Don't be shortsighted about contact lens care
Have you ever fallen asleep with your contact lenses in? How about on the beach under the hot sun? Not a good feeling when you wake up . . . and also not a safe practice for your eyes. Contact lenses have been the saving grace of many myopic and visually challenged people. And with the advancements in soft lenses, including the oh so easy disposables, contact lens care has gone the throw away route for some. Again, not a good practice. Even disposables should be treated carefully, and that starts with good hand washing before putting contacts in or taking them out. Just like flu protection, don’t put your fingers to your eyes without washing them first with soap and water.
Just one more week . . . Ah yes, trying to stretch those lenses out for a week or two beyond their recommended use may save money in the short run but can be costly in all sorts of ways. Over worn contacts can inflame the cornea (Keratitis), collect dirt and germs, and infect one’s eyes. It’s also advised that contacts should not be worn in the shower, hot tub, or swimming (unless wearing protective goggles).
Dry eyes, red eyes, pain in the eyes even when contacts are removed all can be symptoms of irritation or infection. Don’t take chances with your eye health. Use hand washing precautions, proper solutions for cleaning (e.g. not water or saliva!), and follow directions for how long to wear.
For more information on contact lens and eye care, visit the CDC’s contact lens pages.