Proper contact lens care is easy, but there are some important steps you must follow. Below are basic tips that should be included in any contact lens care routine to help ensure a successful and healthy contact lens experience:
- Wash and dry hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses.1
- Use soap that is free of oils, lotions or perfumes.1
- Dry hands with a lint-free towel.
- Use finger tips to handle contact lens (not fingernails and/or sharp objects like tweezers).
- Check to ensure contact lens is clean from debris and damage free before attempting to insert in your eye. Never put a damaged contact lens in your eye.
How to care for contact lenses is dependent on the type of contact lenses and solution recommended by your eye care professional. In addition to these tips, be sure to follow your eye care professional’s directions and package insert instructions for a successful, comfortable contact lens experience. Contact lenses should be replaced according to the schedule provided by your eye care professional.1 Additionally, always remember to use fresh solution when caring for your contact lenses.
Lens Care Do’s & Don’ts
Whether you’re new to contact lenses or have been wearing them for a while, below are some helpful Do’s & Don’ts when it comes to contact lens care. In addition to the below tips, be sure to follow your eye care professional’s directions and package insert instructions for a successful, comfortable contact lens experience.
|DO: Stick strictly to the wearing schedule prescribed by your eye care professional and dispose of your contact lenses as directed.1||DON’T: “Stretch” your lens wear beyond what your eye care professional has recommended.2 If you are told to replace your contact lenses every two weeks, that means two weeks – not three or four.|
|DO: Clean, rinse and disinfect your contact lenses with fresh solution each time you remove them. Always remember to use fresh solution. Do not add more solution on top of what’s already in the case.1||DON’T: Use saliva, tap water or anything other than contact lens solutions for lubricating, rewetting and/or cleaning your lenses.1|
|DO: If your eyes become red, irritated or your vision changes, remove your lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional.3||DON’T: Let the tip of solution bottles touch other surfaces–including your fingers, eyes or contact lenses.|
|DO: Always refill your lens case with new solution instead of adding more solution on top of what’s already in your case.||DON’T: Share your contact lenses with anyone! It’s gross, not to mention unsanitary.1|
|DO: Always handle your lenses with clean, dry hands.1 Wash and dry your hands thoroughly with a lint-free towel before touching your lenses.||DON’T: Be stingy with your lens solution and try to use less or reuse solution. Always use fresh solution to rinse, clean and store your lenses.1|
|DO: Keep bottles of solutions closed when not in use and use solutions before expiration date marked on bottle.3||DON’T: Expose your contact lenses to any kind of water–tap, bottled, distilled, lake or ocean water.|
|DO: After use, always empty and rinse the lens case with fresh solution and allow the lens case to air dry.3||DON’T: Change the brand of contact lens solution unless recommended by your eye care professional.3 Not all solutions are the same.|
|DO: Replace your contact lens storage case according to your eye care professional’s directions and product instructions.||DON’T: Reuse – or top off – old lens solution to disinfect your lenses. Discard all of the lens solution after each use and use fresh solution each time.1|
|DO: Insert contact lenses before applying makeup and remove your lenses before washing off makeup.4||DON’T: Cut corners when it comes to lens care habits.|
1. American Optometric Association, Do’s and Don’ts. http://www.aoa.org/x5235.xml. Accessed on March 30, 2013.
2. American Optometric Association, What You Need to Know About Lens Hygiene and Compliance.http://www.aoa.org/x8024.xml. Accessed on April 1, 2013.
3. Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators, Healthy Soft Contact Lens Habits.http://www.aocle.org/pdf/SCL%20Healthy%20Habits%202012.pdf. Accessed on April 1, 2013.
4. American Optometric Association, Contact Lenses and Cosmetics. http://www.aoa.org/x5236.xml.
Accessed on April 2, 2013.