Millions of people wear contact lenses and many more try them for the first time each year. While most people have little trouble adjusting to and wearing contact lenses serious eye problems can result if proper care and storage of the lenses is short changed. Taking good care of your lenses can result in a comfortable wearing experience while lessening the chances for a serious eye infection. And as a person ages this becomes even more important as a persons eyes are less likely to be able to handle an improperly cared for lens. With proper lens care and storage you can usually avoid the two most common eye complaints given by contact lens users, irritation and dryness.
A successful contact lens experience begins with a visit to your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Based on your eye exam he or she will be able to tell you what type of contact lens would be right for you. In some cases you might not be a good candidate for contact lens. Be sure to let them know how long you would like to be able to wear your lenses. Some people wear them during their work day and remove them at night while others like to be able to wear them overnight. Let them know what your working conditions are like or if you plan to wear them during sporting events. Your eye doctor has a large variety of lenses to choose from and can find a lens that will work well for you. No matter what type of lens you and your eye doctor agree on make sure you have annual eye exams to make sure you are keeping your eyes as healthy as possible. If you have extended wear lenses you might want to consider going twice a year for a check up.
Your eye doctor will let you know what type of cleaning product you should use on your lenses. This is very important because some multipurpose solutions which are designed for both cleaning and storage can not be used with certain types of lenses. In recent studies it has been suggested that a multipurpose solution does a better job of cleaning the lenses due to the ingredients they contain. Whatever contact lens solution you do decide to use be sure you follow the directions with the product to the letter. Keep your hands clean when working with your lenses. It is recommended that you replace your solution and contact lens case at least every three months. You should have no problems at all but if you develop redness or irritation in your eyes see your eye doctor at once.
Contact lenses can help you see more clearly as well as make your feel better about yourself physically. Follow the simple directions given to you by your eye doctor and don’t forget to have an annual eye exam. With a little common sense you can enjoy many years as a contact lens wearer.