Galveston and Houston Ophthalmologist Dr. Da-Thuy Van of The Eye Clinic of Texas commented on 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.”

Here are some things contact lens wearers should know. 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 should then be 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. 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.

To learn more about contact lenses or to have an eye exam and contact lens fitting please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or

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