It is important not just to wear contact lenses but to know the do’s and don’ts when it comes to wearing them effectively, especially in an office environment when you’ll more than likely be staring at a screen for large parts of the day.
- Rub not
If you are tempted to rub your contact-wearing eyes, don’t – you could end up scratching your cornea and damaging your vision! The drying effect of staring for long periods of time can be alleviated by taking a stroll round the office more often and simply resting your eyes from that staring posture.
- Parch not
Contacts have a slight tendency to dry your eyes a bit, and this can be intensified when the air-conditioning is on. Keep hydrated; drink more water than usual. Like a plant, you need water.
- Have back-up
Your glasses are your secret friend when all the staring at screens and suffering from air-conditioning has become too much. A pair of glasses can be used in such cases.
- Have tears at hand
Artificial tears, that is, a.k.a eyedrops. They can actually be used before you put in your contacts and can help in cases of dryness and irritation. They’ll help prevent real tears!
- Goggle up
If your office job entails being anywhere near industrial work, eg. warehouse or production floor, you’ll want some protective goggles to hand to 100% avoid even the tiniest piece of grit, dust or dirt from getting into your eyes, even behind your contacts.
- Cover up
Your computer-screen, that is. It is worth investing in some sort of anti-reflection screen cover. They are designed particularly to minimise the glare of your screen, reducing the extent to which you’ll need to wince, hence putting less pressure on your contacts.
- Check up
In consultation with an optician, investigate whether you’re wearing the right contact lenses or coloured contact lenses for you personally. If you’re in an air-conditioned, screen saturated environment it might be that you need a slightly more breathable lens; perhaps even a lens which is specifically for longer wear.
- Be progressive
The technology has moved on. If you’re above a certain age you’re increasingly likely to struggle with presbyopia – the technical term for long-sightedness, in which a certain loss of elasticity occurs in your eye’s lens. Welcome to the ‘simultaneous system’; a contact lens that is able to help you with both short and long-sightedness, due to the arrangement of circular rings on the contact lens.
Overall, take your contact lenses seriously, take nothing for granted. They’re your window to the world.