If you take care of your contact lenses, you’ll be able to wear them for as long as you need to. Here is a comprehensive guide to contact lens care to ensure that you get the most use out of them.
- Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly whenever handling your contact lenses. Otherwise, bacteria and tiny particles like stray hairs or eyelashes can get transferred to the eye, where they can cause infection.
- Avoid using your fingernails to insert or remove contact lenses. This will help to avoid unnecessary tears.
- Find the cleaning solution that is recommended by your eye doctor and stick to it. Don’t experiment with different brands of contact lens cleaning solution.
- Make a habit of cleaning your contact lenses when you remove them and before being stored in their case, as well as when you take them out and prepare to put them into your eyes.
- Avoid napping or going to sleep at night with your contact lenses in unless you are wearing extended wear lenses.
- Throw old lenses away and use brand new lenses according to the contact lens’ recommended wear time. Contact lens material tends to deteriorate over time and if you try to extend that time you can risk damage to your eyes.
- If you notice a tear in your contact lens, throw it away immediately. Do not attempt to get another days’ use out of it.
- Use special moisturizing drops made for contact lenses only. Do not attempt to use regular eye drops while wearing contacts.
- Keep an extra contact lens storage case in your car, office desk, or purse at all times. This will ensure that you always have a safe place to store your lenses if you need to remove them for any reason.
- Keep your contact lens cleaning solution bottle clean. Avoid touching it with your hands. Run the nozzle under hot water every now again to ensure that the tip is sterilized.
- Always put the cap back on the cleaning solution bottle after use. This will help to avoid contamination.
- Never let anyone else try on your contact lenses. If you have a friend or family member who is interested in trying out contact lenses, they can visit an eye doctor in Grand Forks and get a trial pair of their own.
If you have more questions about how to take care of your contact lenses, please contact us today. We’ll be happy to demonstrate how to use and care for contact lenses as well as answer questions that you may have.