Contact lenses are made from different types of plastic and seem like they are very durable; although they are durable, they are still very delicate. Your contact lenses are not going to last very long if you don't take care of them properly. Your lenses may also cause damage to your eyes if you don't take care of them, or don't wear them properly. Read on for a few mistakes you may be making with your contact lens wearing or care.
1. Sleeping In Lenses
If you're sleeping in your lenses, even if you're just taking a nap during the day, it can be detrimental to your eyes and to your contact lenses. If you sleep in your lenses, it can dry them out and leave them worn out enough that they may tear easily. If you sleep in your lenses often, you may also notice your eyes feel very dry. You may also have a difficult time seeing after you wake and could have a hard time removing your contact lenses. If you do sleep in your lenses on accident, use rewetting drops to moisten them before attempting to remove them.
2. Failing To Clean Your Lenses
If you simply remove your lenses, place them in your lens case, and put them back in your eyes without ever cleaning them, you could end up with an eye infection. You need to clean your lenses every time you take them out and every time you put them into your eyes. You need to use a contact lens solution to clean your lenses and be sure to replace the lens solution in your case as well, don't reuse the same solution over and over again.
3. Wearing Torn Or Ripped Lenses
If you are wearing torn or ripped lenses, you could cause damage to your eyes, or you could further damage your lenses. If your lenses are already damaged, you should toss them and put in a new pair. Don't continue to wear damaged lenses.
If you are making these mistakes with your lenses, you could end up causing vision issues or you could damage your contact lenses. Don't make these mistakes, and remember to wear your lenses as instructed by your optometrist. If you have questions about your contact lenses, including care and use, talk to your optometrist. Make an eye appointment if you are out of contact lenses, or you need to update your prescription.