Now I am on maternity leave my daily routine pretty much consists of watching TV or listening to the radio whilst breastfeeding, that is it! The other day as I was listening to radio 1’s newsbeat when I heard some rather scary eye health related news. Basically this woman was told she had an eye infection (I can’t remember the name of it) and to avoid going blind she cannot shut her eyes for 4 days! So… yep that means no sleeping for 4 days. It may sound like a tough thing to do and it is, but in the grand scheme of things I would rather that than to lose my vision for good.
Yesterday I came across an article my friend shared on Facebook and it was about the same infection. This article is definitely worth a read especially if you are a frequent contact lens wearer (I will add a link to the article at the end of this post). I don’t wear mine all that much, maybe once or twice in a week, the article tells us how we should look after our contact lenses and I have to admit, I am guilty of a few of those points.
I for one never wash my contact lens case once a week and change them once a month, I was never told to do that! Then I am also guilty of wearing them in the shower and tried cleaning them once with my own saliva when I forgot the solution, oops. In a way thinking about it, it is lucky that I haven’t caught that infection, I am so glad I haven’t. It is scary to think by not doing these fairly basic things we could be risking our sight. At least for me I don’t wear them all that often but for those of you who do… maybe you need to take note.
Also I want to know if I am the only one who does this but sometimes if I can’t get to the bathroom to wash my hands I will use anti bacterial gel to clean my hands before touching my lenses. Is that a bad thing!? I just think well at least my hands are clean before handling them and surely better than not cleaning them at all?
All I am going to say is that I am most definitely sticking to wearing glasses because that certainly seems like the safer bet. From now on I think I will follow the article guidelines closely and maybe actually listen to what my opticians said about changing my solution every 2 days (even though I don’t wear my lenses everyday). I would be devastated if I lose my sight, especially now I have my little girl because I would not want to miss her beautiful smile everyday.
Check out the article here!