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Spring Break Contact Lens Health Tips

Water & Contact Lenses Don't MixSpring Break is a wonderful time for students, and a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge concerning healthy contact lens wear and care. Spring Break just wouldn’t be Spring Break without a trip to the beach, a dip in the pool or hot tub, a ski in the lake or other water activity.

 

Spring break is supposed to be fun. However, it is a known fact that older teens and young adult contact lens wearers fall into a group with increased risk for eye infections associated with contact lens wear. If you are aware of your own poor contact lens hygiene habits, now is the time to correct them! Vacations and times of travel can offer the prime time to get back on track with healthy contact lens wear.

Do what you can to make your Spring Break safe for your eyes. Once it is over, you’ll need to hit the books harder than ever. Your eyesight is far too valuable to risk by not remembering these simple helpful contact lens wearing tips. No need to cram for this test…

Spring Break Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care

  1. Bring a spare pair of glasses with you on Spring Break. If the unfortunate happens, you’ll have an option other than wearing your contact lenses. If you do not have a pair of glasses, be sure to stop by VHI and pick out a pair prior to your break.
  2. Bring enough contact lenses and supplies to cover an additional day or two. It is better to have too much solution rather than to run out. Pack the solution in your check-in bag if flying (in a zip lock bag). Pack one extra pair of lenses in your carry-on luggage or purse.
  3. Never swim or shower while wearing contact lenses. If you are accustomed to wearing swim goggles while lap swimming (and feel you must wear your lenses), use caution when taking off your goggles. Chlorine can be very harmful to your eyes and lenses. If you can swim without vision correction, it is best to not wear contact lenses when swimming. Showering with contact lenses is never a good idea. Soap and water simply don’t mix well with contact lenses.
  4. Remove your contact lenses before going to bed or if you are going to be up late or traveling. Spring Break is often known for late night parties. Take out your lenses before the party even starts. Then you can return home or to your hotel room as late as you’d like, and you’ll not have to worry about removing your contact lenses.
  5. Avoid purchasing contact lenses from unknown sources. Boardwalk shops and costume shops offer decorative contact lenses and quick fixes for lost lenses. Avoid these shops! All contacts require a prescription from an eye doctor. If you are a patient of ours and need us to ship a pair, or order a pair from a trusted optometrist near where you are spending Spring Break, contact us.

Perhaps you are reading this article during your Spring Break in Orlando and didn’t follow these tips for healthy lens wear and care. This is an emergency! Maybe you’ve lost your contact lenses, need a back-up pair of glasses, or think you have an eye infection. If you are looking for a trusted Orlando optometrist, schedule an appointment at Vision Health Institute or call for emergency care. We can help get you back on track for a fun Spring Break.

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