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Contact Lenses Solutions

Contact lenses are extremely popular these days due to their convenience and cosmetic appeal. Unfortunately, suitability comes at a cost. Lenses are used everyday and may be subject to wear and filthiness. Because of this, caring for your lenses may be an ordeal, but there are many tools available to keep your lens in the best shape.

Before doing anything with your contacts it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Daily contact lenses are the easiest to manage. Each contact comes in a packet filled with storage solution. Every morning a new packet is opened and the contacts are placed directly into your eye. At the end of the day, the contacts are removed and disposed of. Because they are only used once, they do not require any maintenance.

“Dailies,” as they’re called, make up less than a quarter of all prescribed contacts. All other contact lenses are weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Very rarely are annual lenses prescribed. Because they are worn for extended periods of time, they require constant upkeep.

Contact lenses are normally stored in a case. The case has two compartments, one for each contact for each eye. Before the case is used for the first time, it is recommended that you boil it for a few minutes to remove any infectious agents. Afterwards, the interior of the case should be scrubbed with a clean tool under very hot water. The case should then be air-dried. This process should be done every few weeks. A new case should be bought every few months. In the event that you think your case may be severely contaminated, two-step hydrogen peroxide should be used to disinfect the case.

Within the contact lens case is a storage solution. At the end of the day (unless they are for use during sleep) contacts should be placed back in their case. The storage solution keeps the contacts fresh and many solutions also function as a disinfecting solution. It is suggested that they should soak in storage solution for at least 6 hours every night. The storage solution should be replaced every use.

In addition to the storage solution, a cleaning and disinfecting solution should be used to thoroughly clean the lenses. Typically the lenses are held in the palm of your hand and covered with 10 to 20 drops. Then place the lenses in between your index finger and thumb and rub until the solution begins to foam. Continue for 30-60 seconds or until the solution settles. Afterwards, the lenses should be rinsed with a saline solution. Some extra-strength cleaners are available for more exhaustive cleaning. Normally only a few drops are necessary. Some solutions are “no rub,” meaning you only have to rinse the lenses with the solutions. Although they work almost as efficiently as other solutions, some studies show that no rub solutions have the potential to leave harmful parasites on the contact lenses that can normally only be removed through scrubbing.

For long term contact lenses, monthlies normally, it is likely that protein may build up on your eyes. In this case, an extra enzymatic cleaner may be used to clean protein deposits on your contacts. These proteins may cloud your vision and cause the lenses to feel uncomfortable.

After removing lenses from the storage solution and rinsing them with saline, wetting drops may be applied to the lenses, both front and back.  This solution helps your eyes from drying out while wearing contacts. Many can even be applied while wearing the lenses to keep your eyes moist throughout the day.

Nowadays, multipurpose solution is the most popular. It offers the ability to clean, disinfect, and store the lenses. Some can even function as a wetting solution.