Taking Care of Your Contacts:
What You Need to Know

Contact Lenses provide numerous benefits. They move with your eyes, they don’t fog up or partially obstruct your vision like glasses do, and they are great for physical activities. Even though contact lenses are a safe alternative to glasses, contacts require special care to prevent eye infections. Whether you are using cheap contact lenses, or top of the line daily lenses, it’s important to pay close attention to the health of your eyes.

According to the American Optometric Association, the biggest factors contributing to infection are:

  • Use of extended-wear lenses
  • Reduced tear exchange under the lens
  • Environmental factors
  • Poor hygiene

We’ve outlined some tips and best practices for your lenses, contact solution, and general eye care to decrease the chances of infection.

Cleaning Your Contact Lenses

Properly cleaning your lenses is the first step in proper hygiene. Following these tips will reduce the risk of bacteria buildup and infection.

Cleaning Contact lenses

Wash Your Hands

Before handling your contact lenses, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Then use a lint-free towel when drying your hands.

Use the “Rub and Rinse” Method

  • Rub your contact lenses with your fingers
  • Rinse the lenses with the solution before soaking them

The “rub and rinse” technique can be helpful even if you have a “no-rub” variety of solution.

Do Not Rinse or Store in Water

This is not a proper way to sterilize your lenses. Use your contact solution to ensure a thorough cleaning.

Keep away from saliva

Many people believe they can use saliva and the palm of their hand to clean their lenses. Do not fall into this trap. Again, using anything other than a sterile solution to clean your lenses can be uncomfortable and dangerous.

If you’re looking for lenses that may lower your chances of infection, or if you don’t use lenses regularly, many experts recommend single-use daily disposable lenses. Even then, certain steps are necessary to ensure good eye health. Of course, be sure to consult with your ophthalmologist to find the best lenses for you.

If you’re looking for lenses that may lower your chances of infection, or if you don’t use lenses regularly, many experts recommend single-use daily disposable lenses. Even then, certain steps are necessary to ensure good eye health. Of course, be sure to consult with your ophthalmologist to find the best lenses for you.

Contact Solution Best Practices

While it's crucial to know how to properly wash your lenses , contact solution best practices are just as important for preventing infection.

Use fresh solution

Don’t be tempted to re-use old solution. If it becomes expired, its sterilization effectiveness can deteriorate.

Keep your solution in its proper container

Transferring solution into new containers can affect its sterility as well. So be sure to buy travel-sized solution if you plan on traveling with your contacts.

Keep the tip of the bottle sterile

Don’t allow the tip to touch any surface. Keeping your solution as sterile as possible will help prevent bacteria buildup and infections.

A way of cleaning the contacts

Other Contact Care Tips

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Minimize contact with water

Remove your lenses before swimming, using a hot tub, or taking a shower.

Stay on schedule replacing lenses

Using lenses beyond their expiration date can be dangerous. To avoid bacterial buildup and contamination be sure to stay on schedule when it comes to replacing your lenses.

Follow specific lens cleaning and storage guidelines

Pay close attention to any guidelines from your eye care professional as well as any instructions from the contact and/or solution manufacturer.

Keep your Contact Lens Case Clean

  • Rinse the contact lens case with fresh solution.
  • Do not rinse your case with water.
  • Leave your empty case open to air dry.
  • Replace your cases regularly, and do not use damaged cases.

If you are storing lenses for a long period of time, pay special attention to disinfecting

Instructions may be provided by your lenses or solution manufacturer if you are storing your lenses for an extended period of time. Under no condition should you wear lenses that have been stored for 30 or more days without re-disinfecting.

General Eye Care For Contact Wearers

Caring properly for your lenses and solution is critical, but to bring your eye health full circle, follow these tips on proper eye care for contact wearers.

Know when to consult an ophthalmologist

    You should consult an eye care professional if you experience:
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Tearing
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Blurry vision
  • Discharge
  • Swelling

Stop smoking

Smokers who wear contacts are more likely to develop eye diseases than non-smokers.

Get Regular Eye Exams

If you wear contacts , go to your provider at least annually.

Woman Getting Eye Exam

Remember , contacts and precriptions do expire ,so visit your eye care professional yearly. Taking care of Lenses, solution , and eyes in general help to ensure getting the most out of your contact lases .

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