How To Look After Your Contact Lenses in the Office
This is a vital issue for those who depend upon their eyes to do their jobs properly, ie. 99% of us. Contact lenses have revolutionized the way we go about treating visual impairment; they are sensitive pieces of high-tech design, though, and are spending their days on the most sensitive parts of our body; our two eyeballs. Here are some general tips about what to do and not to do when you’re at work in the office.
- Rub not
Staring at a computer screen for long amounts of time will tend to dry your eyes’ surface, to some extent. Don’t be tempted to rub your eyes that have contacts in; you might scratch your cornea.
- Drink more
Water, that is. Being hydrated will improve the health of your eyes and, therefore, your acuvue contact lenses. Keep a hydro flask nearby; even consider setting yourself daily goals for water consumption.
It is always useful to have a pair of glasses on stand-by, what with all that staring and air conditioning. Glasses can be your back-up plan, your ocular safety net.
- Artificial tears
No, not crocodile tears; medicinal artificial tear formulas, specially designed with contacts in mind. These can be used before you insert your acuvue oasys contacts, to reduce the chance of them drying out.
- Goggle up
In jobs that are more industrial there is always the risk of bits of debris or dirt getting lodged in between your eyeballs and contacts. Ouch! Make 100% sure that you’ve got the right protective eye guard in place.
You need to be replacing your contacts bang on time; not a moment later than is recommended on the box. Not to do so is irresponsible and can lead to problems down the line.
Let other colleagues in the office know that you wear contacts; consider asking them to remind you to stop scratching your eyes if they see you doing it. Half the time we might not even know we’re doing it.
These are just some pointers as to things you can be doing more of or less of. The best rule is to be very strict with yourself and keep your contacts is as good a condition as possible. It might also be a good idea to alternate between wearing contacts, glasses and going free; over lunch, perhaps, when you might just want to rest your eyes completely and indulge in a valuable power nap.