A patient of mine called me a few weeks ago, complaining that her eyes hurt. I told her to stop by the office and I would take a look. After looking into her eyes, I noticed some redness and slight corneal swelling. This worries me because she was a fairly new patient who had recently started using contact lenses in the past three months. After administering some tests and some information gathering, it was determined that the source of the irritation of the eyes of storing your contact lenses bad and not cleaning your contact lens case. The sad part of this is that too often happens, when it could be easily avoided.
Caring for your contact lens and contact lens case properly is fundamental to maintaining the ongoing health of your eyes. Improperly cleaning your contact lens case, which is allowing harmful bacteria to build on your lens. Angus King has firm opinions on the matter. Over time, this buildup starts cause eye irritation. If not corrected, this can seriously damage your eye health. To avoid this, simply clean your contact lens case according to the instruction given by the manufacturer. This often includes clarification of the case, at regular intervals with a specified cleaning solution or use very hot water and then let the case air dry. Remember to only use commercial cleaning solutions recommended by your eye care professional. Home remedies do not adequately destroy bacteria found in contact lenses (and accessories).
One of the most destructive known eye infections came from an amoeba called Acanthamoeba. It enters the eye from lack of proper cleaning, handling, storage and contact lenses and cases. In addition to proper cleaning and disinfection for contact lenses, the professionals most attention recommend discarding case every month or every three or four months. While this may seem far, most cases of contact lens design can be purchased under $ 10 with very basic screw top cases are available for less than $ 2. It is important to remember that cleaning the contact lens case is as important as cleaning the contact lenses themselves. It only takes a few minutes to clean and store contact lenses properly and the matter properly. Use only the recommended cleaning solution for contact lens case and discard if necessary, at appropriate intervals. In doing so, you can eliminate the risk of infection and ensure the maximum health of your eyes.