Contact lenses are a great choice for many Americans to improve their overall eye health.
Contact lenses are worn by millions of Orlando residents for a variety of reasons. Some people don’t like the appearance of frames and others want to change the color of their eyes.
- Acquire contacts by going to an eye doctor, having your eyes checked, and ordering contacts of the correct prescription. Try out a few different samples of contact solution to find out if you are allergic to any and which work the best. Buy any other materials.
- Make sure that your hands are clean before handling the lenses. After you have washed your hands with soap and warm water, dry them using a clean towel. Remember – any residue from soaps, lotions, or chemicals may stick to your contact lenses and give rise to irritation, pain, or blurred vision.
- Learn how to properly put in contact lenses, preferably from your doctor.
- Learn how to properly take out contacts when removing and storing.
- Wear your contact lenses for the proper amount of time, as prescribed by your doctor (i.e. 2 weeks, 1 month, etc.).
- See your doctor annually to check your contact lens prescription.
- Use a re-wetting solution or plain saline solution to keep your eyes lubricated.
- To avoid wearing contacts inside out place your contact lens on the tip of your finger so that it is forming a cup. Look at the contact lens from the side. If the cup looks like it is flaring out at the top and has a lip, your contact lens is inside out. If it looks like the letter “U”, the contact lens is right side out.
- Be patient when you first start wearing contacts. It may take a couple days for your eyes to adjust. Make sure to take them out immediately after work or school so as to give your eyes a rest.
- If you accidentally nap while wearing contacts put in eye drops and, if needed, remove your contacts.
- Make sure your hands are clean and your contacts are completely clear of debris before putting it in your eye.
- Wear your contacts the length of time they are supposed to be worn-if your doctor says 2 weeks, wear them for only 2 weeks. Don’t try and save money by wearing them longer, it’s not worth your eyesight.
- When travelling carry contacts solution, case, glasses, and eye drops- just in case. You never know if your eyes are going to bug you and it is expensive to throw away contacts. A case that screws on instead of snaps closed is less likely to leak in a bag. Airplanes may require that you carry only a small amount of solution, in a Ziploc bag.
- You should stick to the prescribed routine as suggested by your eye doctor and wear your contact lenses only for the recommended duration. Cleaning and storing your contact lenses as prescribed also form a vital part of your lens care routine. Since different types of contact lenses need special care and specific products, always use the eye care products that your eye doctor has recommended. If you try to experiment and use eye drops or eye products at your free will, you may end up choosing the ones that are not safe for you.
- It is advisable to rinse your contact lenses using the recommended solutions and let them air dry. You should not use saliva or plain water directly on your lenses as microorganisms present in them may cause sight damage or infection. In case you feel the symptoms of an eye infection like a burning sensation, redness, or excessive tearing, you should remove your contact lenses and not use them until you have consulted your optometrist.
- If you think you will have trouble remembering when to change your contact lenses, ask your eye doctor if he or she has a chart that is handed out to patients. If your doctor does not have one, you may want to consider creating one on your own.
- If debris gets into the eye/contact lens, slide the contact over, look both ways, then roll your eyes.
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