How To Clean Contact Lenses
If you don't know how to clean contact lenses, you could be risking eye infection or even blindness. Proper handling and clean hands are vital to cleaning contact lenses. This information is not designed to discourage you from wearing them, but to make you more informed so you can enjoy wearing them for a long time. Follow these steps and you will be fine.
To clean contact lenses you will need:
- Soap and water to wash your hands
- A towel for drying hands
- The contact lenses
- A safe place to wash the lenses so they won't be lost
- Cleaning solution prescribed by your eye doctor
- The lens container
- Contact lens disinfectant
How to clean contact lenses:
- Wash up. Thoroughly wash your hands in soap and water. Dry them off with a paper or cloth towel. Always wash them before cleaning contact lenses.
- Secure the cleaning area. Make sure you work over something that will not allow the clean contact lenses to fall into the drain or somewhere they can't be found. If you are near the sink, cover the drain with something solid. You can do the steps in a small pan or bowl on the countertop.
- Rinse and rub the contact lenses. Place one of the lenses in the palm of your hand and rinse both sides of the lens with the cleaning solution. Rub both sides of the lens with your fingers. Rinse it again with the solution.
- Store the clean contact lenses. Put the lens back into the lens container. Per the instructions, add the proper amount of the disinfectant to the container. Repeat the last two steps with the other contact lens.