Common contact lens mistakes and how to avoid them

Thursday, 22 February 2018
Common contact lens mistakes and how to avoid them

Wearing contact lenses needn’t be a hassle. Here is our definitive list of common contact lens mistakes and how to avoid them.

Contact lenses offer the ultimate freedom of style and the ability to be highly active without worrying about glasses falling off of your face. Don’t be put off by the same old tired myths that stop people from enjoying the benefits of contacts.

Sleeping in contact lenses

Most lenses are made for daily wear and must be removed at night. Sleeping in lenses reduces the amount of oxygen that can move in and out of your eye. This can lead to dry eyes, a build-up in your eyes overnight and in some cases, infections.

If you wish to wear lenses while you sleep, you must wear extended wear lenses that are specifically designed for wearing at night. Seek advice from your optometrist before wearing extended wear lenses to verify whether or not they are suitable for you.

Using the wrong solution

The solution you use largely depends on the lens you wear, and what type of cleaning routine you prefer. The easiest solution for soft lenses is a multi-purpose solution, which allows you to both clean and store your solution at the same time. We recommend comfi All-in-one Solution, which also comes in a handy travel-sized bottle.

If you prefer, you can clean your lenses using a two-step process that involves saline and peroxide solution. For more information, you can read our detailed step-by-step guide on how to clean your lenses.

Rigid and gas permeable lenses must be stored and cleaned with a different solution. Browse our selection of rigid and gas permeable contact lens solutions specifically designed for hard contact lenses.

Not following proper hygiene

Hand hygiene is incredibly important when wearing lenses and bad hand hygiene is what leads to most cases of infection. Cleaning your hands before handling lenses dramatically reduces, and almost eliminates, the chances of hand to eye infections.

Thoroughly wash your hands with mild soap and clean water, then dry them with a clean towel before inserting your lenses. Read more on how to insert and remove your lenses.

Common contact lens mistakes and how to avoid them

Putting them in the wrong way

Most lenses will already be sitting in their natural form when you remove them from the blister pack. If you are unsure as to whether or not your lenses are the right way up for inserting, the easiest way to know is to hold one on your finger and look at its shape. It should be a smooth round curvature, almost like a bowl, instead of a shape that has hard, flared-out edges similar to a saucepan. Still unsure? You can read our full guide on how to tell if your lenses are inside out.

Giving up on lenses after the first try

The first few attempts wearing contact lenses can be slightly uncomfortable as you are introducing an object to the eye which it is not entirely used to. Some people also find inserting and removing the lenses slightly troublesome. As with anything, it simply takes a bit of practice and time getting used to.

If you consistently feel discomfort wearing lenses, we advise you remove them. It’s worth testing out a few different brands at different price points before throwing in the towel completely.

Not giving them a chance at all

There are many misconceptions surrounding contact lenses that keep people from giving lenses a try. Read our full guide on the myths vs the realities of wearing lenses here.

Buying them at an inflated price

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to buy your contact lenses from your optician. Once you have your prescription, you can purchase your lenses from anywhere you like and the cheapest place to buy them from is online. Feel Good Contacts offers the best prices on the market and with our Price Match Guarantee, we promise you won’t find your lenses anywhere else.

Common contact lens mistakes and how to avoid them

Not getting the correct prescription

A prescription for glasses is not the same as a prescription for contact lenses. Each requires a different test. Do not try and base your contact lens prescription on the prescription you were given for glasses, as it won’t offer you the correct clarity of vision. Learn more about prescription contact lenses for more information.

Using products that may irritate the eyes

Beauty and cosmetic products may contain ingredients that irritate the eyes, particularly those with sensitive or dry eyes.

Try and stick brands that promote the use of more natural and organic ingredients, or are ophthalmologically-tested. You can read our full guide on makeup and contact lenses here.

Buying cheap costume lenses for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time to dress up and try different looks that you couldn’t generally wear at any other time of the year. Many people choose to wear costume lenses. This is perfectly fine, but it is important to purchase your lenses from reputable retailers who sell lenses from reputable brands.

Feel Good Contacts have a wide range of coloured contact lenses that will effortlessly complement any makeup look for Halloween. 

Common contact lens mistakes and how to avoid them

Being uninformed about common conditions

No one is expecting that you know every medical condition related to eye health, but learning how to spot common infections will help prevent infections from getting worse. It will also save you a lot of panic if you suddenly notice something is wrong that happens to be a pretty common problem.

Typical conditions for contact lenses wearers are dry eye which can be treated with eye drops and conjunctivitis which is commonly treated with a short round of anti-biotic drops too.

You can find an entire list of eye related conditions in our Eye Care Hub.

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