How to Fix Blurry Contacts: Everything You Need to Know
Have you recently visited the eye doctor and gotten your first prescription for contact lenses? Then you’ll soon discover the awesome comfort and convenience of wearing contacts.
Risks of breakage are much lower than with glasses. There’s no mismatching issues with your outfit, and contacts never slide off your nose. But in the same way glasses can fog up, contact lenses can become cloudy at times.
This is a new challenge, but nothing you can't tackle. It's easy to learn how to fix blurry contacts. But first, let's find out the possible reasons your contacts are blurring your vision.
What Causes Blurry Contacts?
Particles of dirt, dust and debris are everywhere. So it's kind of impossible to avoid contact with them, unless you live in a bubble. These particles can stick to your lens and blur your vision until you clean them. You may have noticed this when using extended-wear contacts or when you’ve forgotten to clean your lenses.
Other common causes for blurry contact lenses include:
- The lens has become dry and needs moisturizing.
- The contact has rotated or moved around the eye and is not sitting in the right position. This happens more often to people who have astigmatism.
- Your eye prescription has changed. This happens particularly to people over 40 or young people in their teens.
- A more serious eye condition is present. This requires the attentioni of an eye doctor right away. When in doubt, get checked out.
Sometimes, it's an easy fix, but other times, you need more detailed care. Either way, having a preventive routine in place can help you avoid blurry contact lenses in the first place.
Proper Lens Cleaning
A good cleaning routine always starts with thorough hand washing. If your hands are dirty, the lenses get even more guck on them, which is what you're trying to avoid in the first place.
Next, clean each lens with contact solution. But make sure the solution is compatible with your specific type of lenses. Do not use water or other substances that might add contaminants to the surface of the contacts. So do not use saliva under any circumstances. Saliva contains bacteria that’ll most likely cause eye infections.
Also, take a look at how you're storing your contacts. Make sure that when you're not wearing them, you keep them inside a lens case with proper solution at all times. And remember: resist the temptation to wear your contacts past the expiration date on the box. They can tear or get contaminated!
Relief for Dry Eyes
Sometimes your lenses get blurry because your eyes are dry. Regain clarity and restore your comfort by tending to your dry eyes.
First of all, do what you can to avoid straining your eyes, especially if you work at a computer for long hours each day. Eye strain is a huge culprit for dry eyes that cause blurry contacts. To remedy that, look up from your screen from time to time. It's good for your eyes and for your overall health.
You can use a few online tools like the Tomato Timer to track your screen time. The timer also lets you set breaks for each 25-minute time interval of work. Getting in the habit of taking breaks from looking at your screen will increase productivity. You'll get some well-deserved downtime and end blurry vision, all in one.
Another thing you can do to ease dry eyes is use eye drops. Investing in rewetting drops is one of those small things you can do that has exponential returns on your health. Your eyes will stay hydrated and healthy.
You'll get rid of lens blurriness and continue about your day as per usual. And all you need to do is add a drop in each eye every so often. It's a piece of cake. And yes, by all means, have some cake while you're at it.
Use the Right Type of Contact Lens Solution
So you've used eye drops and made sure to reduce screen time usage. But your contacts are still blurry. In that case, take a look at your contact lens solution. It can be that the solution you're using is not the right fit for your contacts. Using a solution that doesn't match can make your lenses blurry and might not even be cleaning them properly.
Have a look at the label on your solution. Is it labeled "no rub?" If so, you need to make sure that you're following the instructions insert. It also doesn’t hurt to still gently rub your contacts to ensure all buildup is removed.
If the solution contains hydrogen peroxide, it will come with a special case, and you'll have to soak the contacts for about six hours (or overnight). You’ll also need to use a neutralizing solution before you put the contacts back into your eyes.
Know When to Replace Your Lenses
Finally, your lenses may be blurry because you've simply worn them for too long. Wearing your contacts past their expiration date can result in tear and scratches. This doesn't just mess with the contacts’ level of clarity. It can also lead to more serious eye issues down the road.
This is why proper contact lens care is so important in the first place. Have a look at the end date on the contact lens packaging and make sure to change them out when their time is up. If you don’t like your current contacts or solution, you can also make a switch according to your optometrist’s suggestions.
Get Crystal Clear Eyesight
We hope this post has helped you better understand how to fix blurry contacts. You don't have to keep on suffering when there are many different solutions available. Switch up your contact lens brand or the solution you're using. And remember to keep your eyes moisturized throughout the day.
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