Many people use contact lenses as their primary type of corrective eyewear, but not everyone understands how to properly handle and care for their contacts. To help prevent contact lens-induced problems, NOVA Vision Center shares some tips on handling and caring for your contacts.
Always Wash Your Hands Before Handling Your Lenses
Before touching your contacts, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly. This reduces the risk of hand-eye transmission of dirt and microorganisms, which may cause eye infections or irritations.
Clean Your Contact Lenses Regularly
Make it a habit to clean your contact lenses regularly. Rest assured that we will give you a step-by-step tutorial on the proper method for cleaning your contacts. This helps prevent dirt build-up on your lenses, reducing your risk of eye problems.
Use Our Prescribed Lens Solution
Contact lenses come in different types and materials. This is why your expert eye doctor usually recommends a specific lens solution to use for your particular type of contact lenses. We make sure to recommend a solution that is compatible with your contact lenses. Water and other cleaning solvents may contain substances that could damage your lenses and cause irritations.
Adhere to Your Contact Lenses’ Replacement Schedule
Daily disposable contacts need to be replaced after each wear, while other types of contacts can be worn for several weeks or months at a time before they need to be replaced. Make sure you understand your contact lenses’ replacement schedule and always adhere to it.
Most importantly, keep in mind that all contact lenses, including cosmetic ones, are medical devices. This means a prescription from your optometrist is required before using them.
For more tips on safely and properly using your contact lenses, call us at (703) 291-0080. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Alexandria and Arlington, VA, and the surrounding communities.