Contact Lens Care

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Contact Lens Care

Contact lens care is an important part of comfortable and successful contact lens wear. Properly fit contact lenses can provide clear, comfortable vision. Maintaining good vision requires that patients properly care for their lenses. Proper cleaning, disinfection, and regular replacement of lenses are required to maintain healthy vision. 

Although many contact lens solutions were approved as “No-Rub” solutions, many studies have shown that rubbing the lenses prior to soaking them at night is more effective at cleaning lenses than skipping the rubbing step. Although some care systems have separate cleaners and disinfectants, most solutions today are multi-purpose solutions that can be used for both cleaning and disinfecting. 

“When cleaning your lenses, make sure your hands are clean and you use a lint-free towel to dry your hands. Several drops of solution are placed in the palm of your hand and using the index finger of your other hand, rub the contact lens for several seconds. The lens is then rinsed with the solution. Soaking the lenses for 4 to 6 hours is usually required to disinfect the lenses. Water should not be used to rinse or soak your lenses as there may be impurities or microorganisms present”, states Michael Fu, O.D., Optometrist at D’Ambrosio Eye Care. Proper replacement of lenses is also important to maintain healthy eyes. There are many types of disposable contact lenses with different replacement schedules. Disposable contact lenses can be single-use lenses that are thrown away at the end of each day so cleaning and disinfecting is not necessary. Other disposable lenses are replaced every 2 weeks, monthly, and quarterly. 

Conventional lenses can last up to 6 or 12 months. When lenses are kept this long, deposits may form on the lenses that can decrease comfort and clarity. A separate weekly enzyme treatment may be necessary to remove these deposits. Ask your eye doctor which type of lens is best for you. 

For more information or to schedule a contact lens appointment at D’Ambrosio Eye Care call us at 800-325-3937, visit D’Ambrosio Eye Care or

Staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye and LASIK care practice serving Athol, Acton, Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Boxborough, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Fitchburg, Gardner, Greenfield, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Leominster, Lexington, Littleton, Lowell, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Milford, Shelburne Falls, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Sudbury, Templeton, Westminster, Westborough, Winchendon and Worcester, Massachusetts.