Contact lenses are vital to your vision, and thus should not get the same treatment as a pair of leggings that get tossed anywhere when you’re not wearing them. At iFocus Vision Center in Las Vegas, Dr. Vivienne Velasco stresses the importance of taking care of your contacts with every patient that she sees.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there, but at the end of the day I urge patients to view their contacts as an essential accessory that deserves their attention and care,” she says. “They may not have as much value as your favorite piece of jewelry, but you still want to get into the habit of keeping them clean and out of harm’s way.

“With proper care, your contacts, just like your eyeglasses, can have a long lifespan.”

Taking Proper Care of Your Contacts

Dr. Velasco advises patients to follow a simple list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to caring for your contact lenses:

DO: Remove your contacts before you shower or swim. Water can warp your contacts and make soft lenses stick to your eye. Water also makes your contacts a magnet for germs. So remove them before you get wet, or wear protective goggles when you go swimming.

DON’T: Sleeping in your contacts is never a good idea. “You might think it’s no big deal if you fall asleep with your contacts in just one time,” Dr. Velasco says. “But leaving them in overnight can make your eyes itchy and dry, and it is very hard to remove contacts when they’re dried out and stuck to your eyeball.”

DO: Use a multipurpose contact lens solution and rub and rinse your lenses every time you remove them, before you put them in their case at night. Make sure you discard the solution that’s in your case in the morning as well, you never want to re-use solution.

DON’T: Water and saline are not proper substitutes for contact lens solution. For the same reason you shouldn’t wear your lenses in the shower, you shouldn’t store your lenses in water, or you might risk changing their shape and making it easier for germs to infect your eye. Saline solution can be used to rinse your contacts, but leaving your lenses in saline can contaminate them.

Can’t Stand Contacts?

Many patients aren’t able to wear traditional prescription contact lenses. For these patients, Dr. Velasco often recommends a Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT) lens. These alternatives to traditional contacts go in your eyes at night and they reshape your cornea while you sleep. When you wake up, you remove them, and you’re able to see clearly without using prescription contacts.

iFocus Vision Center remains open with strict guidelines in place to protect patients and staff members. Patients with an urgent need are seen by appointment only, and iFocus offers curbside pickup for eyeglasses or contact lens refills. To schedule an appointment, contact us at 702-473-5660.