Like prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses are medical devices that have to be correctly prescribed, carefully fitted, and properly maintained to help a person see clearly and comfortably.

Contact lenses like our eyes are exposed to environmental pollutants, bacterial contamination, and accumulation of tear film deposits. These, if not removed, may cause discomfort and reduction to vision. This is why contact lenses should be kept clean and fresh with proper care and maintenance.

Initially, wearing and caring for contact lenses may seem complicated and tedious. Remembering the following simple tips, however, may help in maximazing the life of contact lenses as well as wearing them safely and comfortably:

  • Cleanse, rinse and disinfect the contact lenses after each use only with the most recommended solutions made solely for them. Don't use tap water, bottled water, homemade saline solution, or saliva to clean the lenses. Check also for the solution's expiry date. Never use expired solutions.
  • Don't soak contact lenses in different solutions unless recommended by the eye doctor. Lenses and solutions made by different manufacturers may not be compatible.
  • Wash your hands cleanly with an oil-free soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before handling contact lenses.
  • Remove lenses if eyes become red or irritated. Consult an eye doctor if problem persist. Replace your lenses only as recommended by the doctor.
  • Change disposable lenses as prescribed by the doctor. Never try to use old or damage lenses. As a rule, sterilize contact lens cases at least once a week and replace it at least every three months.
  • Make sure you have spare lenses and solutions especially when travelling. Have an updated pair of eyeglasses available to wear when lenses are removed.
  • Don't swim or take a bath with contact lenses on.
  • Don't wear the lenses overnight or longer than prescribed.
  • Use only good-fitting contact lenses. Don't settle for anything less.