7 Things Every Contact Lens Wearer Needs To Know

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3. Water and Lenses Don’t Mix

If you’re out of contact lens solution, you might be tempted to rinse your lenses with tap water. Don’t do it! Water sometimes has microbes that can cause serious eye infections. Don’t even wear contacts in the shower. And never put your lenses into your mouth or use saliva to wet them.

4. Contact Lenses and Sports

You can wear your lenses for most sports and activities. They rarely move or fall out. Plus, they don’t fog up like glasses, and they give you better peripheral vision. If you swim, though, make sure you wear watertight goggles. You can get an eye infection from water, and your lenses can be hard to take out if they get wet. Use saline or rewetting drops to loosen them, and then clean and disinfect them afterward.

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5. When Your Lenses Hurt

A lens might feel uncomfortable if there’s something on or under it, or if it’s inside out. Take the lens out and rinse it with rewetting drops or a non-peroxide solution to remove the dirt or dust. Look at it from the side. If there are marks on the edge and you can read them, the lens is OK. If the shape is a “U,” then it’s fine. If it’s a “V” with the top edges flared out, turn it around, rinse, and place it back in your eye. If that’s not better, see your eye doctor.

6. Allergy Sufferers

If you suffer from allergies, wearing contacts can make your symptoms worse since allergens like pollen and dander can stick to the lenses. Wear glasses if your symptoms are really bad, and if you can’t part from your contacts (I don’t blame you), be sure to clean them thoroughly or replace disposable lenses more often.

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7. Computer Strain And Dry Eyes

Keep eye drops in your purse or desk at all times, especially if you work at a computer. Not only are dry lenses uncomfortable and difficult to see out of, but they could potentially scratch your eye. Use those drops as often as you need. If you have watery or itchy eyes caused by allergies, look for drops containing antihistamines.

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