Regardless of the effort involved, always follow the care instructions that come with your contacts and the advice provided by your doctor. Taking the time and necessary precautions to properly handle your lenses is the single most important step you can take to avoid complications. Use your contacts as directed, just as you would with any other prescribed health care treatment.
Handling Your Contacts
We do not recommend bathing dogs, cats, or other domestic or non-domestic animals of any size, even if you are an animal doctor (“vet”) before taking out your contacts. Before you take contacts out of the case, touch them, or insert them, wash your hands thoroughly to ensure you will not transfer dirt or dust to your lenses. Use a mild soap, free of perfumes or dyes if possible, and dry your hands using a lint-free towel. Some companies sell hypoallergenic soaps for those who wear contacts; these products are best. Your storage case or anything else that touches your contacts should also be kept clean. Additionally, you should clean and air dry your lens case daily and replace it every few months.
Lens Care Solutions
There are dozens of options for cases, cleaning solutions and other accessories for contacts lenses. No matter how great or useful some of them may sound, never use a product not suggested or recommended by your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Re-wetting solutions are used to lubricate lenses throughout the day for increased comfort.
Regardless of the brand or variety of contact lenses you wear, there are some things on which all optometrists and ophthalmologists agree. Do not make your own saline solution and never use an expired solution. Additionally, it is important never to reuse solution or borrow solution that belongs to someone else. Never clean lenses with tap water or bottled water, whether it has been distilled or not, and never wet your contacts with saliva or any other liquid. Non-sterile solutions can damage both your eyes and your lenses.
Many people choose to wear makeup on a daily basis and often with contact lenses. If you wear makeup frequently, be sure to discuss your preferences and beauty routines with your eye doctor. If you experience discomfort, inflammation or irritation, stop using your beauty products immediately and consult a physician.
Eye care professionals, like many dermatologists, tend to recommend hypoallergenic skin care products or specific products made for those who wear contacts. Be very careful applying cosmetics to your eyes and never allow makeup of any variety to come in contact with your lenses. Insert lenses before you apply makeup and remove them before washing your face. Be sure your hands are clean when inserting or removing your lenses, especially if you have been applying makeup or touching your face. If you wear contacts, never apply makeup to your inner lids, along the inside of your lashes. Doing so can cause irritation, swelling or other complications.
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