How to properly clean your contact lenses

Properly cleaning your contacts can have a huge impact on your daily comfort in your contacts lenses and most importantly, reduce the risk of getting a serious eye infection.

Here are some tips to keep your contact lenses and your eyes in good shape:

  • Wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.

  • Always rub the lenses on both sides in your palm with a small bit of solution after taking out.

    • Perform this step even when it says no rub or using Clear Care​.

  • Use fresh solution every night. 

    • Dump the solution in the morning and let the case dry​.

  • Only use the solution your doctor recommends.

    • Never use water or your saliva to rewet or clean your contact lenses, both can cause infections.

    • I recommend Clear Care since it deep cleans and kills more bacteria than multi-purpose solution.

       

  • Keep your contact lens case clean and replace it at least every 3 months.

  • Take your contact lenses out right when you get home from work so you aren't in a rush before bedtime, plus it gives more time for your eyes to be out of contact which can help your corneal health.

If you notice signs of redness, light sensitivity, feel like something is in your eye, irritation, change of vision, or pain, contact our office right away!

If you can't keep up with the cleaning steps in order to keep you eyes safe or your lenses are uncomfortable even after following the instructions, that is a sign to move to daily disposable lenses.

Daily disposable lenses are the most convenient, safest, and most comfortable lenses for our eyes.

The risk of contact lens wear can be reduced by carefully following the directions provided by your doctor.

  1. If any redness, tearing, discharge, vision charges, discomfort or pain occurs, remove the lenses immediately and contact our office for an appointment to be evaluated by our doctor to avoid any further or more serious complications. Having a backup pair of glasses is highly recommended in this case.

  2. Always wash, rinse and dry hands thoroughly before handling the contact lenses. Do not use saliva, tap water or anything other than the recommended sterile solution for your type of contact lenses.

  3. For contacts that aren't daily disposables, rub each lens for a minimum of 30 seconds to remove debris and protein deposits before you soak the lenses overnight

  4. Carefully place your contact lens in a clean, dry case and fill with fresh solution each time, enough to submerge the contact lens. Leave in case for at least 6 hours, or overnight to disinfect. Discard the solution every morning and place the case upside down on a paper towel to air dry. 

  5. Avoid soap, lotion or sprays near the eyes.

  6. Limit contact lens use in environments with fumes, smoke, dust, vapors and windy conditions.

  7. Contact lenses are not recommended to wear during swimming or bathing, as it can increase the risk of eye infection.

  8. Do not wear contact lenses while sleeping unless the doctor has prescribed an extended wear schedule with contact lenses that are appropriate for this type of use

  9. If the contact lens falls out or dries up, discard the lens. Do not put it back in your eye, unless you are able to clean it thoroughly as directed.

  10. Re-wetting drops may be used as long as the brand is formulated for use with contact lenses. These drops help to keep the contact lens hydrated and keep debris from building up. The doctors recommend Blink for Contacts.

  11. Follow the recommended wearing and replacement schedule as prescribed by your doctor.

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