How to properly care for your contact lenses: A step-by-step guide
Contact lenses may be a convenient and comfortable alternative to eyeglasses for individuals with vision problems. However, using contact lenses also comes with the responsibility of proper care to prevent eye infections or other complications. In this step-by-step guide, we will discuss the necessary actions to take to properly care for your contact lenses.
Step 1: Prioritize cleanliness
Before handling your contact lenses, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water to minimize the transfer of bacteria to your lenses. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel and avoid using lotions or oils on your hands beforehand.
Step 2: Remove and store your contact lenses safely
Take your contact lenses out according to the instructions given by your eye care specialist. Avoid touching the lenses with your fingers, nails, or sharp objects. Instead, use the recommended lens case filled with fresh disinfectant solution to store them.
Step 3: Clean and disinfect your lenses
After removal, rinse your contact lenses with the specified solution to remove any debris or build-up on the lenses’ surfaces. Then, soak them in the disinfectant solution for the recommended time frame. Be certain you use the recommended solution brand and the correct storage time advised by your eye care specialist, as different products may require different soaking times.
Step 4: inspect and prepare your contact lenses
Before putting your contact lenses into your eyes, inspect them for any damages or debris. If they appear damaged or are no longer clean, replace them with new ones. Rinse each lens again with the specified solution before inserting into the eyelid.
Step 5: Discard your contact lenses when necessary
Different types of lenses will have different time limits for use. For instance, disposable lenses are designed for daily use and should be discarded when you remove them in the evening, as it is not recommended that they are reused. Extended-wear lenses may be worn for longer periods, while rigid gas permeable lenses may be worn for several years if correctly cared for.
In summary, daily care of your contact lenses is essential for your eyes’ health and vision health. On your regular visit to 2020 Vision, Dr. Dolan recommends bringing up any questions or concerns you may have about the proper care and usage of your contact lenses. By following the above steps and seeking professional advice when necessary, you can enjoy continuous clear and comfortable vision. Contact 248-375-0040 for further inquiries or appointments.
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