The Basics: Contact Lenses

If you currently wear contact lenses or are considering them, there are several things you need to know in order to properly take care of them. 

Safe and clean handling of your contact lenses is the most important way you can protect your contacts and your eyes. 

Washing and drying your hands before handling your contacts is a great first step. This protects any germs or bacteria on your hands from getting into your contacts or eyes. You should also regularly clean your contacts with cleaning solutions and disinfect them overnight. Contacts should also be stored in a storage kit. 

It is important to never reuse cleaning solutions and to not use tap water when you care for contacts. 

Often times contact wearers will try to “stretch out” the length of their contacts by sleeping in them or wearing them longer than prescribed. This strategy is something you should avoid in order to protect yourself from issues. If you wear disposable contact lenses or extended wear lenses, it is important to remove them as prescribed to you. 

Contact lenses are made from a variety of materials and come in multiple designs. They can help correct near or farsightedness, astigmatisms, and more. Depending on your specific needs, your family eye care provider can direct you towards the best contact lenses available in order to help correct your vision and fit your eyes. 

Visit Pycraft Family Eye Care for your next eye exam and advice on the best contacts to fit your eyes.