Contact lenses are a common solution for patients who do not want to deal with prescription eyeglasses every day. These vision correction lenses are highly desirable for many men and women, including teenagers. However, without properly caring and handling contact lenses, patients may experience issues such as dry eyes, irritation, or infection. Dr. David Aizuss and his team in Encino and West Hills, California encourage patients to consider the following tips for properly caring for their contact lenses and using them correctly:
- Wash and dry your hands before and after handling contact lenses, especially when placing or removing.
- Look at the contact lenses before placing them onto the eye to look for debris, tears, or dryness. Damaged lenses should be thrown away and replaced with new ones.
- Keep your contact lens case clean by emptying and rinsing it after each use with fresh cleaning solution. Allow them to air dry and avoid placing in humid areas or next to toilets.
- Remove contacts to sleep, swim, or shower.
- Store multi-day lenses in a contact lens container with new solution. Do not add to the solution currently in the case as this can harbor bacteria and increase one’s risk of infection.
- Avoid using water for contacts and instead use contact lens solution made for contacts.
- If using single-day contact lenses, throw them away after use and do not use for another day.
- Thoroughly clean contact lens cases every two weeks if storing contacts, and replace as needed.
- Use the right cosmetics when wearing contact lenses, including hypoallergenic products such as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara to avoid infection and irritation.
- Be sure to give your eyes a break, preferably on weekends when you can wear eyeglasses around the house.
- If dealing with irritation or discomfort when wearing contact lenses, remove the lenses and contact the eye doctor for an evaluation.
Learn more about contact care with Dr. David Aizuss
Patients in the areas of Encino and West Hills, California are encouraged to book an appointment with Dr. David Aizuss to educate themselves on ways to care for their contact lenses to extend their longevity and reduce the risk of complications.