Below are daily habits to adopt for optimal contact lens care:
Wash Your Hands Regularly
Whether you use daily or monthly contact lenses, make sure to first wash your hands. Placing your finger on some clear tape and seeing the mark you leave will give you some indication of what you’re putting on your contact lenses if you don’t wash and dry your hands beforehand. Avoid using scented or oily soaps, as their residue might stick to the lens surface. Use antibacterial liquid soap without moisturizers instead. Similarly, avoid creams and lotions prior to inserting contacts into your eyes.
This one simple and easy habit can make a massive difference in your eye health and can potentially prevent eye irritation and infections.
Clean Your Contacts Daily
You must clean and disinfect your contact lenses on a daily basis, unless you use daily disposables, of course. There are several cleansing systems and solutions available — the choice depends on the type of lens you use. Our doctors will help to determine the best cleaning solution for your lenses and eyes.
Avoid Contact with Water
It might seem harmless, but we advise against using tap water, as it contains impurities and microorganisms that can cause infections. Furthermore, tap water can lead your contacts to swell and change their shape. If you must swim with your contact lenses on, make sure to wear protective goggles and clean them with solution when you come out of the pool.
Never Ever Use Saliva
Your mouth is filled with germs, which are fine for your teeth but not for your eyes. Avoid using saliva to “clean” or moisten your contact lenses.
Do Not Top off Solution
Just as you shouldn’t mix spoiled food with fresh foods, you should not top off yesterday’s solution in your contact lens case with fresh solution. Clean your contact lens case with hot soapy water, rinse, and let air dry.
Routinely Change the Contact Lens Case
Many people don’t know about this one, but it’s recommended to change your contact lens case every 2-3 months, as microscopic dirt may linger in the case, leading to contamination and eye infections.
Only sleep in contact lenses approved for extended wear
It’s best to take your contact lenses out at night. It greatly reduces risk of infection and chronic wear can cause problems like GPC( giant papillary conjunctivitis), which can make wearing lenses uncomfortable. If lenses are approved for overnight wear, make sure you follow FDA guidelines for lens replacement.
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses, used to reshape your cornea, are approved for overnight wear.
Get That Annual Eye Exam
Examination of the eye for problems that can arise from contact lens wear is just part of an comprehensive eye examination. Preventative maintainence can prevent disease and infection, and will ensure you can safely wear contact lens for years.