Taking Care of Contact Lenses
Contact lenses have undergone immense developments in the last ten years, with many new lens types appearing in the marketplace. However, it's still as important as ever to take proper care of lenses in order to keep them clean and comfortable and to avoid infections.
The good news is that cleaning solutions have improved as well. Taking care of your lenses is easier and faster than ever, so difficulty is no longer a valid excuse for neglecting proper care.
One solution is often enough
Gone are the days of multiple solutions. A single solution is now enough for almost every contact lens wearer, and those opting for disposable daily lenses can skip the solution altogether.
One multiuse solution can now replace separate liquids for disinfecting, rinsing, and moisturizing. The multiuse solution may also remove irritating protein buildup and form a protective layer on the lens surface for better wearing comfort.
General instructions for cleaning soft contact lenses with multiuse solution:
(Though these guidelines apply to most lens wearers, it’s always best to follow the instructions given by your optician or provided with your solution and lenses.)
- Wash your hands thoroughly to prevent dirt and bacteria from getting into eyes. Try to avoid moisturizing soaps as they might contain oily substances that are not good for contact lenses. Dry hands with a towel or paper tissue that does not leave residue.
- Carefully remove lens from eye and put it on your palm.
- Drop a few drops of multiuse solution on the lens. Gently rub both sides of the lens. (If you have a "no-rub" solution you may be able to skip this step.)
- Rinse the lens with the solution and put in a case filled with fresh solution.
- The disinfecting time varies among brands. In some cases, the lens might be ready to wear again after five minutes; in other cases, several hours are required. Follow the instructions on your cleaning solution.
- Before wearing the lens again, rinse once more with fresh solution.
Note that most solutions should be used within three months of opening. A multiuse solution may not be suitable for all lenses.
Be extra careful not to mistake hydrogen peroxide disinfection solutions with multiuse solutions. Unless neutralized with a catalyst, they can cause painful and lasting damage to the eye!
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