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The dos and don'ts of storing your contact lenses

Published on
January 4, 2023

Storing your contact lenses properly is essential for maintaining the health of your eyes and ensuring that your lenses last as long as possible. In this blog, we'll go over the dos and don'ts of storing your contact lenses to help you get the most out of your lenses.

According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70% of contact lens wearers reported at least one behavior that increases their risk of eye infections. Don't be part of this statistic! By following these dos and don'ts of storing your contact lenses, you can help protect the health of your eyes and keep your lenses in good condition.

Note that one of the advantages of daily lenses is that they do not need to be stored or cleaned, they are simply used once then thrown away. 

How you should and should not store your contact lenses?

 

Do store your contact lenses in a proper storage case

It's important to store your contact lenses in a clean contact lens case fully submerged in contact lens solution when they are not being worn. This helps to prevent contamination and ensure that your lenses remain moist and ready to use. Make sure to rinse out your storage case with contact lens solution (not water) and allow it to air dry before putting your lenses back in.

Don't store your contact lenses in water

It might be tempting to store your contact lenses in a glass of water when you're not wearing them, but this is a big no-no. Water can contain bacteria and other contaminants that can cause serious eye infections, and may even result in permanent vision loss in extreme cases. Make sure to always store your contact lenses in a proper storage case filled with contact lens solution.

Do replace your storage case regularly

Your contact lens storage case should be replaced every 3-6 months, or sooner if it becomes damaged or discolored. Using an old or damaged storage case can increase the risk of eye infections and make it more difficult to properly clean and store your lenses.

Don't leave your contact lenses in the case for extended periods of time

If you're not planning on wearing your contact lenses for an extended period of time (e.g. more than a week), it's best to store them in a special lens storage solution designed for long-term storage. Leaving your contact lenses in the storage case for too long can cause them to dry out or get damaged.

Do follow the instructions on your contact lens solution

Different contact lens solutions have different instructions for use, so it's important to follow the directions on the bottle. For example, some solutions need to be discarded after a certain number of uses, while others can be reused for a period of time. Make sure to follow the instructions on your solution to get the most out of it and keep your contact lenses clean and healthy.

Do ask our optometrist for guidance if you are unsure about anything 

Contact lenses are first and foremost a medical device, therefore it is a good idea to speak with our optometrist during your eye exam or contact lens fitting to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have. For example our optometrist may recommend a specific solution or give advice on how to care for your contact lenses based on your prescription, lifestyle, or contact lens modality.  

How can I schedule a contact lens exam near me?

If you're in need of a contact lens exam or have any questions about your contact lens care routine, be sure to visit our Bellflower optometrist. Remember, regular contact lens exams are an important part of maintaining the health of your eyes and ensuring that your contact lenses are the right fit for you.

Schedule a contact lens exam at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach, the leading provider of contact lens services in Bellflower

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your contact lens care routine, don't hesitate to consult with our eye doctor. Our optometrists can provide personalized advice and help you develop a care routine that works best for you. To schedule a contact lens exam, please call (562) 925-6591. Patients looking for a contact lens exam or medically necessary contact lenses visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading contact lens practice for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.

Testimonials


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.


Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.


Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!


Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.


Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.


Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.


Daniel G.
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