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Successful Wear of Contact Lenses

successful contact lens wear

In order to help ensure crisp, clear vision, better eye health and maximum lens wearing comfort, consider these important tips for successful lens wear and care from Malaya Optical .

These tips will help guide you, but always follow the advice of your eye care professional Optometrist.

Always

  • Always wash your hands with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before touching your lenses.
  • Always clean, rinse, and disinfect your lenses each time you remove them. Follow your eye care professional’s instructions.
  • Always handle the same lens first to avoid confusing the right and left lenses
  • Always keep all solution bottles closed when not in use.
  • Always clean your lens case daily and let air dry. Replace your lens case every three months.
  • Always use solution before expiration date marked on bottle, or discard.
  • Always remove contacts before you go swimming.
  • Always carry your contact lens case along with a bottle of multi-purpose solution to have a safe place to store your lenses.
  • Always schedule regular appointments with your eye care professional as he/she recommends.

Never

  • Never allow soaps, cosmetics, or other substances to come into contact with your lenses.
  • Never touch the tip of a lens care solution bottle to any surface, including your finger or the contact lens.
  • Never re-use any lens care solution.
  • Never use eye drops or solutions not intended for use with contact lenses.
  • Never wear your contact lenses in the presence of harmful or irritating vapors or fumes.
  • Never wear lenses for more than the prescribed time.
  • Never swap contact lenses with anyone.
  • Never apply hairspray after putting your contact lenses on. 

The Five Most Important Things to Know about Lens Care

  1. Cleaning and Disinfection
    Cleaning and disinfecting are important to kill micro-organisms responsible for eye infections. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully for proper contact lens cleaning and disinfection.
  2. Storage
    Contact lenses must be stored in a proper lens case and in solutions approved for contact lens storage.
  3. Re-wetting
    Use drops approved for re-wetting contact lenses as needed to alleviate symptoms of lens dryness. This is not an actual lens care step, but can be used for extra comfort.
  4. The Lens Case
    Data indicate that lens cases are a significant source of microbial contamination. Proper lens case cleaning and frequent case replacement are essential for minimizing the risk of contamination. Always follow the directions on the packaging insert for detailed instructions on cleaning and storing your lens case. Cases should be replaced at least every three months.
  5. Replacement Schedule
    Different lenses are made out of different materials. Because each material performs differently, manufacturers recommend a replacement schedule for each type of lens to allow for optimal performance of the lens. Most lenses worn today are intended to be replaced on a frequent basis. Typical replacement frequencies include one day, 1 to 2 weeks and one month. Speak to your eye care professional who will recommend a replacement schedule based on the lenses you are wearing and your individual needs.