How to disinfect soft lenses easily at home

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Deciding to use contact lenses is not always as easy as it seems. Besides the market being flooded with a number of options to confuse you, there is the much-dreaded process of cleaning and disinfecting your lenses every time you use them.

Whether you are using soft lenses or colour contacts, the disinfecting process is not at all difficult and once you get into a routine, it will be as easy as snapping your fingers!

Keep in mind that however daunting or irritating you may find this task, it is essential that you disinfect and clean your lenses daily. Here we share how you can do this at home without letting this task be a menace for you!

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Always Follow Your Optician’s Instructions
When it comes to looking after your lenses, it is easy to get swayed by the multitude of disinfecting and cleaning products. Each product claims to be the best. However, when cleaning your lenses, it is recommended that you stick to the products that have been prescribed to you by your optician.

The reason is simple: not all cleaning products are compatible with each other and the various types of lenses. Another thing to remember is that you should never switch your lens-cleaning regime without prescription. It is too big a risk!

Wash Your Hands
As obvious as this first step is, it is also the step that most of the people tend to forget! Before you even reach out for your lens box, you should wash your hands and just to be extra careful, wash them again before you touch your lenses.

Wash your hands thoroughly to get rid of any dirt and germs that might get transferred to your lenses. Avoid moisturizing soaps and always dry your hands with a lint-free towel.

Clean Your Lenses Thoroughly
Once you have ensured that your hands are clean and completely dry, remove the lens and clean it with the recommended solution in the palm of your hand. Even if you are using a no-rub solution, make sure you gently rub the lens to loosen any debris or eye-produced build-up.

An important thing to remember while cleaning your lenses is that you should use fresh solution every time. Replacing your solution with saline water, tap or sterile water and even saliva is not going to help you. In fact, this will end up causing discomfort and infections.

Rinse Your Lenses
This is one of the most important steps as it helps in removing the loosened debris. Make sure you rinse your lenses thoroughly and for as long as recommended. Just like cleaning solution, make sure you are using the proper rinsing solution and are not substituting it with other solutions.

Your Lens Case is Just as Important
Once you have cleaned and rinsed your lenses, transfer them carefully in your lens case but before you do that, you have to ensure that it is sterile. You can do that by cleaning it with a lens cleaning solution and leaving it overturned to air-dry.

Never leave your lens case in a humid place such as the toilet, as this can lead to the build-up of germs and mildew.

Use a Protein Removing Solution
Depending on the type of lenses you are using, your optician may recommend a protein removing solution for you. Generally, protein removal products are recommended when you are using lenses that require annual replacement.

There is a natural build-up of protein on the lenses as you wear them on a regular basis and the only solution is to use a protein remover and regularly replace your lenses with new ones.

Normal Saline Solution Comes in Handy
Although the normal saline solution is not recommended for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses, it comes in handy for rinsing and storing your contact lenses if you are using a UV disinfection system.

A Multipurpose Solution Does Everything!
As the name implies, a multipurpose solution can be used for cleaning, disinfecting and rinsing. Clean your lenses as you would with a cleaning solution, disinfect them with the same solution and then rinse them at least twice, using the same solution.

The most outstanding feature of this solution is that no other lens care product is required, whether you are wearing soft lenses or colour contacts.

A Few Things to Remember When Cleaning Your Soft Lenses at Home
• Always ensure that your lenses don’t come in contact with your fingernails while you are cleaning them as your fingernails can not only damage the lenses but they are also excellent breeding grounds for various germs.

• Always use a clean contact lens case and make sure you replace it every three months.

• Always keep your solution bottles tightly capped to avoid spillage and contamination.

• Always follow the ‘Rub and rinse’ rule when cleaning your lenses.

Cleaning your Soft Lenses at Home Is Safe and Easy as Long as You Follow Instructions