Have you ever considered making the switch from glasses to contacts? And after you’ve made this switch, do you find yourself questioning how to take care of them properly? Glasses, while easier to maintain, aren’t for everyone. We all have specific lifestyle choices or preferences that would make contacts (or glasses) a preferred choice. But how do you take care of your contacts so they stay in good shape? Make sure that you avoid the below mistakes. Here’s how to take care of contact lenses:
Never use water to clean your contacts
Using water to clean your contacts is ineffective, and could cause an eye infection. It does not sterilize the lens properly, leaving bacteria to grow on the contact. Be sure to always use saline solution (or another solution recommended by your optometrist) to clean your lenses.
Never wash your contact case with water
Similar to contacts themselves, cleaning your contact storage case with water does not properly clean the vessel. It allows pathogens to get inside and grow, which can lead to eye infections. Your case should also be cleaned with saline solution on a regular basis.
Don’t forget to clean your contacts
Forgetting to clean your contacts can be nearly as damaging as using water to clean them. It allows bacteria to collect on the lenses, which is unsanitary, especially for something that sits inside of your eye! Be sure to clean them at least once a day to sterilize them.
Handling your contacts with dirty hands
You should never handle your contacts, or the contact case, with dirty hands. Be sure to always wash your hands with soap and water before handling these items, as you never know what may be on your hands! This can help to prevent infection.
Using damaged contacts
If you notice that your contacts are damaged, they should be immediately disposed of. Using damaged lenses may harm your eyes, and they won’t provide you with proper vision. Wearing glasses instead for a day is worth the damage that may be inflicted on your eyes.
Using solution that may not be sterile
It’s vital to keep your contact solution sterile. The bottle should always be stored with a tight lid, and the nozzle should never come into contact with another surface. This compromises the quality of the solution, and may introduce foreign bacteria to the nozzle. The solution should also never be stored in another container for travel purposes or otherwise.