Contact lenses are a popular choice for people who need vision correction but don't want to wear glasses. And while they offer a lot of benefits, they can also be prone to mishaps. In this article from Bogey Hills Vision Center in St. Charles, Missouri, we'll look at four tips for fixing common contact lens mishaps, so you can keep your eyes healthy and comfortable while enjoying the benefits of wearing contacts.
4 Tips for Fixing Common Contact Lens Mishaps
Dislodged Contact Lenses
It is not uncommon for contact lenses to dislodge from the eye due to rubbing or blinking. When this happens, your first instinct might be to rub your eye while attempting to reposition the lens. However, we recommend removing the lens with clean hands, thoroughly rinsing it with sterilized saline solution, and fixing it back into position.
Torn Contact Lenses
Contact lenses can sometimes tear, leaving pieces of the lens on the eye. When this happens, it is important to remove the pieces promptly to avoid irritations or damage to the eye. The quickest way to remove the pieces is to flush the eye with sterilized saline solution or artificial tears. If there are lingering pieces, you should seek medical attention.
Dryness and Discomfort
Contact lenses tend to absorb moisture from the eye, leaving them dry and uncomfortable, causing redness, itching, and irritation. Using preservative-free eye drops or lubricants may help to alleviate discomfort. Additionally, switching to a different brand or material of contact lenses may improve comfort levels.
Rough and Scratchy Lenses
Sometimes, foreign substances may stick to contact lenses, causing scratches and roughness, making them uncomfortable to wear. To tackle this issue, remove the lenses and clean them with a sterile saline solution. Using appropriate contact lens cleaning agents can prevent such instances.
Uninsured? Schedule an Eye Exam at Bogey Hills Vision Center
Dealing with contact lens mishaps can be frustrating, but with these tips, you can quickly resolve common issues and keep your eyes healthy and comfortable. If you’re interested in getting contact lenses but don’t have vision insurance, Bogey Hills Vision Center is here to help. Learn more about our vouchers for uninsured patients and schedule your eye exam today!