Step 1: Wash Your Hands
Whether you are putting in or taking out your contact lenses, the first step should be to thoroughly wash your hands with mild soap and warm water. After washing, be sure to dry them with a clean lint-free towel.
Step 2: Clean Your Contacts
When cleaning your contacts, use a “rub and rinse” cleaning method before putting them in or storing them overnight. To perform the “rub and rinse” cleaning technique, put a contact in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of saline solution or disinfecting solution. Then, gently rub the contact using your pinky finger making sure to avoid touching the contact with your fingernails. Finally, rinse the lens with a solution.
Do not rinse/soak your contacts in water (tap or sterile) or put your contacts in your mouth to wet them, as saliva is not a sterile solution. It’s also important to remember to never re-use or top-off old contact lens solution.
Step 3: Put in Your Contacts
After rinsing your contact lenses with a solution and putting them in, empty the solution (either disinfecting or multipurpose) from the case. Then rinse the case with sterile contact lens solution and let it air dry, face down, on a clean paper towel.
Step 4: Replace Contacts and Your Case
Wear and replace your contact lenses according to the schedule prescribed by your doctor (i.e. 2 weeks, monthlies, dailies, etc.) Over-wearing your contact lenses can cause serious health issues and potential damage to the eyes. Also, remember to replace your contact case at least every 3 months, or right away if it becomes damaged or broken.
By following these easy steps, you can ensure you will have comfort and clear vision while wearing contact lenses!