When you first got your contact lenses, you were probably hyper vigilant about following your eye doctor's instructions when it came to cleaning, storing, and inserting them. Then, if you're like most lens wearers, you let your guard down over time. Chances are, you're guilty of some of these lazy lens-wearer habits. It's time to fix them before they lead to an infection or eye injury!
Habit #1: Skipping the rubbing step.
You're supposed to rub your contact lenses when you're rinsing them off at night. Skipping this step saves a little time, but it also causes protein to build up on the surface of the lens. This could lead to blurry vision and eye irritation over time. The five seconds it takes to rub each lens between your fingers each night will be time well spent.
Habit #2: Not changing your contacts as often as recommended.
Whether your contacts need to be changed every week, every 2 weeks, or every month, it's important to do this on time. Wearing lenses for longer than recommended can lead to infections as well as corneal abrasions. Set a reminder on your phone for the day you need to switch to a new pair, so you don't keep putting it off like some lazy contact wearers.
Habit #3: Not changing your storage solution.
You're meant to dump out your storage solution and replace it with new solution each night. If you don't, water will slowly evaporate from the solution, making it more "salty" over time. This extra salty solution may sting or burn your eyes when you insert your contacts. Not to mention, bacteria can linger in storage solution and cause an infection when introduced to your eyes. There's no excuse not to dump and replace your solution nightly.
Habit #4: Not carrying eye drops with you.
When your eyes get dry, do you just fight through it? This is a mistake, since wearing contacts in eyes that feel dry can lead to scratched corneas and infections. Always carry contact lens-safe eye drops with you, and put them in when your eyes start feeling dry. Take your lens case and glasses with you, too, so that if the drops don't help, you can remove your contacts.
Wearing contact lenses does require a lot of attention to detail. Make sure you stay on top of lazy habits like the ones above in order to keep your eyes in good shape. For more information, visit a vision service like Cripe Stephens & Stickel.