Proper Contact Lens Techniques
Proper Contact Lens Technique
Importance of Contacts Lens Hygiene
Corrective Vision is often provided in one of two forms, glasses or contact lens. Contact Lens provide patients with much more flexibility and comfort during the day, but also, come with a lot more responsibility. Proper contact lens use requires the maintenance of healthy hygienic practices to ensure the prevention of infections and other physical harm to the eyes.
Properly Cleaning Contact Lens
For the best protection against eye infections, make sure to properly clean out your contact lens with every use (daily contacts are the exception to this as they are disposable after one use). To properly clean your contact lens, make sure to start by always washing your hands with soap and water and ensure your hands are dry afterward. Then, rinse and gently clean your contact lens on both sides with contact lens solution before using your contacts every time. Never substitute any kind of water for this process as water is often concentrated with minerals and chemicals that can contaminate your contact lens.
Importance on Not Extending Contacts Lens Lifetime
Even though it might initially come across as tempting to extend your contact lens’ lifetime, never extend your contact lens’ lifetime. Contacts lens have a specific lifetime to ensure that the material is providing the best possible sight and oxygen supply to your eyes. When you go beyond the contact lens’ lifetime, you place your eyes at higher risk of infection and other ocular problems. Additionally, by extending the contact lens’ lifetime, the lens will experience more distortion, making it harder for you to see well. Different contact lens have specific lifetimes and if you have any concerns or questions, feel free to schedule an appointment with our skilled optometrists and ophthalmologist.
Healthy Contact Lens Practices
There are many good practices we recommend to patients including…
- Always apply makeup after putting in your contact lens, and never before. Always remove makeup before taking off your contact lens.
- Never sleep in your contact lens as your eyes need proper time to rest. By removing contact lens for some time and allowing your eyes to rest overnight, oxygen can be properly exchanged from your eye’s surface to the eye’s many blood vessels. If you do not remove contact lens, abnormal blood vessel growth can occur in your eyes which can lead to vision problems.
- Do not swim and shower in your contact lens. By keeping your contact lens away from water exposure, you lower the possibility of foreign objects contaminating your contact lens.
- If your eyes are experiencing unusual or uncomfortable symptoms, remove your contact lens and contact us to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor. Never leave in contacts if you are experiencing abnormal pain and notice your eyes are pink/red.
- Ensure that your contact lens case is always clean. Change out your contact lens case every few months to ensure that bacteria doesn’t grow in your contact lens case. Always check your contacts and case for any unusual growth before putting on your contact lens.
- “Contact Lenses For A New Look This Year.” CooperVision®, 5 Feb. 2014, https://coopervision.com/blog/contact-lenses-new-look-year.
- “Don’t Make Assumptions About Contact Lens Hygiene.” CooperVision®, 11 Apr. 2018, https://coopervision.com/blog/dont-make-assumptions-about-contact-lens-hygiene.