While much has changed since the first introduction of COVID-19, the way you care for your lenses should remain the same. Carry on healthy hygienic practices, follow CDC and eye care professional’s pieces of advice.
Checkbox 1: Practice Good Contact Lens Hygiene
Regimes of cleaning & disinfecting differ by form of contact lenses, but after the outbreak of COVID-19, none of these rules or measures have changed. Take note that you have cleaned and dry your hands and just treat the lens on a washed and disinfected surface to start the application and removal.
You should not have to think about washing up your contact lenses if you wear disposable lenses daily. Only throw it away at the end of the day and start the morning with a fresh pair. However, it’s important that you follow the lens cleaning and care procedure recommended by your eye care provider if your contact lens maintenance schedule is longer than one day.
What to Do If You Contract COVID-19
If you feel sick or think you have COVID-19, instead, you can stop using the lenses and turn to eyeglasses. If you have no backup eyeglasses at the time, contact the eye care provider. While several agencies closed after the pandemic, doctors are still available for emergencies, depending on where you live.
Importantly, please throw out all contact lenses, even lens cases you were using when you were sick. When you are fully recovered and already checked with your eye care specialist, you should start wearing contact lenses with a fresh pair of lenses.
A new paper in the Contact Lens & Anterior Eye has been written in order to keep contact lens wearers updated during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic from over 100 sources of reference points. Five essential information can be found in the journals and can also be found on COVIDEyeFacts.org. In short, the writers have the wisdom to share:
- You can wear contact lenses continuously.
- Well-crafted hygiene habits are important.
- Standard eyeglasses does not provide protection.
- Keep your hands away from your face if unwashed.
- When you’re sick, stop wearing contacts temporarily and use eyeglasses instead.
The need to wear glasses everywhere you go is minimized by contact lenses. Therefore, when you wear contact lenses on a regular basis, proper care is needed to avoid eye infection. So, when you are confused by the choice of the lens care product, there are alternate lens replacement choices that will ideally suit your lifestyle.
Checkbox 2: Proper Contact Lenses Cleaning Materials
A dizzying range of products are probably available for the eyecare in your nearest pharmacy. Everyone should all look like the multicolored sets, but not. That’s what you’re going to find here:
- Saline solutions
- Daily cleaners
- Multipurpose solutions
- Hydrogen peroxide solution
- Protein-removing solutions
What are the best products for you? There is sadly no quick response and no single-size approach. Moreover, you should never depend on a friend’s suggestion to change your product or schedule. The form and materials of your contact lens depend on your product preferences, so please obey the clear personal guidance from your doctor.
A Simple “Solution”
Daily disposable contact lenses are designed for one-day use (also called 1-day lenses). You can wear them all day until you go to sleep, which means you no longer have to rinder, rub and store your contact lens every night.
You won’t only get more space in your pharmacy cabinet with day-to-day disposable lenses, but will also inhibit the growth of bad proteins and other compounds on the lens surface over time. Even if your schedule looks less busy, you can also erase alerts that your lenses need to be cleaned. When you are away from home overnight, there is far more room for a replacement collection of lenses than options for bottles and other lens treatment.
Checkbox 3: Proper Daily Routine?
Do you enjoy putting your lenses on each morning and dislike taking them off at the end of the day? You’re not alone. Some wearers complain that they do not manage to last with the simple and relaxed experience they love early in the day. Consider the following five tips if you too fight with end of day pain.
1. Don’t extend the lenses’ lifespan: Some users are tempted to save a few dollars by extending their lenses’ lives. It is critical that you eject your lenses in compliance with the recommended replacement schedule of your eye care provider.
2. Talk to your doctor about eye contact products: Overtime, contact lenses will accumulate protein and lipid deposits. They normally reside in your lenses, but they can change your lens’ quality as they deposit themselves into your contact lenses. This is one of the reasons that it is so important to disinfect your reusable contact lenses. Always use the doctor’s recommended disinfecting and cleaning solutions.
3. Address allergies: Seasonal allergies, such as hay fever, can trigger lens contact irritation and lens wear disruption. Watery eyes, itchiness, light sensitivities, redness, gritty eyes and swelling of the eyelids are common eye allergies signs. It is best to speak to the eye doctor if you have one of these, since the signs often signal eye infections!
4. Defeat dryness: Millions of people have dry eyes, and symptomatic wear of the contact lenses can be a major barrier. Speak to a doctor of the eye if your eyes are dry, explain the symptoms and ask for the tests. Don’t try medicating yourself. Your doctor will help you decide which artificial drops to use while you continue to wear contact lenses will be safer for you.
As you test strategies to help manage discomfort, circle back with your doctor to share what’s working and what’s not. Also, consider asking your doctor if a daily disposable silicone hydrogel could address your problems.
