Contact Lens care
The following guidelines for contact lens care have been developed in partnership with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Contact Lens Association for Ophthalmologists, Cornea Society, and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery: Contact Lenses
- Before handling contact lenses, wash your hands with soap and water. Then, rinse and dry them with a lint-free towel.
- Minimize contact with water, including removing lenses before going swimming or into a hot tub.
- Contact lenses should not be rinsed with or stored in water (tap or sterile).
- Do not put your lenses in your mouth to wet them. Saliva is not a sterile solution.
- Do not use saline solution and rewetting drops to disinfect lenses. Neither is an effective or approved disinfectant.
- Wear and replace contact lenses according to the schedule prescribed by your eye care professional.
- Follow the specific contact lens cleaning and storage guidelines from your eye care professional and the solution manufacturer.
- During cleaning, rub your contact lenses with your fingers, and then rinse the lenses with solution before soaking them. This rub-and-rinse method is considered by some experts as a superior method of cleaning, even if the solution you are using is a no-rub variety.
- Rinse the contact lens case with fresh solution, not water, and leave the empty case open to air dry.
- Keep the contact lens case clean and replace it regularly, at least every three months. Lens cases can be a source of contamination and infection. Do not use cracked or damaged lens cases.
Handle Your Contact Lens Solution with Care:
- Do not reuse old solution or top off the solution in your lens case.
- Do not transfer contact lens solution into smaller travel-size containers. This can affect the sterility of the solution, which can lead to an eye infection.
- Do not allow the tip of the solution bottle to come in contact with any surface, and keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
If you store your lenses in the case for an extended period of time, consult the instructions for the lenses or the contact lens solution to determine if re-disinfecting the lenses is appropriate before you wear them. In no case should you wear your lenses after storage for 30 or more days without re-disinfecting.