Until you start wearing contact lenses, chances are you don’t realize how many times a day you rub your eyelids to get rid of itchiness, burning or other irritation. Here are some tips to prevent eye irritation from contact lenses.
Unfortunately, this can cause a number of problems for contact lens wearers. To effectively deal with these problems, it is important to understand what is causing the irritation and how to fix it.
Rub very gently
As you know, eyelids can itch just like any other part of the body. If you rub your eyes, chances are you will loosen your contact lens. This can cause your lens to roll up in a corner of your eye or cause it to fall out completely.
The best thing to do if your eyes are itchy is to close your lids and gently rub the outer corner of your eye. This will help relieve irritation and reduce the chance of your contact lens coming off.
Moisturize your eyes
Since your contact lenses depend on the same tear ducts as your eyes for moisture, it’s more than likely that your eyes will feel dry.
There are a number of inexpensive moisturizing eye drops available for those with both monthly and daily contact lenses.
If the dryness doesn’t go away or feels really uncomfortable, bring glasses, some saline, and a box to store your contact lenses so you can take them out.
Provide a sterile environment
One of the most important things you can do to prevent infection is to stick to this simple rule. If the contact lens is not in your eye, it should be in a sterile environment.
Even if your lens comes off and is only on your finger for a few seconds, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before the lens goes back into your eye, it must be fully sterilized.
Do you like to wear make up? Then you can still do that with lenses! Make sure you put in your lenses before you start on your make-up. This way your lenses will get dirty less quickly and it is safe for your eyes.
In addition, you can look for make up such as a hypoallergenic mascara or other products for sensitive eyes.
Another tip: invest in good makeup. A long-lasting waterproof mascara will last longer, so that fewer loose particles will get into your eyes.
Consult a doctor immediately if you have an infection
Finally, any vision changes, redness, pain, or lumps should be reported to an ophthalmologist immediately.
An allergic reaction to the chemicals used to clean and store your contact lenses can cause problems.
On the other hand, you may have contracted an eye infection that requires antibiotics. As with many things, the sooner you get treated, the less likely you are to permanently damage your eyes.
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