Contact lenses can be a real godsend. You carefully rinse the lenses with solution, place them gently in each eye, and after one tiny moment of discomfort … almost like magic you can see everything with the exactitude of a hawk. Yes, modern optometry is amazing, but like all medical treatments and corrections, contact lenses are not 100% risk-free. You needn’t worry though; the steps for proper care of your contacts are very simple.
Why contact cleanliness matters
When things go awry with contact lenses, it’s typically a result of poor hygiene. Your eyes provide an access point for bacteria to enter your body, but natural preventive measures like tears, mucus and blinking help reduce the risk. When a foreign object is placed over the surface of the eye—like a contact lens—these natural processes are not as effective.
This is because the space between your eye and the contact lens is ideal for certain types of bacteria to grow more easily. For example, contact wearers are far more prone to microbial keratitis than non-wearers. Bacterial infections are not always severe, but can be very painful and even cause blindness in rare cases. Adopting the following behaviors will ensure your contacts are consistently clean, greatly reducing your chances of infection.
Your personal hygiene translates to lens hygiene
Keeping the contacts themselves clean
Staying committed to the cause
Sometimes it can be easy to get complacent. It’s understandable. The extra time each day to be thorough with your lenses can be a mild nuisance; especially if you’ve never had any trouble with infections previously. Just remember, these are the only set of eyes you have, and it’s better to not take any chances on them. Get into a routine with your contacts, live by the ritual of keeping them clean and enjoy a lifetime of crisp, flawless vision.
Oh, and one last tip. Contact lenses are not perfect. Always carry a backup pair of prescription glasses just in case.
If you’re uncertain about your contacts or are experiencing any discomfort, then use your VSP Individual Plan to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor today. If you don’t have vision insurance, find out how VSP can help you save on your next eye exam or pair of contact lenses.