Soft contact lenses are made of silicone hydrogel, which helps to enhance comfort and also increase oxygen permeability. These lenses correct various eye conditions including blurred vision, loss of close-up vision due to age, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. After you have made a decision to use soft contact lenses for your eye problems, you must take good care of them to protect them from getting irritated or infections. Here is how to care for your soft contact lenses.
Wash your hands to avoid transferring any dirt or germs from your hands to your eyes. Do not use a moisturizing soap because it will leave your hands moist, which is not good for the contact lenses. Use a lint-free towel to dry your hands. Remove one lens from the eye and rub it on the palm of your hand using the solution that was recommended during the purchase. Cleaning will remove cosmetics and protein buildup produced by the eye, which impairs the comfort of the lenses. Rinse the loosened debris using the recommended solution stipulated on the package. Put the lens in a clean case or holder and fill it with a clean solution and close it to avoid any contamination. Disinfect the lens for the period recommended on the package. Repeat this process for the other lens.
Protecting your lenses from protein buildup
The doctor will recommend a protein removal product depending on the eye contacts that you use, since they are many types of soft eye contact lenses in the market. Although, you clean your lenses regularly, some protein will still accumulate and make them uncomfortable. You need to get a protein remover especially if the contacts are worn for longer than one month. Make sure you read the product label to know how often you should use the protein remover.
Dealing with irritation and allergies
If your eyes become irritated or dry after using soft contact lenses, use the eye drops recommended by the optometrist to re-wet your lenses and lubricate your eyes. In addition, some people develop eye allergy as a result of wearing contact lenses. This is caused by the body reacting to the chemicals found in contact lenses solutions primarily used in cleaning and disinfecting. If this happens to you, there is no need to worry since you just need to find products that are labeled as "preservative free."
For more information on keeping your contacts sanitary, talk to your optometrist.