Caring for Contact Lenses
Proper care of your contact lenses is essential to protect your eyes and your investment in your contact lenses. Without proper care, contacts will host bacteria which can lead to infections, eye damage, and overall discomfort. Additional to preventing infections, proper contact care will make the daily wearing experience much more comfortable for all types of contact lenses.
How to Properly Care for Contacts
Caring for your contacts can be an easy routine once it becomes a habit. The most important part of contact care is maintaining constant upkeep and not forgetting to clean and care for your contacts. See below for tips and steps that can be taken to care for your contacts in the proper manner.
- Never wear non-prescription contact lenses: Contacts worn without prescription may be the wrong size, the wrong optical quality, or simply not handled in the proper manner. Wearing the wrong type of contacts can lead to eye irritation, discomfort, and subsequent eye health problems.
- Avoid using tap water on your contacts: Wash contacts with saline solution only. Tap water can host bacteria, and isn’t made to be compatible with contacts.
- Make sure your hands are clean when you clean your lenses: Dirty hands can scratch the lens, leave residue, bacteria, and debris on your contact surface.
- Avoid sleeping with contacts: Unless wearing contacts designed specifically to be worn throughout the night, sleeping while wearing contacts can cause your eye harm by depriving your eye of oxygen, which may cause permanent damage in severe cases.
- Change or clean your contact lens cases every month: Doing so will prevent build up of bacteria, dirt, and debris, thus preventing infection.
- Make sure to wash your contacts and contact case daily: Washing your case and contacts will ensure that no bacteria can form on the surface of your lenses.
- Apply makeup and cosmetics after putting contacts in: This will prevent makeup (an easy host for bacteria) from getting on the surface of your contact.
- Make sure to regularly see your eye doctor: It’s especially important to set an appointment if you experience any pain or vision loss.
- Apply rewetting solution as needed: Dry, irritated eyes are not only uncomfortable, but also easily infected.
- Do not wear disposable contacts longer than you’re supposed to: Setting a calendar for lens disposition can be useful for remembering when new contacts are necessary.
- Consider Daily Disposable Lenses: If you’re not good at remembering to clean or change your contacts, consider switching to daily disposable contact lenses, as they are low maintenance, and eliminate the risk of forgetting to wash or change your contacts.