360 Eyecare – Metro advises on Contact lens care and risks

360 Eyecare – Metro advises on contacts lens care and risks; some basics of contact lens care are to:

1) Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses, this prevents and dirt, germs or foreign objects from getting into your eyes.

2) Clean your lenses with the recommended solution (Note: some products are not compatible with others, or with certain contact lenses. Using incompatible products can ruin your contact lenses or harm your eyes. Always consult with your optometrist before using any eye care products). To clean the lenses you can rub them in the palm of your hand with a little solution to remove and eye-produced buildup, cosmetics and/or debris.

3) It is important to keep your contact lens case clean as well. Place the lenses in a clean case and fill with fresh solution with each use (do not ‘top-off’  old solution). 360 Eyecare – Metro advises on Contact lens care and risks; and recommends that you replace your contact lens case every month.

Wearing contact lenses puts you at risk of several serious conditions. These conditions may cause eye infections and corneal ulcers. These conditions can develop very quickly and can be very serious. There are some cases where these conditions can cause blindness. If you experience symptoms such as discomfort, excess tearing or other discharge, unusual sensitivity to light, itching, burning, or gritty feelings, unusual redness, blurred vision, swelling and/or pain you should remove your contact lenses immediately and contact your optometrist.

A corneal ulcer is an open sore on the outer layer of the cornea, this is usually caused by an infection. Steps to prevent infection while wearing contact lenses are to clean your contact lenses as directed by your optometrist, never reuse contact lens solution, remove contact lenses before swimming and replace your contact lens case every 3 months.