The top 7 mistakes people who wear lenses can make
Do you wear lenses? Then you will probably make one of these mistakes. Yet a small, substantially innocent mistake can cause major damage.
These are the mistakes that are often made with lenses
Do you wear lenses? Then you know the pros and cons. The advantage is that you don't have to wear glasses that get in the way, the disadvantage is that it can irritate your eyes a bit and that it can be a hassle to put them in and out. There is a lot involved when you wear lenses, because a small dirt can already cause irritation and even damage to your eye. These seven mistakes are often made with lenses.
Don't do these things!
It's so tempting: take a quick dip with your lenses still in (don't you have your eyes closed?) Or take a quick shower and then continue while you hold your lenses. Do not do this! The water can cause bacteria and fungi to grow that cause eye inflammation or, worse, eye damage. Several people have become (partially) blinded by wearing dirty lenses, so don't do this! Ordinary tap water can also damage your lenses.
Your eyes need oxygen, so if you sleep with your lenses they dry out and you have a greater chance of irritation and even an infection. Even a short nap can cause significant irritation. So always take off your lenses before you go to sleep, even if you only go to sleep late and prefer to fall into bed.
Do you rinse your lenses with tap water if you don't have any lens solution with you? Don't do more! The bacteria and lime in tap water can damage your lenses and make you dirty. This is bad for the lens itself but also for your eye.
Stick to the time frame in which you can use your lenses. Do you use weekly lenses? Really throw them away after seven days. Also keep track of the days of your monthly lenses, for example set a timer after 30 days when it is time to get clean.
When is the last time you cleaned or replaced your lens box? If you now think, "eh ...", then it's time to buy a new one or clean the ones you have. Because you always keep moisture in it, bacteria and fungi also grow. Not so good!
2. Dirty hands
This sounds obvious, but many people do not clean their hands properly. Wash your hands with soap and dry them well, because this is at least as important as washing them.
1. Too long
Take out your lenses on time, because if you wear them for too long a day you will get dry and irritated eyes. In the long term this can cause damage to your eyes and you may not be able to tolerate any lenses at all. So get them out on time in the evening and give your eyes a rest by putting on your glasses. Be careful with your eyes, because often you cannot reverse the damage.