Contact Lens Hygiene

Contact Lens HygieneThere are millions of little germs in places that you can’t see with the naked eye. Your body may be able to handle them, but as these microbes mix in with your contact lenses, they can cause you serious problems. Fortunately, this is avoidable if you comply with good contact lens hygiene instructions.

If it’s been a while since you heard this, or if you’re not sure what has changed, here’s a helpful hint with the important do’s and don’ts of contact lens hygiene.

Always:

… Wash your hands before touching your eyes or contact lenses.

… Follow your doctor’s instructions for proper care of your lenses.

… Empty ALL of the solution in your lens case, rinse with fresh solution and allow the case to air dry while you’re wearing your lenses.

… Rub and rinse. Place the lens in the palm of your hand with solution, rub with your index finger for about 15 seconds, and rinse thoroughly before soaking overnight in a clean contact lens case filled with fresh solution.

… Replace your case every 3 months and in between you can boil or run it through a sterilization setting on your dishwasher.

… Remove lenses before swimming and either replace with fresh lenses or go through the entire care cycle when finished.

… See your eye doctor for your annually scheduled contact lens and eye exam and follow ups.

… Insert your lenses before applying make-up and take them out before removing make-up. 

… Examine lenses for cleanliness and signs of damage before putting them in your eyes.

Never…

… Store contact lenses in anything other than a contact lens case filled with fresh contact lens solution. Saline and rewetting drops are not contact lens disinfecting solution.

… Re-use old solution or transfer solution from one container to another. This affects its sterility.

… Substitute lens care products, even for a store brand, without checking with your doctor first. Store brands change often so you don’t know what you are using.

… Try to stretch out the life of your lenses. Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your doctor.

…purchase lenses without a prescription or share lenses with a friend. All contacts are not the same.  Some online vendors are not approved by the manufacturers.

Contact lens compliance is relatively simple, so do yourself a favor and stick to the rules. You’ll be safer and more comfortable in the long run.

If you don’t want to have to think about contact lens care, consider daily disposables. There’s no need of storage containers or solution. All you have to remember is to put in a fresh pair each day and see the difference a fresh clean pair can make.