If you wear contacts often then there is a high chance that you don’t change your contacts as much as you should which is common in lens wearers. Over half the amount of lens wearers don’t even know when they are supposed to change to a fresh pair. Replacing your old contacts on a routine is important to ensure the health of your eyes and sight. We replace coffee filters and vacuum bags when we need to and change the oil in our vehicles when it gets dirty to keep our cars running smoothly.
If you do this to avoid problems occurring with your appliances and vehicles then you need to be doing the same for the only set of eyes you have. Remember you cannot rush to the store and buy a new set when they don’t work anymore.
It can be confusing for some to know which type of lenses are the most suited for them.
Here are a few types of contact lenses:
- Extended wear lenses
- Daily wear disposables
- Monovision lenses
- Rigid gas permeable
- Spherical lenses
- Toric contacts
- Colour tinted contacts
The most commonly set of contacts that are worn are the soft contacts. It doesn’t matter whether you are wearing prescription contacts or wearing coloured contact lenses you must follow proper care guidelines. You do not want to risk an eye infection or the chance of losing your sight.
1 in 500 people get eye infections each year. You don’t want to experience this type of problem which can be avoided by changing to fresh lenses when you are supposed to. Talk with your eye doctor about when the best time to change your type of lens.
Sometimes you might need to change your lenses earlier than recommended. Here are the three common sing you need to change your lenses.
This can be a sign that there is bacteria present. Ensure you are using fresh medical solution when you are cleaning and putting your contacts away. Don’t add fresh solution to old solution and don’t top up your container with fresh solution mixed among old stuff. This will increase the chances of a bacteria growing. Ensure you wash your hands with antibacterial soap and dry them with a clean cloth before handling your contacts. Look after your eyes, and rather wear a spooky pair of coloured contacts for Halloween than a ghastly eye infection.
Damage, tears and nicks
If any damage or small nicks occur in the lens it can allow germs to reach the eye and even scratch the cornea and cause infections. Keratitis can occur which is very painful and requires treatment from a doctor.
Irritation and discomfort
This can be a sign that something is not right with your lenses. Pain in the eye can occur when there is a presence of irritants and germs. Make sure you are using fresh solution, changing your contacts when required and making sure to replace your eye lens case every three months. Keeping up a good hygiene practice is super important when wearing contact lenses.
You can increase the health of your eyes and the life of your contacts by following the orders of your professional eye doctor and the recommendations for when you should be changing the contacts. Look after your eyes, think about what you wouldn’t be able to do without having any sight.