If you’ve been a wearer of eyeglasses for awhile, then you know all about the importance of properly storing, cleaning and otherwise caring for your lenses and frames. Not only are glasses with bent frames and scratched lenses not helping you see as well as they could be, they’re also expensive to replace. If you’ve recently made (or if you’re considering making) the transition from traditional eyeglasses to contact lenses, however, you may not realize that they require even more attention. There are two reasons for this. On the one hand, contact lenses tend to be even more delicate than regular glasses. On the other hand, contact lenses that are dirty and/or damaged, actually pose a risk to the health of your eyes. Because we here at the local Henderson optometrist practice of Joseph Eng, OD, think that education is an integral part of eye health, we’d like to tell you a little more about the “hows” and “whys” of caring for contacts.
You might be wondering to yourself just why it is that dirty or damaged contacts pose a health risk, when dirty or damaged glasses do not. The answer lies in the fact that, whereas glasses lenses sit in front of your eyes, contact lenses make direct contact with your corneas. The result, of course, is that any bacteria, dust or rough spots on your contacts will also be making direct contact with the fronts of your eyes, potentially leading to eye infections, irritation and/or painful scratches. This is why we here at the local Henderson optometrist practice of Joseph Eng, OD, put so much emphasis on contact lens maintenance. Every time you get a new pair of contacts, you should take special care to read all the instructions regarding how often they need to be cleaned, what kind of cleaning solution needs to be used, how lenses should be stored, and when they need to be discarded and replaced altogether.
In addition to practicing good cleaning, storage and replacement habits, another way to protect your eyes against contact lens-related problems is to schedule regular eye exams with our local Henderson optometrist, Joseph Eng, OD. Not only will this allow you to keep your prescriptions up-to-date, it will also allow Dr. Eng to identify and address any contact lens-related issues sooner rather than later.