According to the College of Optometrists and Eye-care Professionals this is a list of top tips for keeping you lenses in ship-shape and your eyes infection free:
- wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses
- clean the lenses as specified by your optometrist
- have regular check-ups with your optometrist as recommended
- seek professional advice if you are having problems with your contact lenses
- Rinse your storage case, leave it open to dry after use, and replace monthly.
- go to bed with a painful red eye – seek advice immediately
- bring any contact lens into contact with tap water
- re-use cleaning solution
- wet your lenses with saliva
- wear your lenses for swimming (unless you use goggles) or showering
- OR leave them close to the toilet.
This last point is important since many people do not pay attention to this. Remember to keep your contact lenses and contact lenses cases a meter away from any toilet. Research has found that large numbers of bacteria could be distributed through the air after the first flush of a toilet. This is true even if the lid is closed before the flush. In fact, research shows that closing the toilet lid had little effect in reducing the number of bacteria released into the air. So it is sensible suggesting, in the same way you keep your toothbrush a metre away, that you do not keep your contact lens case close to the toilet
This article was based on an article on Look After Your Eyes.com and the UK College of Optometrist.
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