HomeArticlesOne Thing You Shouldn’t Do if You Wear Contact Lens One Thing You Shouldn’t Do if You Wear Contact Lens By Joseph Donaldson January 6, 2020 Articles, Blog 100 Comments 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 give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay on the Bright Side of life! Tags:Amoebic keratitis, bad eyesight, bad for your eyes, blurred vision, Contact lenses, cornea, dry eyes, eye health, eye problems, eye redness, good eyesight, good for your eyes, good vision, healthy eyes, human body, inflammation of the cornea, irritated eyes, keratoconus, poor eyesight, red eyes, the, vision problems, what if, you, your Related Posts Insomnia Caused by Low Levels of Testosterone Visual Fields (Chapter 4 of 7) Part I – Inflammation About Author admin 100 Comments BRIGHT SIDE October 1, 2019 Hey guys! Are glasses cooler than contacts? 🤓 Or vice versa? 😉 Reply Tech October 2, 2019 Does this apply to daily lenses Reply Mochi October 2, 2019 Just stick to glasses Reply The Worrior Xd October 2, 2019 Ok folks do what I do everyday.. WEAR GLASSES!! 😁👍 Reply Jessica Playz October 2, 2019 My sis has permanent contacts, great. Reply Jason Irelan October 2, 2019 You also shouldn't sleep with them in your eyes. I've always stuck to glasses. Reply Michael Ziminski October 2, 2019 I’ve been a contacts wearer for the past 4 years. One of the best things I’ve done for myself. Before I had them, I wore glasses and I was still considered legally blind. But now that I have my contacts, I can see better than I ever have before. I can even drive now! Anyway, I never go near water when I have my contacts in. Before I get in a pool, hot tub or the ocean, I always take them out. I take them out not because of the bacteria, but because I’m scared that they’ll fall out and I won’t be able to find them in the water 😂 Reply Joey Garcia October 2, 2019 who loves this video do this, a like if you do Reply ༄BobaTea༄ October 2, 2019 I liked and subscribe who needs school we have you you explain things better than school I learned a lot from you! Reply Kelsey Boren October 2, 2019 I got Acanthamoeba Keretitis after swimming in contacts when I was 15 at 10 Mile Lake in Oregon. A parasite got in my cornea and was eating it. It caused me to go blind in my left eye. I haven’t seen out it in 13 years. Ya, there are people that don’t take precautions with contacts. And I was never warned about what could happen. It was a horrible and painful experience Reply Eireva Zerimar October 2, 2019 I do it all the time Reply Nathaniel October 2, 2019 Just use those daily ones lol Reply Lily Rose October 2, 2019 I always learn something new when I watch bright side Reply Welmoed October 2, 2019 I wear contacts while swimming but I also wear goggles so I think I'll be fine. I can't see a single thing without contacts or glasses and that's also dangerous.. Reply Ann G October 2, 2019 It's called daily disposables hahahahahaha Reply Julia McCauley October 3, 2019 you’re right. 20/80 vision isn’t good. 😂 that’s why i’m here, contacts. 😂 Reply What Breaks The Silence October 3, 2019 Amoebic Keratitis is caused by an amoeba a protozoan and not a bacteria Reply Ram ekval Singh October 3, 2019 I don't have these but still watching Reply Maryam Kashif October 3, 2019 Hey every thing in video is okay but rubbing eyes don't feel right because I find best way to rub eyes my doctor told me that try to rub if any irritation on the iris gently if you are wearing contract lenses Reply Lucy Nunez October 4, 2019 I’m guilty of all these things 😬😬😬 maybe I should stop Reply sophia tao October 5, 2019 The video: U should not wear contact lenses when sleeping.Me: I'm supposed to wear it when I sleep!!! Reply Hollow Head October 5, 2019 I love how you have part of you're script in the description Reply Rishi Arvind October 6, 2019 Oh god i have done everything mentioned in the video Reply TEE EE KENT Moe October 6, 2019 your video is cool Reply Laxmi Rv October 6, 2019 Thank u very much for the advice Reply TWO-SIDE FIRECLASH October 7, 2019 Is I am the only who do not use contact lenses if any then like here Reply Kim Keller October 9, 2019 Your very smart Britt side Reply Zuzo's corner October 11, 2019 Well years ago ihad to wear a contact over my ey for actli e an artificial cornia of sorts. had a Boston K Pro done on my eyes. so no, it wasnt' one of thoe contacts you woud want to take out at night. Reply Emily Tang October 12, 2019 I wear night contacts . I know they help me with eyesite and everything, but they don’t help with pain. I mean they are so uncomfortable, I just want to tell everyone who is reading this , don’t try to make your eye site bad , cause you could wind up with contacts that feel like someone stuffed tissues in your eye. Reply AutumnPotatoe October 12, 2019 8:23 if they get dry it might have dry eyes not eye infection and never clean lense with soap and water I wear ortho k lenses and you sleep in it at night when you wash with soap and water the bacteria is on water and soap that causes a eye infection a lot of the part of the video wasn’t actually true and if a drop of water gets on lenses you take them out and should put some solution in your eye because solution kills the bacteria that can harm your body I might not be true since I wear different kinds of lenses but it’s safer to put some solution in your eye and go to your clinic and ask for a check on the eye. Bright side can you be specific with what kind of lenses since there a quite a lot that are different but with all lenses you don’t wash it with soap and water you wash it with solution and wash your hands and make sure they are dry before taking out lenses btw Edit: NEVER WASH LENSE WITH SOAP AND WATER THERE IS MORE BACTERIA IN THAT THAN THE FINGER Reply Tori Nelson October 12, 2019 I'm so sorry this happened to you 41 year old r Reply Hamza mahmoodtuy October 13, 2019 Just wear glasses instead Reply eyesick2k7 October 14, 2019 I'm 12 and I am guilty of ALL of these (except for 1) Reply Frankie Norbert Steiner October 15, 2019 Cut jalapenos prior to inserting said contacts. Reply Dali October 15, 2019 I take them out as soon as I get back from work. I wanna minimize the time I wear them, cuz even if you're using your lens correctly, your eyes get reduced oxigen compared to people who don't use them at all.Contact lens are so useful though! Reply Just another muttonhead October 15, 2019 Im wearing glasses, i perfer glasses over contact lenses… Reply Brooke Jabour October 15, 2019 Thank you. Very informational. I didn't know about the workout one. Good videos Reply Laurel Maciejko October 15, 2019 I wear mine in the shower every night, but my mom said it’s ok. I sleep in them a lot lol. I use Dailey contacts so I throw them away after I’m done no case needed 😀 Reply Utpal Das October 15, 2019 Love your vids but some of your vids scare me and my sis Reply Blossom October 16, 2019 What about contact lens that are colored? Reply StripeyStripes October 16, 2019 What If i have contacts specially designed for nighttime wear? I can't just remove them and not be able to see Reply XXX Space October 16, 2019 I didn’t wear any contact lenses. If i wear them, I don’t like it. It kinda feels like weird.. Reply Javeria Imran October 16, 2019 I just saw this vid now, but I was told all this by my optician and I started wearing contacts at 10😂😂 Reply OOF _Girl October 17, 2019 They say u have to clean ur contact lenses tooBut no thank u I barely clean my own glasses cuz I see perf fineBut contact lens r stick to my eye so I may have troubles taking it off and putting it onSo imma stick with my glassesPlus it makes my eyes look bigger and I’d say I like having glasses Reply XxArticFoxXx playz October 17, 2019 I have glass this is a medical condition we carnt live with out them Reply Amazing Toys October 17, 2019 Also if you rub your eyes with them in, the contacts can move somewhere where you can't get it out! Reply Hanan Ahmed October 18, 2019 THIS IS WHY YOU WEAR GLASSES Reply gacha galaxy October 18, 2019 Wow you have 30m subs Reply Maya_is 2 October 18, 2019 I guess I will just stick to glasses…. Reply My Random Animations October 19, 2019 Nobody: Me: Hey,good thing I have glasses! Reply Leenaeirena826 Leena October 19, 2019 Glasses are better to wear and safer Reply Eman Sajid October 19, 2019 I don’t even have contact lenses but am planning to use them when I’m older Reply ivy gacha uwu October 19, 2019 who has contacts but your classmates don't believe you do?me:🙋 Reply Lil Ava October 19, 2019 So you're telling me water is made out of bacteria and my stomach-Stomach: *GROWLS * I'm in danger Reply Izzy_The Tiger October 19, 2019 Welcome to another episode of WHY IS THIS IN MY RECOMMENDATION Reply Gacha Mango girl! October 19, 2019 If you’re swimming in the ocean wear swimming goggles .