Contact Lens Safety
Taking care of your Colored Contacts before, after and in between uses is not only essential for keeping the lenses in good condition, free of wear and tear, but more importantly it's essential for the health and well-being of your eyes. Not following a proper cleaning protocol may put you at risk for a host of eye infections, some of which can be very serious and possibly result in blindness.
With the proper instructions and a few supplies, contact lens care is a simple task that will allow you to keep your eyes safe and healthy while enjoying your new lenses as long as possible.
Four Simple Steps For Basic Care of Color Contacts
- Prepare: Wash your hands to remove dirt and germs that could contaminate your eyes; avoid moisturizing or cream-based soaps as they are not good for colored contacts. Dry with a clean, lint-free towel.
- Clean: Avoiding your fingernails, remove one contact lens and clean it in the solution product recommended by your eye care professional. Place a few drops of the solution into the palm of your hand and gently rub lens with index finger to remove debris. Add more solution and flip over lens to repeat process.
- Rinse: Rinse lens with more solution to wash away dirt and build-up; don’t skimp on this step. Also, never use water from the tap as a rinsing agent as it contains micro-organisms that could cause an unwanted infection.
- Disinfect: Store your color contact lens in a clean case that has been filled with fresh solution to begin the disinfection process. “Topping off” your lens case with a bit of solution is like mixing clean with dirty; don’t do it! Allow your contact lenses to disinfect in the solution for the full amount of time, often 6 hours or longer, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Following these simple steps will keep your contact lenses sterile and clean for your next wearing. These basic care instructions will remove build-up, cosmetics, allergens and other debris that can muck up your lenses, making them uncomfortable to wear. When you follow the steps you will be happy with your contact lenses and they will be happy with you!
Disinfecting Your Lenses Before Use:
Begin by washing your hands with a NON CREAM BASED soap and dry with a lint-free towel.
Open your new lens package; pour the first lens and storage fluid from the lens case into your palm. Inspect it for particles, deposits and small crack or tears.
Squeeze several drops of daily contact lens all purpose solution onto the lens in your palm.
Very gently rub one side of the lens with the solution against the palm of your hand using your index finger for about 5 seconds, in a straight back and forth motion. Then turn the lens over and repeat the cleaning process, adding a few more drops of solution.
Fill your case with fresh contact lens all purpose solution; place the lens in the storage case to disinfect
Repeat 2 through 5 with the second lens.
Ensure that the lenses sit in fresh solution for a minimum of 6 hours before wearing them for the first time, to ensure disinfection.
Never use homemade solutions, tap water or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as they may contain organisms that could cause an infection.
Storing Your Lenses for Disinfection:
Fill your case with contact lens all purpose solution. Place your lenses in the storage case; you must store the lens for a minimum of 6 hours for disinfection to be complete before putting it back into your eye.
If a soft lens dries out, it will shrivel-up and can break easily. A dried lens can be re-hydrated in the recommended solution.
Never store soft lenses in tap water, mineral water or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as there is a risk of infection.
Our Halloween contact lenses will last for 3 months (90 uses) with daily wear, or up to one year with occasional use and proper care and cleaning. Our Colored Contact Lenses are designed to be two week disposable, which means that they should be replaced every 2 weeks if worn daily. They will however last in excess of 3 months with occasional use and if handled with care.
Other good lens wearing habits
* These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only. Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your color contacts.
- Limit wearing for 6 to 8 hours at a time; do not wear them for napping or sleeping. Even if the contact lenses are not bothering you, your eyes still need time to get fresh air and rest.
- When applying makeup, insert your cleaned lenses after you have fixed yourself up; use water-based cosmetics rather than oil-based cosmetics when at all possible.
- When washing your face at night, do so after you have first removed, cleaned and disinfected your contact lenses according to the directions.
Article ID: 113, Created On: 2/5/2013, Modified: 2/7/2013