Which way is the Right way? How can I tell if my contact lens is inside out?
Make sure it looks like half a ball, not a soup bowl with a rim.Some contact lenses also have a brand name marked, on the edge to help you. If you can read it properly, the lens is not inside out.
Proper Contact Lens Care-
Remove contact lenses before eye contact with water
- Contact lenses should remove prior to swimming, showering or bathing.
Wash hands before handling lenses
- Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap
- Hands should be dried well before touching contact lenses.
Clean contact lenses
- Contact lenses should be properly cleaned according to the instructions.
Disinfect contact lenses
- Proper disinfectant should be used to disinfect lenses; plain saline or rewetting drops are not disinfectants because they don’t kill bacteria.
Use fresh products
- Each time you place your lenses in the case, or rinse them with solution, use fresh cleaning or disinfecting products.
Discard used solution
- Throw out solution. Never reuse it or top it off with fresh solution.
Store contacts in lens cases
- Contact lenses should always be stored in a clean and disinfected case.
Keep lens cases clean and dry
- Storage cases should be irrigated with sterile contact lens solution (not tap water), and left open to dry after each use to reduce the risk of water-loving bacteria taking up residence. They should be replaced every three months, at least.
Replace contacts regularly
- Contact lenses should be replaced when their scheduled wear time is up.
Have regular eye exams
- Regular eye examinations should be scheduled to check prescriptions and detect early signs of infection or disease.
Replace contact lens storage case regularly
- Contact lens cases can encourage bacteria growth if not cared for properly. Lens cases should be kept clean and replaced every 3 to 6 months. Inexpensive cases, or the ones included with contact lens care kits, are safe and sufficient.
Care of contact lens case
- After removing your contact lenses, empty the case and rinse with fresh contact lens solution (never tap water). Cases should be cleaned after each use. Always allow the lens case to air dry. If the contact lens case gets cracked or damaged, discard it and replace it with a new one.
Colored contact lenses tips
- Colored contact lenses are not cosmetics, but are medical devices that require as much responsibility as regular contact lenses. Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations for care of your contact lenses. Also, never share contacts or makeup.
Problems of contact lens storage in plain water
- Contact lenses should never be stored in tap water, nor should they be rinsed with tap water. Tap water often contains microorganisms that can latch onto the lenses, encouraging eye infections. Studies have shown that an organism called acanthamoeba is sometimes found in tap water. Acanthamoeba has been known to cause a devastating eye infection that can destroy the cornea, and sometimes the entire eye. Always use a contact lens solution for storing your contacts.
Warning signals for contact lenses
- If you have any pain, burning, redness, tearing or sensitivity to light while wearing any type of contact lenses, see your eye care professional immediately.
Contact lens drops
- Contact lens eye drops lubricate your eye and hydrate the contact lens, making your eyes more comfortable while wearing your contact lenses. Theses eye drops are labeled “For use with soft contact lenses”. Your doctor or optometerist usually encourage frequent use of re-wetting drops, as it improves comfort and helps clear out debris underneath your contact lenses.