So, tell me if this has happened to you. You…
The contact lens. An invisible lens that can be applied directly to the eye to sit on the eye all day and taken out at night, what could go wrong here? Now, it’s not that the contact lens is not without its benefits. Of course, it has its appearance enhancing qualities, it provides better peripheral vision than glasses, and doesn’t collect moisture, which makes it preferable for sports activities. However, contacts can be rigid and uncomfortable, in which case wearers can’t wait to take them out, or they can be so comfortable, people forget they’re even there. Here is a story about a woman who forgot to do that at least seventeen times.
While one would think the daily contact lens wearer would have the removal of the lenses on automatic, that was not the case for one UK woman. When one 67 -year-old woman came to Rupal Morjaria’s ophthalmology office at Solihull Hospital in the UK for cataract surgery, the operation team found 17 contact lens sealed together in what the team referred to as a “bluish mass.”
As if that weren’t enough, the team found ten more in the other eye. The patient brushed the situation off as a result of old age and dry eyes.
Caring For Contact Lenses
If contact maintenance little more important to you than this UK woman, you may want to follow a few care tips:
Disposable extended wear lenses need the least amount of care, while, conventional soft lenses may require a bit more work.
- Always wash your hands with a mild soap before handling contacts. Make sure the soap does not contain perfumes, lotions, or oils, that can leave a film on your hands, which can transfer onto your lenses.
- Dry hands with clean lint free towel.
- Use hair sprays before applying contacts, not after, and keep fingernails short to avoid damaging lenses or scratching your eye.
- Apply eye makeup after putting in lenses, and take them out before removing lenses.
- Always use the special care products your doctor recommends.
- Never put tap water on your lenses. Even distilled water can contain infection causing bacteria.
- Clean lenses by rubbing them gently with your index finger while holding them in the palm of the opposite hand to remove surface build up.
- Clean lens case every time you use it with either hot tap water, or a sterile solution. Allow to air dry and replace case every three months.
Eye doctors recommend daily disposable lenses for the safest wear. Here is some more professional safety advice on your lenses;
- Wear lenses daily for no longer than your doctor recommends.
- Use a chart to track your schedule for changing lenses. Your doctor may be able to provide one, or you can make your own.
- Never borrow someone else’s contacts.
- Never sleep with your contacts unless your lenses are extended wear. Your tears don’t bring as much oxygen to your eyes when they’re closed as they do when eyes are open.
- Don’t allow the tip of the solution bottles to touch other surfaces.
- Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection or a wide brimmed hat when in the sun, as contacts can increase eye sensitivity to light.
- Use saline or rewetting solution to keep eyes mois.t
- Place lenses on the tip of your finger and look at it from the side. If it looks like the letter “U”, it’s right side out and in a proper position for insertion. Inside out contacts are not dangerous, but not especially comfortable either.
- If eye gets irritated, take contacts out.
- Don’t swim with contacts in, even if you are using goggles, there is still a chance of infection.
Have you ever had contact lens drama? Let us know what you did to relieve it. We love to hear from you.