Contact lenses, placed directly on the cornea of the eye, require cautious maintenance on a daily basis. Chances are that the first few times will take a minute or five, so don’t get discouraged. As time passes, you will be able to put contacts in almost as fast as putting glasses on!
When handling your contacts, some simple habits can make life easier:
- Hand washing – The first thing to do and perhaps the most important is to wash your hands thoroughly. This will help you to remove dust and bacteria before touching your contacts.
- To avoid putting the contacts in the wrong eye, make a habit of always starting with the same lens – right or left.
- Never remove your contacts from their case by pinching them with your fingernails, otherwise, they may be damaged.
- If a wearer has forgotten to remove their lenses before going to sleep, they should wait at least an hour after waking before removing them so that his or her eyes have time to moisten.
- To avoid irritating the eyes, respect the wearing time recommended by the ophthalmologist and optician and do not exceed the deadline for use.
To keep contacts clean and to help avoid developing allergies and eye infections, experts say that people should never use water when cleaning their contacts. Use a solution that is adapted to the product and recommended by an optician.
Choosing the right lenses
There is a multitude of different lenses: soft, rigid, for myopic, hyperopic, astigmatic, and presbyopic. Renewal lenses can be used for a day, 30 days, 90 days, and up to 1 year. The type of lens, the material, the dimensions, the frequency of renewal, are all parameters specific to each person. They are likely to change throughout life, so regular medical monitoring is essential to always have the best lenses for your needs.
Preparing to see an ophthalmologist
Are you having problems with your eyesight or maybe some visual fatigue? What about headaches? These are just a few of the many reasons to consult an ophthalmologist. Make the most of each appointment by jotting down questions you may have about buying contact lenses.