If you’re tired of having to frequently replace your contacts and are wondering if there was really a way to extend their lifespan, you’ll be reading your answer within the next few words: with the proper and a consistent cleaning routine, you may succeed in extending the life of your dearest contact lenses. Do you remember the step-by-step routine the eye doctor showed you about caring for your lenses the first time you got them? That’s one of the first things that will be addressed—you actually have to do that, routinely, exactly as the doctor showed you if you want to get all the life out of your lenses. Don’t try to cheat time and skip a step.
Always wash your hands before moving to handle your lenses. Your hands carry plenty of bacteria you don’t want touching your eye, as it can lead to increase the risk of infection, irritation, reddening, or just plain old discomfort. Get rid of all that nastiness while you can, and then you can get to handling those contacts you’re dying to touch.
Clean your contacts daily. This part is probably the most important part of the contact care routine and you are not allowed, under any circumstances, to skip it. Do not attempt in using any generic cleaning brand or solution either unless you are absolutely sure about what’s in it or that it will work for you. Otherwise, use brands that will guarantee a positive experience and won’t trigger any possible allergies or cause you any discomfort.
Don’t use tap water when cleaning your contact lenses. It might seem like it doesn’t do any harm at first, but remember when your zany science teacher told you, you drink live organisms if you drank tap water? Yeah. It might be okay to drink it, but you don’t want that on your contact lenses.
With those out of the way, once you’re done and set, you can wear your contact lenses. The day is going fine, the world is brighter, and everything seems great. Then you get home, and all you want to do is collapse straight on your bed and catch some well-deserved rest. Here’s the thing—you need to take off your contact lenses.