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Wearing contact lenses in summer

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Ophthalmology | Posted on 02-08-2019

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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities and get together with friends and family. Beach, swimming pool, riding a motorcycle, exercising outdoors or snorkelling are activities specially reserved for summer, but sometimes people who wear glasses find them as an uncomfortable inconvenience.

Summer happened to be the time of the year when people who are wearing glasses diced to try contact lenses instead.  There are also those who wear them all year round, but it is usually in summer when they wear contact lenses the most.

Whether you use them all year round or for the first time, you should keep in mind that proper hygiene of both hands and contact lenses is essential to avoid getting an infection. The most common is conjunctivitis, which occurs as a strong itching of the eyes accompanied by eye redness. In case of experiencing any of these symptoms, you should avoid aggressively rubbing the eye at all times.

It would be convenient to always have artificial tears at hand to relieve the discomfort. If the itching persists, the procedure would be to remove the contact lenses and see a doctor in order to avoid a major problem. Besides, frequent use of artificial tears will prevent the hot environment from drying out the eyes. The brand of the product should be consulted beforehand with a specialist since not all tears are compatible with contact lenses.

In any case, to avoid uncomfortable situations, it is recommended not to wear contact lenses for more than 8 hours continuously, nor to sunbathe with them on (unless we protect ourselves with sunglasses with a very high ultraviolet filter).

When storing contact lenses, it is always necessary to do so in their specific case and with the appropriate liquid. Under no circumstances should the lens be moistened with tap water, saliva or any product other than that indicated by a specialist.

In case of contact with chlorine in the pool or sand on the beach, contact lenses should be removed immediately to avoid infection and clean the eyes with saline solution.

Faced with the decision to buy daily or monthly contact lenses, it should be noted that daily contact lenses will be less likely to become contaminated as they are single-use. However, if proper hygiene and preservation of these are maintained, monthly ones may become equally advisable.

You should not abuse contact lenses or forget that, however comfortable they are when making plans for outdoors, the healthiest thing for the eyes is to let them breathe and protect them from the sun.