How to Care for Your Contacts

Glasses aren’t for everyone at all times. Even if those dirty, dirty elitist hipsters would disagree. You may not like how you look with glasses. Or you may not mind wearing them in your home but prefer wearing contacts when you’re out and about. No matter what your reasons are, if you do go the contacts route, it’s essential that you care for them properly. If you don’t, you can run into problems you’d like to avoid. The good news is that caring for contacts these days is a lot easier than it used to be in the past. We’ll cover our top tips so you can keep those eyes healthy and happy.

The Prep Work

First, roll your contacts lenses in the dirt in your backyard. Then, run your hands through the dirt. Now you’re in the perfect position to put your contacts in. Don’t believe us? You’re right. That’s the opposite of what you have to do, The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Contact Lens Association for Ophthalmologists, the Cornea Society, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery have developed some important guidelines to follow.

Before handling contact lenses, wash your hands with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Then dry your hands using a lint-free towel. Your cleaning process may vary slightly depending on the type of contacts you use, but most people use disposable contacts so we’ll focus on those for the purposes of this blog post. Never wash your contacts with tap water. Even tap water can contain harmful bacteria. Don’t use your saliva either. Even if your mom washes your mouth out with soap. Trust us. It’s not sanitary.

Clean Your Contacts

Clean your contacts one at a time with a solution. Your eye care provider can recommend the best solution for you. Place the lens in the palm of your hand. Next, apply a generous amount of solution. Gently rub the lens with your pointer finger using a back-and-forth (not circular) motion. You should do this even if you’re not using a no-rub product.

The purpose of this process is to remove buildup that your eye produces, cosmetics (if you wear any), and other debris. All of these steps ensure that you use a sterile process when caring for your contacts. You should use the same approach when caring for your lens holder and for your solution.

Caring for Your Accessories

Your contacts are the main event but don’t lose sight (pun intended) of the supporting players. Use fresh solution to clean and store your contacts. Never reuse old solution and top it off with new solution. Keep your case clean by washing it with soap and water frequently. Replace it every three months. Never touch the top of your solution bottle with your fingers. Taking a cautious approach reduces the likelihood of contamination.

Some of this may be common sense but be careful and mindful of your contacts. Take your contacts out before you go swimming. Don’t keep your contacts in when you go to sleep. You see what we’re saying.

For all the rebels out there, the question becomes what happens if you don’t follow these tips? For one, infection. Eye pain, swelling, and irritation, too. The most common causes of an eye infection include wearing extended-wear contacts,  environmental factors, and poor hygiene. The single best way to prevent infections? Following proper lens care guidelines as prescribed by your eye care professional. Stay tuned for part two of our two-part series where we take a look at how to care for your glasses.

Are you experiencing trouble with your eyesight, or is it simply time to schedule your biennial eye exam? Whether you’re dealing with a problem or just looking for some preventative care, we’re the family eye care doctors for you. We’re here to help you take care of your beautiful eyes (so you can show off those baby blues in public without any discomfort). Contact us today or schedule an appointment!