A contact lens is generally a thin, light corrective, aesthetic or medical device which is typically placed directly on the cornea of your eye. Contact lenses come with several advantages for wearers, such as appearance and comfort. However, some people also choose to wear contact lenses rather than glasses because they don’t steam up, they give a wider field of view, and they’re more comfortable. Wearing glasses can be a great inconvenience because glasses block peripheral vision, are heavy, and take up a lot of room. However, if you choose to use contact lenses, here are five things you should know about how to care for your contact lens.
In addition to the material and design of your contact lenses, you’ll want to pay close attention to the type of care and treatment your contact lenses need. Typically, contact lenses require only simple cleansing and disinfection, typically done once a day. However, some contact lenses require additional care, such as the replacement of protein coatings that may have been worn off. If protein coatings are removed, the lens will no longer be capable of blocking out light and maintaining clear vision. If your contact lenses require the replacement of these specific pieces of treatment, it’s essential to have them professionally done by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Contact lenses that need cleaning can be difficult to clean, especially soft lenses. Therefore, it’s important that you choose a solution that’s designed specifically for use with contact lenses. If you choose to clean your own lenses at home, there are a few different options. Disposable lenses may work well for you if they’re made from a reusable polymer that doesn’t contain any protein coatings; however, reusable lenses are generally made from either a silicon-based or bromine-based solution. Although there are benefits to both options, a silicone-based lens will generally leave a sticky residue on your finger, requiring you to press the solution against your finger until it becomes dry – which can be annoying. Furthermore, bromine-based solutions can cause irritation and even damage to your eyes if you don’t rinse them properly.
Before beginning the process of cleaning your contact lens, it’s important that you adhere closely to the manufacturer’s direction in order to ensure that your contact lens solution is effective. Additionally, it’s also important to be careful when removing your contact lens, so that you do not accidentally puncture your eye. It is common for people to poke fun at the idea of cleaning contact lenses, but please remember that the best way to clean your contact lens is to avoid poking your eyes! Never stick your fingers inside of your eye, unless you are very careful.
A simple solution for cleaning contact lenses is to take a few drops of soap and dip them into your palm. Then, grab the center of your contact lens and move it over the top of your thumb and push it down to get rid of any excess water. Gently wipe your contact lens in the same manner as you would wash your hands. Be sure to clean each layer thoroughly, no matter how tempting it is to leave a little layer behind. After you’ve finished with this step, you can then apply a few drops of cleaning liquid to your lens and then gently wipe away the solution.
Now that you have cleaned your contact lens properly, it’s time to store your contact lens in its appropriate case. Many contact lens cases are made specifically for individual types of contact lenses, and it’s important that you follow the instructions listed with your specific type of contact lens. It’s also important to note that some contact lens cases are designed to be worn underneath glasses, as well. This means that you may want to keep your contact lens in its case when it isn’t in use – this can ensure that it remains clean and free from debris. If you do store your contact lens in its case, it is also a good idea to change the cover frequently to avoid scratches. Keeping your contact lens clean and in pristine condition is an important part of maintaining it, so don’t overlook this critical step.