Contact Lens Care

If you are one of the millions of Americans who wear contact lenses, then you know the overwhelming feeling of figuring out the hundreds of products displayed in the lens care aisle in the supermarket or drugstore.  To avoid eye infections, you know that you need to care for your lenses properly.  Following a careful and clean regime with your contacts is extremely important for the health of your eyes.  Let’s review some guidelines for the safe handling of contact lenses.

  1. Always wash your hands with soap and water before putting in or taking out your contacts.  Dry your hands on a clean, lint-free towel.
  2. Avoid wetting lenses with tap water or saliva from your mouth.  Saliva is not a sterile environment.
  3. The FDA recommends that you rub the lens in the palm of your hand with a few drops of solution, even if you are using a “no-rub” product.
  4. Following the recommendations of your eye doctor, use a solution to remove loosened debris.
  5. Place the lenses in a care case and fill with fresh solution.  Do not top off with old solution.
  6. Do not touch the tip of your solution bottle to any surface to avoid contamination.
  7. Do not transfer solution to travel size cases to avoid contamination as well.
  8. If you use hair spray, use it before you put in your contacts. It’s also a good idea to keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid damaging your lenses or scratching the eye.
  9. Put on make up after you put in contacts so you don’t get any on your lenses. Take out contact lenses before you remove makeup for the same reason.
  10. Clean you contact case with either sterile cleaning solution or hot tap water.
  11. Follow the regimen that your eye doctor set out for your specific type of contact lenses.  Do not change the regimen without approval to avoid getting infections.

 

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