Contact lenses are considered one of the most effective and safest vision correction options available. However, failing to observe proper hygiene when handling your contacts can put you at risk of infection and other lens wear–related problems. Here, your trusted eye doctor from American Eyewear Center shares four tips on how to properly care for your contacts.
1. Always Wash Your Hands Before Touching Your Contacts
Washing your hands before handling your contacts prevents debris from damaging your lens material, while also reducing your risk of hand-eye transmitted eye infections. We suggest using antimicrobial or mild, non-cosmetic soaps to prevent eye irritation. Dry your hands thoroughly with a lint-free towel afterward.
2. Clean Your Contacts Regularly
Always clean your contact lenses before and after use. We suggest rubbing them against your palm or in between your fingers to remove accumulated dirt. We also advise cleaning your lens case frequently and replacing it every three months.
3. Use Only Our Recommended Solution for Cleaning and Storing Your Contacts
We will prescribe you a specific lens solution designed for your particular type of contact lenses. Thanks to advances in contact lens technology, various lens types are now available to address certain eye care needs. Our hydrogels, for example, offer optimal oxygen penetration for your improved visual health.
Gas-permeable lenses use waterless plastics to help manage presbyopia and astigmatism, while rigid plastics provide the sharpest vision possible. We also offer hybrid lenses that feature a rigid center with a soft lens skirt for your enhanced eyesight and comfort.
4. Follow Your Lens Replacement Schedule
Different types of lenses have different replacement schedules. Extended wear lenses should be replaced every six months; daily disposables should be replaced after each wear; and frequent replacement lenses are typically replaced every month or every quarter.
Following this schedule will minimize your risk of lens wear-related complications, like dry eyes and eye infections. Before we supply your replacements, we may perform some diagnostic eye exams to check if you need a prescription change.
If you have any further questions on proper contact lens care, call us at (314) 962-9334. We provide premier eye care services in various Missouri areas, including Sunset Hills and Kirkwood.