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Contact lenses have become so common that some people opt out of wearing glasses and wear contact lenses as an alternative.
Contacts give you the freedom from worrying about glasses staying on your face and they remove the distraction that glasses can have on your facial features.
Although contact lenses are convenient and relatively safe, special care and attention are needed to ensure that your eyes are safe from hazards or infection.
Cleaning contact lenses and best practices for putting them on are fairly straightforward but it can be easy to miss a step or forget the importance of proper hygiene to lower the risk of eye infections.
Unfortunately, cutting corners when it comes to your contact lens routine can lead to irritating eye infections or the risk of damaging your eyes. All of which may prevent you from wearing contact lenses for an extended period.
Let's take a look at 5 Simple Steps to Properly Take Care of Your Contact Lenses.
1. WASH YOUR HANDS
- Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling the contact lens
- Avoid using soaps that contain scent, oil, or lotions
- Dry hands with a lint-free towel
2. TAKE YOUR CONTACT LENSES OUT
- Use your fingertips to handle your contact lenses
- Do not use your fingernails or sharp objects to take your contact lens out
3. INSPECT FOR DAMAGE
- Take a good look at your contact lenses and check if they are in good condition
- Look out for stretching, tears, or folds in the lens
4. RUB & RINSE
- Place the contact lenses on the palm of your clean hand
- Apply a generous amount of contact lens solution and begin to rub your lenses together to loosen any debris on the lens.
- Rinse the lens thoroughly with contact lens solution
- Avoid applying excessive pressure on the contact lens
5. PLACE IN CONTACT LENS CASE/CONTAINER
- Use a clean contact lens case
- Always use fresh contact lens solution
- Do not top off old solution or re-use the solution
- Never use water or homemade saline solutions
- Replace the container with a new one every 30 days