What Causes Contacts to Get Cloudy?

Cloudy or blurry lenses are one of the greatest annoyances for contact wearers – after all, isn’t the point of contacts to help you see more clearly? Unlike a smudge you can easily wipe off your glasses, the problem can be hard to understand or get rid of. So what is it that causes lenses to cloud? And what can you do to take care of the problem and possibly prevent it from occurring again?

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Keep Your Contacts Clean and Debris-Free

First of all, make sure you are practicing proper hygiene. Lens wearers should already know to always wash their hands before inserting or removing contacts, but there are some other factors you may have overlooked. For example:

• Make sure to rinse your hands completely to avoid getting soap residue on your lenses
• Avoid applying lotion to your hands before washing them or using moisturizing hand soap, as this might leave a layer of film on your skin
• Use a lint free or paper towel to dry hands in order to prevent other particles from attaching themselves to the lenses
• Insert contacts before applying makeup, and remove lenses before taking your makeup off
• Try to avoid using waterproof makeup, which is more difficult to remove from lenses

You should also know to clean your contacts and your contact case regularly, preferably once a day. Do not use tap water in place of contact solution, and always use fresh solution. Also, make sure you are changing your contact case and your contact lenses regularly. Over time, contact lenses can accumulate dirt and buildup from the protein of your eye’s natural tears, which causes your vision to appear cloudy. Following these procedures should help to not only avoid cloudy lenses, but also prevent eye infections.

0002007_250Give Your Eyes Time to Breathe

It is also important that you do not wear your lenses for too many hours at a time, as the result is that your contacts will feel dry, and this leads to blurry vision. Similarly, sleeping in contacts or wearing them when using a computer for an extended period of time can also cause dryness. Sometimes the solution is as simple as using rewetting drops or eye drops made specifically for contacts.

If your contacts always feel dry or your eyes are dry even when you don’t wear contacts, the culprit could be dry eye syndrome. This occurs when your eyes are unable to make the necessary amount of tears. This can be caused by aging, damage to the outer part of your eye, environmental factors such as wind or sun exposure, and even certain medications, including antidepressants or antihistamines.

Change Up Your Routine

If you practice the proper lens care but still have trouble seeing clearly, it is possible that you will need to change your routine. You may need to update your prescription, try another brand of lenses, or switch to a different brand of contact solution. Discuss options with your eye doctor to ensure the proper fit and care, as contacts are not one-size-fits-all, and switching contact solutions can sometimes lead to dry, irritated eyes.

Finally, if you find that your vision is cloudy and it has nothing to do with your contacts, you should consult your eye doctor. It could be the sign of a greater problem such as cataracts or glaucoma.


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