Contact Lens Safety
Wearing contact lenses is completely safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - but now, more than ever, hygiene is paramount.
Ensure your environment is clean and disinfected before handling your contact lenses.
Wash your hands extremely well with antibacterial soap
Limit contact with the eye by checking to make sure that the lens is the correct way round before applying as you can see in the image above.
To improve hygiene and avoid accidental damage to your eyes by keeping your fingernails short.
Clean your contact lens case with solution every time you take your lenses out and be sure to replace your contact lens case at least one a month.
Do not re-use or top up solution in you contact lens case.
Do not wear anyone elses contact lenses; even if they are the same type and prescription that you use.
Never allow water to touch your contact lenses! This includes swimming, bathing, hot tubs or water sports. There may be bacteria in the water which can attach to the contact lenses and thus be transmitted into your eye which may lead to a sigh threatening eye infection.
Complications as a result of contact lens wear are rare but if you do feel that there is a problem then contact your Optometrist immediately as early diagnosis . The risk of complications can be reduced by regular check ups. Symptoms of eye problems to be aware of include reduced vision, redness, discharge or any pain in your eyes, weather you are wearing contact lenses or not.
Don's panic! The conjunctiva connects the eye to the back of the eyelid, there is no reason to fear the myth of losing the contact lens in the back of the eye. Occasionally a lens gets caught under the upper lid before you take it out and then disappears. If you cannot remove the contact lens,t do you any harm. However do go along to your eye care professional to have it removed the next day.
Regular check-ups are important to check your vision and eye health.