Contact lenses are the best optical instrument … if used properly. But they can create havoc at the same time if you are not careful enough . So get all the information , you need to know while using contact lenses.
You should not wear contact lenses , if :
- Frequent eye infections;
- Severe allergies;
- Dry eye that is resistant to treatment;
- A very dusty work environment; or
- An inability to handle and care for the lenses.
Contact lens safety tips:
- DO make sure contact lenses and lens storage cases are cleaned and disinfected regularly, according to your eye doctor’s instructions.
- DON’T place contact lenses in your mouth or use your saliva to wet them.
- DO replace contact lenses regularly, according to your eye doctor’s directions.
- DON’T “top off” old solution in your contact lens case. Instead, discard old solution and replace it with fresh solution.
- DO always rub contact lenses when you clean them, even if using a “no-rub” solution.
- Any eyedrops you use can interact with all types of contact lenses. It is best to avoid the use of eyedrops while wearing lenses, except for wetting drops recommended by your eye doctor.
- Homemade saline (salt water) solutions have been linked to serious corneal infections and should not be used
- If you accidentally sleep in them, don’t try to take them off right away.
- Just about everyone can wear contacts, even if you have astigmatism.
- If you’re going to get lenses just to alter your eye color, treat them with the same care you would a prescription.
- Keep your case in tip top condition.
Eye Makeup and Contact Lenses:
Getting makeup in your eye is annoying. But it’s even worse with contacts, because it can stick to the lenses instead of flushing right out. Follow these tips to keep your eyes looking and feeling good:
- Put your contact lenses on before applying makeup. And always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your contacts, so you won’t transfer any oils, creams or lotions to the lenses.
- Use only non-allergenic makeup. Almay and Clinique have eye-friendly products, but there are other good brands as well.
- Cream eye shadow is less likely to get in your eye than powder. But creams can irritate your eyes more if they do make it into your eyes. Choose water-based rather than oil-based creams.
- If you prefer powder, keep your eyes closed during application. Then, brush off any excess powder before opening your eyes.
- Never apply eyeliner between your lashes and your eye. Apply eyeliner only on the portion of your lashes that is well away from your eye.
- To remove eye makeup, wash and dry your hands. Then remove your contacts, being careful not to bump them into any makeup. Finally, use your eye makeup remover.
- Replace your eye makeup frequently — at least every three months. Don’t use old eye makeup, because over time bacteria will get into the product and then into your eyes, where it can cause an infection. One way to tell if your makeup is too old is if it smells funny. Also, don’t share your eye makeup with others