Through the years the advances we’ve seen in contact lens technology have been amazing. From the original, unforgiving hard contact lenses to today’s air permeable dailies and multifocal models, contacts have become safer, more comfortable, and provide better vision correction than ever before.
But while your Colorado contact lenses might be centuries ahead of their predecessors, it doesn’t mean they can be mistreated. Indeed, to get the most out of contact lenses’ incredible advancements, you need to take special care of them. Your Denver eye doctors at Vision Care Specialists offer these contact lens care tips for maximum eye safety and comfort:
- Before handling contacts, always wash your hands with a mild, oil- and lotion-free soap, to avoid leaving a film on the lens, and dry your hands with a clean towel
- Keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid scratching your lenses
- Apply makeup and hairspray after inserting contacts; remove makeup after removing contacts
- Store your contacts in a two-chamber contact case with doctor-recommended sterile contact solution; don’t touch the tip of the bottle or let it touch other surfaces and become contaminated
- Never use tap water or saliva to rinse your contacts; use the solution, and clean the lens by rubbing it gently with your index finger in the palm of your other hand
- Wear your contact lenses each day only as long as recommended; never sleep with your contacts in
- Never wear someone else’s contacts, especially if they’ve already been worn, because it can transmit disease
- Keep your eyes lubricated with doctor-recommended eye drops; other solutions can cause damage to the lenses
- An inside-out contact lens is harmless but uncomfortable; hold it on the tip of your finger, and if the edge has a curved lip, the lens is inside-out
- Stop wearing your contacts if you get an eye irritation or infection, and don’t start again until you’ve talked to an eye health care professional
These are necessary steps for every contact-wearer. If you find any of these tips hard to follow or would rather not maintain your lenses so carefully, then you can switch to daily disposable lenses, which demand much less upkeep.
How to use this Information
Want to learn more about contacts, see the latest contact technology, or get some Colorado contact lenses of your own? Stop by Vision Care Specialists, where our eye care experts will get you the right contact lenses. Call us today at (303) 991-9600 or contact us online.
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