At 2020 Vision Place, we offer you the finest in contact lens selection and expert guidance. As part of that, our Lauderdale Lakes optometrist, Dr. Ralph Bourjolly, wants you to be aware of the best ways to care for your contact lenses and to store them so that you can avoid contact lens related infections. With proper attention, your contact lenses will be a source of joy and not a source of aggravation.
Some basic advice applies to all contact lenses, but there are some differences in the type of contacts you have. Disposable extended wear contacts tend to require the least maintenance while conventional soft lenses typically need the most care. With all contact lenses, it is important to make certain that your hands are clean prior to handling them. But clean is not enough. It is a good idea to avoid soaps that contain perfumes, lotions, or oils. Why? Because anything that can transfer from your hand to your contact lens can then transfer to your eye. The same thing applies to makeup. Remove it after taking out your lenses at night and apply it after you put your lenses in the next morning. Other tips include drying your hands with a lint free towel and using only recommended solutions to clean your contact lenses. Even tap water can contain bacteria that could be harmful if it gets into your eye. For the same reason, do not use your saliva to clean your contact lenses or put them in your mouth for any reason. Also, store your contact lenses in the proper lens storage case as directed by our Lauderdale Lakes optometrist.
Among the eye infections you can get from contact lens contamination are keratitis, corneal ulcers, and acute red eye. Keratitis is the most common type of infection and it affects the cornea. Symptoms include eye pain, blurry vision, severe tearing or discharge from the eye, unusual sensitivity to light, and eye redness. I Corneal ulcers may be indicated by redness, eye pain, a white spot on your cornea, burning, itching, tearing or discharge, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light. Both these infections are treatable but serious so if you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, you should call us immediately to make an appointment with our Lauderdale Lakes optometrist. Acute red eye is not as urgent and may subside without treatment. It usually is caused by wearing your contacts during sleep. If you experience this, stop wearing your lenses and if the redness or irritation continues after a full day, you should call us for an appointment.