|7 Safe Rules for Using Contact Lenses for those of you who have dry eyes|
A safe guide to using contact lenses for dry eyes
Dry eyes occur when the production of tears, which are supposed to work to moisturize all parts of the eye, instead do not function optimally. For those of you who have this condition, you might feel doubt when you want to wear contact lenses.
Indeed, improper way of using and maintaining contact lenses can actually make dry eyes worse. In fact, it can increase the risk of infection, making you uncomfortable.
However, Alisha Fleming, OD, an eye specialist at Penn Medicine in the United States, said that you can still use contact lenses for dry eyes. Provided, want to apply the safe rules, including:
1. Make sure your hands are clean before using contact lenses
|Make sure your hands are clean before using contact lenses|
The key, make it a habit to always wash your hands with soap then rinse with running water until clean. Then dry the whole hand before you use contact lenses.
2. Remove contact lenses before going to bed
|Remove contact lenses before going to bed|
Not only that, Nicky Lai, OD, an eye health specialist at The Ohio State University, explains that often forgetting to remove contact lenses when going to sleep can harm the cornea which is the outermost protective layer.
The reason is because the amount of oxygen that enters the eye during sleep is not as much compared to when the eyes are open.
3. Use disposable contact lenses
|Use disposable contact lenses|
Why? Because contact lenses have been used for a long time there is a lot of dirt that has accumulated in it, making it difficult for tears to spread evenly to all areas of your eyes, revealed by Vivian Shibayama, OD, an ophthalmologist at UCLA Health, California.
4. Clean the contact lens container each time you use it
|Clean the contact lens container each time you use it|
The rule is that after contacting the contact lens to the eye, the contact lens container must be rinsed using a soft contact solution or liquid. Then let it dry or wipe with clean tissue. All of these steps can reduce the possibility of inflammation and infection causing eye problems.
5. Use eye drops as often as possible
|Use eye drops as often as possible|
Tears have an important role as a protective eye from germs while maintaining overall eye health. That is why, an insufficient amount of tears in patients with dry eyes not only create discomfort, but will also increase the risk of infection.
6. Avoid wearing contact lenses for a long time
|Avoid wearing contact lenses for a long time|
Dr. Shibayama also added this, according to him, it is better to give room for the eyes to breathe freely for several hours a day. That is, set aside some of your time in a day without using contact lenses. The goal is to allow the eye to get enough oxygen and nutrients from the water that is produced naturally by the eye, without having to be blocked by contact lenses.
7. Routinely see an eye doctor
|7. Routinely see an eye doctor|