Caring For Your Contact Lenses

Contact lenses go right into one of the most sensitive organs of your body: The eyes. A little carelessness could lead to infections and serious consequences, including causing damage to your eyes.

That is why caring for your lenses and handling them carefully is imperative. Here are basic but essential guidelines to maintaining your lenses in top form and ensuring the safety of your eyes.

Pay attention to and strictly follow the instructions given by your optometrist/eye specialist. Rinse your lenses with the prescribed contact lens solution before and after each use. Never allow your lens to come in direct contact with water.

Follow the schedule specific to your lens. For instance, if you wear monthly disposable lenses, make sure you change them after each month.

Putting lenses in and out of your eyes requires touching them with your fingers. Always wash your hands with an antiseptic soap and warm water. Wipe dry with a clean towel. Chemical residues or traces of soap can cause irritation to the eye, and sometimes even blurred vision.

Wear your lenses only for the recommended time each day. A dirty lens case can cause infection. Rinse your case after each use and dry completely before filling up with solution. Clean it with contact lens solution every week.

Don’t allow the tip of your solution bottle to come in contact with dirty surfaces. Clean your lens by placing them in the palm of your hand and then pour the solution on top. Gently rub the lens with your index finger. Rinse with the solution once again.

In case your lenses hurt, irritate, cause blurred vision or tearing, remove your lenses immediately and contact your optician. It could cause permanent damage to your retina. In case of an eye infection, discontinue wearing the lenses until completely cured.

Never sleep with your lenses on; unless you are recommended extended wear by the doctor, it’s a cardinal sin and can cause corneal ulcer. To keep your eyes lubricated, use a rewetting solution.

If going outdoors, wear glasses or goggles to protect your lenses and eyes. Carry an umbrella or wear a hat. If you use eye make-up, remove your lenses before removing traces of make-up. At the time of application, first wear the lenses. See your eye-specialist annually basis to check your contact lens prescription.