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Different contact lenses require different schedules and care.
Once you have visited your eye doctor to get the best contact lens prescription for you, your eye doctor should also instruct you on how to care for your contact lenses.
Different contact lenses require different schedules and care, so you should always pay attention to the specific instructions and information you receive from your eye doctor. You will want to properly care for your lenses in order to protect them and your eyes.
Below are some areas that are important to pay attention to in caring for your contact lenses:
Wash Your Hands
It is important to only put in and remove contact lenses with clean hands. Wash your hands thoroughly and dry them with a clean towel. Otherwise, you risk dirt or particles getting in your contact lens and coming into contact with your eye.
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Use Best Contact Lens Solution
Your eye doctor should recommend a solution that will work best for your lenses and eyes. You should never change the solution without consulting your eye doctor. It is also important to make sure your solution is not expired.
Read instructions carefully and consult the manufacturer guidelines or your eye doctor if you have any questions. You should also make sure the tip of the container doesn't come into contact with anything, so as to not contaminate it.
You should not use water or saliva to wet your contact lenses. Tap water has chemicals in it and saliva can spread germs or an infection to your eye.
Also, you should keep your contact lenses from being exposed to dust by placing them in solution completely immersed and closing the storage case tightly. This will keep any dust or particles from getting into the solution and the lens. Any outside particles or residue can cause the lens to irritate your eye.
Be Careful with Makeup
For those of you who wear makeup, there are some good things to do in order to keep makeup and moisturizers away from your contact lenses. These can irritate your eye if they get on your lenses.
You can start by checking your makeup to see if it has any notation about use with contact lenses as some companies are making their products more compatible with lenses.
You should always put in your contact lenses before applying makeup and remove your contacts before removing makeup. This avoids exposure and keeps any residue from the products from getting on your lenses.
Use Your Own Contact Lenses
Your prescription contact lenses are only for you and you should never share them with someone else. Even if they are not prescription, there are still ways to share germs and infection.
You should always replace your contacts in the recommended time based on the instructions from the manufacturer and your eye doctor. Wearing contact lenses longer than recommended can irritate your eyes. You should also replace the solution and lens cases regularly so that your eyes stay healthy and free of irritants.
Your eyes are sensitive and need to be cared for properly. Since your contact lenses touch your eyes, it is just as important to care for the lenses. If you have any questions, consult your eye doctor.
Remember that if you experience any problems with your vision, you should also consult an eye care professional immediately. Safe and clean handling of contact lenses is an important step in helping you take care of your eyes and vision.
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