FOCUS ON HABITS FOR CONTACT LENS HEALTH WEEK

Dr. Jim Martin 08/24/2015

1127284_orig.pngThe Centers For Disease Control (CDC) have announced their second annual Contact Lens Health Week for Aug. 24-28. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness and promote healthy contact lens practices. The theme for this year is “Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes.”

In that spirit, let’s take a look at how your habits affect your eye health.

Healthy Contact Lens Hygiene Habits

Keeping your lenses clean should be the number one priority for any contacts wearer. A recent study found that 66% of all contact lens cases were contaminated with bacterial or fungal contamination. These can easily cause eye infections and possible damage to your vision.

To counter this, there are three things you can do. First, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before touching your lenses. Secondly, allow your contact lens case to air dry.

Proper Use, Care And Storage Of Contact Lenses And Supplies

Properly caring and storing your contact lenses will greatly reduce the chances of an eye infection and will also provide you with a more enjoyable wearing experience.

Some things to consider:

  • Keep your lenses exposure to water to a minimum (even sterilized water).

  • Use the “rub and rinse” method of cleaning your lenses even if your cleaning solutions is “no rub.”

  • Replace your contact lens case every three months.

  • Do not reuse cleaning or storage solution.

If you have any questions or concerns about your contact lenses or you are due for a checkup,contact Broome Optical today and let our highly trained staff assist you with all your vision needs.

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