Contacts: Do's and Don'ts

Contacts: Do's and Don'ts

Contacts: Do's and Don'ts

Have you recently started wearing contacts, or do you exclusively wear contacts?  

Contacts, also known as contact lenses, are thin, curved lenses placed directly on your eye's surface to correct vision problems. They provide an alternative to eyeglasses for those who prefer not to wear them or want a more natural look.

Contacts can be a convenient and comfortable option, but there are certain dos and don'ts to keep in mind when it comes to caring for and wearing them.

Improper care and usage of contact lenses can lead to discomfort, infections, and even serious eye complications. It is important to understand the proper dos and don'ts to make sure that your eyes stay healthy, and your contacts remain effective. 

In this article, we will discuss proper hygiene practices to clean and store your contacts and how to maintain a regular wearing schedule.  

By following these tips, you can protect your eyes and enjoy clear vision with contact lenses.  

Proper Hygiene Practices for Cleaning and Storing Contact Lenses

Proper Hygiene Practices for Cleaning and Storing Contact Lenses 


Proper hygiene practices for handling your contacts are essential to maintaining good eye health.  

Here are 7 hygiene practices you should be following if you wear contacts. 

  1. Wash your hands.

    Wash your hands with soap before touching your contacts. This helps to remove any dirt, bacteria, or oils that may be present on your hands, which can be transferred to the contacts and subsequently to your eyes. 

    It is important to use a gentle soap, preferably fragrance-free, and rub hands together for at least 20 seconds to ensure a thorough cleaning. 

  2. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel.

    This will prevent any loose fibers from transferring to your contacts. Lint or debris on the contacts can cause blurry vision and discomfort. Therefore, using a towel that does not shed fibers is pertinent for maintaining clear and comfortable vision.

  3. Use the contact lens solution: 

    Rinse your contacts with contact lens solution rather than tap water. Tap water can contain microorganisms that may infect your eyes.

  4. Rub and rinse.

    Gently rub your contacts with your fingers to remove any debris or protein buildup. Rinse them using a fresh contact lens solution to ensure they are clean and ready to use.

  5. Clean your contact lens case.

    Empty your old solution, rinse it with a fresh solution, and let it air dry. Replace your case every 3 months to prevent bacterial accumulation.

  6. Store contacts properly:

    Always store your contacts in a clean, dry case filled with fresh contact lens solution. Never use saliva or water as a substitute. Change the solution daily to maintain the effectiveness of its disinfectant properties.

  7. Avoid wearing contacts while swimming or sleeping.

    Swimming and sleeping with your contacts can increase the risk of eye infections and corneal abrasions. Use prescription goggles for swimming, and make sure to remove your contacts before going to bed. 

Before implementing these practices, we recommend that you speak with your eye care professional.  


Contact Wearing Schedule  


By establishing and adhering to a contact-wearing schedule, you can enjoy the benefits of wearing contacts while minimizing the risks associated with improper lens usage. 

To effectively establish a contact-wearing routine, the following steps can be followed:  


  • Consult an eye care professional who will guide you on the duration for which you should wear your contacts each day. They will provide personalized recommendations based on factors such as the type of lenses, your eye sensitivity, and your lifestyle needs.

  • Set a consistent schedule that works well with your daily activities. For instance, if you find it more convenient to insert your lenses first thing in the morning and remove them before bedtime, then do that. Alternatively, some individuals prefer wearing contacts only during specific hours or specific occasions. 

  • To help track your contact lens usage, you can use reminders or apps that notify you when it is time to insert or remove your lenses. Additionally, you may find it beneficial to establish a cleaning routine. Ensure your lenses are stored in a clean case, using prescribed disinfecting solutions or multipurpose solutions, to maintain optimal hygiene and prevent eye infections.

  • Attend regular check-ups with your eye care professional to monitor the health of your eyes and discuss any concerns or adjustments needed for your contact-wearing schedule. Remember that following the recommended usage guidelines is vital for the safety of your eyes while wearing contacts. 


Care for Your Contacts with Oxford Family Vision Care  


Oxford Family Vision Care is your trusted eye health professional when it comes to caring for your contacts and maintaining optimal eye health. Taking proper care of your contacts is critical, as it directly impacts the health and well-being of your eyes. 

With Oxford Family Vision Care, you can receive guidance on contact lens maintenance and hygiene, ensuring that you are properly equipped to care for your contacts and minimize the risk of complications.  

We will provide you with comprehensive instructions on how to clean, disinfect, and store your contacts to prevent bacterial buildup, irritation, and potential infections. 

Regular visits to Oxford Family Vision Care will allow you to receive thorough eye examinations, confirming that your contacts are fitting correctly and providing optimal vision correction. Through these exams, we will also assess the overall health of your eyes, catching any potential issues before they escalate. 

Located in Oxford, Ohio, right by Miami University, Dr. Jeffrey Collins is here to help improve your vision and has been providing excellent vision care for families all over Butler County since 1989.    

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