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Posted on 07-06-2017

The Basics of Contact Lens Hygiene

If you are new to wearing contact lenses or you have not reviewed your contact lens hygiene methods in a while, our vision care team at Forsight Vision offers the following advice to keep your eyes healthy. In addition to providing comprehensive eye care, we prescribe and dispense contact lenses for patients. Here are some tips on how you can take better care of your contacts.

this lady is safely using her contact lenses thanks to the hygiene tips from our optometrists in long grove

How Do I Prepare to Clean My Contact Lenses?

The first step is to wash your hands thoroughly using hot soapy water. Do not use hand sanitizer as a shortcut. Dry your hands well before handling your contact lenses. Your contacts should also be cleaned, unless you are using daily lenses. 

How Do I Clean My Contacts?

If you use disposable contact lenses that are replaced every two weeks or monthly, then you will need to clean your contacts nightly. Use a fresh contact lens cleaning solution each night. Rub the lenses with a couple drops of contact lens cleaning solution. This will reduce the microbial load on the lens. Do not use tap water to clean the lens. Rinse the case with solution and allow to air dry after use.

How Can I Ensure Better Contact Lens Hygiene?

Contact lens hygiene goes beyond keeping the lens clean every night. You also want to change your lenses as indicated. As contact lenses exceed their expiration date they lose the ability to transmit oxygen to the eye. Plus, older lenses tend to move around on the eye more easily, which alters the wearer’s ability to see properly. Another way to protect your contact lens is to wear sunglasses when outdoors, all year long, to help block UV rays. 

Contact Forsight Vision for More Contact Lens Tips

Whether you currently have contacts or want to find an office of optometry in the Long Grove area for your next contact lenses, check out Forsight Vision. Dr. Emily Pott and Dr. Todd Cohan are Long Grove, IL optometrists providing contact lens exams and fittings. Contact our office at 847-955-9393 to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to learn more about your options for contact lenses.

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