Going to university is a life-changing experience. Studying and writing assignments is only half of it. Shopping, washing, cooking, paying bills, and minor things like looking after your contact lenses are all real concerns, especially after living at home for the best part of two decades. It’s worth paying special attention to contact lenses – you don’t want them to become an issue which stops you enjoying what should be a fantastic chapter in your life’s journey. Here are a few tips to help with this.
- Take out before going to sleep
University nightlife is likely to occupy some of your time, as well as staying up late to meet assignment deadlines. You might feel tempted to collapse onto your bed in a shattered heap; this isn’t good for lenses, unless you have the extended wear variety. Your eyes can become dry and irritated the following day and, worse-case scenario, this can result in you developing an infection! Consider leaving your solution and lens case beside your bed or next to your toothbrush, so you’ll never forget.
- Take out before having a shower
You ought never to get water in your lenses; micro-organisms and other bacteria can end up infecting your eyes; this goes for bathing, swimming, or any other activity which may involve getting water in the lenses.
- Wash hands
Student digs aren’t renowned for their high level of hygiene, let’s be honest. When back in your base you must take extra care to wash your hands as thoroughly as possible, especially when removing and applying your contact lenses. You won’t want to irritate or infect your eyes; particularly when there’s so much to enjoy and get involved with at uni.
- Don’t share
Counterintuitive, isn’t it! You should keep your own lenses to yourself. Even if your housemate uses affordable contact lenses (e.g. Acuvue) from Pure Contact Lenses, each pair has been specifically prescribed uniquely for you, and can cause irritation, scratches, and infection if they don’t fit exactly. Eye makeup contains plenty of bacteria, which is another factor to bear in mind.
- Have eye exams
You should visit the local opticians or a private optometrist once a year. They will check your eye health, ensuring that your contacts still fit your eyes perfectly. You may also have a professional conversation in which various requirements and concerns can be aired, eg. issues keeping them clean, problems taking them out at night, dry eyes etc. A new prescription might be made based on these conversations. If in doubt, trust the professionals.
Enjoy going to university and enjoy having the ability not to have wear glasses all the time. Follow these simple rules and you’ll hardly notice your contact lenses are there.