Have you ever noticed any differences when you wear contact lens during warm or cold weather? Or when you are outside and going indoor where it’s air-conditioned? While contact lenses are made to withstand all weathers, sometimes, changing of temperatures can make wearing contact lens slightly less comfortable. Here are some tips for wearing contact lens indifferent climate.
Dontcha wish the weather was hot like this?
Is it true that hot or cold weather can wreak havoc to the wearability of the contact lens? Let’s discuss on hot weather first shall we. Some urban myths say that your contact lens will ‘melt’ in hot weather, this is not true. Hot weather generally will not have any significant effect on your contact lenses. However, warmer weather may dry the lens quickly, of which may causes light discomfort for wearer. This problem is easily resolved with the use of eye drops to keep your eyes moisture. If you’re spending more time outdoor during the warmer months, don’t forget to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays. You can wear sunglasses or choose contact lenses with UV protection.
It is not recommended to wear contact lens including colored contact lens in saunas or spas. Heat and humidity may cause sweat to get into your eyes and get behind the lenses, causing discomfort and even an infection. If you sweat a lot or are working out, do consider using a headband to absorb your sweat on forehead or wipe your sweat frequently with a towel or handkerchief.
If you’re outdoor during the cold weather, harsh winds can trigger eye pain and discomfort for contact lens wearers. The wind not only dries out the surface of your contact lens quicker, it may carry debris that goes into your eyes. The dryness and debris cause friction between the contact lens and your eye lids when you blink, resulting in discomfort and redness. Wear a sunglasses or protective goggles to block the winds when you’re outdoor. In addition to that, drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. This is because less water in your body means less tears in your eyes to maintain the moisture level of your contact lens that sits so closely to your eyes.
Fortunately, there’s one thing you don’t have to worry about, that is your contact lens will not freeze in extreme cold weather. Thanks to our body temperature that’s warm enough to help prevent it from happening.
The right contact lens is also important to ensure maximum comfort while wearing it during cold weathers, like silicon hydrogel contact lenses are popular amongst those with sensitive eyes. If you’re prone to dry eyes, you will probably find contact lenses with water content below 40% more comfortable to wear because contrary to popular belief, high water content lenses tend to draw out the eyes’ tears making your eyes more prone to dehydration.