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Wearing contact lenses? Here is an update on contact lens hygiene.

Contact lens hygiene

One may think that if water is safe enough to drink, then it is clean enough to store a contact lenses in.  This is unfortunately not the case!

There are millions of little microbes in places that seem clean for you, not visible with the naked eye.  But where your gut may be able to handle them, they mingle with contact lens chemistry, and can cause big problems..   It is therefore so important to always use just your contact lens solution as recommended by your optometrist.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts if you are a contact lens wearer:

DO…

… Wash your hands before touching your eyes or contact lenses.

… Empty ALL of the solution in your lens case, rinse with fresh solution and allow the case to air dry while you’re wearing your lenses.

… Rub and rinse. Place the lens in the palm of your hand with solution, rub with your index finger, and rinse thoroughly before soaking overnight in a clean contact lens case filled with fresh solution.

… Replace your case every 3 months.

… See your optometrist for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye exam.

… Insert your lenses before applying make-up and take them out before removing make-up. 

… Examine lenses for cleanliness and signs of damage before putting them in your eyes.

DON’T…

… Store contact lenses in anything other than a contact lens case filled with fresh contact lens solution. Saline and eye drops are not contact lens disinfecting solution. 

… Re-use old solution or transfer solution from one container to another. This affects its sterility.

… Substitute your lens care products without checking with your optometrists first.

… Try to stretch out the life of your lenses. Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your eye doctor.

… Attain lenses without a prescription or share lenses with a friend.

Contact lens compliance is relatively simple, and very important.   But if you do not want to have to think about contact lens care compliance, speak to your optometrist about daily disposable options.  With this type of lenses, there is no need of storage containers or solution.

 

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