Summers are just around the corner and it is no surprise that all of us are looking forward to the bright and lazy days under the sun.
However, summer days can get long and hot and the summer heat may take its toll on you if you are not very careful. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are just a few of the things that you should keep in hand. If you wear regular or colored contact lenses such as blue eye contacts, then you need to be extra careful.
Luckily for you, we have rounded up the best tips to get you breezing through summers while you use your contact lenses.
- Sunglasses are a Must
Needless to say, sunglasses are a must when you are going out during the day. However, you will be surprised to see that as obvious as it may seem, a lot of people actually don’t wear sunglasses. This is not a healthy practice and should be avoided, especially if you use contact lenses on a regular basis.
Besides protecting your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun, they also provide protection from the drying effects of the wind. Generally, contact lenses require regular use of a lubricant to prevent them from drying up and irritating your eyes.
Sunglasses provide an additional barrier for your lenses, besides making you look super cool!
- Reduce Your UV- Exposure
Though sunglasses provide your delicate eyes with a protective barrier, certain contact-lens brands have come out with lenses that have an ultraviolet blocking tint embedded in them.
Using these lenses provides an additional protective barrier and though they can’t be used as a substitute for sunglasses, you get double the protection when using both your contact lenses and sunglasses!
- Opt for Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
Summers can be fun but they can be intensely dry, hot and windy at the same time. With constant exposure to dry winds, chances are that your lenses will get dried up and cause irritation.
If you develop a sandy and gritty feeling in your eyes when using your contact lenses or blue eye contacts, it is important that you take them off immediately and ask your optician if you can use daily disposable lenses.
As the name indicates, a daily disposable lens is disposed off on a daily basis once you have used them. These lenses are one of a kind and not only help you in dealing with dry eyes but also reduce the hassle of rinsing and disinfecting your lenses on a daily basis.
- Never Sleep Wearing Your Contacts
Needless to say, wearing your contact lenses to bed is a big no-no, even if you are just closing your eyes for a cat-nap. Wearing your contact lenses to bed after a long summer day at the beach or anywhere can make your eyes vulnerable to a plethora of infections.
Always make sure that you take off your lenses, rinse and disinfect them properly before going to bed or you can simply opt for daily disposable contact lenses.
- Water and Contact Lenses Don’t Mix Well
Summertime is full of long lazy days at the beach and a number of water-based activities to cool off and get some respite from the scorching heat. That said, keep in mind that contact lenses and water-based activities don’t mix well together.
Even if the water has been heavily chlorinated, it will still have a number of harmful organisms, most notably Acanthamoeba. Acanthamoeba is known to cause severe eye, skin and brain infections. However, most opticians agree that you can participate in water-based activities as long as you use tight-fitted goggles while wearing your lenses.
That said, it is better not to take any risks and you should remove your lenses before jumping in the pool or surfing!
- Use Re-Wetting Drops
As mentioned earlier, windy days can dry out your blue eye contacts very quickly and it is important that you keep them wet by instilling re-wetting drops at regular intervals.
Your contact lenses cannot only make you uncomfortable but can also hamper with your vision. For your lenses to work properly, a healthy tear consistency is needed which is normally compromised in summers. So keep your lenses hydrated by wetting them every now and then.
- Sun Cream and Lenses Don’t Work Together
Sunblock is a must, no matter what the season is. Additionally, be very careful when you lather yourself with sunblock while wearing contact lenses. Sun creams are generally thicker than normal creams and can harbor bacteria easily.
Always put on your lenses before applying the sun cream to avoid contamination and if you are putting on your lenses after applying the cream, make sure you wash and dry your hands properly before touching them.
Wearing Contact Lenses During Summers Should Not Be A Headache for You As Long As You Follow Some Basic Tips!