My husband has had to wear glasses most of his life. He now wears contacts most of the time, so I’ve learned more about contacts than I knew in the past. Did you know that today, there are nearly 41 million adults in the U.S. (more than one in ten people) and 125 million people worldwide wear contact lenses? And it’s not just adults that wear contacts. There are more and more children that benefit from using contact lenses as young as 10 years old. Proper care of contact lenses is very important for healthy eyes and must be practiced regularly for good eye health. Contact lens wearers should also have comprehensive eye exams annually and stay in close contact with their eye doctor to ensure appropriate and up-to-date clinical guidance based on individual eye health needs for the best possible care.
When patients do not use lenses as directed by an eye doctor, the consequences can be dangerous and can even damage the eyes, potentially causing long-term problems with vision and eye health. So, it’s very important to have clean and safe handling of contacts is very important to protect vision. Here’s 7 Contact Lens Tips to practice to keep eyes healthy!
1. Wash and dry hands before handling contact lenses
2. Carefully and regularly use cleaning solution to rub the lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in a sufficient multi-purpose disinfectant solution
3. Store lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace your case every three months; in addition cases should be rubbed with clean fingers, rinsed with solution, dried with a tissue, and stored upside down every night.
4. Use fresh solution to clean and store contact lenses—never re-use old solution.
5. Use products recommended by your eye doctor to clean and disinfect your lenses
6. Removing contact lenses before exposing them to water.
7. Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule by your doctor.
By creating good habits for your contact lens eye care, you’ll be setting yourself up for healthy eyes and vision for the future! Visit an Optometrist regularly, they are able to provide a lifetime of vision care and play a key role in a patient’s total quality of life. Proper vision can affect how well a person functions and succeeds in life. Poor vision has been linked to developmental problems. So, make sure to get your yearly eye exams because they are so important for eye and vision health.
Note: The American Optometric Association represents approximately 39,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities, they are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.