Downtown Eyes offers a wide range of contact lenses for your improved visual acuity. In today’s post, your top rated eye doctor shares four proper steps to take when cleaning and storing your contacts.
Step 1: Wash Your Hands Before Handling Your Contacts
It’s important to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your contact lenses to reduce hand-eye transmission of dirt, debris, and germs. We suggest using anti-bacterial or mild, non-cosmetic soaps to avoid irritations. Make sure to dry your hands afterward with a lint-free towel.
Step 2: Clean Your Lenses Properly and Thoroughly
Place your contact lenses on your palm or in between your thumb and index fingers as you gently rub them. This motion creates mild friction that helps remove surface deposits. Rinse them off with freshly poured, optometrist-prescribed lens solution. Don’t use old solutions or other solvents as they may cause damage to your lens material or contain germs that may lead to eye infections.
Step 3: Follow Your Contacts’ Replacement Schedule
Contact lenses have prescribed replacement schedules that help safeguard your eyes from lens wear-related complications. Daily disposables, for example, are intended to be used only once and then discarded; frequent replacement lenses are generally changed at least every three months; and extended wear contacts may be worn for as long as six months.
Step 4: Store Them in Their Proper Case When Not in Use
This protects your contacts from damage and will help them stay in top shape for longer. We also advise cleaning your lens case regularly. Let it air dry and avoid leaving it in highly humid places to prevent mold formation. We suggest replacing it every three months as well.
We recommend investing in a high-quality pair of designer eyeglasses too. This way, you’ll have a ready replacement in case your contact lenses accidentally become dislodged. Lastly, remember to visit your trusted eye specialist for regular eye exams so we can assess your vision and upgrade your prescription if necessary.
For more steps on properly taking care of your contact lenses, call us at (612) 333-3937 (EYES) or send us a message. You may also fill out our form to request an appointment. We serve Minneapolis, MN, and nearby areas.