Contact Lens Care Guide

Contact Lens Care Taking good care of your contact lens is critically important in maintaining your healthy eyes and vision. The following lens care guide appeared in the April 16, 2007 edition of the American Optometric Association News.

  • Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.
  • Rub and rinse the surface of the contact lens before storing.
  • Use only the sterile products I recommended to clean and disinfect your lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses.
  • Avoid using tap water to wash or store contact lenses.
  • Contact lens solution must be discarded upon opening the case, and fresh solution used each time the lens is placed in the case.
  • Replace lenses following the schedule I have recommended for you.  If you don't remember, please call or send me an email. 
  • Do not sleep in contact lenses unless we have discussed this and we have agreed that this is healthy for you. 
  • Never swap lenses with someone else.
  • Never put contact lenses in your mouth.
  • Make sure you come into the office regularly for contact lens evaluations (I like to see my contact lens patients once every six months: alternating yearly check up (60 minute appointment) with a half/year visit (15 minute appointment).
  • Do not use contact lenses solutions that have gone beyond the expiration or discard date.
  • Do not "top-off" the solutions in our case. 
  • If you experience any redness, secretions or vision blurring or pain, take out your lenses and give the office a call at 410-252-5777.
  • If in doubt, take it out!