With almost three million people in the UK wearing contact lenses, it’s safe to say these vision-enhancing items are extremely popular and successful products.
Due to advances in contact lens technology people who previously found it difficult to wear contacts can now ditch their glasses for a much more desirable option.
If you are joining the millions of others in the UK on the contact lens trail and are new to the game, then you’ll need to know some contact essentials to help your glasses-free existence run smoothly.
Consider the Different Types of Contact Lenses
From soft lenses to colored contacts, modern contacts come in a range of different forms and you will need to determine which type is most suitable for your eyes or in the case of colored contacts, which look you are trying to achieve. For example, rigid gas permeable lenses have replaced hard lenses in recent years. These plastic-type lenses contain tiny holes to allow for oxygen to pass through the eye. This means rigid gas permeable lenses are more suitable for someone with a fairly severe case of astigmatism, a cornea that is irregularly shaped. Before you commit to a particular type of contact lens, consult your optician who will be able to advise you on what type of contacts will be most appropriate.
Inserting and Removing Contacts
It is important that you wash your hands when inserting and removing lenses. Put the lens on the tip of your pointer finder and using your middle finger, pull your lower eyelid down. Use the pointer finger on your other hand to pull your top lid up. Look up and carefully place the lens on the lower white part of your eye. Let go of your eyelids, close your eyes for a second and the lens will naturally center on your eye.
Washing your Contact Lenses
Whether you wear them daily for vision purposes or occasionally wear colored contacts to enhance an outfit on a night on the town, you will need to keep your lenses clean. Keeping your contacts in a lens storage case will help keep them dust-free and clean. Contacts should also be cleaned in a solution as wearing dirty contacts will irritate the eyes. Again, there are different solutions available for different types of lenses. For example, if you are wearing cosmetic colored contacts, you should use a contact lens solution that is specially formulated for colored lenses.
Avoid Re-Using Lens Solution
If you feel inclined to re-use solution as a means of making it go further, don’t, as using recycled solution is like begging for an eye infection as you are letting the lenses stew in bacteria-ridden liquid.
Don’t Use Tap Water on Your Lenses
It’s harmless enough, right? Wrong. Tap water isn’t salty like tears and using it on water will mean the lenses absorb the water and swell. The lens will then ‘hold’ the water, which will change how it fits your eyes and can make it tighten around the eyes.
Don’t Sleep In Your Contacts
It might be tempting but sleeping in contacts will severely limit the amount of oxygen getting to your eyes because you’re not blinking, which can lead to infection. No matter if they are conventional lenses or colored contact lenses, always take them out and store them in a safe place when you go to sleep.