It won’t take you long to get used to your new contacts. Soon you won’t even notice that you have them in! But to keep your contacts in good shape for as long as you can and to protect your eyes from irritation and infection, you’ll want to make sure that you take good care of them. Read on for some contact lens care tips!
Caring for Your Contacts
Of course, your doctor will have specific instructions to help you take care of your lenses, but here are some things to keep in mind:
- Keep them clean. Follow instructions for cleaning and storing your lenses. Use new, sterile solution to store them (don’t reuse old solution). And, check the expiration date on your solution and toss it out if it is expired. If you have to take one out in the middle of the day because it is irritating you, use solution – don’t use water or saliva to clean them.
- Keep your hands clean. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts so that debris and germs don’t get into your eyes.
- Keep your storage case clean. After you put your contacts in, rinse your storage case with solution and let it air dry. Replace it regularly, at least every 3 months.
- Wear your contacts only as much as they are supposed to be worn. Some lenses are meant for long-term use while others are only meant to be worn for a day or 2 weeks. You should also make sure to take them out before you go to sleep.
- Take care when you wear them. Avoid rubbing your eyes when you have your contacts in, which can rip them. Don’t wear your contacts if you are having problems with allergies or dry eyes.
Your contacts need a bit of special care – and so do your eyes! Another important tip is to visit your eye doctor to make sure that your contact lens prescription is still right for you. Contact the Eye Care Institute in Santa Rosa for a vision check or to discuss getting contacts. Call (707) 546-9800 today!