methods you can use to clean your daily lenses
If you wear daily or monthly contact lenses, having a contact lens case to store your contacts should already be second nature to you. However, if you’re like most people who wear contact lenses, then you probably haven’t given any thought to how to clean your contact lenses and keep them clean. Well, there’s no reason you need to be confused. Once you take your contact lenses out at the end of each day, you can be sure that they are being kept as clean and dust-free as possible, right?
Here’s the scoop on how you can clean your contact lenses and keep them that way for as long as possible. I’m not going to cover how you should clean your monthly contact lenses. That’s a topic that deserves its very own article all on its own (go look, by the way). What I’m going to share with you are methods you can use to clean your daily lenses. Now, even though I’ve only been doing this for a few months now, I hope that by the time you’re finished reading this, you’ll have enough information to get started cleaning your contacts on your own.
First thing you want to do is purchase some rubbing alcohol
You can buy this in any pharmacy or drug store. Then, take a nice hot tub or shower and relax while you soak your hands in the hot tub for 30 minutes. The hot tub is great for removing old mucus and other debris from your hands and from the contact lenses themselves.
After your hands and your eyes are sufficiently cleaned and you’re feeling really relaxed, it’s time to start disinfecting your contact lenses. First, grab some sterile gauze and set it next to the lens case (make sure that the contact case isn’t already disinfected). Next, put one drop of the disinfectant onto the gauze. Next, grab some of your preferred saline solution and put it on the lens case as well. Make sure that the lens is completely immersed in the solution before putting it in the eye. Once it has been in for five minutes, put another drop of disinfectant onto the gauze.
This mixture can be used as many times as necessary
Now it’s time to jump in the hot tub. Again, use the same rewetting drops as before, but this time, put one drop of your preferred saline solution on top of each lens. Also, make sure that you have completely submerged the lenses in the hot tub before removing them. Finally, grab some of your preferred rubbing alcohol and gently massage your eyes until the contact lenses feel soft.
Reinfecting your contact lenses after every few weeks isn’t necessary but is certainly recommended. If you opt for re-infection, follow these steps again but this time with a solution consisting of a solution of one-quarter ounce of borax or baby oil with two drops of lemon juice in it. This mixture can be used as many times as necessary until all of the lens has been disinfected. Then simply store the lenses in the same manner you normally store them.