Summer contact lens tips

Tuesday, 08 August 2017
Summer contact lens tips

It’s summer time, and while it’s important to care for your sight all year round, summer brings new challenges such as allergies and increased exposure to UV rays.

There are, of course, a few additional tricks you could try to ensure your peepers remain in good health during the summer months. To make sure you’re keeping on top of your lens care, here are four useful tips...



Summer contact lens tips

1. Take your contacts out before going for a swim

If you’re off on holiday this summer, you may be tempted to take a dip in the pool or the ocean to cool off as the temperatures rise, and while you may think nothing of going for a swim in your contact lenses, you could be putting your eye health at risk. The truth is, nearly all bodies of water contain a microorganism called acanthamoeba. If these microbes get under your lens and are left to multiply, the acanthamoeba organisms can cause irritation or even infection. While it’s always best to avoid wearing contacts altogether when you swim, we understand some of you may need to wear them. So, make sure to wear airtight goggles while swimming, and then to dispose of your lenses immediately after you get out of the pool or sea, even if you don’t feel that any water has gotten in your eyes.



2. Take extra care when applying sunscreen

As the weather perks up, it’s likely you can’t wait to bask in the sun’s glorious rays. While using sunscreen is a must to ensure your body is protected, it’s important that you take extra care when you’re applying it to your face. As a contact lens wearer, it’s vital that you’re especially wary not to get the cream in your eyes. If you do, you may experience a painful stinging sensation and you will also risk contaminating your lenses. To avoid this, use your fingers to delicately rub the product around your eyes, not forgetting your eyelids.



3. Treat your allergies

It can be tricky to keep allergies at bay, particularly in the height of summer. Itchy, watery and sore eyes are symptoms of common conditions such as hay fever, which can cause great discomfort if you’re a contact lens wearer. So, to ensure that you’re in control of your eye health this sunny season, make sure you stock up on effective treatments for when your allergies crop up. For example, you could try using allergy tablets, a nasal spray or eye drops that contain an antihistamine. To find a treatment that is suitable for you, you should speak to your pharmacist or optician.

Summer contact lens tips


4. Give your eyes a break

Whether it’s just for a day or a whole weekend, it’s a good idea to give your eyes a break from your contact lenses. While choosing to wear your lenses each day is perfectly safe in most cases, many opticians advise swapping your lenses for glasses occasionally to keep your eye health and vision in check.



Bearing these four tips in mind should help you keep your eyes healthy and safe all summer long.

For convenience this summer, you could also try using daily disposable lenses. When you’ve had enough of wearing them, you can simply discard these lenses and use a fresh pair the next time you want to enjoy clear vision without your glasses. At Feel Good Contacts, we stock a range of disposable lenses from a variety of brands, such as Focus Dailies and 1 Day Acuvue Moist.



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