What You Should Not Do With Contact Lenses

Alastair Lockwood Alastair Lockwood
Sunday, 01 September 2019 Share this blog: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy link Copy Link

When you first start wearing contact lenses, it can take a few days before you get used to them. To help aid the initial wearing process, we have put together a few don’ts that you should bear in mind when wearing contact lenses.

What You Should Not Do with Contacts.

While it may seem a little challenging at first, following these simple instructions will help prevent any mishaps when wearing your contact lenses.

Is it bad to wear contact lenses every day?

It is mostly okay to wear contact lenses every day. The most important part of wearing contact lenses on a daily basis is practicing good hand hygiene. You must clean your hands thoroughly before handling and inserting your contact lenses. Similarly, they should be clean before trying to remove your contact lenses.

If you wear daily disposable lenses, these must be disposed of after one use. Do not attempt to wear daily contact lenses more than once. If you wear monthly, two-weekly, or yearly contact lenses, these must be cleaned, disinfected and stored each day and night and should not be worn longer than what they’re wearing cycle allows. If you wear extended wear lenses, these must be approved by an optician. If you wear lenses on a daily basis, you may want to speak to your optician about switching to a silicone hydrogel lens if you’re not already wearing one. For daily wear, silicone hydrogel is a breathable material that allows more oxygen into the eye, maintaining more moisture and hydration.

Some people choose to give their eyes a rest every now and again and wear glasses, or wear glasses in the evening once they have taken their contact lenses off. Overall, it is fine to wear contact lenses on a daily basis.

Can you rub your eyes with contacts in?

It is not advisable to rub your eyes whilst you have contact lenses in. This could either dislodge you contact lens or push it to the upper eyelid of your eye. If your contact lenses are causing irritation, it is best to take them out. If your eyes are feeling irritated because of dry eyes, it may offer some relief to use some eye drops.

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Can contact lenses get lost in your eyes?

It is not uncommon for contact lenses to slide into your upper eyelid if you have rubbed your eyes. In some cases, you may not even be able to feel this. It is important to know that because of the way your eye is structured, your contact lens cannot roll right back behind your eye, and so, it is not possible for a contact lens to get completely ‘lost’ in your eye. If you feel your contact lens has been lost in your eye, pull up your upper eyelid and look downwards, you will usually be able to see it.

Is it bad to wear only 1 contact lens?

It is a very rare instance, but a small number of people may require a correct lens in one eye and not the other. In this case, they will wear a contact lens in one eye but not the other. If both eyes have refractive errors, then both will need lenses and it is not advised you wear only one lens.

What happens if I put my contact lens inside out?

If you wear your contact lenses inside out, it is likely that your vision will be blurred, and you may suffer some discomfort. Carefully take your lens out, clean it with a little solution and reinsert it. Some lenses such as Acuvue Oasys and 1 Day Acuvue Moist are marked with a 1-2-3 indicator, or have Invisitint technology to aid putting in your lenses.

The number one rule to prevent putting your lens inside out is to make sure it is shaped more like a round bowl than a saucer. Most of the time, you lens will already be settled in the shape it should enter you eye when you take it out of the blister pack.

Now you know what you should not do with contact lenses, wearing and caring for you contact lenses will be a lot easier. For full guides and advice on wearing and caring for contact lenses, please see our complete Eye Care Hub. If you are unsure about any matters concerning your eye health, it is always best to consult with your optician.

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