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Take Good Care Of Your Contact Lenses For Your Eyes' Safety

Jun 13, 2008
Wearing contact lenses has been a boon to many as it provides ease and comfort one might not get from wearing typical glasses. Contact lenses are also getting cheaper and more affordable each day with all sorts of colours, patterns and styles attracting consumers especially youngsters. Nevertheless, contact lenses do require some good care to avoid irritation to the eyes and other problems.

Caring for your contact lenses means caring for your eyes. Poor care and hygiene of the lenses might result in further vision problems due to infection to the eyes rather than improving your eyesight which is the intention of this smart innovation.

Putting on a contact lens means putting a foreign object into your body, and unlike glasses, contact lenses stay closely to your eyes and became an internal part of them even for just a while. Therefore, contact lenses should only be worn after being prescribed with help and advice by a fitter which might be an opthalmologist, an optometrist or at least a trained and licensed optician.

Caring for the lenses includes using the right sterile saline solution for lubrication and there's no easy way out for this. Using home made or saline solutions that are not meant for contact lenses might cause very serious irritation and worse, blinding infections as they might not be sterile and compatible for your lenses. The best is to only use solutions recommended by the fitter and seek advice if you need a change. It is also recommended to carry a small bottle of the solution whenever you're out on the go.

Another main issue in wearing contact lenses is extended wear of the lenses. Though there are certain types of lenses that could be worn throughout a period of time; wearing your lenses overnight won't do good to your eyes. This is because wearing the lenses as you sleep will decrease the amount of oxygen supplied to your eyes thus increase the risk of infection four times more than usual.

Wearing the lenses longer than the recommended period might also cause irritation especially to those with sensitive eyes. Therefore, it is always best to abide with the usage conditions and use your lenses only within the intended period and avoid keeping them overnight in your eyes.

These problems could also be avoided by getting the most suitable contact lenses with your lifestyle from the fitter. If you're always busy and on the go, you might want to choose daily disposable lenses that would not need as much care as lenses with longer lifespan. Help and advice should also be available and sought after if you're in doubt or find any problems upon wearing your contact lenses.
About the Author
Ahmad writes regularly on several blogs including his Cheap Contact Lenses blog. If you're looking for tips on finding cheap contact lenses, don't forget to visit his blog at http://cheapcontactlenseguide.com
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