A proper soft contact lens care ensures that they stay healthy and remain comfortable when you wear them. Even though soft contacts are easy to use, they must be taken care of.
If you are new to contact lenses ask your eye doctor any questions that come to mind. Normally, after you have been fitted for contact lenses, the optometrist will show you how to put your contacts in, how to care for them, and anything else you need to know about them.
Step by Step Soft Contact Lens Care
Before you put your contacts in, the first thing to do is wash your hands with soap and warm water. You should also make sure that you dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel, as soap residue or chemicals may get on the contacts, causing them to be very uncomfortable and possibly even burning your eyes when you put them in.
If you can’t seem to get your contacts to go in your eyes, you shouldn’t force them. Instead, you should put some solution in the palm of your hand, and gently rub the contact in the solution. Then, before you put it back in your eyes, you should put some solution on it and it should go in your eye without any complications.
Anytime you are not wearing your contact lenses, you should always soak them in fresh solution. This is especially important overnight, as the solution gets the protein out of your contacts. If you don’t soak them in solution, they can end up causing damage to your eyes.
More Tips on Caring for Soft Contact Lenses
If you experience any type of burning with your contacts after soaking them in solution, try another contact lens solution. Depending on your eyes, some types of solutions may leave you with a burning sensation. This is very common, although switching to a different contact lens solution will more than likely stop the burning or irritation.
Throughout the day, you may need to use rewetting drops or saline solution to keep moisture in your eyes. Sometimes, contacts can dry your eyes out, and make them feel very uncomfortable. When you put some drops or saline in them though, the dryness will normally subside. You should always keep some rewetting drops or saline with you at times, just in case your eyes start to dry out.
Caring for your soft contact lens isn’t hard to do. As long as you take care of them, they will take care of you. You should always change them out with a fresh pair as recommended, to prevent any type of damage to your eyes. In short, a proper soft contact lens care results in a greater vision as well as a better eye health.