When used correctly, contact lenses provide an excellent, healthy, comfortable, and convenient option for vision correction. Every user must bear in mind a series of basic rules regarding the use of contact lenses, handling, and maintenance so that their visual health is not subject to any risk.
Contact Lenses and Precautions:
- All contact lenses are individualized adaptation sanitary articles, so the user should always go to a professional optician-optometrist to personally receive data, tolerance and adaptation tests, physiological tests, and controls selection, among others, before purchasing your lenses.
- No contact lens model is the same as another. Never change the model, parameters, brand, or type prescribed by the professional without previously consulting it. This is a must-follow rule for the use of contact lenses.
- Cleaning and maintenance solutions and products are indicated for different types of contact lenses, have a different composition, and fulfill different functions. Always use the products and solutions recommended by your professional and do not change them without their consent.
- Ocular metabolism is constantly changing. Strictly follow the instructions for the use of contact lenses and hours received and always go to your regular professional check-up and control appointments before purchasing and replacing your lenses.
- Asepsis in the handling of contact lenses is essential to avoid eye infections. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap, rinse and dry them in the wind or with a lint-free towel or cloth before handling your lenses.
- Contact lenses are not ordinary plastic. They are biocompatible polymers with hydrophilic or hydrophobic radicals and specific physicochemical and physiological properties. Always buy your lenses in health establishments with guarantees of control, storage, temperature, registration, service, and claim.
- Most lenses are disposable or renewable for a defined time that has been determined and approved by extensive clinical studies to prevent eye problems. Never wear lenses for more days than indicated by the manufacturer or your optician-optometrist. This is a very important tip for the use of contact lenses.
- Weekly clean the case where you keep the lens and discard it and renew it periodically (1 time a month is recommended). Some microorganisms and bacteria can grow inside it and cause serious infections.
- Always empty and fill the aseptic solution from your lens case daily. Do not refill or use expired solutions.
- Avoid direct contact of contact lenses with non-sterile objects, with the top tips of maintenance bottles, with soaps, eye drops, creams, and other cosmetic products.
- Being a personalized medical device, we must never share contact lenses with other people, this increases the possibility of contracting serious eye infections.
- When they come into contact with seawater or swimming pools, they can contract germs that lead to infections, so it is advisable not to use them for these purposes. If its use is essential in these environments, it is recommended to wear protective glasses or daily disposable lenses.
- Tap water contains microorganisms which, if they get on soft contact lenses, can cause serious eye infections. Avoid showering with your lenses on and never rinse them with tap water or saliva.
- With the eyelids closed the supply of oxygen and tears is drastically reduced in the eyes. Never sleep with lenses on unless they are specifically for it and your optician-optometrist has performed the appropriate physiological and tolerance tests.
- Do not wear contact lenses if you have eye symptoms of infection, inflammation, allergy, damage, pain, irritation, burning, foreign body sensation, spontaneous blurred vision, or an abnormality affecting the cornea, conjunctiva, and eyelids. If you are wearing them and you notice these symptoms, remove them, and see you’re professional immediately.
- Various medications (eye drops, antihistamines, hypotensives, weight-loss drugs, hormones, contraceptives, tranquilizers) can temporarily alter ocular metabolism. Avoid wearing lenses if you are being treated with any medication that is contraindicated or could interfere with its use and consult your professional.
- The use of contact lenses is ideal for sports except for boxing and sports that can cause blows to the face. For water sports, you must wear protective glasses. If in doubt, consult your optician-optometrist.
- Do not wear contact lenses in environments with a lot of dust or noxious fumes. Lenses can increase the damage these elements already do.
- We must discard the idea of manipulating contact lenses with fingernails. So that there is no risk of breakage, it is preferable to use the fingertips. Also, do not manipulate the 2 lenses at the same time to avoid confusing right and left.
- Insert your contact lenses before using makeup. At the end of the day, remove lenses first, then makeup.
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Everyone who wears contact lenses should be checked by an optician at least once a year, and according to what the optician you use recommends. If you are among those who are not so careful about wearing lenses properly, you should go even more often.
Just follow these tips and precautions to use your lenses properly without worrying about risks to your visual health.
These useful tips are essential for the correct conservation of the lenses. If you have any questions, contact your nearest Medical Optical Hearing center.