I’ve worn contact lenses for almost forever. I prefer them over glasses because they’re more comfortable for me and I like not having something on my face. The fact that I seem to lose things easily also makes wearing glasses not ideal. I started noticing a change in my eyesight a couple of years ago and after running through a list of mental excuses I finally consulted my eye doctor. She informed me that sure enough, despite my attempts to defy aging, my vision had changed and I had an astigmatism. The first day I wore my contacts prescription I noticed a HUGE difference. Hallelujah, I could see again! All that time I had blamed my bleary eyed vision on being a tired new mom and even googling what causes feeling foggy headed, turns out I was just getting old.
What has not changed is my religious routine of caring for my contacts. Keeping your eyes happy and healthy is so important, and simple if you care for your contacts everyday.
Here are 5 healthy habits for wearing contact lenses recommended by the American Optometric Association (AOA):
- Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses. Clean and safe handling of contacts is one of the most important measures you can take to protect your vision.
- Carefully and regularly use cleaning solution to rinse your contact lenses. Softly rub contacts with a cleaning solution and soak overnight in a multi-purpose disinfectant solution.
- Give your eyes a break. Take contacts out regularly to give your eyes a rest.
- Never sleep in your contacts. Sleeping with contacts in can lead to bacterial infections, oxygen deprivation and damage to the eye.
- Store contact lens properly. Use a contact lens case and be sure to replace it every three months. Use fresh solution to clean your contact lens case.
Caring for your eyes is essential and should be a part of your daily routine, just the way your care for your teeth and skin. Develop good contact lens habits and make it a part of your regimen and you’ll have happy, healthy, sparkling eyes!
Contact lenses are among the safest, most popular forms of vision correction.
Today, nearly 41 million adults in the U.S. (more than one in ten people) and 125 million people worldwide wear contact lenses.
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