Contact lenses are a boon to people like me who sit on their eyeglasses and break them every two months. It is one of the most convenient and comfortable inventions to correct vision problems. Hence, they require proper care and upkeep. Follow the contact lenses care instructions by the eye doctor to keep your eyes safe and avoid the risk of contracting eye infections.
But what about the case that holds your contact lens? A contaminated contact lens case acts as a reserve for bacteria that could lead to sight-compromising infections. Improper handling and cleaning methods can lead to eye infections. Do not worry! We are here to help you prevent eye infections.
Here are five contact lens case mistakes and ways to rectify them.
Mistakes You Need To Avoid While Handling Your Contact Lens Case
1. Do You Wash Your Hands Before Handling Your Lens Case?
To avoid transferring germs from unclean hands onto your lens case, wash your hands thoroughly before touching your case. The possibility for pathogens to enter your eyes and cause infection, especially in the time of COVID-19 will reduce. When bacteria, viruses, or allergies inflame or infect your conjunctiva, you could have symptoms like redness, itchiness, a strange gritty sensation, discharge, and pink eyes.
You do not want that to happen, do you? Hence, be sure to wash your hands before touching your case. However, this might not help if your case is dirty.
2. Do You Wash Your Case After Every Single Use?
Does your contact lens case have a build-up of unidentifiable dirt or perhaps thin layers of slime? Your contact lens case is like a petri dish in a science lab. Bacteria can thrive in your lens case. And, if you do not clean your case regularly, you are reintroducing them into your eyes when you put your contacts in the same solution. Argh! Not a pretty sight at all!
Hence, clean your case after every use. Drain out the old solution and rinse the case with a fresh solution. Then wipe it with clean tissue paper and dry it.
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3. Do You Use Tap Water Instead Of Contact Lens Solution?
Water is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of washing anything. But when it comes to your contact lens case, that might not be a great idea. Washing your lenses case with tap water and storing your contact lens in tap water has been linked with an increased risk of developing Acanthamoeba keratitis in your eye.
Acanthamoeba keratitis, a severe corneal infection that can lead to permanent vision loss, occurs when microbes from the tap water transfer to your contact lenses. If this happens, you might experience eye pain, redness, blurry vision, and overall irritation in your eye.
To avoid such situations, make sure you have a bottle of lens cleaning solution as a backup wherever you go.
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4. Do You Replace Your Contact Lens Case In Three Months?
Buying a new contact lens case might not be at the top of your priority list. But it should, and let me tell you why. As the case is used daily, over time, they start to deteriorate. Unfortunately, you cannot see it with the naked eye (if you did, you would have burnt your old case by now!). Bacteria can produce a biofilm that can form a layer at the bottom of your case and help bacteria stay hidden from the disinfectant in your lens solution. So, it is best to replace your case every three to four months.
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5. Do You Top Off The Old Solution In Your Case?
The contact lens case is a kind of environment in which bacteria and fungus typically thrive. When you add more solutions to your lens case, you aid the further growth of bacteria causing eye infections. Always throw the old solution in your case every day, then proceed with washing it before you add new solution to store your contacts.
To sum it up, clean and disinfect your contact lenses and your contact lens case every day. If you use contacts and deal with dry eyes or pink eye, do not self-diagnose and tackle the problem alone. Visit your eye doctor immediately.
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