Eye care

CLEANING & STORING YOUR CONTACT LENSES

What you can’t see can end up on your contacts. From pollution to pollen, your contacts are exposed to all kinds of airborne particles and allergens every single day. And some of that can collect on your lenses. To help keep your lenses clean and comfortable, it’s important to know which types of solutions are available for storing, cleaning and disinfecting your lenses.

Contact Lens Solutions

There are three basic types of contact lens solutions, and each one is used a bit differently. Hydrogen peroxide-based solutions deep clean and disinfect lenses over several hours, usually overnight, and should never be put directly into your eyes. Multi-purpose solutions are used to store, clean and disinfect your lenses, and are gentle enough to be used directly in the eye. Salines are used for quickly rinsing lenses but are not intended for disinfecting lenses.

Using & Handling Your Contacts

If you’re new to contact lenses, putting them in and taking them out can take some practice. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple.

Putting in Your Contacts

First you should wash, rinse and dry your hands, then follow these steps:

Taking Out Your Contacts

First you should wash, rinse and dry your hands, then follow these steps:

Important Do’s and Don’ts

  • Discard the previous night’s solution each morning
  • Rinse the lens case with fresh solution, leaving it to air dry
  • Keep the solution bottle tightly closed when not in use
  • Minimize the contact your eyes have with water, removing lenses before swimming and showering
  • Wear and replace lenses according to the schedule prescribed by your eye care professional

  • Do not use saline-only solutions or rewetting drops to disinfect lenses
  • Do not reuse old solution or “top off” the solution in your lens case
  • Do not put your lenses in your mouth to wet them
  • Do not allow the tip of the solution bottle to come in contact with any surface
  • Do not sleep in your contact lenses unless you’re wearing extended-wear lenses
Clean, Comfortable Lenses

Proper lens care starts with a good contact lens solution. Choose OPTI-FREE® multi-purpose solution or CLEAR CARE® hydrogen peroxide-based solution for your contact care needs.

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