Contact Lens Care
Here are some tips on good contact lens care which will help extend the life of your contact lenses and keep your eyes healthy while wearing contacts:
- Always wash your hands before putting in or taking out lenses. Rinse your hands well because residue from lotion, soap or other chemicals get on the contact lenses, causing pain, irritation or even blurred vision when they are in your eyes. Dry your hands with a towel. Do not use a facial tissue or paper towel that leaves tiny fibers on your hands or fingers.
- Never use plain water, tap water, bottled water, spring water or salt water made at home to clean your contact lenses. You can easily get an eye infection.
- Never top off old solution with new.
- Clean and store your contact lenses in a clean case with fresh solution.
- Clean your contact lens case after each use with contact lens cleaner or hot tap water. Let it air-dry, rinse with contact solution and then fill it with fresh solution.
- Change or replace your contact case monthly.
- Never put your contact lenses in your mouth to “rinse” them or spit on your contacts as this could put tiny micro organisms into your eye.
- Rub your lenses when you clean them; soaking alone doesn’t remove debris that can irritate. The “No Rub” solutions your find allow you to rinse your contact lenses without rubbing.
- If you develop an eye infection (signs include redness, burning, or excessive tearing), remove your contact lenses and discontinue use until you talk with your eye doctor. Wearing contaminated contact lenses couldl invite the infection to remain. Also throw out the case and get a new lens case.
- Keep your eyes moist and use re-wetting drops or artificial tears throughout the day.
- Do not sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes unless you are prescribed “Extended Wear” contacts.
- Don’t wear contact lenses in the pool or hot tub.
- Don’t wear contacts past the time given in your prescription.
- See your doctor annually to check your eyes and update your contact lens prescription.
If you experience a problem with your contact lenses, take them out / stop wearing them and contact your eye doctor or eye care professional. It’s better to be safe than sorry – you only get one pair of eyes. If you’re eyes get red or itchy, that’s a sign that there may be a problem. Also, if you eyes water a lot, that could also be a sign.
Disposable contact lenses are lenses that you throw away. You wear them for one day and then they are thrown away. It is possible to extend their use, but under good contact lens care you should follow the instructions given.
Daily wear lenses are contacts you wear again and again. Take them out at night when you go to sleep or if you take a nap. Store them in a proper contact lens case and clean them daily with contact lens cleaning solution.
Extended wear contact lenses are ones you wear for 30 days and can even be worn while you sleep (so that you see good in your dreams – no, just kidding).
Take good care of your contact lenses and they’ll take good care of you!