Eye Care 101 – Cleaning Your Contact Lenses Regularly
Contact lenses are modern medical devices worn on the eye to cure certain vision problems like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. As opposed to glasses, contact lenses perform this purpose by adding or subtracting focus to the lens and the corneal surface of the eye. Contact lenses provide an effective and safe way to correct poor vision, especially when used responsibly and with proper supervision by an eye care professional. Below are some KEEP guidelines to keep your contact lenses clean at all times:
-KEEP your contact lenses clean.
You can wash your contact lenses with multipurpose solutions like hydrogen peroxide (H20), oxygen, or saltwater. A wide-spectrum disinfectant can also be used. If you are using oxygen, it is important not to use tap water as the solution tends to be quite harsh and might bleach your contact lenses.
-HOW should I store my contact lenses?
The best way to store lenses is to wrap them in a plastic contact lens case. Do not use rubber bands to squeeze the lenses inside the case because they can deteriorate the integrity of the contacts. Store the cases in a clean area away from direct sunlight and fluorescent lights for extended storage.
-EVARRIE your contact lenses every day.
The recommended time to put on and remove your daily contacts and replace them with new ones is at the same time every day. Avoid rubbing your eyes with your fingers because they can transfer bacteria from your hands to your eyes and may cause inflammation of dry eyes and irritation.
-EVARRIE new wearers with new daily contacts.
Eye drops and eyewashes can help freshen the membranes of the eyes between daily contacts. For some wearers, this process is easier and more convenient because it does not require the removal of contact lenses. Some of these products are available over the counter.
-HOW should I rinse my soft contact lenses?
Rinsing is easy. Just soak the lenses in warm or hot water and throw away the rest. Do not rub your eyes with the lenses to prevent corneal abrasions. If you do accidentally tear the lens, rinse again with warm water, wash your hands thoroughly and throw the rest away. Rinsing soft contact lenses is very simple.
-eye drops and ointments
that contain oxygen should be used for contact lenses that are not being worn for an extended period. Oxygen provides relief from the dryness of the eye muscles, thus preventing corneal abrasions. Some people with dry eyes resort to using silicone hydrogel lenses, which are just as uncomfortable as regular contact lenses but do not provide any relief from dryness. The good thing about these silicone hydrogel lenses is that they do not accumulate debris, which is also one of the causes of corneal abrasions.
should be used for extended wear contacts that are not in use for an extended time. This includes disposable and extended-wear lenses. Once you’re done using your contact lenses, you need to clean your hands with soap and water. Use sterile towels to wipe your hands before touching your eyes. This is important to prevent the transfer of bacteria or viral infections.