Eyes sting, burn or itch (irritation); discomfort; feeling of something in the eye (foreign body, scratched area); excessive watering (tearing) of the eye; unusual eye secretions; redness of the eye; poor visual acuity; blurred vision; rainbows or halos around objects; or dry eyes... Those adverse reactions mentioned above are just some of the most commonly known problems that are correlated to contact lenses use. Feel free to google "eye infection and contact lenses" to keep the list going for another thousands words long. Also, don't be surprised to find yourself some puke-inducing eye infection/disease pictures too.
Everyone is worried. The dilemma of wearing contact/cosmetic lenses or not is like a big whirlwind of curiosity, hitting us with loads of negative perceptions that make us extremely paranoid and filling our heads with tons of concerns that are yet to be taken care of.
So I thought to take a little initiative and effort to share my experience and the way I take care of my contact lenses after being a loyal user for approximately 12 years. Ya, old tales, sometimes I even think I kinda grow together with the contact lenses industry (in Malaysia, of course). Contact lenses are safe as long as you are using it right, in my opinion.
Here are some rules of thumbs when taking care or buying yearly disposable contact lenses:
1) Always allow new lenses to soak for a minimum of 6 hours before using it. This is very very very important. Do not apply your newly purchased lenses right away, but rinse it, clean it, rub it, and soak it with fresh sterile saline solution instead. A very simple step that helps minimize the risk of eye infection; you never know how long the lenses have seated in the isotonic saline solution that comes with it.
2) Never wear lenses for more than 8 hours per day and do not wear them everyday too. To me, yearly disposable lenses are usually "thicker" than the daily & monthly one, I switch between these and glasses. Give your eyes a break from time to time, they will thank you for listening to their needs ;)
3) Clean and disinfect contact lenses on a daily basis even if you do not wear them everyday.
4) Never sleep in your contact lenses, ya, just like makeup, remove it before you snuggle in bed.
5) Buy from a trustworthy seller. Either from local optical shops, or online stores, don't feel bad to bombard the sellers with all the doubts you have in mind. The more questions they are able to answer, the more knowledgeable they are about the lenses that they are selling. Ask before you buy.
6) Get advice and read reviews. If you are eager to try out some of the color lenses you saw online yet have no idea of which or what brands are the good ones, ask around and get advice from previous or current users. People usually are very willing to share.
There are a lot more information I wish to add in but I'm sure you got tedious reading this super duper wordy post already, haha... Feel free to flood the comment box with questions if there's any, I'd be more than happy to answer!
Between, I just received another two gorgeous pairs of lenses from my awesome sponsor, Uniqso.com today. Soaking them in cases and won't put them on until tomorrow morning, extremely exhilarating! Can't help but to share them with you first-hand.
#1 Adore its cute packaging as always...
#3 Beuberry - Summer Grey
#5 I love it when the products are printed with manufacturing & expiration dates. It gives me a better perspective of how "fresh" the products are.
#6 Kimchi - Viva Violet
Super duper can't wait to rock 2012 with a refreshing start, attempting to pull off some new looks with these! Hopefully I could share the pictures with you all soon, like tomorrow or so, maybe... Y.I.P.P.E.E ^____^V
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