The use of contact lenses is also recommended in this summer season because, as explained by Juan Carlos Martínez Moral, President of the General Council of Opticians and Optometrists Associations, "They provide advantages from the point of view of the quality of the vision, the comfort of use and, even, the security at the time of practicing the majority of sports".
And the high temperatures encourage to cool off, have fun and practice water sports in the sea or in the pool. However, in the case of swimming pools, heat and chemical substances present in water are often found behind many cases of irritative, viral or bacterial conjunctivitis, typical of these dates. Red eyes, stinging, burning, hypersensitivity to light, foreign body sensation and tearing, are some of the common symptoms that alert of the presence of conjunctivitis.
Precisely because of this, people who wear contact lenses must be extremely hygienic to reduce this risk, washing and drying their hands before touching the lenses and eyes in the swimming pool or swimming pool environment, according to Martínez Moral "The users of contact lenses are one of the groups with more risk of suffering from some type of ocular infection in swimming pools".
In order to make the population aware of the keys and precautions of the use of contact lenses, the General Council of Opticians and Optometrists Colleges has elaborated the following decalogue:
Decalogue for the correct use of contact lenses during the summer
- To prevent eye irritation, it is best to use water glasses on top of contact lenses to swim and dive and avoid eye contact with water.
- After bathing or practicing water sports, try to rinse the lenses with the solution. In this way, you ensure that they are free of germs that may have reached the eye through a splash of water.
- It is not recommended to remove the contact lens immediately after leaving the water. It is best to wait a while for the lens to hydrate properly with the tear, so that it regains its mobility in the eye
- Respect replacement guidelines of the lenses established by your optician-optometrist or, what is the same, do not prolong the use of disposable lenses beyond the recommended time.
- Wait half an hour in the morning for your eyes to breathe before putting your contact lenses. Also, at the end of the day, take off your glasses at least half an hour before going to sleep.
- Since in summer we sweat more, we must try that the drops of sweat do not enter the eyes, since they may contain bacteria. In addition, it is advisable to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration due to heat.
- The cold, dry air from the air conditioner may cause discomfort with contact lenses. Check with your optometrist about the use of moisturizing drops.
- If your eyes are swollen, watery or red, stop using contact lenses temporarily until they return to normal.
- Use only the solutions prescribed by your optometrist-optometrist for cleaning and disinfection, since water, whether tap or bottled, contains microorganisms that can be harmful.
- Sunglasses, the essential complement. Contact lenses usually offer protection against the ultraviolet radiation of the sun, but only cover a small area of the cornea, so it is essential to use sunglasses that cover the entire anterior eye area. In addition, sunglasses protect the eyes of the allergen agents that float in the environment and the drying effect of heat and wind.
Source: General Council of Colleges of Opticians-Optometrists