Dry eye Awareness Month

How should I take care of my contact lenses?

Posted August 2, 2023 in Eye Health

How should I take care of my contact lenses?

At Spruce Grove Vision Care, we understand the importance of proper contact lens care for maintaining healthy and comfortable eyes. Contact lenses provide a convenient and effective way to correct vision, but they require diligent care to ensure optimal eye health. 

What should I do before handling my contact lenses?

Taking proper care of your contact lenses starts with clean hands. Follow these steps before handling your lenses:

  • Avoid using moisturizing soaps or lotions before handling your lenses, as they can leave residue on the lenses, affecting their clarity and comfort.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to prevent transferring dirt, oils, or bacteria to your lenses and eyes.
  • Dry your hands with a lint-free towel to avoid any loose fibers from sticking to your lenses.

What is the recommended replacement schedule for contact lenses?

Contact lenses have specific replacement schedules based on the type and brand. Whether they are daily disposables, bi-weekly, or monthly lenses, adhere to the recommended timeline. Using lenses beyond their recommended lifespan can increase the risk of eye infections and discomfort.

How do I disinfect my contact lenses?

Maintaining clean and clear contact lenses is essential for eye health. Here’s how to disinfect your contact lenses properly:

  • Use the contact lens solution recommended by your optometrist.
  • Rinse, clean, and store your lenses with the recommended solution.
  • Gently rub the lenses between your fingers to remove debris or protein deposits.
  • Thoroughly rinse the lenses with solution before storing them in a clean case.

How often should I replace my contact lens case?

Your contact lens case can harbor bacteria and other microorganisms if not cleaned and replaced regularly. Replace your case every three months or as recommended by your eye care professional. Clean your case daily using solution or sterile water and let it air dry to prevent contamination.

Can I sleep and swim with contact lenses?

Sleeping or swimming with contact lenses increases the risk of eye infections and complications. Remove your lenses before going to bed or taking a dip in the pool, hot tub, or any body of water. If you need vision correction during these activities, consider using prescription goggles or swimming with disposable daily contact lenses.

Is it ok to get water on my contact lenses?

Avoid exposing your lenses to water, including tap water, bottled water, or saliva. Water can contain harmful microorganisms that may adhere to the lenses and cause eye infections. Use only recommended contact lens solutions to rinse, clean, and store your lenses.

How often should I attend eye exams as a contact lens wearer?

As a contact lens wearer, it is recommended to attend eye exams at least once a year. Regular eye exams are crucial to monitor the health of your eyes and ensure that your contact lenses are fitting properly and not causing any issues. If your optometrist advises more frequent exams based on your specific needs, it’s essential to follow their recommendations for optimal eye health and vision correction.

What should I do if my contact lens is damaged or causes irritation?

If a contact lens becomes damaged, torn, or causes irritation, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the damaged lens immediately.
  2. Discard the damaged lens.
  3. Replace the damaged lens with a fresh and intact lens from your supply.
  4. If the discomfort persists or worsens, contact your optometrist for further guidance and examination.

Wearing damaged lenses can led to corneal abrasions, infections, and discomfort. Always carry a spare pair of lenses or backup glasses to ensure uninterrupted vision correction.

How can Erin Ridge Vision Care help you?

Proper contact lens care is crucial for maintaining healthy and comfortable eyes. By following these essential tips, you can enjoy clear vision while minimizing the risk of eye infections and complications. Remember to practice good hygiene, follow the recommended replacement schedule, clean and disinfect your lenses properly, and attend regular eye exams. 

If you have any concerns or need further guidance, our experienced optometrists are here to help. Contact us today at Erin Ridge Vision Care to schedule an appointment and ensure the ongoing health and comfort of your eyes while wearing contact lenses.