Caring for Soft Contact lenses
Unnerving as it can be, caring for your contact lenses is very important. Failing to take proper care and maintenance of your contact lenses can lead to some severe eye infections, some of which can even lead to temporary or permanent loss of vision.
Lucky for you there are many single-bottle maintenance kits and “daily use” or “single use” disposable lenses available that will save you all the tedious hassle of cleaning.
Before we begin, please take care that you do not change your contact lens cleaning regime without consulting your doctor first! Some products are not suitable with others and can cause damage to your delicate lenses if you use an incompatible cleaning product.
To start of let’s state the three basic soft lens care steps
- Firstly wash your hands, make sure that they are nice and clean, avoid using scented or moisturizing soaps because they can be harmful for your soft contact lenses
- Take off one lens and clean it with your recommended contact lens solution, this ensures that all buildup, impurities and makeup is removed, gently hold the lens in the palm of your hand, forming a cup with some solution in it and lightly rub the lens with a finger to loosen any hard buildup inside your lens
- Rinse your contact lens. Rinsing is an important step, make sure to follow the instructions provided in the lens packaging; so as to not damage your lens
- Disinfect your lens by placing your lens in a clean lens case and fill it with fresh contact lens solution. Do not merely “top” off the old solution. Disinfection is crucial! It kills bacteria, fungi and other harmful microorganisms. By using old solution you can end up with some serious bacterial or fungal eye infections.
- Repeat the above steps in the same way for your second contact lens as well
When you walk to a pharmacy and check the aisle selling contact lens care products, you will be baffled by the number and variety of products available. To make it easy we are going to categorize the main kinds so you know what to look for!
Saline solutions: These solutions are primarily used for rinsing and storing contact lenses. Never use them for cleaning or disinfection purposes as they do not possess the required disinfection properties.
Daily cleaner solutions: As the name suggests, these solutions are designed for everyday cleaning purposes. Take some of the solution in the palm of your hand, place your contact lens in the solution and gently rub with your finger. Make sure to clean both sides of the lens
Hydrogen Peroxide solution: This solution can be used for all three steps of the lens care procedure; cleaning, rinsing and disinfection as well as storing. But take care that hydrogen peroxide is harmful to your eyes, because of this, the solution usually comes with neutralizing tablets that convert hydrogen peroxide to water. A few contact lens holders designed for hydrogen peroxide have built-in neutralizers. Be careful never to put lens that has been through hydrogen peroxide directly into your eye without neutralizing it first. This can cause severe irritation to your eyes.
Multipurpose solutions: These solutions have a full range of purposes, cleaning, rinsing, disinfecting and storing. With multipurpose solutions you do not need to use any other lens caring products.
Devices designed for contact lens caring: These devices both clean and disinfect your contact lenses. Depending on the brand or product you buy, the device cleans your contact lenses by either ultrasound waves or subsonic agitation. The cleaning is followed by disinfection that is done either through ultraviolet light or multipurpose contact lens solution. While using these devices making sure to follow the instructions provided in the device manual.
Things to remember other than Cleaning, Rinsing and Disinfection
- Your eyes might be depositing “protein” on your contact lenses, this depends on both the type of contact lenses you are using and how much protein your eyes deposit, if you are using the same contact lens every day , it is advisable to invest in products specifically designed for removing protein build up from contact lenses
- Daily use of contact lenses can cause red eyes and irritation, ask your doctor for eye drops to help lubricate your eyes
- Constant use of contact lenses can sometimes cause the wearer to develop allergies or sensitivity to chemicals present in the contact lens solutions. If this occurs you will need to find products that suit your eyes better
- To avoid contamination, do not touch your lens solution bottle tips to any surface or even your hands
- Never wash your contact lenses or lens container with tap water. Tap water can carry a number of microorganisms that can cause some serious eye infections.
As much as proper caring and maintenance of contact lenses is crucial it is also advisable that you do not wear the same contacts for more than three consecutive months. Changing your contacts after every three months will ensure that your contacts stay free of any signs of wear and scratches which can consequently cause damage to your eyes and effect your vision as well.
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