As an individual with high myopia (nearsightedness), I have embraced being able to wear contact lenses instead of glasses. I got my first pair of glasses when I was in forth grade and I counted down the days until I was in sixth grade and my mother thought I was old enough for contacts. I have worn contacts almost every day since then, as I have always felt more comfortable in contacts than glasses. With that, I know the importance of contact safety.
Medical website offer important information regarding contact safety and the reasons there are directions for wearing contacts, such as how long to wear and how to clean. From that content, I chose three areas that I found most important because they are usually ignored by lens wearers.
Sleeping in Lenses. It is always so easy after a late night out or even just sitting on your couch watching a movie, to simply go to bed without taking your lenses out. According to WebMd, the FDA only approved certain lenses for overnight wear because these lenses are made out of a more flexible plastic and let more oxygen into the eyes. Most people do not have these overnight lenses, yet still wear them at night. This could result in an eye infection or irritation.
Cleaning Contact Cases. I have to admit, cleaning my contact case is something I have to improve on. Lens cases can have a lot of bacteria. Many people, myself included, wash the lens cases with water which just adds more microorganisms. WedMd states that your cases should be washed with multipurpose solution and left to air dry. Also, cases should be replaced every three months which is something that I often forget to do.
Stretching Wear Time. I am also guilty of keeping my 14-day contacts in for three weeks instead of the two week rule. Since contacts are expensive, we often try to wear them a few more days, or even weeks. Whatever the length of your contact lenses are, WebMd states that the FDA approved those lengths because exceeding it increases the risk for bacteria and biofilm to accumulate on the lenses. This can lead to infection, which to me is not worth the risk.