Contact Lens Tips For A More Comfortable Feel

Are your contact lenses dry or uncomfortable? Do you find that you cannot wear them as long as you would like? Contact lenses are a healthy way of correcting your vision and with some of the contact lens tips found here, you may find that wearing them can be very comfortable.

How Can You Best Clean Your Lenses?

One of the most important contact lens tips is to stress that whenever you are going to handle your contact lenses, wash your hands to reduce your risk of infection. Make sure you do NOT use an oil or lotion-based soap as it may leave a film on your contact lenses.

NEVER use tap water or homemade salt solutions to clean or rinse your contact lenses. Tap water may contain acanthamoeba, a microscopic, free-living ameba, which can cause serious eye infections.

Avoid wearing contact lenses during swimming, hot tub use, or showering. Do not put your contact lenses in your mouth to moisten.

If you have allergies that affect your eyes, it is especially important for you to clean your lenses.

Use a separate daily cleaner solution to digitally cleanse your lenses is especially effective in loosening and removing deposits and debris from a lens surface.

Lens deposits can aggravate eye allergies. A No Rub solution may not be enough to clean the lens surface.

In addition to rubbing your lenses on each side for 10 seconds, use an effective disinfecting solution. A hydrogen peroxide solution, for example, is very effective against most microorganisms. Rinse the lenses with saline after disinfection to ensure you get all of the peroxide off the lenses.

Should You Wear Contact Lenses If You Have Eye Allergies?

If you suffer from eye allergies, you should discontinue contact lens wear when your eye symptoms flare up.

Common eye allergy symptoms include:

  • Itchy, red, burning and tearing eyes
  • Excessive movement of the contact lenses with the lens getting caught under the upper lid
  • White stringy discharge from the eyes
  • If your symptoms are severe, visit your eye doctor and discuss whether a prescribed eye drop medication may help.

    Other contact lens tips to keep in mind:

  • Give your eyes a break from contact lenses at least one day a week.
  • Do not wear your lenses when you are sick even with a cold to lower your risk of infection. Also, the medications you use to help alleviate cold symptoms like antihistamines and decongestants dry your eyes and can make contact lens wear uncomfortable.
  • Do Your Eyes Feel Dry With Contact Lenses Toward The End Of The Day?

    If your contact lenses tend to feel dry toward the end of the day, here are several contact lens tips:

  • Use a re-wetting drop up to four times per day. Don’t use the drops more than four times per day so that you don’t get a reaction to the preservative(s) in the drop.
  • Consult your eye doctor about other options such as:

  • Changing contact lens brand. Some brands wet better than others.
  • Changing cleaning solutions.
  • Seek other dry eye treatments in addition to lubrication with re-wetting drops.
  • Punctal plugs help your eyes retain your tears.
  • Prescribed medicated eye drops can also help.
  • Be aware that certain medications like birth control pills and antihistamines can contribute to dry eyes.
  • If you work in front of a computer more than two hours a day, you are probably experiencing some dryness while you work. You tend to blink less when you are looking at a computer and that leads to dry eyes. Keep re-wetting drops by your computer to remind you to lubricate them.
  • Be sure to drink 8 glasses of water a day.

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