If You Wear Contact Lenses
Proper contact lens care is vital to good eye health and success in wearing contact lenses. The basic care for soft or rigid contact lenses is very much the same, only the products may be different.
Daily Contact Lens Care
- The first step is to wash and dry your hands using a mild soap. Stand over a flat surface.
- Clean both sides of the contact lens in the palm of your hand with a surfactant cleaner.
- Rinse the lens thoroughly with saline or a multi-purpose solution. This makes sure the lens is clean.
- Disinfect the lens in the proper solution for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
Weekly Lens Care
For non-disposable contact lenses, an extra step may be needed. Lenses form a filmy protein build-up that should be removed weekly using an enzymatic cleaner.
Remember: Cleaning is not a substitute for disinfecting and disinfecting is not a substitute for cleaning.
Contact Lens Care Tips
- Clean and disinfect your contact lenses daily.
- Handle your contact lenses with care.
- Inspect your lenses before putting them in.
- If you wear make-up, apply it after putting your lenses in.
- Solutions are sterile until opened. Keep the cap closed when not in use.
- Never reuse contact lens solution. Change daily. Don’t just top off.
- Do not wear your contact lenses when you are around irritating vapors or fumes.
- Do not touch the tip of your contact lens solution vial to any surface. This may cause contamination.
If you have any of these symptoms, remove your contact lenses right away. If symptoms persist, contact an eye care clinic.
- Eye stinging, burning. or itching
- Excessive tearing
- Unusual eye secretions
- Cloudy or foggy vision or a decrease in vision that does not clear up quickly
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Suspect something is wrong
Remember: Contact lenses should be comfortable and a pleasant experience. Regular exams by your doctor are needed to assess your eyes' tolerance for contact lenses.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 06/06/2007
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