Contact lenses are one of the most convenient pieces of corrective eyewear to use. They can be tailor-fit for each individual and are more compact than eyeglasses. However, much like any piece of corrective eyewear, it requires some level of maintenance to ensure successful and longer lasting use. Regardless of the type of lens that you want to use, you need to follow specific steps for properly maintaining them.
Whether you use disposable, permanent, soft or hard contacts, there are cleaning procedures that apply to all of them. These revolve around keeping your hands clean and avoiding contact with dirt throughout the procedure. If you’re wearing makeup, then be sure to remove it first before taking your contact lenses out.
It’s recommended to do your cleaning each night after a long day. That way, you’ll give your lenses time to soak in the disinfecting solution thoroughly. Before handling your lenses, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Rinse them, then dry completely afterwards with a lint-free cloth. Any stray particles may stick on the lenses when they come into contact with your hands, possibly causing irritation to your eyes when you wear them.
Another thing to remember is that contact lenses should not be rinsed with tap water. Microorganisms found in it may cause infections when the lenses touch your eyes. The US FDA also recommends using only the approved cleaning solutions that come with your contacts.
Don’t forget to clean your contact lens cases, too. After all, these are where you’ll be storing them after the day ends. An unused toothbrush can also be used to clean them before storing the contacts to remove any impurities. The cases also may need replacing whenever you buy a new bottle of cleaning solution. This helps prevent the risks of contamination due to prolonged use.
Next, let’s take a look at how to care for each type.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft lenses are relatively easy to take care of, as some solutions for them merely require soaking as opposed to rubbing.
After washing your hands, remove one of the lenses with your finger and apply the cleaning solution on your palm. Allow the lens to soak in the solution before rinsing, though you can also rub it using your index finger to be thorough. This can remove the buildup from your eyes, cosmetics and other impurities.
Be sure to rinse them thoroughly with a rinsing solution before placing it in the lens case with a fresh amount of disinfecting liquid. You can then repeat this process for the other contact lens.
Hard Contact Lenses
Sometimes known as gas-permeable lenses, hard contacts aren’t that different from soft types in terms of cleaning, although they do require one extra step after the process is done.
After washing your hands, remove the first lens from your eye and place it in the palm of your hand. Similar to the soft lens, apply a few drops of the cleaning solution on your palm then gently rub the lens there with your index finger.
Use a back and forth motion when cleaning it so that the front and rear sides are thoroughly scrubbed. You can also use an enzymatic solution to clean the lenses of protein buildups every now and then. When you’re done, use a sterile saline solution to rinse the lens and store it in the case with a fresh storage solution. Then simply repeat the process for the second lens.
When wearing them in the morning you might want to take the extra step of using a rewetting solution to lubricate the lenses. This makes them easier to wear so it won’t dry out your eyes.
Now that you know the differences between these types of lenses, all that’s left is to pick the one you prefer to use. Whether it’s the soft type, or the hard ones, each one has its own perks. If you want to find out more, get in touch with our friendly experts at Planet Vision today.