Contact Lens Care

Soft Contact Lens Care

17-07-2016

The basics of soft contact lens care can is as simple as: clean, rinse, and disinfect. To properly care for your soft contact lenses:

  1. One should wash their hands to prevent dirt and germs from being transferred to your eye. It is recommended that moisturizing soaps be avoided, because they are not good for contact lenses. A lint-free towel for drying one\'s hands is also a must have.
  2. Remove one lens and clean it with the solution recommended by your optometrist. Cleaning removes eye-produced residue buildup, cosmetics and other debris that negatively affects lens comfort.
  3. Rinse the lens a second time to remove the loosened debris. Rinsing is an essential step.
  4. Place the lens in your clean lens case or lens holder and fill it with fresh solution - do not top off or add to your old solution. Disinfecting kills microorganisms on the lens and prevents infections of the eye.
  5. Repeat steps two through four for the second lens.
Depending on the individual and/or soft contact lens worn, additional care may be required.

Protein. An optometrist may recommend a product for protein removal. While cleaning them does remove some protein, it can still build up on your lenses and make them uncomfortable. Generally, the longer one wears their lenses before replacing them, the more likely they are to need a protein remover. For example, if one wears disposables, they likely won't need a protein removal product; but if they wear lenses that are replaced only once or twice a year, they definitely will

Eye dryness. Individuals suffering from dry eye syndrome can use contact lens eye drops or artificial tears to lubricate the eyes and re-wet the contact lenses.Eye sensitivity and allergies. Some contact lens wearers develop an eye allergy to the chemicals present in contact lens solutions. Individuals who develop sensitivities or allergies do not need an additional product: They just need to switch preservative-free. products.