Eye infections are fairly easy to get, especially if you touch your eyes a lot without washing them. As one of the easiest ways to contract an eye infection, not taking proper care of your contacts when taking them out and putting them back in can lead you directly into Dr. Steve Thom’s chair. If you are either new to the world of contact lenses or if you are prone to contracting any sort of eye infection, read on to learn more.
Avoid Washing With Water
It might sound like a very natural and healthy way to get off an eyelash or piece of dirt from your contact lenses. However, washing your contact lenses with water will only dry them out and can cause them to become exposed to certain elements that are naturally found within water.
At all costs, try to avoid both swimming and jumping into the hot tub with your contact lenses in. Just as your eyes can become extremely irritated while opening them under water while swimming without contacts, that same irritation can arise while wearing contacts except it will only be exacerbated. Chlorine and even salt water can dry your eyes out and can cause them to become irritated and infected.
Always Wash Your Hands Before Touching Lenses
No matter how big of a hurry you are in in the morning, the best way to avoid getting any sort of eye infection is to wash your hands before you touch your contact lenses to both take them out and put them back in. By washing your hands you are getting rid of any dirt or bacteria that may be on your hands and that could easily come into direct contact with your eyes as well.
Change Out Your Contact Solution
Old contact solution is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Make sure that you are cleaning your contact lenses with new solution and are cleaning them with new solution as well. Read the instructions on the back of your solution bottle to see how often you should be changing it.
If you think you have an eye infection or if you want to learn more about preventative measures, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today!