Soft contact lenses are a great option for people who need corrective lenses but don’t want to wear glasses. Unfortunately, contact lenses are a bit more difficult to care for than regular glasses. This isn’t to say that wearing contacts is a difficult process; it’s just important that an individual know how to properly wear and care for their soft contact lenses.
How to Clean Soft Contact Lenses
Learning how to properly clean contact lenses is the first thing that a person should do when they start wearing them. It isn’t a complicated endeavor, but it does take a little attention to detail. Contact lens wearers should always wash their hands with a non-cosmetic hand soap before handling their lenses. Any special type of soap (ie. perfumed, lotion) can leave residue on a person’s hands that can transfer to their contacts.
Each contact should then be cleaned individually. This is done by removing one contact lens at a time and rubbing it with disinfecting solution in a person’s palm. The FDA recommends doing this even with contacts that claim to be ‘no-rub’. Soft contacts should then be rinsed with the contact lens disinfecting solution. After rinsing contact lenses should be put in the clean contact lens case filled with solution.
Tips on Wearing Soft Contact Lenses
There are several things that a person can do to make wearing soft contact lenses easier on themselves.
- Put makeup on AFTER putting in contacts.
- Only wear lenses as long as the doctor recommended.
- Wear sunglasses when in the sun (contacts may cause light sensitivity).
- Use a lint-free towel to dry hands before cleaning contacts (not Kleenex-type tissue).
Wearing contact lenses is a great way for a person to keep their vision 20/20 while not having to worry about keeping track of a pair of glasses. Like anything worth having, however, they do take a little bit of work. It’s important to remember, however, that by following a few simple tips when wearing soft contact lenses, a person can enjoy great eyesight without anything occupying their face.