One Thing You Shouldn’t Do if You Wear Contact Lens

Ah contact lenses… Without them, all you see is a bunch of blurry
figures and shapes. You can’t go without them, so you’d gladly
never take your contacts out. I know they’re a real life-saver, but there
are places and situations when you’d better go contact-free! Such as: – In the shower, hot tub, and swimming pool What do these places all have in common? Right, water. And water is full of bacteria. Even seemingly clear ocean, lake, or river
water is swimming in microorganisms that are really dangerous for your eyes. In fact, bacteria find it easier to stick
to your contacts than they do directly to your eyeballs. Once they grab on, they start to multiply
and grow stronger. The possible result? A nasty infection called Amoebic keratitis. In simpler terms, it’s bad inflammation
of the cornea that results from bacterial infection. The cornea is the curved transparent layer
that forms the front of the eye. Besides providing protection, it’s also
key for vision since it bends and focuses the light that enters the eye. The disease starts with pain in the eyes and
blurred vision. If you do nothing about it, it can even lead
to blindness! This is what happened to a 41-year-old UK
woman. When her eye doctor asked her about it, she
admitted that she often showered in her contacts and didn’t take them out when she went for
a swim. As a result, after just 2 months of living
with infection and pain, the vision in her left eye dropped to 20/200. That’s considered legally blind. Although the condition is quite rare and affects
only 1 out of 250,000 people, it’s still not a risk worth taking. Treatment is long and difficult. When antibiotics don’t work, it could mean
a cornea transplant would be in order. But even after transplantation, the eyesight
rarely goes back to normal. For that UK woman, it only helped her get
20/80 vision. That’s still not good because it means what
she can see clearly at 20 feet, a person with good eyesight can see at 80 feet! If there’s no way for you to avoid showering
with your contacts in, at least try to keep your eyes closed as much as you can. This way, you’ll minimize contact between
your eyes and the water. Before taking a dive in the pool, remember
that you also have a second reason to take those contacts out – chlorine in the water
can seriously damage them. Again, if for some reason you can’t leave
your lenses in the changing room, put on some tight-fitting goggles. And if you do get water on your contact lenses,
at least remember to clean them thoroughly afterward. – At the gym When you’re getting in a good workout, sweat
is always there to prove it. It gets on your back, your hands, the machine
you’re using, and, most dangerously, your eyes. You only make it worse when you start wiping
and rubbing them, getting even more salty sweat in there. Well guess what – your sweat is also teeming
with bacteria. (That’s why it smells, by the way! That aroma under your pits? It’s basically bacteria poo…) Anyway, you already know what happens to your
lenses when they get into contact with germs. If you’re using chalk to rock climb, do gymnastics,
or lift weights, you also need to be careful. You don’t want to accidentally rub your
eyes with those chalky hands of yours – it can also cause irritation. When you’re done with your workout and head
to the shower, you have two equally undesirable options: either shower with your contacts
in (you now know that’s a no-go!) or take them out in the locker room. Unless that changing room is totally sterile
(and it most certainly isn’t), the threat of bacteria invading your lenses is very real! – When you sleep Oh, you have those fancy “extended wear”
day and night lenses? Sorry, but no matter what the packaging says,
sleeping in your contacts is a bad idea. The least it can do is wear down the quality
of your lenses. The worst: you get a nasty case of keratitis. (Remember, that’s an inflamed cornea.) Think of it this way: you go throughout the
day touching your cell phone, door handles, light switches, hand railings, and all kinds
of bacteria-infested objects in the world. Even if you’re diligent about washing your
hands, the odds that those fingers of yours are covered in bacteria as you rub your eyes
at the end of a long work or school day, are pretty high. You’re exhausted, so you fall into bed thinking,
“Eh, one night won’t do any harm if I leave my contacts in.” Unfortunately, the bacteria that managed to
get into your lenses now have a WHOLE night to multiply. Yes, 1 single night is enough to do serious
damage. A 2012 study showed that people who sleep
in their contact lenses even less than once a week have a 6.5 times higher risk of getting
keratitis than people who take their contacts out for the night. That’s because you’re giving bacteria
the closed warm environment they love so much. Bacteria growth aside, that thin piece of
plastic covering your eye all night also impedes the flow of oxygen. Even the more porous “extended wear” contacts
block that ventilation. Now, the cornea doesn’t have its own blood
flow, so it needs direct access to the oxygen in the air. When you have your contacts in all night and
your eyelids closed, you completely prevent it from getting that oxygen. As a result, your eyes dry out and they only
get more vulnerable to infection. Just let your eyes breathe and have your contacts
spend the night alone disinfecting in their case like they should be. Other than those places where you should be
taking your contacts out, there are plenty of things you should never do if you’re
a lens-wearer. Let me know down in the comments if you’re
guilty of any of the following! 1. Don’t reuse the same solution. Contact lens solution is a great disinfectant
when used wisely. If you use the same portion of it over and
over again and just top it off with a few new drops every now and then, you’re not using
it the way it was intended. So, it doesn’t do its job as well! It completely stops being sterile, and as
bacteria start to thrive in this environment, it can cause you some less than pleasant eye
infections. So only use fresh solution for overnight contact
storage! 2. Don’t forget to take good care of your contact
case. First of all, it needs air-drying. Bacteria enjoy moisture, so one sure way to
prevent their feast is to deprive them of that. Leaving the case to air out during the day
will help. Second, don’t forget to clean it with a
gentle soap and water every week. And again, let it air-dry thoroughly when
you’re done. Don’t use a towel or toilet paper – they
can leave behind tiny fibers that find their way onto your lenses and into your eye! 3. Never leave makeup on your contacts. (This goes for girls too!) You’re putting on eye makeup and a tiny
bit of it accidentally gets onto your contact. In case that happens, immediately wash your
hands. Then take out the lens and disinfect it before
putting it back in. The best you can do is put your makeup on
first, then your contacts. Sunscreen doesn’t belong on your contacts
either, so if it gets there by accident, run a disinfection immediately. 4. Don’t keep lenses on irritated eyes. Your eyes don’t start itching and get red
for no reason. If they feel dry, you have an infection, or
are having an allergic reaction, remove your contacts immediately to prevent more damage. Wait and see if things get better after you’ve
taken them out. If it’s not a more serious problem, your
eyes might’ve just been rejecting your lenses because you didn’t disinfect them properly. 5. Don’t rub your eyes. If you rub your eyes with contacts in, you
have an increased risk of developing keratoconus. That’s a condition when your cornea changes
shape and goes from round to cone-like. If nothing is done about it, it can eventually
give you blurred vision. Instead of rubbing your eyes, treat them with
some anti-itch drops to calm them. 6. Never leave your lens case in the heat. Your contacts don’t like water, and they
don’t prefer the heat either. If you just take them out for the night, don’t
leave the case where the sun will shine directly on it the next morning. Never leave the case in your car either – it
can get incredibly hot there. For the same reason, avoid taking it to the
beach too. The hotter the case gets, the dryer its contents
will become. Got that? Good! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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