Many patients seek out contact lenses as a suitable alternative to wearing glasses. One of the primary reasons it is sought after is because they are not as intrusive as glasses can be. However, contacts require a large amount of proper care in order for them to remain an effective vision correction tool. Here are some contact care tips to remember:
Before you handle your contact lenses, make sure your wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. This will prevent any debris or bacteria on your hands from getting to your contacts and your eyes. In addition, dry your hands with a lint-free towel. You should try to avoid any water contact with your lenses; this also includes water at the pool or a hot tub, so remember to remove your contacts if you are planning on going swimming.
Make sure you invest in the proper contact solution for your lenses when you first receive them.When cleaning your contacts, use your fingers to rub contact solution across the lenses. Rinse the contact lenses with solution and avoid using water; it is a myth that you can effectively store or clean them with sterile water. After rinsing, leave them in their case to air dry before leaving them in contact solution.
After cleaning, rinsing, and drying your contacts,store them in a contact solution inside their case. Make sure you do not re-use old solution or add to solution that is already in the case; always use new solution.
How often you replace your contact lenses depends on what your optometrist prescribes for you. There are two main kinds of contacts when it comes to their replacement schedule:
- Disposable, single-use contact lenses: These contacts are considered the better option if possible by optometrists. This is because instead of reusing the same pair, you use a new pair every day. This eliminates the chances of your contacts building up any debris or bacteria.
- Frequent or planned replacement: These are contacts that you continue to use after cleaning each day. After a period of time wearing them, your optometrist will prescribe you a new pair to replace them.
It is also important to replace your contacts case at least every three months. Believe it or not, the case can be a potential source for breeding bacteria due to the moisture and closed space.