Replace Your Contact Lens Case
When was the last time you replaced your contact lens case? So long you don’t remember?
We know the value of getting full use from household items. But whether it’s a towel, toothbrush or toaster—eventually, things need to be replaced. For the health of your eyes, replacing your contact lens case at least every three months is important. This simple task will help you and your eyes avoid irritation and infection.
Change the Solution, But Bacteria Remains
Contact lens solution should be changed daily. However, over time, bacteria from your fingers and the surrounding environment build up in your case. Since most people keep their contact lens case in the bathroom, there’s a high chance of contamination.
One recent study found tens of thousands of bacteria in just a small volume of one participant’s contact solution, despite the fact he used fresh solution every day! YUCK!!
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Know When To Replace, And How to Sanitize
At Complete Family Eye Care, we recommend getting a new contact lens case at least every three months. In the meantime, follow these simple tips to keep it as bacteria free as possible:
- Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling contacts.
- Every day, empty contact solution out of your case, washing it with solution and clean fingers.
- Let the case air dry, upside down on a paper towel, before putting caps back on.
- Boil the case in water for 5 minutes, then rinse with solution to sanitize between replacements.
Also, avoid letting the tip of the solution bottle touch the case, as it can carry bacteria and contaminants.
Clean Contacts Preserve Good Vision
Eyes are especially sensitive to bacterial infection, and dirty contacts not only leave you with itchy, irritated eyes, but can also pose a threat to your long-term vision health. So remember: replace that case!
At Complete Family Eye Care, our aim, as your lifelong vision partner, is to help you establish good habits that will keep your eyes healthy and comfortable! That’s why we love to talk with you one-on-one about your specific eye care needs.
Thanks for reading, and for being our valued patient and friend! We look forward to the next time we see you.
And remember… When you think eyes, think Complete Family Eye Care!