Presently, 41 million Americans use contact lenses. Approximately 20% of this number, however, have had corneal scars and abrasions because of improper handling of their pair. In celebration of Contact Lens Safety Month this October, AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care recommends safety tips for preventing contact lens-related problems.
A Prescription Is Always a Must
Always remember that contact lenses are medical devices, which means prescription is a must before using them. This rule includes all kinds, including cosmetic ones. As October 31st draws near, you may be considering buying a pair as part of your Halloween costume. Before doing so, it’s best to consult your eye care specialist. We may have you undergo an eye exam to assess your current visual health. We’ll also check your cosmetic lenses for any irregularities, which may lead to eye irritations or infections.
Contact Lenses Are Not Generally For Overnight Or Underwater
Your corrective eyewear, including your eyeglasses and most contact lenses, are not generally meant to be worn while sleeping. Doing so may lead to eye irritations and damage to your optical device. We also discourage leaving your contact lenses on your eyes while you take a bath or go for a swim. Water from the shower or pool may have microorganisms or dirt that may stick to your contact lenses, increasing your risk of acquiring infections.
Use Only The Lens Solution We Prescribe
Another thing you should observe is using only our recommended lens solution when cleaning and storing your contact lenses. Other solvents may contain strong chemicals or substances, which may be incompatible with your pair’s material. This may lead to its damage and put you at a higher risk of developing eye irritations.
Keep In Mind The Date You Should Replace Your Contact Lenses
Contact lenses have a designated wearing frequency to prevent lens wear-induced problems. Daily contact lenses, for example, are designed to be used only once. This means you have to discard the ones you are wearing today and wear a new pair the next day.
Apart from prescription eyewear, we also offer LASIK as an equally reliable vision correction option. To learn more about contact lens safety tips, call us at (757) 772-0086. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Norfolk and nearby VA areas.