5 easy ways to improve your eye care
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Our eyes are the only part of our body that are able to function at 100% at any moment without rest. They are the most complex organ after the brain, and are made up of over 2 million working parts and can differentiate between 10 million colours.
However, our eyes are also delicate and we need to make sure that we look after them properly. So here are 5 helpful tips to improve your eye care if you’re a contact lens wearer.
Applying your contact lenses can be somewhat tricky if you’re a first time wearer. This is a short version of how to insert your lenses:
- Wash and dry your hands
- Put lens on the index finger and pull lower lid down with the same had
- With your other hand pull up your upper eye lid and eye lashes
- Place the lens in the centre of the eye
- Then move your eyes to centre the lens
- Release your hand and blink a few times to make the lens settle
If you need more guidance on this, read our article on how to put in and take our your contact lenses.
Keep it clean
Absolutely key to having a good eye care routine is good hygiene. Always be sure to wash and dry your hands before handling your lenses, and insert them in a clean and hygienic environment. Some people are in the habit of doing this in the bathroom, but the sink is often riddled with bacteria and it’s good practice to insert your lenses over a disinfected work surface using a free standing mirror.
If you wear make-up, you should be in the habit of putting your lenses in before applying make-up (you will probably need to do this anyway!). But you should also take your lenses out before taking your make-up off to avoid getting any make-up on the lens.
Storing your contact lenses
If you use two weekly or monthly lenses you may need to store your lenses overnight. This process cleans, disinfects and hydrates your lenses for use the next day. You should be thinking not only about the hygiene of your contact lenses, but the hygiene of your contact lens case.
Your lens case should be cleaned daily with solution – never water, as it can contain harmful bacteria! You should leave your lens case to air dry rather than using a tissue or towel as they may transfer fibres into your case and in turn on your lenses, causing your lenses to become uncomfortable. You should also regularly replace your lens case on a monthly basis.
It’s also important to note that if you use hydrogen peroxide solution you may need a lens case with a catalyst disk. This will neutralise the hydrogen peroxide into saline solution overnight to make the lenses safe for use.
Keep your eyes hydrated
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Dry eyes can affect anybody, but there are a few measures that you can take to help protect yourself against it. Avoid keeping lenses in for longer than your daily recommended wear or by continuing to use them past their expiry date. One of Lenstore’s in-house opticians, Kayleigh, often uses this analogy:
“Contact lenses can be compared to a tin of beans, they might last up to 2 years in the cupboard, but once they’re opened they have an expiry date that you must stick to. Whether it’s 12 hours for daily lenses, or 30 days for monthly lenses, always follow your Optician’s advice when it comes to how long to wear your lenses, and never over-wear them.”
Eye drops help to restore your eyes natural moisture barrier to soothe and relieve you of your tired and dry eyes. Your Optician will be able to recommend which eye drops are best for you.
Book regular checkups with your optician
It is really important that you visit you optician to have regular sight tests. These examinations are vital to ensuring that your eyes are healthy and that any changes in your eyes are detected. You also need to have had an up-to-date eye test in order to have a contact lens fitting or checkup. Not only will your optician detect any change in your eyes, eye health or prescription, but it is a great opportunity for you to ask any optical questions you may have.