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Is it safe to wear contact lenses near fire?Medically reviewed by Tina Patel, Contact Lens Optician at Feel Good Contacts.
How safe it is to wear contact lenses near fire?
The first step towards addressing the question of wearing contact lenses near fire is to understand the composition of these vision correction devices. Contact lenses are made of soft, breathable materials like silicone hydrogel or a hydrogel material. They are designed to be comfortable and allow oxygen to reach the cornea, ensuring eye health and comfort. There are certain fire-related elements like smoke and ashes, that may irritate your contacts and disrupt the comfort and quality of the lenses so you need to be careful to ensure the safety of your eyes.
Recommendations for keeping your lenses safe near fire
Here are some safety tips that you can follow to keep your eyes and contact lenses safe around fire:
Maintain a safe distance
When you're near a fire, it's important to stay a safe distance away to protect your eyes from heat, sparks, and debris.
Wear eye protection
Whenever you need to be near a fire like when lighting fireworks or a barbeque, you can wear protective eyewear like safety goggles or a face shield. These will shield your eyes from heat, smoke, and airborne particles.
Stay hydrated and use eye drops
To avoid your contact lenses drying out, make sure to drink enough water, especially in hot or dry conditions. This will keep your eyes and lenses moist. Carry lubricating eye drops to keep your eyes comfortable, especially in smoky or dry areas. Apply them as needed to prevent your lenses from drying out.
Keep your hands clean
Whenever you are putting in the lenses ensure your hands are clean and free from dirt or contaminants. Any impurities under your lenses can result in causing irritation and infection. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before inserting your contact lenses.
Remove lenses when needed
If your eyes feel uncomfortable or irritated near a fire, it's best to take out your contact lenses and switch to glasses temporarily. This will protect your monthly lenses from getting damaged and reduce the risk of eye issues. If you wear daily disposables, then make sure you discard the lenses straightaway.