If you want to maintain healthy eyes then you’ll want to know how to properly care for your contact lenses.
You sleep in your contacts. You wear your contacts longer than you should. You rarely take them out, let alone clean them. These are all scenarios that our Wyomissing, PA eye doctor sees a lot and it’s definitely concerning. Contact lenses require daily care and maintenance to prevent harmful bacteria from affecting your eyesight. Those articles you see online about contact lens bacteria blinding people aren’t fiction!
What You Should Know About Cleaning Contacts
Before you ever handle your contacts you need to make sure your hands are clean first. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water every time you plan to clean or touch your lenses. Also remember to avoid applying a moisturizer or lotion to your hands, which can get on contact lenses.
When you get ready to put your contacts back into their case remember to always use new contact lens solution every time. This also applies to every time you wash your contacts. Do not just opt for water or rewetting drops, as neither will get your contacts clean.
It might sound odd but the method of rubbing and rinsing is one of the most effective ways to clean your lenses. Always use the pads of your finger while handling your lenses and not your fingernails, which can spread dirt and germs.
Since water contains microorganisms, it is never a good idea to ever rinse, clean or soak contacts in water. When storing your contacts keep them out of bathrooms or other humid places, which can breed germs.
Other things you should know about caring for your contacts:
- Contact lens cases aren’t meant to last forever. A good rule of thumb is to swap your old one out for a new one at least every three months.
- Never touch the tip of the solution bottle, which can contaminate the solution.
- Follow the rules when it comes to how long you should wear your contacts before disposing of them. Even the extended wear contacts should only be worn for a month. Wearing them longer will only breed more germs and possibly lead to infection.
- Avoid smoke or other environmental factors that could irritate your eyes.
If you ever have questions about how to care for your contact lenses in Wyomissing, don’t hesitate to turn to us for help. We work with you to make sure you are satisfied with your contact lenses. And, of course, you should come in once a year to make sure your eyes are healthy.
If you have questions about how to care for your contact lenses or if you need to schedule your annual eye exam then turn to the Wyomissing, PA eye experts at Linsey EyeCare.