How To Clean Contact Lenses

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How To Clean Contact Lenses

26 September 2014
Health & Medical , Blog

Taking care of your contact lenses is not only healthy for your eyes, but it will also help you get the most out of your contact lenses by keeping them from getting dirty and irritating your eyes. If you wear monthly contacts, you will need to take the time to take care of them so they last the whole month. Here are some things to remember to ensure that your contact lenses are kept clean.

  1. Always wash your hands with soap that does not contain any oils or perfumes before inserting or removing your contact lenses. Cosmetic soaps and lotions may leave a film behind on your hands that can cause irritation to your eyes.
  2. If you wear eye makeup, put your makeup on after the lenses are in and remove your makeup before taking the lenses out. Wearing your contacts while applying and removing your makeup will prevent makeup particles from getting on them.
  3. Every time that you remove your contact lenses, place them in the disinfecting solution that your optometrist recommended. Always use new solution and place the lenses in a clean contact lens case.
  4. Tap water can contain microorganisms that can cause infection or eye damage, so never rinse your contact lenses in water or your mouth.
  5. Every time you remove your contact lenses, wash them by placing the lens in the palm of one hand and adding a few drops of disinfecting solution. Use the index finger on the other hand to gently rub the lens in a circular motion to remove surface dirt.
  6. Your contact lens case can be cleaned in the same manner as you clean the lenses and should be replaced every three months to prevent bacteria from growing, reducing your risk of getting an infection.
  7. While inserting and removing contact lenses, you will have to use your fingers very close to your eyes. Keeping your fingernails cut short will help prevent any damage to the lenses and also help prevent you from scratching your eye.
  8. After one month, throw the contact lenses in the garbage and open a new pair of lenses. Before putting them in for the first time, lightly rub them with a disinfecting solution to rinse the storing solution off.

Monthly contacts are meant to be worn for an entire month, so take care of them to ensure that they last the whole month and also to keep bacteria from entering your eyes and causing infection, and possibly vision problems.

For more information, contact an optometrist like Eye Supply.