5 smart Tips for contact lenses wearers this Party Season
With Christmas and New Year parties this time of year can play havoc on your body, there are plenty of articles out there informing you how to avoid, or at least mitigate against a hangover, some even give great tips on how to deal with the morning after the night before.
Whilst looking after your head, liver and stomach, don’t forget your eyes.
Eyes and in particular eyes of contact lens wearers, can take a bit of a battering on a heavy night out, there are a few things you can do to help avoid those blurry red eyes in the mornings.
One of the short term effects of alcohol is dehydration, this is because alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes you produce excess urine. For every 1g of alcohol drunk, urine excretion increases by 10 mls. Drinking shorts or shots is no better than beer or lager because whether you're drinking pints or doing shots, it's the diuretic element of the alcohol which is key to producing all that wee.
To avoid dehydration and help prevent dry eyes try drinking a small glass of water between alcoholic drinks, or, once you get home drink a pint of water before going to bed.
Wearing makeup with contact lenses poses no problems to most contact lens wearers, however, if you do not remove your make at night -and we are more prone not to after a night out partying- then you can get a build-up of oil and bacteria around the eyes, all adding to that red, blurry eye look in the mornings.
Take a spare pair of lenses
Always having a spare pair of contact lenses with you is good practice, daily contact lenses are particularly good for this as it saves you taking contact lens cases and solution with you, Crystal Aqua daily contact lenses cost just £6.99 per box, that's just 23 pence per lens, so no excuses.
If you do find yourself sleeping on someone’s floor or bed, it’s always a good idea to have that spare pair of lenses for the morning.
Have some Refresh drops handy
During party season dry eyes can affect everyone, even non contact lens wearers.
The effects of central heating, long days rolling in to long nights, dehydration crowded rooms can make our eyes dry and even gritty. Having some comfort drops handy can relieve dry eyes and let you get longer wear out of your contact lenses, we recommend the Blink vials as they are small, and very easy to slip into in your handbag, purse or pocket.
Never Sleep in lenses
You’ve probably heard this before but it's worth saying again, never sleep in your contact lenses unless you’ve been fitted with continuous wear lenses.
Although after a long night of drinking and partying hard, all you can think about is bed, remember to remove your contacts before hitting the pillow.
Here is were those daily lenses come in handy, what's better than removing your lenses and throwing them in the bin - or on the floor :) and starting tomorrow with a fresh new pair?
At least your contact lenses will feel, fresh in the morning even if you you don’t.
Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 13 Dec 2018, Last modified: 4 Mar 2020