It's easy to feel motivated about keeping our contact lenses clean after we visit the eye doctor, but the local optometrists at Reed Eye Associates caution patients about becoming complacent with their contacts care. To avoid dangerous eye infections and corneal inflammation, their primary eye care team provides their top contact lenses care tips below.
Local Eye Doctor’s Top Contact Lenses Tips
1. Wash Your Hands
Before you handle your contacts, always wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap to prevent harmful bacteria from transferring to your lenses and eyes.
2. Remove When Necessary
There are a variety of instances when it’s inappropriate to wear your contact lenses, like while you sleep or when you’re in the community pool or a friend’s spa. Avoid dry contacts and adding germs to your lenses by using discretion.
3. Avoid Extended Wear Brands
While extended wear brands may seem convenient, they’re not ideal for proper lens hygiene. Most eye doctors recommend you avoid these types of contacts unless absolutely necessary. If you do wear this type, follow the basic rules above.
4. Use Sterile Solution Only
Ask your optometrist — saliva and tap water are not sterile and therefore are not appropriate for cleaning your lenses. Refrain from DIY solutions and use sterile ones only.
5. Follow Guidelines
Pay attention to your lens manufacturer’s guidelines for use and only wear your contacts for as long as the company says it’s appropriate. When in doubt, your primary eye care team can help you decide how to properly clean your lenses and how long you can keep them in.
Proper contact lens cleaning and regular visits to your eye care professional keep your eyes healthy. To make an appointment with your eye doctor at one of six area locations, including Newark and Greece, call Reed Eye Associates in Batavia, NY, at (585) 409-2020. For more information about their optometrists and how to find their offices, visit their website. You can also connect with their team on Twitter.