How to Clean and Care for Your Contacts

Proper cleaning and care for your contact lenses are essential for eye health and ensuring clear vision. Whether you are new to wearing contacts or have been using them for years, understanding the correct practices is crucial. Before visiting Advanced Vision Care and Dry Eye Spa in Tucson, AZ, learn about some items to keep in mind when cleaning and caring for your contacts below:

The Importance of an Eye Exam

Before using contact lenses, it is crucial to have a comprehensive eye exam. An eye exam ensures that your contacts are correctly prescribed for your vision needs and fit your eyes properly. Not only that, but these exams also help monitor your eye health and detect any issues early.

Cleaning Your Contacts

Cleaning your contacts daily is vital to prevent infections. Use a recommended contact lens solution to clean and disinfect your lenses. Avoid using water or saliva to clean your contacts, as they can introduce harmful bacteria. Some steps our optometrists recommend when cleaning your lenses include:

•             Wash and dry your hands thoroughly with soap and water

•             Place the lens in your palm and apply a few drops of contact lens solution

•             Gently rub the lens with your fingertip to remove any deposits

•             Rinse the lens with more solution to eliminate any debris

•             Store the lens in a clean case filled with fresh solution

Proper Storage

Storing your lenses properly is as important as cleaning them. Always use a clean lens case and replace it every three months. Fill the case with fresh solution every time you store your lenses. Never reuse or top off the old solution, as it loses its disinfecting properties over time.

Replacing the Contacts

Adhere to the recommended replacement schedule for your contacts. Using contacts longer than advised can increase the risk of eye infections and cause more discomfort. Daily disposable lenses should be discarded after a single use, while bi-weekly or monthly lenses should be replaced accordingly.

Handling the Contacts

Proper handling of contacts reduces the risk of contamination. Always wash and dry your hands before touching your lenses. Avoid using oily or scented soaps that can leave residues on your hands and transfer to the lenses. Be gentle when inserting and removing your contacts to prevent them from tearing.

Signs of Eye Problems

It’s important to be aware of any signs of eye problems while wearing contacts. Symptoms such as redness, irritation, blurry vision, or excessive tearing could indicate an infection or other problems. If you experience any of these signs, remove your contacts immediately and consult our eye doctors.

Contact Us for an Appointment Today!

For additional advice on cleaning and caring for your contacts, contact Advanced Vision Care and Dry Eye Spa in Tucson, AZ, at (520) 744-1711 today. We are happy to provide you with more information and set you up with an appointment. When you need an optometrist near me, we look forward to assisting you!

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