Discomfort can be an early sign of a more serious complication, and early treatment can have a significant impact on overcoming problems. If you think you may have an eye infection, remove your contact lens right away.
Discomfort may be a sign of a more serious complication. If you are experiencing irritation, redness or blurred vision, remove your lenses immediately and contact our office.
Here are a few good habits to get into in order to avoid problems with your contact lenses.
- Make sure your prescription is current. Don't order with an expired prescription, and don't stock up on lenses right before the prescription is about to expire. If you haven't had your eyes checked within the last year or two, you may have eye problems that you are not aware of, or your lenses may not correct your vision well.
- Replace your contact lens storage case every 3-6 months.
- Clean and disinfect your lenses properly.
- Remove your contact lenses before swimming.
- Never reuse any lens solution. Always discard all of the used solution after each use, and add fresh solution to your lens case.
- Avoid using non-sterile water (distilled water, tap water and homemade saline) on your lenses. It can be a source of microorganisms that may cause serious eye infections.
- Never use homemade saline solution, as tap and distilled water are not sterile.
- Never transfer contact lens solutions into smaller travel size containers. This can affect sterility and may also leave you open to accidentally applying a harmful liquid to your eyes.
- Never put your lenses in your mouth; saliva is not sterile.
*Source: FDA, http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm048893.htm, September 2012.