Contact Lense Maintenance Just like any other contact lens you use, contact lenses require some level of maintenance. Actually, contact lens maintenance has become easier than ever before. One-buck disposable contact lenses and multiple-pack maintenance systems mean that proper contact lens maintenance now involves less hassle, time and expense than it ever did before. To understand all of the plastic packages and bottles, it often helps to understand first exactly how contact maintenance needs to be done with these new contact lenses.
As part of the maintenance process, your contact lenses need to be cleaned. In general, you can expect your lenses to be cleaned between lens use or after using the lens case (with the case being cleaned prior to storage). Usually, contact maintenance cleans the lens in a container that contains a sanitizer (such as ethyl or chlorine based sanitizers), a disinfectant (such as hydrogen peroxide or oxalate solutions), lens additives, and an antimicrobial agent. These cleansers and disinfectants help to eliminate debris and microorganisms that can accumulate in and on your lenses. The lens additives help to restore some of the original bacterial balance in the eye and prevent bacterial growth from occurring.
If you store your lenses in the case, you will clean them along with the inside of the lens case, but you should also perform another part of the lens maintenance regimen outside the case. After cleaning the lenses with the cleanser and disinfectant, you should rinse them with tap water. The reason for this step is that tap water may not have enough disinfection properties for lenses that have gone through the sanitizer. If the lens container has gone through the disinfection step already, however, you should rinse it as well just to be on the safe side.
After rinsing the contacts, you should cover them for the final stage of contact lens care. In general, this is done by putting the lenses in a clean towel or gauze and leaving them overnight. This allows the towel or gauze to absorb any residual disinfectant. Over the course of the following day, the lens should be cleaned, dried, and replaced in the case.
Of course, we would never suggest that you put your contact lens solutions in your eyes themselves! For optimum protection, you should keep your lens case and your rinsing towel clean. That way, you can avoid introducing bacteria to your eyes and minimize any potential damage. You should also keep your lens cases in a place where they will be readily accessible, such as in your glove compartment in the car. And finally, be sure that the area around your eye is as clean as possible.
There are two primary benefits of the frequent rinse of your soft contact lenses. First, it removes any possible contamination that might have made its way into your eye. And second, it rinses out any residual disinfectant that might remain from your last rinse. Both of these are important factors when it comes to preventing eye infections from developing. As long as you take care of your lenses, you shouldn’t have too many problems with infections.