How to look after your contact lenses

Length: 2 minutes read
Date added: 03/06/24
Author: Lavinia De Souza

Contact lenses provide a convenient and discreet way to correct vision, but they require proper care to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.

Here are some essential tips for looking after your contact lenses:

Wash your hands thoroughly

Make sure your hands are clean and dry before touching your contact lenses.  Use mild, fragrance-free soap and rinse thoroughly.  Dry hands with a lint-free towel to avoid any fibers getting onto your lenses.

Follow your Optometrist’s instructions

Your optometrist will provide specific guidance for your contact lenses, including how often to replace them and which cleaning products to use.

Clean and disinfect regularly

Cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses are crucial to prevent infections and discomfort.  Use the prescribed cleaning solution and a clean lens case.  Avoid using tap water or saliva, as they can introduce harmful bacteria to your lenses.

Replace lenses as directed

Whether you wear daily, bi-weekly or monthly lenses, adhere to the replacement schedule.  Overwearing your lenses can lead to eye irritation, infections and reduced vision quality.

Avoid sleeping in your lenses

Sleeping in contact lenses, especially if they are not designed for extended wear, can deprive your eyes of oxygen and increase the risk of infections.  Remove your lenses before going to sleep, unless your optometrist specifically recommends otherwise.

Keep your lens case clean

Replace your lens case every 4-6 weeks, or sooner if it becomes damaged or dirty.  Rinse and air-dry your case after each use and store it upside down to allow any excess solution to drain.

Handle lenses gently

Avoid damaging your lenses by handling them carefully.  Use your fingertip to pick up the lens.  Always check that the lens is not inside-out before inserting it.

Regular eye examinations

Regular eye examinations are essential when wearing contact lenses.  Your optometrist can ensure that your prescription is up to date and assess the health of your eyes.

Know the signs of trouble

Be aware of any unusual symptoms, such as redness, pain, blurry vision or excessive tearing.  If you experience any of these issues, remove your lenses immediately and consult with your eyecare professional.

Follow these simple steps and you can enjoy clear and comfortable vision with your contact lenses for years to come.



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