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Lens Care - Dos and Don’ts

Do you wear contact lenses? How careful are you about how you wear and clean them? For successful contact lens wear, with no problems, here are the dos and don’ts:

Do

  • Always wash and rinse your hands with mild, non-perfumed soap and dry with a lint-free towel before handling your contact lenses to reduce the chance of irritation or infection.
  • Rub, rinse and store your lenses in multipurpose solution before and after each use (except single-use lenses, which should be discarded after each wear). Try Life Brand Multipurpose Solution, which comes in a single or value pack of two bottles. Rub and rinse your contact lenses as directed by your eye care professional to remove any surface buildup.
  • Clean your contact lens storage case with the multipurpose solution, wipe with a clean tissue, then air-dry after each use. Replace your contact lens storage case every 3-6 months.
  • Always apply the same lens first to avoid mixing them up.
  • Check each lens is not inside out before applying. Hold it on your hand and check the shape – if it is slightly flared at the edge, it is inside out, but if it is a perfect “U”, then it is fine.
  • Apply makeup after you put in your contact lenses. And take them out before you remove makeup so that you do not get any makeup on them.
  • If you use hairspray or other aerosols, make sure you have already put in your contacts and close your eyes so you do not get any spray in them.
  • Wear your contacts only as long as your eye care professional recommends.
  • To keep your eyes lubricated, use a re-wetting solution or plain saline solution, such as Life Brand Saline Solution.
  • Remove your lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional if your eyes become red, irritated, or your vision changes.
  • As with any prescription, contact lens prescriptions do expire — typically within one year. You should see your eye care professional yearly for a prescription check.

Don’t

  • Don’t use any multipurpose solutions that are beyond the expiration date.
  • Don’t let the tip of the bottle of multipurpose solution touch any surfaces, including fingers, eyes or contact lenses, or it could become contaminated. Keep the bottle tightly closed between uses.
  • Don’t “top-off” the solution in your lens case. Always discard all leftover multipurpose solution after each use. Never reuse any solution.
  • Don’t wear lenses left in the case for more than seven days without cleaning and storing them in fresh solution.
  • Don’t expose your contact lenses to any water: tap, bottled, distilled, lake, or ocean water. Never use non-sterile water (distilled water, tap water, or any homemade saline solution). Micro-organisms can live in even distilled water, causing infection and sight damage.
  • Don’t put your lenses in your mouth to wet them. Saliva is not a sterile solution.
  • Don’t apply a lens if it is dirty, dusty, damaged or has been dropped without cleaning it again. Don’t wear them while showering, swimming, in hot tubs or for water sports.
  • Don’t sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes unless they are “extended wear” contacts. Closed eyes don’t allow tears to carry a healthy amount of oxygen to your eyes.
  • Don’t use any eye drops without advice from your eye care profesional.
  • Don’t transfer multipurpose solution into smaller travel size containers. This can affect the sterility of the solution which can lead to an eye infection.