How To: Clean Your Contact Lenses
Importance of maintaining good hand hygiene | Cleaning contact lenses with a hydrogen peroxide contact lens solution | Do’s and Don’ts when cleaning your contact lenses
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is only one reason why contact wearers should always remember to properly clean and disinfect their contact lenses. Keeping your contacts clean is vital to prevent bacterias and reduce the chance of other harmful substances such as the coronavirus from entering your system.
Dirty contact lenses can also cause various sight problems, such as blurry vision. Because wearing contacts requires direct contact between your hands and eyes, it is essential to maintain good hand hygiene, as well. Read on to learn about the proper way to clean your contacts.
Importance of maintaining good hand hygiene
Harmful substances such as the coronavirus enter the system through the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Inserting contact lenses requires that your hands come into close proximity with your eyes, and that’s why you should always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your eyes or your contact lenses. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel before touching your lenses.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wearing contact lenses for more than their intended use can lead to infections and vision problems.
Cleaning contact lenses with a hydrogen peroxide contact lens solution
Some prefer to use a hydrogen peroxide contact lens solution to clean their contacts. An upside to hydrogen peroxide contact lens solutions is that they offer complete disinfecting of lenses which can help fight off bacterias and the coronavirus.
However, this type of contact lens cleaner often requires that you rinse your lenses with a multipurpose solution before using. After you’ve rinsed the lenses with the multipurpose solution, insert the contact lenses into the provided cylinder case and then fill the case with the hydrogen peroxide solution.
The lens solution will bubble and fizz, a sign the disinfection process is taking place. Wait the directed time before removing lenses from the solution and re-wearing (typically around 6 hours).