Contact lenses are like any other human aid device - if you don't care for them properly they will be unaffective and potentially cause damage. That being the case, it's important to know how to care for your contacts lenses to ensure their lifetime and safety to your eyes.
"Contact lenses may appear small and harmless, but if you don't clean them properly they can damage your eyes," says Dr. Hodgson of FramesDirect.com.
There are three steps to cleaning your contact lenses. These three steps are Scrubbing, Storing, and Soaking. Each one of these methods requires a different contact lens solution, though all-in-one solutions are available.
Before washing your contacts, it's important to know the different types of contact lens solutions to ensure that you use the right one for your needs.
Step 1. Scrubbing
This step should occur before you put the contact lens in your eye, and after you take it out. You should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before you begin. First, place the contact in the palm of your hand. Next, take your other hand and apply the contact lens solution to the contact until it is submerged in the solution. Then take your index finger, and gently rub the contact on both sides for 10-15 seconds. Be sure to scrub gently - scrubbing the contact lens too aggressively may cause the contact to tear and make it unsuitable for use.
Step 2. Storing
After you have scrubbed both sides of the contact lens, place the contact inside a contact lens case and fill the reservoir up with contact lens soaking solution until it is completely submerged. Make sure that the lens is completely covered and not folded, or the soaking solution will not be able to reach all parts of the contact. Once the contact is in the case which is filled with solution, screw on the case cap securely. After the cap is screwed on, do not turn the case upside down or on its side. Doing so could cause the contact to slide out of the solution, and not be properly cleaned.Step 3. Soaking
Once your contacts are stored properly in the contact lens case, let them soak in the solution overnight or as directed. After soaking for the proper amount of time, your contacts should be free of dirt and debris, and ready to be placed into your eyes. If there is still dirt or debris on your contact lens, you can repeat step one before inserting the contact into your eye.