Care of Contact Lenses

image00143Contact lenses are great for most people. People enjoy the freedom of not wearing their eyeglasses. However, if you don’t take good care of your lenses, you are more likely to suffer from eye infections and other diseases.

Here are some tips for caring for your contact lenses:

Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts. You should wash your hands with soap and water to keep them clean. You should also dry them with a lint-free towel.

Use only contact lens cleaner for storing and cleaning them. Spit, water (any type—tap or sterile), or saline solution is not effective for cleaning or storing your contact lenses. None of those is good at disinfecting or cleaning lenses.

Wear and replace your contacts as directed by your eye doctor. Some lenses are made to be worn once and then thrown out. Some can be worn daily for up to two weeks as long as you clean them and store them properly. Some are not disposable. They are meant to be worn for a year. Learn about what type of contacts you have and how often you need to replace them.

Don’t forget about the case. Your contact lens case can be a big source of contamination and infection. You should clean it regularly by using solution and then letting it air dry and replace it every three months.

Though the type of contacts, how much you wear them, and how often you replace them can all be factors in getting eye infections and other diseases, the proper care of your contact lenses is also important. If you have any questions, you should seek professional advice from your eye doctor. You should always wear your contacts as directed and replace them when needed to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.