Summertime Contact Lens Safety

This summer, as you get ready to hit the beach, the park, the pool, or other favorite daytime activity, you may find yourself ditching your cumbersome eyeglasses in favor of contact lenses. The glare of the sun can make seeing during the day unbearable, and contacts can be an easy way to get relief. They might also boost confidence when wearing your new swimsuit! Raleigh Eye Center has a few tips for safely getting your favorite summertime look without putting your eyes at risk.

Remember that even with contacts on, your eyes are still at risk of UV exposure, so wear a pair of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat whenever possible. If you aspire to have the perfect tan, you’ll probably want to avoid those embarrassing raccoon eyes at all costs. However, even if you are tanning indoors or will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, eye protection should still be your top priority.

When wearing contacts, keep your eyes clean and free of sweat, salt water, pool water, and other non-sterile liquids. Swimming with contacts on can put your eyes at risk of irritation or infection, so wear a pair of goggles if you plan to splash around. Remember to clean your contacts frequently – at least once daily – in order to keep them fresh and free from bacteria. Exposing contacts to non-sterile fluids for long periods of time can put you at risk of developing pink eye and a number of other serious conditions. If your eyes become exposed to sweat or water while wearing contacts, take them out as soon as possible and clean them. Wash your eyes with sterile, lubricating eye drops.

If you plan on staying indoors this summer, make sure to keep your eyes hydrated with sterile eye drops as well. Long periods of time spent in front of the A/C can dry your eyes out and cause them to burn or become irritated. Take your contacts out and rest your eyes as much as possible, especially if inflammation develops. Wearing contacts when your eyes are irritated may lead to more serious problems. It may be a better idea to wear your eyeglasses when staying inside.

If you want to eliminate the extra work involved in wearing contact lenses and glasses, consider laser vision correction. Both LASIK and PRK provide a safe solution to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. If you want to learn more contact us today.

Contacts can make the summer months more enjoyable, but remember to protect those peepers! Make a splash without soaking your eyes!