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Wear Contact Lenses? Keep These in Mind

If your vision isn't perfect, and you're an active person, contact lenses are essential in my book. Contacts don't fog up when you're running, or fall off when you're biking. And you can wear them when swimming, you just have to wear goggles or keep your eyes shut. If you're a contact lens wearer like me, here are some things you should keep in mind.

  • Always wash your hands before inserting or removing your lenses. Touching your eye with germy fingers is a great way to get sick or contract an eye infection.
  • If you suffer from allergies, wearing contacts can make your symptoms worse since allergens can stick to the lenses. Wear glasses if your symptoms are really bad, and if you can't part with your contacts (I don't blame you), be sure to clean them thoroughly or replace disposable lenses more often. Also, look for drops containing antihistamines that may help relieve watery or itchy eyes.

For more tips and to see what that photo is all about keep reading.

  • Keep moistening 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. If this happens, the tiny tears can become infected, resulting in a corneal ulcer.
  • Only wear your lenses as long as you are directed to. That's because dirt and protein deposits accumulate on the lenses and can cause irritation, eye infections, or damage to your eyes. It may seem like you're saving moola by wearing your two-week lenses for two months, but the damage you cause to your eyes could be irreversible.
  • Give your eyes a rest from contacts, and wear your glasses instead. I know it's difficult to break the habit if you wear them every waking moment of every day, but your eyes need a chance to breathe. For this reason, it's good to get in the habit of taking your contacts out after you get home form work, and not wearing them to bed. Also try to have contact-free days during your week.
  • If you wear eye makeup such as mascara, replace it every three months to avoid eye infections. Also clean your brushes often for the same reason.
  • If you need protection from the sun's glare, ask your doctor about Nike Maxsight tinted contact lenses. Not only do they make it easier to see on sunny days without having to wear frames, but they filter out more than 95 percent of UVA and UVB rays.
  • Keep up with your yearly eye doctor appointments, to check your eye health and find out if your prescription has changed.
Join The Conversation
SugrHolic SugrHolic 8 years
these are some of the freakiest looking eyes....anyone agree?
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
I definitely prefer contacts to glasses, by far. Today's actually my contact-free day, and I hate it. My eyes feel so weird without contacts in them, like they're unreasonably warm and such, so yeah. I also feel like I'm not fully awake unless I put in my contacts.
goddessru goddessru 8 years
Great tips. I had the worst dry eye case in college because I wore them practically whenever I was awake. Now with a more structured schedule, I take them out immediately when I get home and always with clean hands. I'm trying to incorporate "no contact" days to give my eyes a break, but it's difficult considering there's only so many days in a month where I'm not really doing anything. Also, though my glasses are thinned out, I wear very powerful lenses and they leave horrible rings under my eyes, so if I wear glasses for a whole day, I'll have to deal with the consequences for a month :( I can't wait to get laser.
cg130 cg130 8 years
I infinitely prefer my contacts to glasses.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I got a corneal ulcer once from wearing my contacts to summer camp in high school. I didn't give my eyes enough of a break and I wasn't always so diligent about washing my hands when I took them out and put them in. Now I always wash my hands and I make sure to give my eyes a break from contacts every so often, but I do prefer them to glasses.
DeppObsession DeppObsession 8 years
I always remove my contacts when I get home from work or school. And I don't wear them for more than 12 hours. I should probably invest in some eye drops though, my eyes can dry out
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 8 years
I need to get in the habit of taking them off a few hours before bed.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I've had bad experiences with contacts. I scratched my eyes twice because I have long-ish nails/lashes that get in the way when I remove/put in contacts. Also, my eyes are very sensitive. They get irritated very easily, especially since my lashes are unruly and tend to scratch my eye pretty much every week. I just can't wait for laser eye surgery!
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
I used to wear mine to bed, but then I got GPC (kind of an eye infection) in both eyes and had to stop wearing contacts for several months. If I hadn't (by chance) happened to go to the eye doctor, it could've worsened and I would've never been able to wear contacts again. And GPC is not that rare! Take care of yourselves :-)
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I have had to give my eyes a break for the past week or so from my contacts. I need to get into a habit of not wearing them right before bed!
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