Three Precautions Contact Lens Wearers Should Take To Keep Their Eyes Healthy

If you wear contact lenses, there are certain precautions you will want to take when it comes to keeping your eyes healthy. Here are three ways contact lens wearers can keep their eyes looking and feeling good.

Wear Sunglasses While Outdoors

It might seem obvious that if you wear contact lenses, you should wear sunglasses to help shield your eyes from the sun. Not only will blocking out the sun help you to see better, it will actually help keep your eyes safe from damaging UV rays. By constantly exposing your eyes to the sun, you increase the chances of getting the following eye disorders:

Another eye disorder, macular degeneration, can be caused by exposure to UV rays and also from the eyes being exposed to the sun's high-energy visible (HEV) radiation. When buying sunglasses, make sure they block UV rays and absorb HEV rays. For the best protection for your eyes, opt for shades with a wraparound style with a close fit. Besides protecting your eyes from the sun, sunglasses can also keep wind and dust from irritating the eyes.

Thoroughly Wash Your Hands Before Handling Contacts

If you wear contact lenses, you may or may not be aware there is an increased chance for getting an eye infection. One of the most common types of infections is called keratitis. Since there is an increased risk of infection, it's especially important to thoroughly wash your hands before putting in your contacts and taking them out. Symptoms of eye infection include:

  • blurry vision
  • unusual redness
  • eye pain
  • discharge from the eye
  • sensation of something in the eye

If you do suspect an eye infection, you should see your optometrist right away as it could lead to vision impairment and even vision loss.

Discard Disposable Contacts at Recommended Intervals

Most disposable contacts are only meant to be worn for limited amounts of time. Some disposable contacts are only worn for one day and then discarded. Others can be worn up to two weeks. Some contact lenses, called extended wear, can be worn during the day and night for up to 30 days. In order to keep your eyes as healthy as possible, you should follow the wear times of your particular type of contact lenses.

By wearing sunglasses when you are out and about, thoroughly washing your hands, and discarding your contacts at the recommended intervals, your eyes will be in good shape when wearing contact lenses.

For more information about how to protect your eyes, contact a professional like Dr Jade & Associates optometrist.