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Is there a difference between putting in a hard or soft contact lens?
The most common type of hard lens is called a rigid gas permeable lens. These hard lenses allow oxygen to get to your cornea. They’re also more durable than soft lenses, so they last longer. Soft contact lenses are a more popular choice than hard lenses, though.
On the downside, hard contact lenses are more likely to cause infections. They may also be less comfortable than soft lenses.
Despite their differences, you can put hard and soft contacts in the same way, following the steps outlined above.
What to do if a lens is uncomfortable
If you’ve just started wearing contact lenses, know that they may feel slightly uncomfortable for the first few days. This is more common with hard lenses.
If your eye feels dry once you’ve put in your lens, try using rewetting drops made specifically for contacts.
If a lens feels scratchy, hurts, or irritates your eye after putting it in, follow these steps:
How to remove contact lenses
How to safely care for contact lenses
To keep your eyes healthy, it’s important to follow the proper care instructions for your contact lenses. Not doing so can lead to numerous eye conditions, including serious infections.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serious eye infections that can result in blindness affect approximately 1 out of every 500 contact lens wearers each year.
The easiest way to reduce your risk of eye infections and other complications is to care for your lenses properly.
Some important pointers for care include the following bits of advice:
|DO make sure you wash and dry your hands thoroughly before putting in or removing your lenses.||DON’T wear your lenses for longer than the prescribed amount of time.|
|DO make sure to store contact lenses overnight in disinfecting solution.||DON’T store lenses overnight in saline. Saline is great for rinsing, but not for storing contact lenses.|
|DO throw out the solution in your lens case after you put your lenses in your eyes.||DON’T reuse the disinfecting solution in your lens case.|
|DO rinse your case with saline solution after you put in your lenses.||DON’T use water to clean or store your lenses.|
|DO replace your lens case every 3 months.||DON’T sleep in your contact lenses.|
|DO keep your nails short to avoid scratching your eye. If you have long nails, make sure to only use your fingertips to handle your lenses.||DON’T go underwater in your lenses, including swimming or showering. Water can contain pathogens that have the potential to cause eye infections.|
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What are the symptoms of an eye infection?
It’s important to know the symptoms that could indicate an eye infection. Some of the most common symptoms include:
. Redness and swelling in your eye
. Eye pain
. Light sensitivity
. Eye watering
. Discharge from your eyes
. Blurred vision
. Irritation or a feeling that something is in your eye.
If you have any of these symptoms, follow up with your doctor right away.