Caring For Your Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It may be hard to remember everything you need to know about caring for your contact lenses. While an eye care professional is the best resource when it comes to contact lens care, here are some basic tips :

  • Make sure that you wash your hands with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before touching your contacts.
  • In order to prevent lens mix ups, insert or remove your contacts in the same order (left then right or vice versa).
  • Clean, rinse, and disinfect your contact lenses following the instructions given to you by your eye care practitioner each time you remove them.
  • Keep all solution bottles closed when not in use to prevent possible contamination.
  • Make sure that you clean your contact lens case daily.
  • Every three months, make sure that you replace your contact lens case.
  • Before you go swimming, remove contact lenses.

Some things to avoid doing with your contact lenses are :

  • Don’t spit on your lenses to clean them.
  • Don’t use tap water, bottled water, or salt water made at home to store or clean your lenses. Using them can cause infections.
  • Don’t mix different cleaners or drops.
  • Don’t allow lotions, creams, or sprays touch your lenses.
  • Avoid using eyeliner on the inside of your lower eyelid.
  • Avoid wearing your lenses when you are using cleaning products.
  • Never wear daily-wear lenses when you sleep (napping counts as sleep).
  • Avoid wearing your contact lenses longer than your eye care practitioner advises you to.

If you want to learn more about caring for your contact lenses, check out this

video on our YouTube channel .

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