Contact lenses are a reliable and effective vision correction device, and they’re especially convenient to wear when you’re engaged in physical activity, whether it’s weightlifting or jogging. To ensure safe and hygienic use of your contacts while you’re on the go, remember these tips from your local eye specialist.
Make Sure You’re Always Prepared
Wearing contact lenses requires a commitment from you to clean your lenses and their case after every use. You should also make sure to wash your hands before handling your contacts. All these steps to keep your eyes safe from infections can be a lot, especially if you’re a busy person. So if you don’t want to worry about cleaning your contacts at the end of each day, daily disposable lenses would suit you. Simply discard the lenses after removing them, and make sure you always have enough stock at home.
If your work or hobby requires you to travel often, you should always have a travel pouch prepared for all your contact lens essentials — such as your contact lens case, a mini bottle of your contact lens solution and eye drops.
Ensure Adequate UV Protection
Spending lots of time outdoors exposes you to an excessive amount of UV rays, which can lead to an increased risk of eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration. Most contact lenses today are coated with UV protection, but keep in mind that your contacts alone can’t offer full protection against UV radiation. In addition to your contact lenses with UV protection, wear goggles or sunglasses that can block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Take Out Your Contacts When Swimming
Remove your contact lenses when swimming, and wear prescription goggles instead. This is the most effective way for you to see clearly and protect your eyes from harmful bacteria in the water.
Whether you need contact lenses or eyeglasses, Eyes on Norbeck can provide you with high-quality eyewear that meets your needs. Schedule an appointment by calling (301) 238-7199 or filling out our contact form.