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Posted on 01-10-2018

Your Medina Eye Doctor Offers Tips for Contact Lens Care

Taking proper care of your contact lenses is essential for maintaining good eye health and vision clarity. Infection is the primary risk of neglecting contact lens care, followed by damage to your contacts that make them unwearable. Daily disposable contacts (single wear) present the least infection risk simply because you don't need to clean them and the lenses are fresh and sterile with each use. Just put them in your eyes in the morning and throw them away at night. If you aren't sure what kind of contacts you should get, your Maple Grove optometrist can help you choose the type of contacts lenses right for you.

your medina eye doctor offers tips for contact lens care

How to Care for Contact Lenses at Home

  • Always wash your hands before handling your contacts. Dry wet hands with a towel that doesn't leave lint on your hands.
  • Remove contacts before you shower. Getting excess water on your contacts may promote infection.
  • Never rinse or store contacts with sterile or tap water. Use only specially formulated contact lens solutions to keep contacts moistened and clean.
  • If you get something in your eye while wearing contacts, do not remove the contact and use saliva to clean it! One droplet of saliva contains billions of bacteria capable of causing eye infections.
  • Re-wetting or saline solutions are not approved or effective as contact lens' disinfectants.
  • Replace and wear your contacts according to instructions provided by your Plymouth eye doctor.
  • Specialty contacts lens may have different storage and cleaning guidelines than standard contacts. Make sure to follow them!
  • Clean your contact lens case every day using lens solution, not water. Allow the case to air dry. Replace your old contact lens case with a new one every 90 days to prevent the build-up of bacteria.
  • When traveling, take your contact lens solution bottle with you. Never pour lens solution into travel-sized containers. This could lead to eye infections.

Eye Infections Common to Contact Lens Wearers

Your Medina optometrist sees higher than normal incidences of keratitis and conjunctivitis in contact lens wearers who do not properly care for their contacts. Keratitis is an infection or inflammation of your cornea and conjunctivitis (pink eye) is an infection of your eye's sclera (white part). Signs of infection include itchiness, tearing, discharge and blurry vision.

Call Our Eye Doctor Serving Maple Grove Today!

Learn more about caring for contact lenses at home or schedule an appointment with your eye doctor serving the Maple Grove, Plymouth, and Medina areas today by calling 763-478-3505.

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