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A Guide to Contact Lens Care

Imagine waking up in the morning, ready to conquer the day without fumbling for glasses. Contact lenses offer this liberating experience, allowing you to enjoy clear vision and an active lifestyle without restrictions. But just like any medical device, proper care is essential to ensure the safety and health of your eyes


Unfortunately, neglecting proper contact lens care can lead to serious consequences. Studies show that improper lens hygiene can result in eye infections, some of which can even lead to permanent vision loss.

This blog post aims to empower you with the knowledge and skills to become a responsible contact lens wearer. We'll guide you through the essential steps of contact lens care, from insertion and removal to cleaning and storage. We'll also explore the different types of lenses available to help you find the best fit for your needs.


Safe Handling: Insertion and Removal

Wash your hands thoroughly: This is the most crucial step to prevent transferring bacteria and germs to your lenses. Use warm water and soap, lather for at least 20 seconds, and dry your hands completely with a lint-free towel.

Inspect the lens: Hold the lens on your fingertip and ensure it's not damaged, torn, or inside-out. The edges should be smooth and round.

Apply solution:Place a few drops of fresh contact lens solution onto the palm of your clean hand.

Gently place the lens on your eye: Look upwards and use your other fingers to hold your eyelid open. Gently place the lens onto your cornea, the clear dome at the front of your eye

Blink and repeat: Close your eye gently and blink a few times to center the lens. Repeat the process for your other eye.

Lens Removal

Wash your hands again: For hygiene, repeat step 1. Then use your thumb and index finger to gently pinch your eyelids together while looking upwards.

Slide the lens downwards: While pinching your eyelids, use your other index finger to gently slide the lens down to the white part of your eye

Pinch and remove:Pinch the lens between your thumb and index finger and carefully remove it from your eye

Store or discard:Place the lens in its designated lens case filled with fresh solution, or discard it if it's a daily disposable lens.


Cleaning and Storage

Clean after each use: Even with daily wear lenses, cleaning is crucial to remove debris and protein buildup. Follow the specific instructions for your cleaning solution, which might involve rubbing the lens gently for a designated time.

Rinse thoroughly: After cleaning, rinse the lens with fresh solution to remove any cleaning solution residue.

Store in a clean case:Use a dedicated lens case and replace it every 3 months. Clean the case daily with fresh solution and allow it to air dry completely before storing your lenses

Never reuse old solution: Always use fresh solutions for cleaning and storing your lenses. Avoid topping off the old solution with a new one.

Blink and repeat: Close your eye gently and blink a few times to center the lens. Repeat the process for your other eye.

Types of Contact Lenses

Daily disposable: These lenses are worn for a single day and then discarded, eliminating the need for cleaning and offering a convenient option.

Two-weekly disposable: These lenses are worn for two weeks before replacing them. They require cleaning and storage each night.

Monthly disposable:These lenses are replaced monthly and require nightly cleaning and storage

Extended wear:These lenses can be worn continuously for several days or even overnight, but require special care and consultation with your eye doctor.



Schedule regular eye exams: Visit eye care clinic regular checkups to ensure your contact lens prescription remains suitable and your eyes are healthy.

Follow your doctor's instructions: Always adhere to your eye doctor's specific recommendations regarding lens type, wearing schedule, and cleaning routine.

Discontinue use if irritated: If you experience any discomfort, redness, or irritation, remove your lenses immediately and consult your eye doctor.

Keeping your eyes healthy while enjoying the freedom of contact lenses requires dedication and proper care. At Elite Eye Care, we are committed to providing comprehensive eye care services, including expert guidance on contact lens selection, fitting, and care.

Our experienced team of optometrists can help you find the perfect lens type for your needs and ensure you understand the crucial steps for safe and comfortable wear. Schedule an appointment today at Elite Eye Care and experience the difference personalized eye care can make!

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