Contact lenses are a popular alternative to eyeglasses for correcting vision. They are convenient, easy to use, and offer a more natural field of vision. However, contact lenses require proper care and maintenance to ensure their safety and effectiveness. Below are ways to properly care for and maintain your contact lenses:
It is vital to wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contact lenses, as dirty hands can transfer germs and dirt onto the lenses. Use soap and warm water and dry your hands with a lint-free towel. Avoid using lotions, oils, or perfumes on your hands before handling your contact lenses, as these products can leave a film on the lenses.
Use the right contact lens solution for your specific type of contact lens. Your eye doctor can recommend the best solution for you. Never use tap water or saliva to wet or clean your contact lenses, as these can contain microorganisms that can cause serious eye infections.
It is vital to store your contact lenses in a clean case to prevent the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. After each use, rinse the case with hot tap water and air-dry it. Replace your contact lens case every three to six months or sooner if it becomes damaged or hard to clean.
Proper cleaning and disinfecting of your contact lenses are essential to maintain their cleanliness and effectiveness. Follow the specific cleaning instructions provided by your eye doctor or the manufacturer of your contact lenses. Be sure to use a fresh solution every time you cleanse your contact lenses. Never reuse old solutions, as this can lead to the growth of bacteria.
Contact lenses are delicate and can be easily damaged if not managed carefully. Always handle your contact lenses after washing your hands, and be gentle when inserting and removing them. Avoid using your nails to manage the lenses. Never wet the lenses with saliva. If you drop a contact lens, rinse it off with a contact lens solution before inserting it back into your eye.
Most contact lenses have a specific lifespan, so it is crucial to replace them as directed by your eye doctor. It can differ depending on the type of contact lenses you are using. For example, throw away daily disposable contact lenses after one use. Extended-wear contact lenses can be worn for up to a week before they need replacing. Wearing contacts past their recommended replacement date can increase the risk of eye infections. You can also get other complications.
Regular eye exams are essential for maintaining the health of your eyes. They help ensure that your contact lenses are fitting. Your eye doctor can check for any problems with your contact lenses and make any necessary adjustments. Follow your eye doctor's recommendations for follow-up visits and contact lens replacements.
For more about contact lenses, visit Williams Eye Care at our office in Fairview or Frisco, Texas. Call (972) 549-4255 or (972) 335-9529 to book an appointment today.