Proper care of your contact lenses is essential to eye health; says the optometrists at our family eye care center in Palm Beach County. The experienced eye doctors share these useful tips to help you exercise the right care and prevent eye strain and infections such as pink eye.
How to Care for Your Contact Lenses
- Before handling contact lenses, wash your hands with soap and water, and then dry them thoroughly with a lint-free towel. Your soap should be clear, not opaque with moisturizer that may remain on your hands and adhere to your contact lenses.
- Follow your optometrist’s guidelines for wearing, replacing, cleaning and storing your lenses.
- Rinse the contact lens case with fresh solution, not water. Next, rub lenses with your fingers then rinse with solution before soaking them. Never put them in your mouth or use saliva to wet them. It only takes 30 seconds longer per lens, but without rubbing your lenses, you fail to remove protein build-up from your lenses, and this reduces the lifespan of your contact lenses and increases the risk for infection such as pink eye.
- If you want to avoid eye disease, do not rinse or store contact lenses in water. Ever.
- If you store lenses in the case for an extended period of time, consult the lens or solution instructions to determine if you should disinfect them before use. We advise our patients against wearing lenses stored for 7 or more days without disinfecting them.
- Keep the case clean and replace it at least every three months. Cases are a source of infection. Do not use a cracked or broken one.
- Handle your contact lens solution with care. Do not allow the tip of the bottle to come in contact with any surface and keep it tightly closed when not in use.
- Do not reuse old solution or top off the used solution in your lens case.
- Never transfer contact lens solution into smaller travel-size containers as this can affect its sterility and lead to an eye infection.
- Remove your lenses before going swimming or in a hot tub.
To reduce the risk of eye infections such as pink eye, it is recommended by The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Contact Lens Association for Ophthalmologists, the Cornea Society, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery to use single-use daily disposable lenses.
At SeaView Eyecare, we provide comprehensive optical services for the entire family. Our board-certified optometrists will work with you or your child to find lenses or eye glasses to reduce your eye strain. Even if you have had problems with contact lenses in the past or have been told you are not suited for them, our knowledgeable staff can help you explore all of the newly available options in the frequently changing contact lens market.
Our state-of-the-art SeaView optometric eye care center in Lake Worth provides comprehensive services for your whole family. We have invested in the latest diagnostic tools to provide you with prescriptions for the clearest vision as well as detect any eye problems. An extensive range of eye wear and sunglasses helps cater to diverse tastes. If we do not have the frames you desire, we will be happy to order them for you! As contracted providers for most insurance plans we can help you make optimal use of your benefits to maintain healthy eyes.
Call SeaView Eyecare at 561-790-7290 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our family eye care center in Palm Beach County, Florida.