Whether you are a long-time contact lens wearer or you have been introduced to contact lenses for the first time, it is always important to properly care for your contacts so that wearing them is comfortable. Additionally, the proper care of your contact lenses ensures your eyes remain healthy while they are your primary form of vision correction. But what are some of the most important things you can do to care for your contact lenses and for your eyes? Here is a little refresher of the dos and don’ts for new and long-term lens wearers alike:
• DON’T – Sleep in your contacts, even if your prescription says that you can. It is important to let your eyes breathe and recuperate overnight.
• DON’T – Use sharp objects or your fingernails to handle contact lenses because you may damage the lens. It is important not to insert damaged contacts into your eyes.
• DON’T – Reuse your contact solution that has been in your contact lens case. Make sure to use fresh solution each time you take out your contact lenses.
• DO – Wash, rinse, and dry your hand thoroughly before handling your contact lenses. Using soap that doesn’t have oils and perfumes is also important.
• DO – Check to make sure your contact is free of dirt and debris before you insert it into your eye.
• DO – Use the proper solution to clean and disinfect your lenses each time you wear them. Avoid using tap water or saliva to rewet or clean your lenses.
While this is not an exhaustive list, it is important to properly care for your contact lenses so that your eyes remain healthy and your contacts stay intact. If you have questions about the dos and don’ts of contact lenses, call us at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry for more information.