Despite how common contacts are, most people who use them admit to having at least one bad contacts-related habit (for example, wearing them when they should not be worn). Unfortunately, the consequences of cavalier or reckless contact lens care can be serious, possibly leading to eye infections and even blindness.
In this post, Boston ophthalmologist Dr. Ernest Kornmehl reveals certain times that contacts should never be worn.
Sleeping in your contact lenses is one of the riskiest things you can do, as it reduces the amount of oxygen that gets to your eyes. This can significantly increase your risk of eye infections, corneal abrasions and other problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control, sleeping with contact lenses increases the chances of an eye infection six- to eight-fold. You shouldn’t even risk taking a short nap while wearing contacts, if possible.
When Swimming or Bathing
The water from your shower, bath, pool, hot tub or other bodies of water contains bacteria and amoebae that can stick to contacts and bother your eyes. In the worst cases, these germs can cause infections and irreversible vision loss.
If you must wear contacts in the shower or bath, try not to get them wet by keeping your eyes closed as much as possible. If the lenses do get wet, take them out and clean them before putting them back in.
When You Haven’t Washed Your Hands
Handling contacts without washing your hands with soap and water is very risky, as it could expose germs on your hands to your lenses. Only put your contacts in if you have washed and dried your hands thoroughly.
When Your Eyes Are Uncomfortable or Unusually Red
If your eyes are very red or irritated, you should not wear your contact lenses. You could have a tear in your contacts or an eye infection. Or, your eyes may be irritated by environmental allergens or dryness, and need a break from contacts to recover.
Achieve Independence from Contacts with LASIK Vision Correction
If you wish for freedom from the inconvenience of contacts or glasses, you might want to consider LASIK laser vision correction. By permanently reshaping your cornea’s curvature, LASIK can give you the clear, independent vision you need for everyday life.
For more information about LASIK surgery and to determine whether you are a suitable candidate, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Kornmehl. Contact our Boston office today to book your visit.