How to Properly Care for Your Contact Lenses

Summary: Caring for your contact lenses should always be a priority. Here are some ways you can accomplish this.

If you’re new to wearing contact lenses, chances are you’re looking for safe ways to store and clean your lenses. Learning how to protect your costly investment will ensure clear, hassle-free vision.

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

Contrary to what you might hear, taking care of your contacts is not that difficult. As a matter of fact, you probably already perform these steps that are outlined below. If so, you’re already practicing good cleaning techniques. Taking good care of your contacts has to do more about breaking bad habits and learning sanitary techniques.

Before you touch your contact lenses, it’s important that you wash your hands with mild soap that is free of oils, lotions, and perfumes. The reason behind this is that it may leave a film on your hands which can be transferred to your contact lenses. This may end up causing eye irritation or blurred vision.

Using Specially-Formulated Solutions

Some contact lenses require a multitude of solutions to maintain them. Normally, your optometrist will inform you of any products that should be used when receiving your lenses.

These products may include: disinfecting solutions, enzymatic cleaners, and eye drops. Although certain eye drops may not be safe for the contact wearer depending on the solution.

Cleaning Your Contact Lenses

When cleaning your contact lenses, you’ll want to rub them gently with your index finger in the palm of your hand. Lightly rub the lens to remove any surface buildup. recommends to use a recommended solution when doing so and follow it up by any disinfecting solution you have been instructed to use. Also, it’s important to avoid tap water when cleaning your lenses. Tap water can house bacteria and tiny bugs that can cause infection.