Do Not Reuse Contact Lenses – Learn Why
Contact lenses are small plastic or sometimes silicon discs shaped to properly correct certain refractive errors that occur in the eye. With most regular contact lenses, a two to four-week break-in period is generally required during which you wear these lenses for longer periods of time per day. Soft contact lenses generally take much less time to adjust. A variety of materials may be used to manufacture the contact lens including gas-permeable, hydrogel, silicone hydrogel, and polymers with various densities. The specific lens material you require is determined by the underlying factors such as the patient’s ocular profile, visual conditions, and comfort factors.
Rinsing your eyes with tap water
is not a good idea because it can make your eyes feel raw and sore. In some cases, it can also cause bacteria to get into the eye causing irritation, infection, and even inflammation. Rinsing the eyes with tap water should only be done if there is no other option at hand such as wearing disposable contact lenses. Disposable contacts cannot be worn for more than a few days at a stretch, while the tap water must stay away from the eyes at all costs. Rinsing with plain warm water is still recommended for some people and can help you remove any excess dirt and debris that can build up on the contacts.
It is best to avoid using a contact lens solution
that contains chlorine dioxide, zinc oxide, or titanium. These ingredients can create potential infections that can spread into the eye causing more pain and discomfort. The same goes for using some forms of contact lenses that contain oils. These oils can cause infections in susceptible eye tissues that are susceptible to microbial growth.
Contact lenses require daily care and maintenance
This means that your eyes should be clean and disinfected at all times to avoid infections from spreading. You must take care not to share other people’s contacts and only allow them to use yours when they have already been properly sterilized. It is important to wash your hands frequently so as not to transfer the bacteria from one person to another. It is also important to follow instructions written on the package regarding the care and storage of the product.
Some products cannot be shared with other people
One such example is a contact lenses case. Never reuse a contact lenses case just because you have used it. Your contact lenses may have dried out and the case may be cracked or broken. These types of cases need to be thrown away because they may contain bacteria that can irritate the eyes and even cause infections.
If you have scratched your eyes before or have an eye ailment
such as conjunctivitis or other eye conditions, refrain from using the lenses. These conditions are treatable if caught early. It is also important to have your eyes checked by your eye doctor regularly to monitor the progress of your condition and if any changes are noted, you should discontinue use and get your eye doctor’s advice as to how you should proceed. You can never underestimate the power of your eyes. They can be very resilient but should always be kept in good shape to maintain overall eye health.