Clear eyesight, without the need of glasses, is the great advantage of contact lenses. If you've decided to use that option – and more than 30 million people in the United States have chosen them – then you know how pleasant it can be to use contact lenses. With the freedom that comes with contacts there is the responsibility to take extra concern with your eye care routine: keeping the lenses disinfected to avoid the possibility of an eye infection. Fortunately, there are many products available that help make lens care easier. These solutions provide a way for you to easily keep your lenses clean and safe and to keep your eyes comfortable. read more about cleansers and disinfectants »
Contact lenses are a wonderful option for people who need eyesight correction: because there are no frames, contacts allow the natural shape of your face to show through. With the convenience of contact lenses comes the responsibility of careful lens care. As convenient and easy as lenses are to use, they can also cause eye infections, blurry vision and eye redness. To avoid these side-effects, it is important to keep lenses clean and disinfected. Bacteria that can infect your eyes need to be cleaned from the lenses to prevent infection and potential eye damage. Both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Food and Drug Administration offer the following advice:
1. Keep your lenses clean and disinfected with approved cleansers
2. Know which type of lenses you use – soft or hard – and use the appropriate solution to keep them disinfected and comfortable
3. Never use saliva (spit) to clean your lenses – it can easily cause infection
4. Wash and rinse your hands before removing or placing your lenses
5. Take care of your lenses case, frequently rinsing it out between use, with the same solution you use to keep the lenses clean and disinfected
6. If you experience such symptoms as blurred vision, the feeling of scratching or itching in your eyes or if the areas around your eyes shows swelling, itching, puffiness or redness, contact your doctor
Keeping Your Lenses Comfortable and Safe
There are many multi-purpose solutions available for lens care. Choose what is best for you: drops, tablet soaks or wipes. You can decide which is most convenient and effective for your type of lenses and how often you wear them. Soft lenses, hard lenses, long-wear or short use, you can decide what is best for you.
Keep in Contact With Your Doctor
Enjoy the freedom that comes with your lenses, but make sure you follow your doctor's instructions on eye care. If you experience any blurred vision, feeling of scratching or discomfort in your eyes or if you have any itching, swelling or redness in your eyes, please contact your eye doctor immediately.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.