According to the Center of Disease Control, or the CDC, over 45 million people in the United States use contact lenses to correct their vision. However, without proper care and attention to these corrective lenses, patients can experience a host of issues including increased risk of infection and damage to their contacts or eyes. Below are some of the recommendations may by Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer in regards to caring for contact lenses:
- Visit the eye doctor once a year for examinations. Vision can change with time, and certain conditions can develop before symptoms present themselves. Seeing the doctor regularly is a proactive way of protecting your vision health.
- Don’t sleep or nap with contact lenses in place. Conditions such as microbial keratitis can be obtained by wearing contact lenses while sleeping, and this infection can lead to inflammation of the cornea. In some cases, it can result in vision loss or blindness.
- Avoid swimming and showering with contact lenses in place. Germs present in water can stick to lenses and increase the risk of eye infections.
- Wash hands with soap and water prior to handling contact lenses. Germs from the hand can be transferred to lenses and the lens case. These can increase the risk of eye infections, so properly and thoroughly wash hands before touching your lenses and case.
- Change your lens case often. Contact lens cases that are cleaned can still become contaminated over time with germs that can increase the risk of infection.
- Use the lenses as directed. Do not store or reuse contact lenses that are meant for daily wear, and take good care of lenses that are intended to last longer. Storage in contact lens solution, not water, and follow directions for care and handling.
Call Stuart P. Sondheimer today
If you reside in Skokie, IL or the surrounding communities and are ready to learn more about caring for contact lenses, call the office at (847) 677-2794. Our front office team can connect you with one of our professionals to educate you on ways to extend the life of your contact lenses and reduce your risk of infections or injuries with proper care. Our office is located at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Ste. #201 and accepts new patients seeking comprehensive vision care with an experienced eye physician.