Patients wearing contact lenses for the first time often wonder if wearing contacts can damage their eyesight. Rest assured, contact lenses are very safe and FDA approved. However, without proper care and use, you may increase the likelihood of infection or damage to your eyesight.
Some of the more common mistakes to avoid are sleeping in your contact lenses, cleaning and caring for contacts properly, and fitting contacts with a professional.
Sleeping in Your Contact Lenses
Sleeping in your contacts deprives your eyes of oxygen and your eyes may dry out overnight and experience blurry vision. There are some contact lenses designed for extended wear, however, because of the increased risk of eye infections, it is preferable to remove your contact lenses before going to sleep.
Cleaning and Caring for Contact Lenses
Care must be taken to clean and disinfect contact lenses to reduce bacteria and avoid serious eye infection. Tap water is not sterile, so use contact lens solution and gently rub the contact lens during cleaning. Fox Eye Care recommends daily disposable contact lenses to minimize contact lens care and to help avoid eye infections.
Contact Lens Fitting with an Optometrist
An eye exam and prescription is required for corrective lenses, but you may also be interested in cosmetic lenses for a costume or eye color. Rather than simply order contacts online, meet with an optometrist or technician at Fox Eye Care to make sure the lenses are right for you and discuss proper contact lens care.
Fox Eye Care is Raleigh’s contact lens specialist. Our doctors and staff help patients successfully wear contacts for the first time every day. Please call us today to schedule an appointment and let us help you see, look, and feel your best.