Wearing contacts can be a magical experience for someone who is suffering from sight loss. It is not an understatement to say that the moment they are inserted can be life-changing, especially for those who are anxious about their sight changing or who perhaps do not get along with glasses.
That being said, there are some important things to know when you are using contacts to make sure they are being used correctly to help avoid any negative side effects.
This piece will take you through those steps.
Wash Your Hands
One of the worst things you can do when using contacts is to handle your contacts with dirty hands. All of the bacteria, dirt, and debris that are on your fingers will automatically be transferred into your eye, even more so if you have to flip the contact inside out to put it into your eye correctly.
This can lead to all sorts of eye problems such as infections, all of which can turn critical if left untreated. Be sure to wash your hands properly with soap, and get under your nails too, then dry with a clean old towel (less lint and fibers) or clean kitchen roll every single time after to avoid any contamination. Then you can set to putting your contacts in.
Do Not Reuse Your Daily Contacts
It can be tempting to reuse your contacts, especially if they have not been in for a while and you want to take a nap or a shower but resist the urge!
Daily contacts are thinner and more fragile, which means they are prone to tears. They also do not hold moisture as well as others and can be particularly difficult to disinfect once they have been taken out, which is why you should never risk it. Always open a brand-new packet of contacts and repeat the steps of washing and drying your hands properly before inserting them. There are different types of one day lenses you can wear which will suit your needs, or you can also opt for monthly lenses or weekly lenses if they would work better with your lifestyle. However, it is worth noting that daily lenses are the safest and most hygienic option.
Avoid Water and Dirt
There is a specific bacterium, Acanthamoeba, that lives in all different bodies of water and dirt that can cause devastating consequences when trapped in the eye. A contact lens is a perfect trapping device. This is why you should avoid showering when wearing contacts, going swimming in chlorinated pools, lakes, and the sea, and also avoid gardening too. For these activities, you should wear your glasses, if it is possible, to avoid any risk of this infection.
It is worth noting that an infection of Acanthamoeba is not common, and there will be times you will get a raindrop caught in your eye, which will be no cause for concern, but it is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your eyesight, as it is irreplaceable.