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Can I Use The Dry Contact Lenses Again?
The answer is unquestionably NO.
We advise you to discard the dried-out lens and replace it with a fresh one. You would never want to re-wear dried-out contacts if they weren't shielded from bacteria, scuffs, or cracks.
Risks Of Reusing Contact Lenses
No matter where you find a lost contact lens, just because it looks clean doesn't mean it is. Your contact lens is still susceptible to contamination from bacteria, dirt, and other particles, making it dangerous for your eyes.
Contact lenses that are not properly cleaned or shielded from microorganisms can contribute to a variety of eye issues or permanent vision loss, including:
- Conjunctivitis, also referred to as pinkeye,
- The cornea is infected with keratitis.
- bacteria infections
- the introduction of parasites that are dangerous, such anthamoeba
- a wide range of fungus
When you see that your contact has dried, don't take a chance and discard it. When compared to the expense of treating an infection brought on by a contaminated contact lens, the cost of purchasing new contacts is negligible.
You would never want to rewear your dried-out contacts if they weren't shielded from infection, scuffs, or cracking. The purpose of contact lens solutions is to hydrate, clean, and sterilize lenses. You run the danger of getting an infection or doing harm to your eyes if you rehydrate the lens and use it without properly sanitizing it.
Avoid attempting to rehydrate and reuse dried-out lenses since they may become damaged. Replace those dried-out lenses with a new set of contacts. Although gas permeable contacts can be soaked in solution, gas permeable lenses shouldn't
How Can Contacts Be Kept From Drying Out?
Use your contacts only for the specified period of time to prevent them from drying out (overwearing contacts can dry out your eyes along with the lenses). When not in use, keep them moist and safe for use until the next time you need them by storing them in a sterile contact lens case that is filled with contact lens solution.
Can I Retain Or Clean My Contacts With Water?
Many contact lens wearers are unaware that wearing contact lenses while in the shower, swimming, or utilizing a hot tub is not a good idea. Tap water contains a variety of bacteria and microbes that can adhere to your contacts and hurt your eyes. Soft contact lenses may swell, alter shape, and adhere to the eye when exposed to water. The cornea may be scratched by this, which is unpleasant and makes it simpler for germs to infect the eye.
Never rinse or keep contact lenses in water for any reason. In order to prevent contaminating the lenses with germs found in water, it is also crucial to thoroughly wash and dry hands before handling lenses. Contact lens cases should also be cleaned with a solution rather than water.
Remove your contact lenses as quickly as you can if water gets on them for any reason. Before reusing them, either dispose of them or overnight clean and sanitize them. These suggestions are not supported by scientific research, but they may assist to lower the risk of infection. Keeping contact lenses away from all water is the most secure course of action.
Simple measures to stop infections and other issues caused by contacts:
- Before applying or removing your contact lenses, wash and dry your hands.
- Every day, use new contact lens solution; do not "top off" the solution that is already in the lens case.
- At least every three months, change the case of your contact.
- Never wear contacts past the time when they should be changed, or wear lenses that aren't meant to be worn while sleeping.
- Never submerge or store your contacts in water (e.g., water from a shower, poor, lake, or the ocean).
Taking proper care of your contacts might seem obvious, but we think it's crucial to include it on the list. Dryness and poor contact care are directly related.
Your lenses will gather bacteria if you sleep with your contacts, wear makeup, fail to wipe out your case, or don't change your solution after each usage. The main cause of dry and unpleasant contact lenses is bacteria buildup. Make sure to concentrate on contact upkeep and cleansing. By doing this, their lives will be extended and they won't dry out.