Galveston & Houston Ophthalmologist Allan Fradkin, M.D. shared some tips for maintaining healthy eyes and vision and wearing contact lenses. “We remind patients that contact lenses are a medical device and even those worn purely for cosmetic purposes, should be prescribed and properly fit by a licensed eye care professional,” explained Dr. Fradkin. “Too many patients forget this and end up buying and wearing contact lenses without proper medical guidance and a valid prescription. Then, often without even realizing it, they put themselves at risk for serious, even blinding eye infections.”
Following the instructions given to you by your eye doctor-carefully and completely can go a long way to help avoid contact lens problems and complications. “Our experience clearly shows that by not following instructions on proper wear and care, contact lens wearers are more likely to have discomfort and may actually put themselves at greater risk for infection or other serious complications, such as microbial keratitis,” said Dr. Fradkin. “We often find that improper storage, handling and disinfection of contact lenses really predispose patients to unnecessary risk.”
Some good contact lens care, handling and disinfection tips to follow include:
- Always wash your hands with soap before inserting or removing your contact lenses.
- Always empty the storage case of disinfection solution after removing your lenses, and fully refill with fresh solution before storing them.
- NEVER clean your case with tap water.
- REGULARLY-even daily- clean your case.
- REGULARLY-at least monthly- replace your case.
If you or someone you know has questions about contact lens care, handling and disinfection please feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.
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