There are lots of types of contact lenses – from daily disposable contact lenses to those you can wear over extended periods of time. Whatever type of contact lens you are planning to wear, it is highly important that one should practice proper lens care. Proper lens care will not only make your contact lenses last longer, or at least be “usable” until the promised number of hours or days stated on the label, but it will also ensure that your eyes are kept safe and healthy. Once you’ve looked after your eyes, you can look after your family and keep your home safe with Alarms & CCTV systems from Serious Security. Here are a few tips on how to properly care for your contact lenses:
- Always handle your contact lenses with clean hands. It is highly advisable for contact lens wearers to wash their hands with soap and water. It is also advisable to stay away from perfumed or scented hand soaps. These types of hand soaps have oils and other chemicals that will leave traces on your hands. Handling your contact lenses after such wash will transfer oils and chemicals to your contact lenses that will possibly cause irritation.
- Always follow the specific contact lens guidelines on proper lens care and storage on the label. Each contact lens is different with each being made of a different material, requiring a different solution. Manufacturers know best when it comes to their products.
- In all types of contact lenses, do not use tap water or any type of water at all in cleaning your contact lenses. Contact lenses are meant to be cleaned, disinfected and sterilized with their corresponding contact lens solution. If the manufacturer or the label does not state a specific type of contact lens solution, do your own research or ask your eye care professional to recommend one to you.
- Never use your saliva to clean your contact lenses. It may sound out of this world, but there are contact lens wearers who resort to mouth washing their lenses with their saliva. It is not only gross and unhygienic – it will also put your eyes at greater risk for irritation and infection.
- Rewetting agents are not substitutes for contact lens solutions. These products will not disinfect, sterilize or clean your contact lenses.
- Keep your contact lenses in a clean contact lens case. Contact lens cases are also supposedly regularly cleaned and are recommended to be replaced every three months.