There are several steps that, if followed properly, can extend the life of your contact lenses and protect your eyes from harm.
Keep your Lenses Clean.
How this is done will vary depending on what type of lens you wear. If you are wearing disposable soft lenses, then you will have to spend relatively little time and effort in the care of your lenses, while conventional soft lenses require a great deal of care. Failure to properly clean your lenses can result in painful and sometimes vision-threatening complications.
1) Wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses using a mild non-cosmetic soap. This will remove debris from you hands and help prevent anything from getting on the lens. Avoid perfumed and oiled soaps as these substances could end up on your contacts leading to irritation and blurred vision.
2) Dry your hands with a clean lint-free towel.
3) Some lenses may require the use of special care and products such as eye drops or enzymatic cleansers. Your eye care professional at Palm Beach Eye Center can recommend the proper products in these cases.
4) Never use tap water to clean your contact lenses, and never use saliva to moisten the lens. Microorganisms can live in even distilled water and can lead to infection.
5) Clean your contact lens case following each use using a sterile solution and allow to air dry. Also, the case should be replaced every three months.
6) The contacts themselves should be cleaned using a multipurpose solution. Place the lens in the palm of the hand and wet liberally with the solution. Using your finger, gently rub the lens to remove surface buildup.
If you have any difficulties or questions, remember, the eye care professionals at Palm Beach Eye Center are here to help. Stop by and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.