Contact lenses are a popular choice for vision correction, offering convenience and often a more natural look compared to eyeglasses. However, they require proper care and hygiene to ensure the health and comfort of your eyes. In this blog post, we will explore essential tips and best practices for maintaining your contact lenses and protecting your eye health.
1. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly
Before handling your contact lenses, it's crucial to wash your hands with soap and water. Dry your hands with a clean, lint-free towel to avoid transferring any dirt, oils, or bacteria to your lenses.
2. Follow Your Doctor's Instructions
Always adhere to the specific instructions provided by your optometrist regarding the care and wearing schedule for your contact lenses. They may recommend daily disposable lenses or extended-wear lenses, depending on your needs.
3. Use the Right Solution Lens Care Products
Ensure you use the recommended contact lens solution for cleaning, disinfecting, and storing your lenses. Different types of lenses (e.g., soft, or rigid gas permeable) may require specific solutions, so consult with your optometrist if you're unsure.
4. Clean Your Contact Lenses Properly
When cleaning your lenses, follow these steps:
Place one lens in the palm of your hand.
Apply a few drops of the recommended solution to the lens.
Gently rub the lens with your index finger for about 20 seconds to remove debris and protein buildup.
Rinse the lens with more solution to remove loosened particles.
Place the clean lens in your clean lens case filled with fresh solution.
5. Never Reuse or “Top Off” Solution
Do not reuse contact lens solution or “top off” the solution in your lens case. Empty and clean your lens case daily, letting it air dry, and replace it every three months to prevent bacteria growth.
6. Remove Lenses Before Bed…If Directed To Do So
Unless your eye doctor has prescribed extended-wear lenses, always remove your contact lenses before going to sleep. Wearing lenses overnight can restrict oxygen flow to your eyes, increasing the risk of infection and discomfort.
7. Avoid Water Contact
Never expose your contact lenses to water from the tap, swimming pools, hot tubs, or even in the shower. Water can introduce harmful microorganisms to your lenses, leading to serious eye infections.
8. Replace Lenses as Prescribed
Follow the recommended replacement schedule for your contact lenses. Whether they are daily disposables or monthly lenses, adhering to the schedule helps maintain eye health and vision clarity.
9. Annual Comprehensive Eye Examinations
Schedule routine eye exams with your optometrist to monitor your eye health and the condition of your contact lenses. If you experience discomfort, redness, or any unusual symptoms, contact your eye care professional immediately.
Proper contact lens care and hygiene are essential for preserving your eye health and enjoying clear vision, and the doctors at Kopolow & Girisgen, Doctors of Optometry are well-versed in contact maintenance. To ensure your contact prescription is up-to-date and your eyes are in the best health, an annual comprehensive eye exam is crucial. You can schedule yours by texting GLASSES to 21000.