It was a big event when I finally got contact lenses. I wore glasses since second grade and when I finally got contact lenses in middle school, I remember feeling so free and so beautiful! Glasses are fun and can be a great fashion accessory, but sometimes they’re just no fun at all– especially in the midst of the awkward years of middle school. They’re also a pain when it comes to swimming and doing any kind of exercise.
Three cheers for contact lenses! All of you blind comrades have got to agree with me, right?
The only not-so-great part about wearing contact lenses is the the discomforts that can come with them. There are ways around those common discomforts though and many ways to make sure you’re maintaining optimal optical health. Here’s five:
one: Visit the optometrist once per year.
two: Always rub your contact lenses. Any optometrist will tell you to ignore the “no-rub” claims on your contact solution. In order to get rid of the gunk that builds up on your contact lenses, you need to rub them a little with your fingers. They should be clear, not cloudy.
three: Never sleep in your lenses. Aside from the discomfort you’ll experience upon waking and feeling like your lenses are cemented to your eye balls, this is just awful for your eyes! Always make sure to give your eyes a rest at the end of the day and take your contact lenses out before going to bed.
four: Clean your contact lenses case. Dirt and germs can build-up on your contact lenses and when you soak them in your contact lens container overnight in solution, that build-up can sink to the bottom of the container. A good way to clean it is to run it through the dish washer or just simply wash with soap and water. I do this at least weekly.
five: Always wash your hands before applying. Never, ever put in your contact lenses without washing your hands before. Just imagine all of the things you touch each day. You don’t want to introduce those germs into your eyes. It can lead to irritation and even infections.
For more information, check out the infographic below:
The American Optometrists Association is made up of 39,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians who’s number one priority is optimal eye health! They’ll see you for your routine eye exams (which you should get yearly if you wear contacts), they diagnose and treat eye diseases and can even identify systemic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressures– simply by looking into your eyes. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it!
I don’t wear my contacts all of the time, but when I do, I make sure to follow the simple tips I outlined before. My vision gets worse and worse every year and the last thing I want to deal with is an infection in my eyes or damaging my eyes in a way that could have been prevented!
What tips do you have for taking care of your eyes while using contact lenses?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.