How to care for your Contact Lenses?
by Vicci Eyewear on Jun 24, 2022
Contact lenses are a great alternative to eyeglasses, but they require some extra care and attention. Following these tips will help you keep your contacts clean and free of bacteria, which will reduce the risk of eye infection.
Rub the lenses gently with the cleaning solution.
You mustn't rub your contact lenses too hard with the cleaning solution. As well as being unpleasant for your eyes, this can damage the lens material and may leave it less comfortable to wear. It is also possible that the surface of a lens could be damaged or scratched by excessive rubbing with a cloth or other object.
Your fingers are not ideal for cleaning your contact lens case because they are likely to have skin oils on them which will transfer to your lens case and make it harder for you to clean properly in the future. Your nails should never come into contact with any part of your contact lenses as they may cause scratches on both sides of the glass-like surface of a contact lens; this could potentially damage them permanently if left untreated by an optometrist.
Rinse the contact lens thoroughly.
Rinse the contact lens thoroughly with your solution for at least 10 seconds, making sure to move it around so that it gets completely clean. Don’t forget to rinse your other hand as well!
This is important because if you don’t properly rinse off the solution from your hands before touching a surface, bacteria can enter your eye via objects or surfaces you touch (e.g., tablet screen, door handle).
Place a contact lens in each lens case.
- Place a contact lens in each lens case.
- Store your clean and dry contact lenses in the cases you have chosen to use or store them back into the original packaging they came in if you prefer to reuse them as a storage case.
- Replace the cap(s) on your lens case(s), being sure to screw them tightly so they won't come off while in transport or storage!
Fill each lens case with a fresh solution.
Fill each lens case with a fresh solution. Each of your contact lens cases contains a small amount of solution that is designed to work with the type of lenses you have. You should use only the particular brand and size of solution that came in your kit. If you run out or are unable to get a replacement solution, then use bottled water or saline solution instead until you can get some proper replacement solution (make sure it has preservatives).
Close the lens cases and store them overnight in a cool, dry place.
Place your contact lenses in the lens case after you remove them, and then close the case. Make sure they fit snugly so that they're not likely to fall out of the case accidentally.
To care for your contacts properly and ensure their longevity, you should store them in a cool, dry place overnight—not in your bathroom where it's humid or warm! Additionally, never leave your contact lenses inside hot cars or on sunny dashboards. The heat will damage your eyesight over time and make it harder for you to see clearly when driving or working outdoors.
Use a fresh lens case every time you remove your contact lenses.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent infections and bacterial growth is to use a fresh lens case every time you take out your lenses. This will ensure that bacteria and dust don't build up under your contacts, which can cause irritation and infection.
To maintain proper hygiene, clean the lens case with warm water after each use. Make sure you dry it thoroughly before storing it in a cool, dry place where the temperature is between 59°F and 95°F (15-35°C). Replace your contact lens case every 3 months or sooner if there are signs of wear or damage (e.g., cracks).
Contact lenses should never be placed on the eye while you are standing.
- Never place your contact lenses on a dry eye.
- Never use saliva to wet the lens and never rinse your hands with saliva before handling your contacts. Saliva contains enzymes that can cause softening of the lens material and may result in poor vision or loss of contact lens adhesion.
- If you have to touch your face, be sure to wash your hands immediately afterward. It is not recommended that you rub or touch your eyes with unwashed hands because this increases the risk of contamination by bacteria or viruses that can cause eye infections such as conjunctivitis (pink eye).
- Do not clean lenses by hand—use only sterile solutions provided by an eye care professional as directed in this guidebook or product instructions; do not use tap water, soap suds, homemade cleaning solutions, etc.
Always use both hands when handling your lenses.
When handling your lenses, always use both hands. When removing your contacts from their case, remove one side at a time with two fingers and place them in the palm of your hand. Use both hands to put them back into the case and then safely store them away.
When putting your contact lenses in for wear, place the lens on one of your fingertips and gently press it into position against the cornea (front surface) of an eye. Again, use both hands to hold onto each side as you insert it; never try this without someone else's help! You should also use both hands when taking out or cleaning your lenses.
Keep your contact lenses clean and bacteria-free to avoid eye infections
Contact lenses can easily become contaminated with bacteria, which can cause eye infections. For this reason, it is important to keep your contact lenses clean and free from bacteria before each use.
Additionally, contact lens users should clean and disinfect their lenses after each use. Contact lens wearers should also be sure to clean their lenses at least once a day because it's difficult for the eyes to fully remove this build up on their own.
After cleaning and removing your contact lenses, give your eyes a break by wearing glasses or going without them for a few days. If you are experiencing any discomfort while wearing your contacts, seek the advice of an optometrist or ophthalmologist.