Contact lenses are one of the most popular and widely used vision correction options. However, failing to follow the contact lens-care instructions provided by your optometrist increases the chances of infection.
Today, Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic raises awareness about common mistakes people make when handling their contact lenses.
Sleeping With Contact Lenses On
Failing to remove your contact lenses before going to sleep deprives the eyes of oxygen. This causes the cornea to swell, resulting in gaps between the eyes’ surface cells. Bacteria can find their way into these gaps, leading to infection that requires treatment from an optometrist.
Not Following the Replacement Schedule
Most contact lenses need to be replaced periodically. Failing to replace your contact lenses on time increases the risk of infection and other contact lens-related eye problems.
Handling Contacts With Dirty or Damp Hands
Dirt from your hands may be transferred onto the contacts and subsequently onto the eye during wear. Damp hands can harbor harmful microorganisms that can also transfer to the lenses. Always wash and thoroughly dry your hands before handling your contact lenses.
Failing to Replace Contact Lens Case
Proper contact lens care extends to storage cases, too. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), lens cases must be replaced at least every three months. Always follow the instructions provided by your optometrist.
For your eye care needs, turn to Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic. We carry top contact lens brands such as Air Optix, Acuvue Oasys, Biofinity and Ultra.
Call us at (425) 771-8472 or (425) 485-0430 to get started. You may also fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve patients in Bothell, Lynnwood and Shoreline, WA.