Taking care of your contacts

By September 9, 2014Eye Health

Contact lenses are right up there in the list of inventions that have made our lives better – think about it: no misting-up in the rain, an unobstructed view, and you can wear any sunglasses you like!

Contacts are thin plastic lenses that fit over the front part of your eye, the cornea, to correct a range of vision problems. Your optometrist or eye surgeon are the ones to advise you on the best lenses for you.

Follow this simple guide to take the best care of your lenses:

  1. Before handling your contact lenses, wash and rinse your hands with a mild non-cosmetic soap that leaves no film on your hands, and dry off with a clean towel.
  2. Don’t put contact lenses in your mouth to “rinse” them, or use tap water to clean them (really, don’t) as this can cause infection or damage to your sight.
  3. Always use the disinfecting solution, enzymatic cleaners and eye-drops recommended by your optometrist. This is important, as different types of contact lenses require special care and certain products. Note: some eye drops are not safe for contact lens wearers.
  4. Lightly rubbing your contact removes surface build-up, so clean each lens by rubbing it gently with your index finger in the palm of your other hand.
  5. Remember to clean your contact-lens case every time you use it with hot tap water or sterile solution, and let it air dry. Replace your contact storage-case every 3 months.
  6. Lastly, short nails mean less chance of scratching your eye or damaging a lens, but if fabulous nails are important, just take extra care when putting in or removing your lenses.
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Should you experience any irritation or ongoing redness, speak to your optometrist, and diarise a regular eye-exam to keep your contact prescription up-to-date. Enjoy the view!

Source: WebMD