CLEANING & DISINFECTING CONTACT LENSES By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
August 20-24 was the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) fifth annual contact lens health week. Contact lenses provide an excellent option to allow for clear vision. Most contacts, however, do require cleaning and disinfection to keep your eyes healthy.
The first step for good contact lens care is to handle contacts with clean hands. Try to avoid moisturizing soaps as the moisturizer can stick to contacts. Rinse the hands thoroughly after washing and dry with a lint free towel.
Cleaning the contact lens after removal is important. Every time a contact lens is inserted into the eye it develops some buildup. It is recommended to put a few drops of multipurpose cleaner/disinfectant on a contact lens and then rub it in the palm of your hand gently for a few seconds. This is recommended even with “No Rub” solutions. This removes the daily dirt and debris from the contact lens. Next rinse the contact with saline or multipurpose solution to remove the loose debris.
Contact lenses have to be stored in a contact lens case with contact lens disinfectant when they are not on the eye. It is important to replace the solution daily and keep the case clean. This kills the bacteria and other microorganisms that stick to the contact lens after it has been worn on the eye. Disinfection storage time varies from product to product, but is usually at least 6 hours.
There are many types of contact lens disinfection solutions on the market. Your eye doctor will recommend the appropriate one for your type of contacts. Keeping the contacts clean and disinfected can make wearing contacts comfortable and maintain you eye health.
Dr. James Ivanoski is an Optometrist practicing with Dr. Martha Jay at Madison Medical Eye Care with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans. He specializes in comprehensive eye examinations and contact lens fitting, especially for those hard to fit patients or those new to contact lenses.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.MadisonMedicalEyeCare.com.