4 tips when cleaning your contact lens

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If you’re a contact lens wearer, you’re probably already aware of how comfortable, soothing and convenient these corrective vision aids can be. Lenses allow you to enjoy clear eyesight without needing to wear a pair of distracting glasses. 

While they have their advantages, wearing contacts is a huge responsibility. So that you can reap the benefits, it’s essential that you stick to your cleaning routine. If you’re struggling to keep up with it, there is help at hand. For advice on how you can look after your contacts, you could speak to your optician or consult an online specialist such as https://www.feelgoodcontacts.com/. To assist you with your routine, here are four contact lens cleaning tips.  

  1. Wash your hands

Whether you’re about to insert your lenses or remove them, it’s critical that you wash your hands before you handle them. You should rinse your hands and fingers using warm, soapy water, before drying them with a soft, lint-free towel. Skipping this part of your contact lens cleaning routine is a big no-no. Failing to do so could lead to bacteria being transferred from your hands to your lenses and eye, putting you at a much greater risk of contracting an infection.   

  1. Be gentle 

Since your contact lenses are thin and flimsy, it’s crucial that you handle them with care. Unless you’re gentle while you’re cleaning them, you could risk damaging your lenses, meaning you can no longer use them. When you’re rinsing your lenses, make sure you take extra care to clean each one individually by placing it in the middle of your palm. Using your index finger, gently rub the lens with a squirt of sterile saline solution. A soft touch is crucial, even if you’re in a rush. 

  1. Clean both sides of your lenses 

Although only one side of your lens touches your eye, it’s vital that you take the time to clean both surfaces thoroughly. To do this, you should flip the lens over while it’s your palm during your cleaning regime, using the tip of your finger to rub the solution all over it. Deposits and germs can build up on both sides, and if you don’t rinse each part properly, you could put yourself at risk of developing an infection. 

  1. Always use the correct solution 

It’s important to note that you should never rinse your lenses in anything other than the recommended solution. Your contacts should not be washed using water from your tap at home, and you should not put them in your mouth to wet them either. Your contact lens solution is sterile and has been specially designed to wet and disinfect them, so this should be the only liquid that comes into contact with them at any point. 

Sticking to your contact lens cleaning routine is a must if you want to maintain clear, healthy vision. 

 Do you wear contact lens? What is your cleaning routine?

 *This is a collaborative post.

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4 Comments

  1. 14/06/2016 / 2:07 PM

    I pretty much used to do what you said but i now wear daily disposables as my eyes were suffering from dryness and i did get lazy with cleaning sometimes not rubbing enough and geeting the protein deposits off.

  2. Sarah Smith
    14/06/2016 / 9:05 PM

    I’ve worn glasses for most of my life and am considering getting contacts. Thanks for the advice about how you should always wash your hands before inserting to taking out your contacts. Hopefully, I can follow your advice so that I can get used to them and be able to keep them clean.

  3. Karla @ TLC
    08/07/2016 / 9:54 AM

    This is fantastic! Cleaning your home can be a humongous and time-consuming task, but tips like this make it much easier! Thanks so much for sharing your advice!

  4. 29/09/2016 / 7:31 AM

    I have seriously been thinking of either getting contact lenses or getting lasik surgery. Has anyone had successful lasik or would you not go that route and just stick to buying contacts?

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