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A friend of mine purchased her first pair of contact lens last year. One night as she was watching television, she dozed off with the contacts still in her eyes. When she got up the next morning, her eyes started burning. Two hours later, her eyes were almost swollen shut. In almost unbearable pain she immediately rushed out to the doctor’s office.

Fortunately, her eyes weren’t permanently damaged. However, she did suffer scratches on her cornea and subsequently had to wear bandages and a protective patch over one of her eyes for the next several weeks.

Contact lenses are a blessing when used properly. They are convenient, easily manageable, and both stylish and anonymous as needed. However, mishandling your contacts can lead to serious eye problems if you are not careful. Avoid these pitfalls by following a few simple steps.

First, you should only sleep with contacts in your eyes if they are extended wear disposable lens that allow overnight wear. If your disposable contacts are intended for daily wear, then they need to be taken out every night before you go to bed.

Secondly, be sure to clean your contacts using only the cleaning solution recommended by your optometrist. Depending on your specific cleaning solution, you may be required to rinse your contacts out or actually rub solution into the lens before rinsing.

Remember to always thoroughly wash your hands before handling your contacts. Even if you can’t see obvious dirt, any dirt or germs left on your hands that are transferred to the contacts could lead to potential eye irritation and unhealthy buildup on your lens.

This also holds true for cleaning your contact lens case. Disinfecting your case is just as important as the other parts of the lens cleaning process. Normally your case will need to be cleansed with the same solution that you are using to clean your contacts. However, make sure you follow the cleansing instructions that came with your case.

Remember, contacts are easy to manage and very convenient. To ensure that your contacts are being cared for properly, follow the directions given to you by your optometrist on wearing/removing, cleansing, and caring for your contact lens. By doing some basic contact maintenance, you can eliminate the majority of problems that may be encountered otherwise.

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