Summer Eye Health for Contact Lens Wearers Dos and Don'ts

Summer Eye Health for Contact Lens Wearers: Dos and Don’ts

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

You want to enjoy outdoor activities during the summer, so it makes sense to set your eyeglasses aside and use contact lenses instead. Certain activities can’t be done while wearing regular eyeglasses because the glasses will get in your way or cause a potential risk of injury.

As you pull out your contact lenses this summer, make sure that you are proactive about caring for your contact lenses and using them correctly. The hot weather and summer activities can be strenuous on your eyes, especially if you are using contacts. But, with proper wear and maintenance, you can avoid irritation and tired eyes at the end of the day.

Tips for Contact Lenses in the Summer

Here are a few tips to consider if you are planning to wear contact lenses this summer:

  1. Wear Sunglasses: Sunglasses can be a great way to keep the dust out of your eyes. Protect your eyes from the wind and sun, helping you feel more comfortable and relaxed throughout the day. Sunglasses are beneficial because they prevent your contact lenses from drying out in the wind.
  2. Choose the Right Contacts: Consider the contact lenses you choose for summer activities. One recommendation is to use daily disposable contact lenses so you don’t need to clean the lenses every day. Additionally, if something happens and you lose a contact lens on the sports field, you don’t have to stress because you already have a bunch of backup lenses on hand.
  3. Take Out Your Contacts at Night: It’s essential to give your eyes a chance to rest, which is why you should remove contact lenses at the end of the day. Most contacts shouldn’t be worn while sleeping, which is why you should always remove them before climbing into bed. Specific lenses can be worn 24/7, and your eye doctor can offer recommendations if this is your preference.
  4. Don’t Go Swimming with Contacts: There’s a higher risk of eye infections and irritation when you wear contact lenses in swimming pools, the ocean, lakes, or hot tubs. Protect your eyes by removing your lenses before swimming.
  5. Use Moisturizing Drops: One option to help you feel comfortable wearing contact lenses is re-wetting drops a few times a day. If the contact lenses are starting to feel uncomfortable, keep your eyes hydrated with these drops.

Do you need new contact lenses for the summer? Then it’s time to contact our team at Temecula Creek Optometry: (951) 302 -1331.

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