Guidelines from an eye clinic near you
Most people who make the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses love their new eyesight! Contact lenses are easy to use, safe for your eyes, and let the natural beauty of your face show without any eyewear in the way. However, to make sure your eyes stay healthy, there are several important guidelines on how to properly care for your contacts.
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Wear disposables – or disinfect daily
The best way to minimize the amount of daily care that your contact lenses use is to wear high quality daily disposable lenses. We sell premium brands of dailies at our eye clinic. With these, all you need to do is insert them, remove them from your eyes, and toss them in the garbage.
If you wear daily wear lenses, then it’s critical to disinfect nightly! Wash your hands with soap and water, dry with a lint-free towel, and remove your contact lenses before you go to bed. Clean them by rubbing with a recommended multipurpose solution, and store in a contact lens dispenser filled with disinfecting solution. After you insert your lenses again the next day, rinse the contact lens dispenser with a sterile solution (not tap water) and leave it open to dry.
You need a prescription to buy contact lenses
Some people make the mistake of thinking that contacts are an over-the-counter item that requires almost no care. Our eye clinic staff stresses how this isn’t true! Contacts come in many different sizes, powers, and types, and you need a qualified eye care professional to issue a prescription for the best contact lenses for your eyes and vision. Not all contacts can give sharp vision to every set of eyes. Also, some people have eye conditions (such as dry eye or eye allergies) that require the use of only certain material lenses and disinfectants.
Daily contact lenses are meant for daytime, not for sleep time
It may be convenient to leave your contact lenses in your eyes while you sleep, but it’s not safe. The risk of eye infection rises dramatically when sleeping in contacts.
Dailies last one day
The main benefit of daily disposable contact lenses is that you insert a fresh, new lens into your eye every day. As a result, your contact lenses are always clean. Even the process of disinfection can put your contacts in touch with bacteria from your hands and a dirty contact lens dispenser, so dailies offer ultimate cleanliness. However, to state the obvious – if you wear them more than once, all the benefits are gone.
What NOT to do with contact lenses
- Never, ever rinse your contact lenses in tap water, this practice can allow dangerous sight-threatening bacteria to breed in your eye and cause a serious eye infection.
- Saliva is not a hygienic lubricating solution for contact lenses! Don’t put your contacts in your mouth to rewet them.
- Don’t wear your contact lenses in the shower, hot tub, swimming pool, or when doing anything where water gets in your eyes.
- Don’t use bottled water to rinse lenses, they must be cleaned with approved disinfectants and solutions.
- Never share your contact lens dispenser with anyone else.
To learn more about how to care for your contacts, to replenish your supply of lenses, or to book a contact lenses eye exam or fitting, contact an eye clinic near you for an appointment.
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