How To Prevent Your Contact Lenses From Ripping

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It can be frustrating when your contact lens rip/tear in the middle of the day. It's even more frustrating when this happens regularly. However, there are a few reasons why this is potentially happening and what you need to do to avoid contact lens ripping.
Why do contact lenses rip/tear?

The main reasons and how to avoid it:

Did you know that your contact lenses are 40 times softer than your eyes? Well they are. Which means, they can be easily damaged by the slightest bit of force. Furthermore, it's important to understand that most of the colored contacts nowadays are soft lenses. Soft lenses are usually fragile and easily to dry out, therefore, more likely to break when there is mishandling during wearing and cleaning.

Heat and indoor air conditioning can also cause your contact lenses to rip/tear. It's true! Heat increases the risk of dry eyes and the contact lenses tend to rip or tear when you are taking the contacts out of a dry eye. The effects of indoor air conditioning are quite similar to those caused by cold weather, long-term exposure to air conditioning can alter the lipid production from glands in the eyelids causing both change in quality and quantity of tear film and hence dry eyes.
Another reason could be the contact lenses has been used for too long. Contact lenses should be replaced according to the recommended wearing schedule, and you should never wear the same pair for more than recommended wearing schedule.
Another way that contact lenses can be damaged is if they're worn while swimming in the ocean or pool. The chlorine in swimming pools can cause dehydration to the contact lens and damage the contact lens coating over time, which will make them more likely to rip or tear when you remove them from your eyes.

How to tell if my contact lens is ripped/torn?

If your contact lens is ripped/torn, you may notice that it is not as comfortable as usual. For example, you feel scratchy or sandy in your eyes after putting on the contact lenses, that's a sign that something is going on. You should remove the contact lens as soon as possible and carefully inspect the contact lens.

First, check the edges of your lens for tiny scratches or chips. If you find any, then your lens has probably been damaged (and should be replaced). If you cant't see any tear or still unsure about whether or not something is wrong with your contacts, try putting some water on it, if it doesn't bead up like a mirror then you should probably get a new pair.


What happens if you wear a ripped/torn contact lens?

If you wear a ripped/torn contact lens, you could experience a number of negative consequences but most importantly is that the ripped/torn contact lens may scratch your cornea and cause a corneal abrasion. The cornea is the clear covering of the eye that helps you focus on objects in front of you. If it's scratched, it can become inflamed and painful, causing blurry vision or even temporary or permanent loss of vision if not treated promptly.


What should I do if my contact lens ripped or torn?

There is actually no way to fix a ripped/torn contact lens, the best way is to replace it with a new pair.

How to prevent contact lenses from ripping?
Preventing your contact lenses from ripping is easier than you think! Here's how:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your lenses.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers or any other surface, including your eye.
Don't wear the same pair of contact lenses for more than its recommended wearing schedule.
Store your contact lenses in their lens case filled with fresh solution when you're not wearing them, and make sure to wash the lens case regularly.


It probably wouldn't be a pleasant experience, since it's not just inconvenient and expensive, but it can also pose a risk to your eye health. If you need a new pair of colored contacts, why not consider buying from HoneyColor as we have wide selection of high quality colored contacts at reasonable prices.


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