Are contacts convenient?
Do we get lazy with them?
Here are six things you’re probably doing wrong with your contacts.
- Wearing contacts to bed
Your eyes need oxygen to fight germs. They already get less oxygen when they’re closed, but when you sleep in your contacts, your eyes are deprived of even more oxygen, making them more susceptible to dryness, blurry vision, irritability, and even infection. You know when you wake up after sleeping in your contacts and it doesn’t feel good? That’s because it isn’t.
- Overwearing contacts because you’re down to your last pair
Just don’t do it. Overwearing contacts can lead to discomfort, torn lenses, irritation, and--worst case--an infection. We get that it’s often inconvenient and expensive to get to the eye doctor, so we created an app that lets you renew your prescription and send contacts to your door, from home (or anywhere).
- Assuming that water can do the same wonders as contact lens solution
Contact lens solution is made to disinfect lenses. Water doesn’t disinfect anything and can actually lead to more bacteria developing on your contacts. Pro tip: rub your contacts with clean solution every night to make sure they’re getting the most benefit from the solution.
- Reusing contact lens solution
Just because something looks clean and clear, doesn’t actually mean that it is. Reusing solution is like washing your dishes in dirty water. When you put your contacts in each morning, empty the case to let it air dry, and then refill it with fresh solution each night.
- Not properly washing your hands when handling lenses
Dirt, oils, bacteria, and who knows what else, can form on your hands. The last thing you want is whatever happens to be on your hand to be stuck between your contact and your eye.
- Showering or swimming in your contacts
Again, water contains bacteria, and you put that bacteria in direct contact with your eyes when you shower or swim. In addition to the water potentially dislodging your contact and causing it to fall out, water can also make contacts tighten on your eyes, reducing the oxygen that reaches them, which can cause irritation and, overtime, increased risk of infection.