Most eye care practitioners (87%) say wearers of 1-day silicone hydrogels have fewer problems and 90% agree that these lenses provide a better wearing experience.
Checkbox 4: The Right Make-Up For Safe Contact Lens Use
Eye shadow is one of the most important causes of problems for contact lense wearers, according to the US Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Society. However, that doesn’t mean that you have the greatest sacrifice of throwing your eye shadow away to use contact lenses. It will make a huge difference to know how to choose the best kind of cosmetics and how to use them properly. You will preserve clear and pretty eyes with the following product guide:
The number one rule is to always wash your hands first then put your contact lenses in before applying makeup or moisturizer. After that, primer is a good step to start with because it helps keep shadows and liners in place.
Choose cream shadows over powder shadows as it will be less likely that they get in your eyes. Bear in mind that cream-based shadows can irritate your eyes more if they do get in your eyes so choose water-based rather than oil-based creams.
The use of eyeliner on the waterline in the lashes is a common activity. This is not a smart thing for contact lens users because it channels the substance to the lens and the eye and blocks the oils in the eyelids. Using gel or cream liners, pencils that will dry are preferred, then flake. However, stay away from Kohl pencils since they consist of heavy metals such as plum and are not approved by the FDA for cosmetic use.
Avoid mascaras with fibers because they can create micro flakes which can get into your eyes. Often, keep away from waterproof mascara since they cannot be rinsed with water and soft contact lenses can be stained. Check instead for the formulations that are free of hypoallergenic oil and scent. Don’t rub through the root of your lashes before applying in order to prevent the cream from reaching the eyes and leaving no clumps that can run through the eyes. Thought of the mascara being dyed and just the lashes being threaded? Remember again that permanent eyelash dyes cause significant damage to the eye, and many do not obtain FDA approval.
Because two-thirds of the users of contact lenses are women, many cosmetic companies manufacture products that fulfill this increasing necessity. Next time you are in the make-up shop, ask for items that are clearly labelled “tests by the ophthalmologist” and “safe for wearers with contact lenses.” But even with these items, try converting to regular lenses if you are wearing a lot with make-up consistently. This is the best way to be sure 100% that you begin a day with a fresh pair without make-ups or residues. Proclear 1-day is a good choice, which consists of a single material absorbing water naturally and retain 96% moisture after 12 hours.
Safety is still the first thing. Clean it off quickly and call the eye doctor if you have any irritations or responses to the makeup. But you don’t have to be too concerned.
Checkbox 5: Proper Care for Your Travelling Contact Lenses!
If you’re heading for the northern hemisphere for summer or sneaking on one more trip before the winter season, make sure you have what you need for your eye care.
Here is a handy guide to help your journeys remain smooth:
# 1 Contact Lens solution – Here’s a possible scenario: you recall taking one bottle of solution, just leave the solution in a Hotel room / restaurant/ toilet in your own house and in a close friend’s house.
Take two bottles with you on your journeys in order to avoid those last-minute drives hunting for a spot to buy more. For contacts on a smaller scale, you can even buy a solution.
# 2 Consider getting your contact lens travel package – you can certainly put your lens case and solution in your travel bags but you can also be pretty useful to get one of these kits. They are compact enough to hold your wallet or coat and anything you need.
The last point can be a lifesaver if you have to call or take your contacts away from your hotel room. Be sure to buy because prices can differ.
# 3 Travelling Abroad? Travel smart with your contact lens information – If your contact lens needs prescriptions, please prepare the lens’ descriptions in the foreign language available in advance while moving to other nations where you do not know your native tongue.
I hope you’re not going to need it, but if you try to inform a nearby optometrist that you have lost your contacts, make sure the message is well-designed. It’s crucial to have the right description and wording, since the word order and the idiom will vary across various regions.
# 4 Take in the latest contact details with the eye doctor – Again, maybe you may not need it, but many of us don’t believe it is really important. You will be glad to have taken 30 more seconds to add this detail.
You are ready to discuss it with your nearest eye doctor by getting your optometrist’s number or email with you.
# 5 Pack up your eyeglasses – It is a smart idea to take the eyelids with you, even though you’re one of those people who would not dream of leaving you with glasses (we know you are out of it!).
On the way, new allergens may affect your eyes — from air pollen to a pet dander in a relative’s house. It will help to get a replacement pair of glasses. Traveling can be stressful enough without any contact lens quandaries popping up. Follow these tips to help reduce any problems and enjoy your trip. (And don’t forget to take lots of pictures!)
So, after ticking all of the 5 checkboxes from EyeQ Boutique, you can now be confident that you are using your contact lenses in the safest way possible! But remember, any signs of uncomfortable experience when using your contact lenses is enough for a potential disease for your eyes, so be careful!