An estimated 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses.
Offering convenience, comfort and affordability, it is not hard to see why so many people are taking advantage of this increasingly popular corrective eyewear device.
That being said, although contact lenses are completely safe, you do need to ensure you take the proper precautions, as a failure to do so could result in eye infections or worse.
Whether you are already enjoying the benefits of contact lenses or you are thinking about giving them a go, keep reading to find out how you can keep your eyes healthy while wearing contacts.
Clean your lenses
This may seem obvious but seeing as you are putting contact lenses directly into your eyes, you need to make sure that you are cleaning them properly using a sterile cleaning solution. You need to make sure that you always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.
If you don't think you have the time to clean and care for your contact lenses in the way that they need to be, you may want to consider choosing Precision1 daily contact lenses. The lenses are very easy to wear and are disposable, meaning no maintenance is required.
Avoid showering or swimming in your lenses
Although contact lenses are suitable for wearing while playing a wide variety of sports, unfortunately, swimming is not one of them. Exposing your contact lenses to non-sterile water can lead to eye infections, so you should avoid getting them wet. However, don't worry if you are simply out walking in the rain.
If you do swim regularly, you may want to invest in prescription goggles so that you can see properly as you swim.
Give your eyes a break
If you like to wear contact lenses all the time (even at night), it is recommended that you take one day a week to swap them for a pair of eyeglasses. This is because your eyes need oxygen, and it is your responsibility to give it to them.
If you don't like wearing glasses outside the house, choose a day at the weekend when you intend to stay in anyway.
Protect your eyes from the sun
When you are wearing your contact lenses out and about on a sunny day, you should always wear sunglasses with UV protection or a wide brim hat to protect your eyes.
If you are wearing contact lenses that have UV blocking filters built-in, you should still heed the above advice.
Remove your contacts if you feel irritation
You should not feel any discomfort or irritation when wearing contact lenses, so if you do, this is an indication that all is not right with your eyes. If you do feel any irritation, take your lenses out immediately and seek the advice of your doctor or optician.
If you keep wearing your contacts even though you are experiencing irritation or discomfort, you put yourself at risk of an eye infection or even a more serious problem.
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