Caring for Your Contact Lenses with Vista Eye Specialists

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Dr. Binoy Jani

Caring for Your Contact Lenses with Vista Eye Specialists

Contact lenses are preferred by a majority of people around the world as they are an aesthetically pleasing option and even more convenient than perching spectacles upon your nose.

However, the eye experts at Vista Eye Specialists VA, solemnly recommend that one must know the risk which comes with wearing contact lenses if they are not cared for. Infections can develop if one uses extended-wear lenses or does not pay heed to the hygiene of the lenses; experiences reduced tear exchange under the lens or is exposed to environmental factors.

Vista Eye Specialists believes in educating people who wish to opt for contact lenses. It is important to know the different type of lenses available and the care specific to each. Disposable extended-wear soft lenses need the least care, and conventional soft lenses need proper care.

Before you begin to wear lenses, take an opinion from the ophthalmologists at Vista Eye Specialists, Culpeper and Fredericksburg, to avoid vision-threatening complications and learn how to take care of your lenses. Our eye care experts will also recommend using disinfecting solution, eye drops, and enzymatic cleaners.


Before handling contact lenses, wash and rinse hands. Use a mild non-cosmetic soap. Any perfume, oil, or lotion in soaps may transfer to your lenses and cause eye irritation or blurred vision. Dry your hands properly with a clean, lint-free towel. If you are a smoker there are more chances you will experience problems than nonsmokers.

Foreign elements and your lenses:

Try to keep your fingernails short and smooth to avoid scratching the lens or your eye. Make sure that if you use hair spray, do so before you put in your contacts. Carefully put on quality eye makeup after your contacts are in your eyes. Also remove contact lenses first and then remove makeup.

Cleaning your lenses:

Do not rinse lenses directly with tap water as they can be attacked by microorganisms resulting in infection or sight damage. Clean each contact by rubbing it gently with your index finger in the palm of your other hand with the solution.