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Caring For Your Contact Lens

Dec 20, 2007
Like any other purchase you make, you always want to get value for what you are paying for. Prolonged use however also relies on the user and following specific guidelines for care and handling will definitely work your way through it. Verify from these simple tips if you are well informed of these procedures and if you are caring for you contact lenses the right way.

Eye care professionals have informed you of your contact lens wearing schedule. The question is, are you following it? Because if you are, you are reducing possible risks for complications that may damage your sensitive eyes. There are specific contacts that are meant for longer use while others require that you remove them after use like the disposable contacts for instance. So, if you think you will need more time to use your contacts, verify the type that you will need to address this concern. Never deviate from the schedule of wearing or this will cause irritation.

Hands should be washed, rinsed and dried thoroughly every time your lenses are handled. Observe proper hygiene to eliminate germs that may cause eye infections.

There are specific lens care solutions that the eye care professional will recommend for you to use. These are solutions especially made for that particular type of contacts so it is absolutely not advisable to borrow or use someone else's solution for contacts. Clean and disinfect lenses must be done after each use especially for those that are recommended to be taken out and re-inserted again into your eyes. Never wet it with saliva, never use home made saline solutions you haven't checked with your doctor and never use tap water to clean it. You should feel comfortable with your contacts in your eyes without any feel of irritation.

Have you checked cleaning instructions for your lenses? Yes, you will have to check them from time to time to ensure proper care. It might be overlooked sometimes that when you clean the lenses, you forgot to clean your supplies too. Materials for cleaning must be clean too or else this will only facilitate transfer of dirt and germs.

The lens storage case must always be kept cleaned. Air dry them to prevent contamination. Replace your storage case when necessary or according to the eye care professional's recommended time frame or interval.

If you decide to go swimming, never put your contacts on without goggles or verify with your practitioner to get the type of contact lens appropriate for your day to day activities.

When the need arises, seek for medical help from your contact lens practitioner should you have pressing problems with your contacts. Do not formulate your own solution when you are in doubt. First time resolution can greatly help prevent even more damage to your eyes and to your pockets. If you have a check on all of these, then you are doing it the right way! This is not only about protecting your contacts but most importantly because your contacts are supposed to protect your eyes. So, you have more than enough reasons to properly care for your contacts.
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