Contact Lens Tips

First of all, keep in mind these important warning signs of an impending emergency with eyes and your contact lenses. You won’t want to ignore these symptoms when wearing contact lenses; if you do, eye infection or tissue damage may result. If you experience any of these symptoms while wearing your contact lenses, immediately remove them and/or contact your eye care professional:

–Watery eyes or burning eyes
–Sharp pain that persists
–Redness of the whites of the eyes that will not go away
–Sensitivity to bright light
–Vision distortion or haze that doesn’t go away an hour after lens removal

Cleaning and Wearing Tips
–Replace your contact lens case every month or so to reduce the chance of infection.
–Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.
–Make sure your contact lens is not inside out before your insert it. If it’s inserted the wrong way, it will irritate your eye or even pop out. Some contact lens brands have letters or numbers printed right on the lens so that you can tell easily if the contact lens is inside out.
–Insert your contact lenses before applying eye creams, moisturizers, hand lotions or make-up.
–Do not overuse disposable contact lenses. Discard them according to the manufacturer’s schedule (daily disposable-each day; frequent disposable-every other week) to prevent infection or distorted vision.

Tips for Dry Eyes
Contact lens wearers may find that the condition called dry eyes makes wearing their contact lenses quite uncomfortable. The condition occurs due to aging, medications, eye strain, or a dry, windy environment. If the problem is intermittent, you can probably use artificial tears eye drops to lubricate your eye. Just make sure they are compatible with using while wearing your contact lenses. If the problem is more persistent, you might try changing to a contact lens brand that has a higher water content. Check with your eye care professional to be sure.

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