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Contact Solution & Lens Care 101: Dos and Don’ts for Healthy Eyes

Hello, fellow contact lens wearers! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the world of contacts, one thing is certain, caring for your lenses is essential for keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear. In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about contact lens care, from dos and don’ts to recommendations for the best contact solution. So grab your solution and dive in!

Understanding Contact Lens Care

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s start with the basics. Contact lens care involves a few key steps to keep your lenses clean, comfortable, and safe for your eyes. These steps include cleaning, disinfecting, and storing your lenses properly, as well as following your optometrist’s recommendations for wear and replacement schedules.

Choosing the Right Contact Lens Solution

When it comes to contact lens care, not all solutions are created equal. It’s essential to choose a contact solution that’s compatible with your lenses and meets your unique needs.

Here are a few factors to consider when selecting the best contact lens solution for you:

1. Compatibility

Make sure the contact solution you choose is compatible with your specific type of contact lenses, whether they’re soft, rigid gas permeable, or specialty lenses like ortho-keratology lenses.

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2. Cleaning Power

Look for a contact solution that effectively cleans and disinfects your lenses to remove protein deposits, debris, and bacteria. Some solutions are designed for daily cleaning, while others offer all-in-one convenience for busy lifestyles. REO’s recommended contact cleaner is Clear Care Solution.

3. Hydration and Comfort

Opt for a contact lens solution that provides long-lasting hydration and comfort for your eyes. Look for formulas that are designed to mimic the natural tears of the eye and provide moisturizing benefits throughout the day.

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Opti-free Puremoist is readily available and cost effective. Disinfecting agents get rid of microorganisms that can cause eye infections and create a moisture matrix that surrounds the lenses to provide all-day comfort. 

To clean, rub the contact lenses to remove deposits and debris, rinse, and then store in the contact lens solution.

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Now that you know what to look for in a contact solution, here are some do’s and don’ts for keeping your eyes and lenses healthy:

2 Don’ts of Contact Lens Care

1. Don’t Overwear Your Lenses

Follow your optometrist’s recommended wear and replacement schedule for your contact lenses. Wearing contacts prevents the cornea from receiving enough oxygen. Overwearing contact lenses will cause the cornea to swell and can increase the risk of eye infections and discomfort.

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They might not be the right size or shape for your eyes. The same size contact lens does not fit everyone. A contact lens exam is used to determine if your contact lenses are properly fitting your eyes, including the appropriate size and shape for each eye, if your vision is clear both far and close up, and if your eye health is not jeopardized. 
At Real Eyes Optometry, we also ask about your lifestyle, daily activities such as sports or work, and specific vision requirements to ensure that the contact lens prescription is tailored to your needs.

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2. Don’t Use Tap Water

Most water is not germ-free. Acanthamoeba, a particularly dangerous germ that can cause a very severe type of eye infection that is frequently painful and difficult to treat—sometimes requiring a year or more of treatment. Although uncommon, this type of infection can lead to the need for a corneal transplant, or blindness.

An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor would also warn you not to use tap water for nasal rinses like a Neti Pot. In an extreme circumstance, a person in southwest Florida died due to a “brain-eating amoeba” that was believed to have been introduced into their body through a nasal rinse using untreated tap water.  

How to Clean Contact Lenses

ClearCare Cleaning Solution is the best contact lens solution for infection prevention. It provides the best cleaning regimen for your contact lenses along with lens comfort and lens longevity. No rubbing required, simply let the lenses soak in the contact solution overnight in a specialized container.

3 Do’s of Caring for Your Contacts

The other half of caring for your vision is knowing how to clean contact lenses.

1. Do Wash Your Hands

Most people cup their hand to keep the contact lens centered in the palm of the hand or balance the lens on the tip of the index finger. These are shown to be some of the areas that are frequently missed in cleaning. Washing thoroughly with soap and water removes dirt, oils, and bacteria that could transfer to your lenses.

2. Do Clean and Disinfect Daily

Clean and disinfect your contact lenses daily using the recommended contact lens solution. Rub and rinse your lenses with solution before storing them in a clean case filled with fresh solution overnight.

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 3. Do Replace Your Solution Regularly

To ensure that your contact lens solution remains effective, replace it on a regular basis. Do not use expired solution or mix it with fresh solution, as this may compromise its disinfectant properties.

Get Reliable Expert Advice & Tailored Solutions from REO

Taking care of your contact lenses is essential for maintaining healthy eyes and clear vision. By following these dos and don’ts of contact lens care and choosing the best contact solution for your needs, you can enjoy comfortable, hassle-free wear day after day. 

Whether you ever have any questions or need guidance on contact lens care, the award-winning team at Real Eyes Optometry is here to help.

Dr. Amit Sahota
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