-. Reply Fons Bossuyt October 19, 2019 Ik xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxik Reply Mermaid Gamer October 19, 2019 I have 2020 vision like its 2020 now ppl who watching in 2020 Reply Edyta Hojnor October 19, 2019 I dont were contacts but i do were glasses Reply Divina Yango October 20, 2019 Borring 😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴😴 Reply Jesika Rules October 20, 2019 Me: dosent have contact lenses Also me: watches video Reply Gacha Zach October 21, 2019 I use Glasses Reply Mîńî Møødîë October 21, 2019 One thing you should’nt do with contacts (Tells so many problems) Reply Eaqually Chan su October 21, 2019 One thing you shouldnt do Dont eat nuclear fire noodles Reply Rona Marie Decena October 22, 2019 Thx for saying us😊 Reply dennis de jesus October 22, 2019 I’m getting glasses this month Reply Liman Deng October 23, 2019 What if I have night wear contact lenses? Reply judit horvath October 24, 2019 Does its hurt when u put contracs on Reply nothing nothing October 26, 2019 I wear contacts and watching this video really 'scared' me. I almost don't want to wear contacts anymore, even if its nessesary. Reply It's Gacha Valerie October 26, 2019 Would it count for eye color changing contacts as well Just saying :p Reply BrunoDa Doggo October 26, 2019 Lets switch to glasses Reply Michelle Kallstrom October 27, 2019 What even are contacs anyway?Im still lurning Reply Molyse Monly October 28, 2019 Hi, I'm new to wearing glasses and in some occasion had to wear daily contact lenses.. I had some questions that would be great if anyone could help and answer me.. 😊😊I wanna ask if napping (30-45 mins) during a car ride counts as sleeping?Since we shouldn't leave it while we sleep (and I'm not about to do that either), but sometimes I got so tired during my ride to/from work and take a short nap in the car.. is it safe to leave it on?Also if you're not swimming, but only walking on the beach, is it okay to wear your daily contact lenses?I also heard it's not safe to wear one if you're cooking, is there any safe distance from the fire to avoid smth bad happen or you shouldn't wear it at all? (I use glasses when I cook for now)Thank you Reply cookie playz November 1, 2019 One of my friend wear contact lences Reply Diamond leaf November 1, 2019 But i don't wear contact lense Reply Precious Serrano November 3, 2019 That's true stop wearing eye contacts everyone accept your eye color my eye color is brown and I don't change it because I am only 10 years old katangahan Reply HM Ladybug November 3, 2019 Nope! Reply Sean Casey November 3, 2019 Cool Reply For His Glory November 3, 2019 Is it ok to wear mascara and contacts? Reply Shopkins fan 1231 November 4, 2019 It’s good i don’t know how to swim🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂 Reply Straberry Gamer November 4, 2019 Wet contact lens? Reply gacha floofy_playz November 7, 2019 glasses is more better than contacts Reply Daisy E November 8, 2019 I every day wear black contacts so my school bullys understand me not to mess whit me Reply Anshika Gowthami November 9, 2019 Thank you so much for your information. I will follow the steps ☺️☺️☺️ Reply Minty Wolf Studios November 9, 2019 I have glasses but my friend has contacts Reply Nishita Sharma November 10, 2019 I actually don't use lens but when I grow up I will btw it will be coloured ones! Reply Nishita Sharma November 10, 2019 I don't were glasses btw! Reply DoixGT November 10, 2019 :p Reply kenzouken Go November 10, 2019 how about the girl uses glasses Reply Magnus Josefsson November 10, 2019 9% Reply Kim yana Gacha YT November 10, 2019 This is the reason why people wear eyeglasses and not eye contact well some ._. Reply •Ariana Nathelie• November 11, 2019 I’m soooooo lucky that I DONT have to wear contacts cause I am free as a bird! Reply Rudy Tube November 15, 2019 Why do we need contact lens Reply Anindita Saha November 16, 2019 I don't use contacts Reply SPRING KIDDO November 22, 2019 I TAKE A SWIMMINH W/ MY CONTACTS.. I CAN DO ANYTHING.. THESE YT CHANNEL IS A PIECE OF NONSENSE -,- Reply MeadowDaPotato November 29, 2019 I have a question, I where brown contacts (they also are for vision) is it un healthy or healthy to have contacts at 10 years old? Reply honeyluv December 9, 2019 What about ballerinas? Reply fries alom December 20, 2019 I only wear my contacts only when I am working out or going to theme parks and stuff where it is hard to wear glasses…😬I'm doomed Reply S U G A GAMER December 20, 2019 I dont need contacts but i think glasses will be cute Reply Howard Ellison December 22, 2019 Younger people could do well to check out the classic Bates method: its a kind of eye massage and other gentle exercises that have been reported to remedy some common vision shortcomings.I recall one account of it was in a book – Better Sight Without Glasses. And, glasses, lenses or otherwise, of course it's always been a good idea to rest and re-focus frequently if modern life has stuck you in front of a screen for many hours every day. Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.