How To Keep Contact Lenses Clean?

With the invention of contact lenses, glasses are considered a thing of the past. However, some might find it a hassle to wear contact lenses and then remember to take them off before sleeping. Glasses, on the other hand, had an advantage of being faster with this drill.

Our eyes are the most sensitive and the most vital sensory organ in our body. And anything related to our eyes must be handled with care. Speaking of which, inserting contact lenses in our eyes is something that needs to be handled with a lot of care.

Keeping contact lenses clean

So, how does one take proper care of their contact lenses? We’re here to tell you just that! This Tape Daily article covers all the important pointers to help you maintain clean contacts.

Types Of Contact Lenses

There are a lot of variations in contact lenses currently and due to the fast pace advancement in research and technology, the list keeps on increasing. However, we cover the types that are most used and comprehensive to laymen.

Disposable Soft Lenses

These contacts are the most comfortable to wear from the lot. The soft lenses are manufactured from a thin flexible material, that makes them pleasant to wear. They have a higher water content, which adds to the eye’s comfort.

Soft contact lenses are designed to be worn for a day to a month. One- day contact lenses expire after each use so they don’t require any cleaning or maintaining. When you retire from the day and remove these from your eyes, they go straight into the bin.

The longer-term contact lenses that go up to a month need a thorough cleaning and properly need to be made germ free after every single use.

You can see how to clean them below.

Daily Wear Contacts

Contact lenses for daily wear use
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These lenses can be both, reusable and disposable. The main purpose of daily wear contacts is to make wearing them easy for hours on end. They are also manufactured to be comfortable for their prolonged usage. Not to be mistaken, for the uber comfortability they cannot be slept in. It’s crucial that you remove them before sleeping.

Extended Wear Contacts

The only difference with these from daily wear contacts is, that these are designed to be slept in. There is no danger breech here. These may be worn throughout the day and night, continuously without removal. But, of course, to clean them you will be removing them.

These may be convenient, but they do come with some health risks. They may bring some discomfort to the eye, due to interrupted oxygen flow. This leads to dry, itchy eyes. There is research underway, trying to make the plastic breathable. Hopefully, there will be more news on this.

Hard Lenses

These lenses are made of a material called Plexiglass. Hard lenses are still manufactured from plexiglass due to its high-quality ratings. However, they are still not as popular and in use as the other previous mentioned types of contact lenses. The chief reason being the discomfort that comes with the hard glass. The eyes often tend to get more tired while wearing them on.

How To Clean Soft Lenses

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Just follow these easy steps to make your contact lenses germ-free:

  • Wash hands with an anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Dry your hands with a lint-free towel or paper towel
  • Remove the contact lens from either eye and place it in the palm of your hands
  • Pour some cleaning solution over the lens
  • Massage the lens in a to and fro motion (don’t go clockwise or counterclockwise as it may damage the lens)
  • Tilt your palm and let the solution fall off in the basin taking along with all the gunk that you helped remove
  • Put the lens in a lens case and fill it up with the same cleaning solution
  • Twist on the cap tightly
  • Follow up the same procedure for the other lens

How To Clean Hard Lenses

Just follow these easy steps to disinfect your contact lenses:

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  • Wash hands with an anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Dry your hands with a lint-free towel or paper towel
  • Gently remove the contact lens from one eye and place it in the palm of your hands
  • Pour some cleaning solution over the lens
  • Let the lens soak in it for a minute or two
  • Massage the lens in a to and fro motion (don’t go clockwise or counterclockwise as it may damage the lens)
  • Tilt your palm and let the solution fall off in the basin taking along with all the gunk that you helped remove
  • Put the lens in a lens case and fill it up with the same cleaning solution
  • Follow up the same procedure for the other lens

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