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Contact Lenses Cleaning

Contact lenses are a medical device which require a prescription for vision correction, and they also provide a lot of convenience for wearers, however, contacts also require proper handling and care. According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), most contact lens-related infections are a result of poor habits or lens hygiene. While daily disposable contact lenses are designed to be thrown out after each use and require no cleaning, other types of lenses come with a regular cleaning and disinfecting schedule to prevent discomfort and infections. And all lenses come with usage guidelines as well. Most contact lens infections are part of a category of infections called keratitis or an inflammation of the cornea. Keratitis can be caused by trauma to the cornea (such as a scratch caused by your fingernail while taking off or inserting your lenses) or by bacteria or fungus from a dirty lens.

Optometrists at The Eyewear Place take your vision seriously, looking to detect eye issues and diseases while measuring your visual acuity during your eye exam. The Eyewear Place carries trendy contact lenses that match your eyes and lifestyle – and we want you to enjoy those lifestyle benefits through proper care, including these tips for safe contact lens wear: 

  • Always wash hands with a mild soap, rinse completely, and dry hands with a lint-free towel before handling contact lenses. Removing dirt and bacteria before it touched your contact or eyes. Avoid the use of soaps containing cold cream, lotion, or oily cosmetics.
  • Handle your lenses with your fingertips, and be careful to avoid contact with fingernails. It is helpful to keep your fingernails short and smooth.
  • Clean one lens first (always the same lens first to avoid mix-ups), rinse the lens thoroughly with recommended saline or disinfecting solution to remove the cleaning solution, mucus, and film from the lens surface. Then repeat the procedure for the second lens.
  • Always use fresh, unexpired lens care solutions, and never re-use old solution. Use the recommended lens care system and carefully follow instructions on solution labeling, not all solutions are safe for use with all lenses.
  • Store lenses in their proper case, and keep it clean. Replace your case every three months or as recommended by your eye doctor. If lenses are not to be used immediately after disinfection, you should consult the labeling of the storage solution for information on lens storage.

Remember this simple rule of basics soft contact lens care: Clean, Rinse and Disinfect. If you have questions about contact lenses wear and care, contact The Eyewear Place in Lloydminster and Fort McMurray today to set up an appointment. We welcome new patients and walk-ins.


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