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Around the world, millions of people wear contact lenses without prescription in place of corrective eye glasses. While millions of people can attest to the joys of having better vision with contact lenses, they can also tell you about the downside they may frequently encounter: contact lens irritation! Here are the main reasons for possible eye distress with contact lenses.
Improper care and use is the most common cause of eye irritation. Contacts are like any other tool that we use in life. They must be maintained and used properly to work their best. Keeping them clean is of the utmost importance. A dirty or dry contact lens is a sure fire way to irritate the eye. Contact lenses must always be kept oily and wet. If your contact lenses are not disposable, after removing them, they must be cleaned and stored in the solution given. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer for cleaning and always wash your hands before inserting them into your eye.
Dry eyes can also cause irritation with contact lenses. The eye depends on the tear ducts to deliver constant moisture to them. This flow keeps the eyes moist, hydrated and lubricated. All are essential to maintain good vision and comfort. If the eye becomes dry, a contact lens will too. This causes friction between the two, which makes pain and light sensitivity possible.
Be mindful to keep make up, perfume and spray hair products from getting on them as well, they can cause inflammation and irritation. It’s best to either put contact lenses in after applying cosmetics to the face, or keep the eyes shut as you do so. Removing make up before removing contact lenses is also a good idea. This cuts down on the chances of eye makeup getting onto the lenses (again, clean hands are always important).
The eyes are a delicate part of our bodies and are susceptible to bacteria. For this reason, they should never be lent to anyone else. Bacteria can thrive on contact lenses and sharing them is a sure fire way of causing an eye infection.
It’s possible for a cleaning solution to be an irritant as well. An allergic reaction to a component is possible and some solutions are incompatible with certain lenses. Remember, these solutions are covering the lens and going right against the cornea. There are many on the market, so there are options available to find one that your body can tolerate well. Using anything other than a contact lens solution, like hand soap, water or saliva, should never be used. Doing so damages the lens, often making them hard.Also, over time, the eye may change sensitivity and may require a solution change.
Like a tire on car, contact lenses wear out and need to be replaced. Most people put a fresh pair of contact lenses in the morning and keep them in without thinking about it. Until, that is, they start to bother the eye. It’s easy to forget to change them, but it’s important for your eyes to change your contact lenses as recommended by the manufacturer. Some are made to be worn for a few hours and some can be safely worn for many days. Wearing them too long means they dry out and get deposits on them. When they rub against the cornea, it can cause irritation, redness and blurred vision.
Using lenses that are past their use-by-date should be avoided. Worn out contact lenses are not safe to use, they lead to nothing but problems. Not only are they uncomfortable to wear, but they also allow bacteria to form and attack the eye, causing an infection. A worn lens may be warped, meaning that they won’t fit your eye correctly, leading to them getting dislodged and scratching the cornea.
As we grow older, our bodies change. That includes the eye, so it’s important to visit an eye doctor regularly. Eye strain may be caused by a prescription that isn’t appropriate any longer. A new contact lens prescription can mean a better fit and better vision. It’s not uncommon to need tweaks no matter how old you are.
Remember, to avoid eye irritation, it’s all about proper contact lens usage!