Are you looking for a more discreet vision correction option to glasses? Contact lenses can be a fantastic solution, offering clear vision without the bulk of frames. However, like anything new, there's a learning curve involved. Many people unknowingly make mistakes that can lead to discomfort, eye infections, and even impaired vision. If you’re new to contact lenses, read on as we take a look at some of the most common mistakes people make when wearing contact lenses and how to avoid them.


Taking Short Cuts on Hygiene

One of the cardinal rules of contact lens wear is maintaining impeccable hygiene. Failing to wash your hands before handling your lenses can introduce harmful bacteria to your eyes, leading to harmful and painful infections. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your lenses.


Sleeping with Contacts In

Some contact lenses are designed for extended wear, but that doesn't mean you should sleep in them regularly. Extended wear lenses are not foolproof and can still increase the risk of infection and discomfort. Sleeping in regular daily wear lenses is an even bigger no-no. Make it a habit to remove your lenses before bed to give your eyes a chance to breathe and prevent dryness.


Overusing Lenses

It’s easy to lose track of how long you have been using your contacts. However, using your contact lenses beyond their recommended wear schedule can lead to many issues including discomfort, dry eyes, and even corneal ulcers. It’s important that you follow the prescribed schedule and replace your lenses as advised by your contact lens optometrist.


Ignoring Lens Care

Proper lens care is crucial for maintaining clear vision and eye health. Always clean and disinfect your lenses using the recommended solution. Never reuse old solution, and make sure to replace your lens case every three months to prevent bacterial buildup.


Using Tap Water for Cleaning

Tap water might seem harmless, but it can contain microorganisms and impurities that are harmful to your eyes. Never use tap water to clean, rinse, or store your lenses. Only use the solutions prescribed by your eye care professional.


Sharing Lenses

Contact lenses are personalised medical devices that have been prescribed according to your specific needs. Sharing them with others can lead to eye infections and complications. Never borrow someone else's lenses, and don't lend yours either.


Ignoring Discomfort

If your eyes feel dry, irritated, or uncomfortable while wearing contact lenses, don't ignore these signs. Pain or discomfort can be an indication of an ill-fitting lens, dry eyes, or another underlying issue. Remove your lenses and consult your trusted optometrist if any discomfort persists.


Not Having Regular Eye Exams

Even if you think your vision is stable, a regular, thorough eye examination is essential. Your eye care professional can detect any changes in your vision and eye health and update your prescription if necessary. Skipping these vital appointments could result in missing the early detection of eye disease as well as any changes in your prescription.


While contact lenses offer convenience and freedom from glasses, they require responsible usage and care. By avoiding these common mistakes, you'll ensure a comfortable and healthy experience with your contact lenses. Remember, when in doubt, always consult your trusted contact lens optometrist for guidance on proper usage and maintenance. Your eyes deserve the best care possible!


Ensuring professional service from highly qualified staff from start to finish, you can trust the team at Abernethy Owens to provide the highest level of eye care. Book an appointment for a thorough eye examination online now, or call 1800 411 744.