A word of caution:
Contact lens wear is quite safe as long as proper lens and storage case care are followed. However, improper lens wear and care can put the lens wearer at risk for serious consequences. Sight-threatening microbial keratitis (corneal ulcer) is the most significant adverse event associated with contact lens wear and is largely preventable. The contact lens storage case is the most likely potential reservoir for contact lens related ocular infections. Therefore, lens storage case care should be high on the list of important lens wearing instructions. Contact lens cases are not meant to be family heirlooms! Cases should be replaced regularly, at least every 1-3 months.
General lens care instructions and Dos and Don’ts:
⇒ Hand washing: Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses. Use mild, basic soap and avoid antibacterial, deodorant, fragranced or moisturizing liquid soaps (many liquid soaps have moisturizers that can contaminate your contacts from handling).
⇒ Cleaning, rinsing, and disinfecting: Digital cleaning (rubbing the lens with your finger in your palm) removes dirt and debris and prepares the lens surfaces for disinfection. Rub & rinse thoroughly, even if the product is labeled “No Rub”. Lens storage solutions contain chemicals that inhibit or kill potentially dangerous microorganisms while the lenses are soaked overnight.
- Contact lenses should be cleaned when removed from the eye.
- Do not re-use old solution or “top-off” the liquid in the lens storage case. Empty the storage case daily and always use fresh solution.
- Do not use lens care products beyond their expiration dates. Discard opened bottles after 28 days.
- 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.
- Do not transfer contact lens solution into smaller travel-size containers.
⇒ Keep your contact lens storage case clean (inside and out).
- All lens storage cases should be emptied, rinsed, wiped, and air-dried between uses.
- Keep the contact lens case clean and replace it regularly, every one to three months.
- Do not use cracked or damaged lens storage cases.
- Take care to remove residual solution from surfaces of lens case and solution bottles.