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If you wear contacts, chances are, you know just how important it is to properly care for them. It can be easy to get lazy and slack on their care, but this can be detrimental to the longevity of the contacts and your vision. If not worn correctly or cleaned improperly, contact lenses carry a risk of eye infection – or worse. Your eyes are an essential part of your everyday life, so it is important to take care of them, don’t you think? Millions of people wear contact lenses every single day, and there are numerous one-bottle care systems as well as disposable contacts designed to make life that much easier for you. Today, contact lens care is easier than ever before. It doesn’t require that much time and once you get in a good routine, you won’t even give it a second thought.
For those who are new to wearing contacts, caring for them may seem daunting. However, we are here to tell you that is not the case! There are numerous products on the market today that are designed to help you properly care for your contacts – both when they are in your eye and out. It is important to keep in mind that some products are not compatible with one another, or with certain contact lenses. Using products that are incompatible may ruin your lenses or even harm your eyes, so make sure you always read the label or contact your Arlington eye doctor with questions.
Caring For Your Contacts
Before we get into how to care for your contacts, it is important to note that there are several different kinds: hard lenses, soft lenses, and disposable lenses, namely. It is especially important to follow guidelines for safe handling of soft contact lenses, as you could put yourself at risk of contracting a serious fungal eye infection if you are not careful. With that in mind, here are the basics of caring for your contacts:
- Always clean, rinse, and disinfect – Before handling your contact lenses, always wash your hands and make sure they are disinfected and dry. The last thing you want is to handle your contacts with dirty hands or with soap residue. Always dry your hands with a clean towel so as not to spread any bacteria.
- Remove and clean – When taking your contacts out of your eyes, remove one at a time and clean it with the recommended solution. Once you’ve done this, place it in the contact case with brand new solution. It is important to change out the contact solution every single evening in order to avoid infection. This step ensures you’ve killed any microorganisms on the lense, which is very important.
- Choose the right contacts – When contact lens shopping, it is important you choose the option that will fit your personality and lifestyle. If you are not so great about your hygiene habits, you may want to go with a disposable lens.
- Wear as directed – It is of the utmost importance you do not wear contacts longer than you are supposed to. Wearing contacts that are designed for daily or monthly use longer than directed can cause long-term damage to your eyes.
To learn more about properly caring for your contact lenses, please contact First Eye Care today. As your Arlington eye doctor, we aim to answer any questions you may have and help ensure your vision is healthy.