Franklin Family Eyecare Discusses How to Properly Take Care of Your Contacts
Caring for your contact lenses doesn't just help your vision, it also keeps bacteria away from your eyes that can cause painful and dangerous eye infections. While many people opt for disposable lenses that are thrown away at the end of each day, daily wear contacts are still a popular option. At Franklin Family Eye Care in Somerset, NJ, we teach all of our patients how to care for their lenses, and never let a new patient go home with their contacts until they're confident they can use and care for them every day.
Optometrist Lists Contact Lenses Cleaning Rules
Different types of contact lenses call for different methods of cleaning, but there are some general rules that will keep your eyes safe, no matter what type of contacts you wear.
- Always wash your hands before cleaning your contacts, using a gentle soap free of perfumes or lotions
- Dry your hands with a clean towel, preferably a paper towel or other lint-free variety
- Keep your fingernails short and smooth when handling your contact lenses
- Use only the cleaning solution and enzymatic cleaners that are recommended for your type of lens
- Never put tap water on your contact lenses. Even the cleanest-looking water can harbor bacteria that cause eye infections
- Never put your contacts in your mouth
- Hold the lens in the palm of your hand while gently rubbing it with a finger of the other hand, then rinse with saline solution to remove dirt from your lens
- Clean your lenses every time you wear them
- Replace your case every three months
Call Our Franklin Family Eyecare Office in Somerset, NJ Today!
Every patient who wears contact lenses needs to begin with a comprehensive eye exam. If you haven't had your eyes examined in at least a year, or if you have any more questions about cleaning contact lenses, call our office and talk to someone on our professional team. Give us a call at (732) 412-7328 today and we'll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.