How to care for your contact lenses to keep your eyes healthy:
Contact lenses are a fantastic way to correct your vision, or to change your eye colour for fun. They’re convenient, comfortable, and easier to look after than ever.
More and more lenses are being released in a one day disposeable option, meaning that you don’t need to store or clean the lenses, and they are always fresh and new when you put them in. Still, there are some basic rules to remember when you handle or wear your contact lenses, to make sure your eyes stay healthy and comfortable:
If you’re using a lens that is stored overnight in solution, don’t change brands without advice from your optometrist. Some soaking solutions work better with different types of contact lenses, and peroxide solutions need to be neutralised before you wear your lenses the next day. Not doing this properly can make your eyes extremely sore and red. Never store your lenses in saline solution, saline is not a cleaner or a disinfecting solution, and is only used for rinsing lenses.
Eye infections can leave serious scarring and affect vision permanently, so contact lenses in most of Australia are a prescription only item, even if they are decorative and have no corrective power. Lenses are not a “one size fits all” solution. You should never wear someone elses’ lenses, even if they haven’t opened them, and you shouldn’t wear lenses without being shown the proper care and handling by your optometrist. They can also show you the best eye drops to use if your eyes feel sometimes dry with the lenses in, so irritated eyes don’t spoil your fun!
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