The right way to clean your contact lens
Disposable extended-wear lenses are of many conveniences for daily use as they ask little care. On the contrary, if you’re using traditional soft lenses, you will risk your eyes suffering infection if you don’t clean and store them the right way.
How to clean contact lens
- Wash your hands with mild soap to get off all the dirt and bacteria. Avoid perfumes, oils or lotions, because they can form a film that causes your eyes to blurry.
- Dry your hands with a lint-free towel.
- Remove your contact lens. Put it in the palm of your hand, and then pour some multipurpose cleaning solution over the lens. Gently rub the lens with your fingers to remove any surface debris. After that, you can also pour more solutions to further remove the impurities.
- Put the lens back into the right compartment of your contact lens case.
How to clean contact lens case
A contact lens case is a great place for germs to grow, so it’s necessary to replace the case every 1-3 months, and deep clean the case often.
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Pour out all the old solutions in the case. Then rinse it with saline solution or multipurpose cleaning solution.
- Wipe clean the contact lens case with a clean, lint-free towel, or put the case and the cap face down to let them air dry.
Other things you should remember
- Besides the contact lens case, you should also keep other accessories clean. For instance, the solution bottle, especially the bottle tips are placed you’d better not touch like that can cause contamination as well.
- Never rinse your contact lens or the case in tap water, as it contains microorganisms that can lead to serious eye infections.
- Keep your fingernails short so your contact lens or eyes won’t get damaged by chance.
- It’s better not to wear contact lenses for sleep. When you sleep, there’s not enough oxygen coming into your eyes.
Go for the doctor
In cases that your eyes are red, blurry, or have other unusual symptoms, stop wearing lenses immediately. If things don’t improve, visit the optometrist to check if there’re serious eye infections. Normally, you’ll get eye drops prescribed by optometrists or recommended to an ophthalmologist if necessary.