lenses, sometimes known as dailies. At the conclusion of each day, these popular single-use lenses are removed and discarded, and a new, fresh pair is installed the next morning. When used appropriately, daily increase eye health while also being comfortable and convenient.
Despite the numerous benefits of using disposables on a regular basis, there are numerous ways to harm your eyes and eyesight, some of which you may not have considered.
1. Avoid touching contacts with dirty hands.
Before touching your lenses, properly cleanse your hands with soap and water. When you handle your contact lenses with unwashed hands, you transfer bacteria to the lenses, which can lead to an illness. Dry your hands with a disposable paper towel rather than a cloth towel, and make sure no towel remnants remain on your fingertips.
2. Avoid exposing your contacts to water.
Water from any source, whether tap, pool, or lake, can affect the shape of your lenses and produce micro-abrasions on your cornea. Furthermore, the water may include bacteria that can wreak havoc on your eye health, causing temporary vision loss or even permanent blindness.
If you must go in the water while wearing contacts, wear waterproof goggles. If you get water on your contact lenses, remove them and replace them with a new pair. When contact lenses are exposed to pollutants such as chlorine, the chemicals attach to the lens and cannot be removed. It then leeches onto the cornea and irritates it.
Think twice the next time you’re tempted to swim or wash while wearing your contact lenses.
3. Do Not Reuse Contacts
Daily disposable contacts are intended to be discarded after each usage, and persons who reuse them risk painful and dangerous effects. Dailies are thinner and more fragile than other contacts, and they do not retain moisture as well.
Users may try to extend the life of their contact lenses by cleaning them in a disinfectant solution and wearing them for several days or even weeks at a time. This is troublesome since the lens material does not permit repeated disinfection. In fact, cleaning the lenses is not only ineffective, but it actually breaks down the lens, increasing the danger of the lens falling apart while in the eye. The danger of complications and infection outweighs the few dollars saved.
4. Never put a dropped contact in your eye.
Daily lenses have the advantage of being less expensive (per lens) than other types of contacts. So, if you drop a lens in the sink or on the floor, don’t bother putting it back in your eye. This can have a negative impact on your eye health.
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5. Never, ever put contact contacts in your mouth.
Doesn’t it seem like a silly idea? You wouldn’t believe how many people do this. If you drop a contact lens, don’t root about on the floor looking for it, and if you do, don’t put it in your mouth to lubricate it. Bacteria in your mouth can infect your eyes if you re-insert your contacts.
Carry a spare pair of daily disposable contacts or an emergency set of glasses in your purse, car, or at work to be safe.
6. Don’t wear your contact lenses more than once a day.
Even if you wear your contacts on a daily basis, wearing them for extended periods of time can harm your eyes. The maximum recommended daily use for any contact lens is 14-16 hours, though Behnam Sorkhabi, OD will decide the exact number of hours you should wear your lenses. Your eyes, like every other part of your body, require rest. Your corneas absorb oxygen from the air, not blood vessels, and while wearing contacts during the day is healthy, wearing them for extended hours can substantially lower the quantity of oxygen your eyes receive, potentially leading to issues. If you don’t give your eyes enough rest, they may become enlarged, which can lead to corneal abrasion and possibly bacterial infection.
7. Don’t Sleep With Your lenses In.
Daily lenses should never be worn while sleeping. By sleeping in a lens that isn’t approved for nighttime use, you’re putting your sight at danger, as it can cause ocular irritation, swelling, and corneal ulcers.
8. Do Not Insert Contacts Until You Have Completed Your Morning Routine
Avoid putting your contacts in before showering or washing your face, as this exposes your lenses to tap water and the germs that comes with it. We also recommend inserting your lenses after blow-drying and styling your hair, especially if you use hairspray or other sprays, as these products can dry out your contacts. Furthermore, the spray can coat the lenses and leave a film that not only irritates the eyes but also makes vision difficult. If you can’t remove your lenses at the salon, close your eyes when the spray is administered.
9. Avoid putting make-up on your contacts.
Insert your contacts before you apply makeup, as any makeup residue on your hands, such as mascara, will easily transfer to your lenses.
People frequently get concealer, eyeliner, or mascara on their contact lenses. If this occurs, remove the lens immediately and wipe the makeup with solution (while making sure to dispose of the lens before bed). Otherwise, simply change the lens with a different one. Wearing waterproof makeup should be avoided because it can’t always be removed from your lenses, even when cleaned with solution.
Apply mascara only from the base of your lashes up to avoid makeup getting on your lenses. Instead, start from the halfway point. It’s also vital to apply eyeliner on the area above your lashes rather than the inner lid of your eye.
If your eyes are irritated, don’t wear contact lenses.
“If in doubt, take them out!” as the phrase goes. Don’t force it if your eyes are inflamed or itchy, or if you observe any pain or redness. If your symptoms persist, make a contact with Behnam Sorkhabi, OD at Center Eye Care. You don’t want a major infection to go untreated.
Replace your contacts when your eyes feel more rested and free of irritation.
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
If your eyes are irritated or dry, or if a lens appears to be out of place, you may be tempted to rub them. However, rubbing, whether with or without contacts, can cause long-term eye problems. This might cause impaired vision and possibly damage to your cornea. Behnam Sorkhabi, OD, on the other hand, can prescribe eye drops to alleviate any irritation. Make sure to use them only after you’ve removed your contact lenses.
We’ve already discussed things you should never do with everyday contact lenses. If you do make a mistake, you may easily remove the lens and replace it with a new one. The few bucks you might save by not opening a new pack aren’t worth the risk of making a mistake.
Alternativa Glasses Eye Care in London immediately if you have any inquiries or want to learn more about contact lenses. Behnam Sorkhabi, OD would gladly explain how to care for your eyes and keep your vision clear.