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5 Essential Tips for Cleaning Contact Lenses

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5 Essential Tips for Cleaning Contact Lenses

Contact lenses offer freedom and convenience for millions of people worldwide, providing clear vision without the hassle of glasses. However, proper cleaning and maintenance are essential to ensure the health and safety of your eyes while wearing contacts. At Lake Norman Eye Care in Mooresville, NC, we’re dedicated to empowering you with the knowledge and tools to care for your contact lenses effectively. Here are five essential tips for cleaning your contact lenses and maintaining optimal eye health:

1. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly

Before handling your contact lenses, it’s crucial to wash your hands with soap and water and dry them with a lint-free towel. Avoid using moisturizing or scented soaps, as they can leave residue on your hands and transfer to your lenses, potentially causing irritation or discomfort. Remember to rinse and dry your hands thoroughly to remove any soap residue or bacteria that could come into contact with your lenses

2. Use Multipurpose Contact Lens Solution

When cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses, use a multipurpose contact lens solution recommended by your eye care professional. Multipurpose solutions are designed to clean, disinfect, rinse, and store your lenses, providing comprehensive care in one convenient product. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use and storage of the solution to ensure effective cleaning and maintenance of your contact lenses.

3. Rub and Rinse Your Lenses

After removing your contact lenses from your eyes, place them in the palm of your hand and apply a few drops of multipurpose solution. Gently rub the lens with your fingertip in a circular motion for about 20 seconds to remove debris, protein deposits, and other impurities. Rinse the lens thoroughly with fresh solution to remove any loosened debris and ensure optimal cleanliness.

4. Replace Your Contact Lens Case Regularly

Your contact lens case plays a crucial role in maintaining the cleanliness and sterility of your contact lenses. To prevent bacterial contamination and reduce the risk of eye infections, replace your contact lens case regularly, clean with a multipurpose solution and allow it to air dry completely. Replace your contact lens case every three months or as recommended by your eye care professional to minimize the accumulation of bacteria and maintain optimal lens hygiene.

5. Follow a Strict Replacement Schedule

To ensure the ongoing health and comfort of your eyes, it’s essential to follow a strict replacement schedule for your contact lenses. Dispose of daily disposable lenses after each use and replace them with a fresh pair the following day. For reusable lenses, such as weekly or monthly disposables, follow the recommended replacement schedule provided by your eye care professionals to prevent protein buildup, reduce the risk of infection, and maintain clear, comfortable vision.

Schedule a Contact Lens Consultation Today!

At Lake Norman Eye Care, we’re committed to providing personalized care and guidance to help you achieve optimal eye health and vision with contact lenses. Whether you’re new to contacts or seeking expert advice on lens care and maintenance, our experienced eye care professionals are here to support you every step of the way. Schedule a contact lens consultation with us today and experience the difference of personalized care and expertise – your eyes deserve it!

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Written by Dr. Angela Harris

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