17 Nov 2018
- Follow the schedule your eye doctor gives you for wearing and replacing your lenses. Do not wear daily wear lenses while you sleep.
- Remove contact lenses before taking a shower, using a hot tub, swimming, or doing anything where water gets in your eyes.
- Before touching your contact lenses, wash your hands with soap and water and dry them with a lint-free towel.
- Never put contacts in your mouth to wet them. Saliva (spit) is not a sterile solution.
- Do not rinse or store contacts in water (tap or sterile water). Also, never use a homemade saline solution.
- Do not use saline solution or rewetting drops to disinfect your lenses. They are not disinfectants.
- Follow directions from your doctor and from the lens cleaning solution manufacturer to clean and store your lenses.
- No matter what type of lens cleaning solution you buy, use a "rub and rinse" cleaning method. Rub your contact lenses with clean fingers, then rinse the lenses with solution before soaking them. Use this method even if the solution you are using is a "no-rub" type.
- Use new solution each time you clean and disinfect your contact lenses Never reuse or "top off" with old solution. Also, do not pour contact lens solution into a different bottle. The solution will no longer be sterile.
- Make sure the tip of the solution bottle does not touch any surface. Keep the bottle tightly closed when you are not using it.
- Rinse your contact lens case with sterile contact lens solution (not tap water). Then leave the empty case open to air dry.
- Keep your contact lens case clean. Replace the case at least every 3 months, or right away if it gets cracked or damaged.
- If you store your lenses in the case for a long time, check the contact lens instructions or the lens solution directions to see if you should re-disinfect them before wearing them. Never wear your contact lenses if they have been stored for 30 days or longer without re-disinfecting.
- Contact lenses can warp over time, and your cornea can change shape. To make sure your lenses fit properly and the prescription is right for you, see your eye doctor regularly.
Contact lens wearers should undergo an eye examination every year unless their practitioner recommends a different examination schedule for them. An examination is important to see whether any abnormal changes have occurred in the cornea. The lens material might need to be changed, or the fit may need to be adjusted to improve the comfort level and, subsequently, the vision. Allergies/sensitivity associated with the contact lenses or the contact lens care products can develop at any time. There is a high noncompliance rate among contact lens wearers, and the best way to get around the problems that come from noncompliance with care and hygiene is continual reinforcement by their eye care practitioners, but reinforcement from you would certainly be beneficial as well