Properly Caring for your Contact Lenses
While most people use glasses as their preferred form of a corrective lens, an astonishing 37 million Americans choose contact lenses as their preferred corrective lens option. Given this statistic, we thought it would benefit our contact wearing customers to learn how to properly care for their contacts.
Properly caring for your contact lenses is not only essential to making them last, but it is also essential to maintaining optimal eye health. Learning to properly clean and care for your contacts can help prevent eye infections, which can cause blindness if not treated properly. Some of the ways in which these eye infections can happen are:
- By wearing contact lenses for an extended amount of time
- Having reduced tear exchange under the lens
- Environmental factors
- Poor hygiene
Proper Contact Lens Care
With the advancements in today’s society, it is easier to properly care for your contact lenses. Nowadays, there are disposable contact lenses and one bottle care systems that make is easier and hassle free to care for your contact lenses. But, you should always contact your eye doctor before making any changes to your contact lens cleaning regimen. Consulting your eye doctor before making changes to your contact lens regimen is important because some cleansing products are not compatible with each other, or with certain contact lenses. Using the wrong products can cause damage to your contact lenses and your eyes.
How to Care for Contact Lenses:
- Make sure to wash your hands to ensure that you don’t transfer any dirt and germs into your eye.
- Remove one lens and clean it with the recommended solution. Place lens in the palm of your hand, drop a few drops of the solution on the lens and carefully rub the lens to remove any eye produced buildup, cosmetics and any other debris or particles that may reduce comfort.
- Once again, rinse the lens to remove any debris. Make sure to rinse for the recommended time.
- Carefully place the lens in the clean lens case or preferred lens holder, and pour a couple drops of the fresh solution.
- Repeat the same steps with the other lens.
Things to Keep in Mind:
In some cases, you may need additional solutions. For instance, if your eye deposits an excess amount of protein in your eye, you may benefit from a protein removal product. This may not be necessary if you change your contact lenses every day, but if you wear your contacts year round, it is recommended that you use a protein removal product.
If you notice your eyes are dry and irritated, it is recommended that you get contact lens eye drops to lubricate your eyes.
If you happen to be one of the contact lens users who develops an allergy to contact lens solution, then you may want to consider purchasing products that are labeled as “preservative-free.”
Maintaining your Contact Lenses
- Minimize coming in contact with water while wearing your contact lenses. If not, remove contact lenses before going into the water.
- Do not rinse or store contact lenses in water.
- Do not place your contact lenses in your mouth or rinse with saliva, as saliva is not a sterile solution.
- Make sure to wear and replace contact lenses as prescribed.
- Keep the storage case clean and replace it regularly (at least every 3 months). The cases can be a source of contamination and infection.
If you are thinking about getting contacts or new need contacts, stop by a My Eyelab location near you and learn about all of the popular contact lens brands we offer!