Contact lenses are a great way to correct your vision refractive errors, such as nearsightedness farsightedness, and astigmatism. Numerous patients chose to wear prescription contact lenses over eyeglasses due to their convenience and comfort. However, taking care of your contact lenses is vital to your eye health as poor cleaning habits can lead to eye infections. Here are our top 10 recommendations for handling your contact lenses as well as proper cleaning tips.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly and dry before touching your contact lenses. As you need to remove all oils, lotions, dirt, and any other cosmetic or household product from your hands.
- Be careful not to scratch your contact lenses with your fingernails as they can cause a tear that could irritate your eyes. It’s best to handle your prescription lenses with your fingertips.
- Never use expired contact lenses. If you are using biweekly or monthly contact lenses, please ensure you are tracking how many days you wear your contacts.
- Never rinse, disinfect, or store your prescription contact lenses with water or saliva. Your optometrist will advise on the best contact lens solution to use and best practices.
- It’s important to clean and handle one lens at a time, especially if you wear two different prescription lenses. This will avoid any mix-ups between the pair. Also, using a contact lenses case that is labeled with an “L” and “R” for left and right can help.
- To store contact lenses, disinfect and leave them in the closed and unopened case with fresh solution until you are ready to wear. We also suggest cleaning the case after each use and air drying for best cleaning results.
- Contact lenses case should be replaced after three months of usage.
- No matter what type of contact lens solution you use, utilize the “rub and rinse” cleaning method. Rub your contact lenses with freshly washed hands, then rinse the lenses with solution before storing. Use this best practice even if the solution you are using is a “no-rub” type.
- Always keep the bottle of solution closed to avoid contamination.
- Lastly, always remove contact lenses before sleeping. Sleeping in your prescription lenses can cause serious damage to your vision over time.
It is essential that you follow these best practices and cleaning recommendations for proper use of contact lenses and lens care products. If you notice any discomfort with your contact lenses such as burning, itchiness, or eye pain you should remove your lenses immediately.
As a patient, you must be committed to caring for your prescription contact lenses appropriately and replacing them when needed. Your optometrist can discuss your vision needs and contact lenses expectations to ensure you are seeing at your best.
Need a new pair of prescription contact lenses? Schedule your annual eye exam at one of our 12 full-service IEC locations and one of our optometrists can perform your contact lenses fittings to see what works for your vision needs!