The Importance of Taking Good Care of Your Contact Lenses
- Posted on: Jul 15 2018
Germs and bacteria are all around us. As soon as we open our eyes in the morning, our eyes are exposed to not only airborne germs and bacteria but they are also exposed to things like dust, hair, and allergens. One of the leading causes of eye infections that we at Physicians Eye Clinic see our patients for is improper care of their contact lenses.
Why Is It Important to Clean Your Contact Lenses?
If you think about it, your contact lenses are the perfect place to harbor bacteria. And, because you put them directly on your eye for hours at a time, dirty contacts are one of the easiest ways to get an eye infection; which makes cleaning your contact lenses a top priority.
What Can You Do to Keep your Lenses Clean?
- Wash Your Hands: One of the easiest and most important things you can do to make sure that your contact lenses stay clean is to make sure that you wash your hands before you put your contacts in and before you take them out.
- Use a Contact Lens Cleaner: That bottle of contact lens cleaner sitting under your sink isn’t just for decoration; it’s actually beneficial. Make sure that you clean your contacts with a little drop of contact lens cleaner both before you put your contact lenses in every morning and when you take them out each night before bed.
- Also, make sure that you are filling your contact lens case with new cleaner every night. If your lenses sit soaking in the same cleaner night after night, bacteria are more likely to build up on them.
Clean Your Case? Another unique to that people tend to forget about is cleaning their contact lens case every couple of days. To wash your case, you can pour some hot water in it and a little bit of soap, and then pat it dry; make sure that you get all of the soap out of it before you put your contacts back in it.
Taking good care of your eyes can be as simple as keeping your contact lenses clean. If you want to learn more about your vision health, schedule an eye examination with Everett office today and call us at (425) 259-2020.