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Caring for contact lenses

A guide to caring for contact lenses

If you wear contacts, it's important to know how to properly clean and care for your lenses. This will help keep your eyes healthy and ensure you maintain a good level of comfort.

The type of cleaning required for your lenses will depend on the type of contacts that you wear, so be sure to read the instructions that come with the lenses carefully. 

If you have other questions, the best person to consult regarding the maintenance of your lenses will probably be your eye care professional. They will be able to provide expert advice on the type of care that your eyes and lenses require, as well as how to maintain good overall health.

Why is caring for contact lenses important?

The world around us is full of tiny microbes that can cause problems for our health. This is certainly true when it comes to our eyes, and when you wear contacts, proper maintenance is vital to avoid infections and other similar problems.

Acanthamoeba keratitis is one such illness that's caused by a microscopic amoeba and could result in damage to the cornea. It is generally found in patients who have not properly been caring for contact lenses and can lead to severe discomfort and redness. In exceptional cases, surgery could be required for treatment.

When cleaning your contact lenses, you'll be removing dirt and debris from the lenses, as well as residues and bacteria. It's common for contact lenses to accumulate a build-up of protein and calcium, as both of these substances are found in tears. 

By keeping your lenses clean and disinfected, you'll be taking care of your eyes and ensuring that you maintain good ocular health - avoiding infections and scratches to the cornea, as well as ensuring that the surface of your eyes are getting enough oxygen.

Cleaning contact lenses

Depending on the type of contacts you have, cleaning them will require different amounts of work. For extended wear lenses, you may not need to carry out any maintenance, as the lenses are designed to be worn for a set length of time before being thrown away.

Other types of disposable lenses, as well as re-useable lenses will generally require rubbing the lenses with a special cleaner, disinfecting and then soaking them overnight.

Sometimes moisturisers or conditioners can also be used. This will help to keep the lenses hydrated throughout the day and help you to avoid the discomfort and redness associated with dry eyes or allergies.

Whatever type of contacts you have, always wash your hands carefully before handling the lenses to avoid contaminating them with bacteria or other harmful substances.

It's also important to get your eyes checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are staying healthy and that your contact lens prescription hasn't changed.

Getting what you need to properly care for contact lenses

Here at Contactlenses.co.uk, we offer a wide range of solutions and cleansers to help you undertake caring for contact lenses in the most appropriate way possible. And since we offer free shipping, you can rest assured that you're not paying over the odds for the supplies.

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 24 Apr 2015, Last modified: 4 Mar 2020