Contact Lens Care
Why is contact lens care important?
Contact lenses are subject to a build-up of micro-organisms and deposits. If not removed, these deposits and absorbed materials can build up on the lens surface which over time may result in the reduction of comfort and vision as well as an increased risk of contamination.
This is why lenses need to be cared for on a regular basis using solutions that are specifically designed to clean and disinfect contact lenses like Clear Care® Cleaning and Disinfecting solution.
Peroxide-based formulas, such as Clear Care® Cleaning and Disinfecting solution, are considered to be the gold standard in lens care products. Clear Care® solution offers excellent antimicrobial and cleaning efficacy, comfort and ease of use, and is an ideal choice for soft and RGP contact lens patients. In addition, Clear Care® solution has advanced the standard peroxide-based solution by eliminating the need for a separate cleaning step for soft lenses.
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Why can't water be used for rinsing contact lenses?
Tap water contains chlorine, minerals and metal particles, which can damage both the lenses and the eye. Most importantly, water contains micro-organisms, which can lead to serious infections of the eye. Homemade saline, purified or distilled water are not sterile and do not disinfect contact lenses; they should not be used for rinsing or storing lenses
The Five Most Important Things to Know about Lens Care
- Cleaning and Disinfection
Cleaning and disinfecting are important to kill micro-organisms responsible for eye infections. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully for proper contact lens cleaning and disinfection.
Contact lenses must be stored in a proper lens case and in solutions approved for contact lens storage.
Use drops approved for re-wetting contact lenses as needed to alleviate symptoms of lens dryness. This is not an actual lens care step, but can be used for extra comfort.
The Lens Case
Data indicate that lens cases are a significant source of microbial contamination. Proper lens case cleaning and frequent case replacement are essential for minimizing the risk of contamination. Always follow the directions on the packaging insert for detailed instructions on cleaning and storing your lens case. Cases should be replaced at least every three months.
Different lenses are made out of different materials. Because each material performs differently, manufacturers recommend a replacement schedule for each type of lens to allow for optimal performance of the lens. Most lenses worn today are intended to be replaced on a frequent basis. Typical replacement frequencies include one day, 1 to 2 weeks and one month. Speak to your eye care professional who will recommend a replacement schedule based on the lenses you are wearing and your individual needs.