While wearing contact lenses and you run the risk of getting an eye infection. That's why you need to be careful how you handle them.
Good hygiene means always washing your hands - with soap and warm water and then drying them with a clean towel - before you touch your lenses or your eyes.
Wear and replace the lenses according to the schedule prescribed by your doctor.
You should remove contact lenses before any activity involving contact with water, such as showering, swimming or going into a hot tub.
Dr. Robert Teiche, an optometrist at Virginia Mason Medical Center, says, it's important to follow the manufacturer's cleaning and disinfection guidelines. And don't forget the lens case.
Some people with extended-wear contacts keep them in when they go to sleep. The eye doctors at Virginia Mason don't recommend that. Your chance of an eye complication is much greater when you do sleep in contact lenses.
Remember, an eye infection can be more than painful, it can threaten your vision. So if you experience any unusual symptoms, contact your eye doctor right away.
For More Information:
Caring for your contact lenses [www.webmd.com/eye-health/caring-contact-lens]
Contact Lens Care: Tips from the College of Optometrists [www.college-optometrists.org/index.aspx/pcms/site.Public_Related_Links.Contact_Lenses.Contact_Lenses_home]