Five Tips for Eye Care
May 21, 2014 - 2:10:26 PM
1. Use disposable contact lenses to help prevent allergies.
One of the best ways to help prevent eye allergies is to talk to your eye doctor about wearing daily disposable contact lenses. Since you can dispose of them every day, you can keep allergy-causing residue from accumulating on your contact lenses. A few clinical studies also say that daily disposable lenses can help reduce the number of eye symptoms among allergy sufferers.
2. Wear your contact lenses as directed.
If you wear regular contact lenses, don't wear them for extended periods of time. In other words, it's best to wear them as prescribed by the manufacturer.
Also, if you wear anything other than daily contact lenses, make sure you follow the care and cleaning instructions. To help save your eyes from redness, soreness, and irritation, be sure to clean them properly on a daily basis.
3. Avoid wearing contact lenses around water.
It may seem obvious, but you should also avoid wearing contact lenses when you are in water. As a general rule, you shouldn't wear contact lenses at all when you're out swimming, hot-tubbing, showering, or even washing your face.
If you wear your contact lenses in water, you run the risk of contracting an infectious disease called Acanthamoeba keratitis This is a rare, but serious infection of the eye that can result in permanent visual impairment or blindness, and it's caused by small amoeba called Acanthamoeba that live in bodies of water (for example, lakes and oceans).
4. Use wet drops
Wet drops (or artificial tears) also rinse away allergens and help relieve eye irritation. Be sure to ask your eye doctor which kind of eye drops work best with the particular type of lenses you wear.
5. Wash your hands often.
Most of us think of washing hands as a way to prevent colds, but washing hands regularly will also help prevent eye allergies as well. As a general rule, you should make sure that your hands are always clean while putting on your contact lenses.
If your eye allergies cause you continued pain or discomfort, be sure to contact your eye doctor right away. As with most other types of diseases, preventative eye care is always a major factor in keeping your eyes healthy.
Dr. Ron Rosa has been an Optometrist in Encinitas, CA for over 25 years.
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