Contact lenses

How to Store Your Contact Lenses to Maximize Durability and Quality

Whether you just started wearing contact lenses, or you’ve always worn them but just want a change, having a good contact lenses storage container is essential to keeping your contact lenses clean. Contacts can be an unsightly mess if they are not stored properly, so it’s best to have a few handy to help keep your contact lenses as clean as possible. With so many different storage options available to you, there are a few simple guidelines to follow when choosing a storage container for your contact lenses. Once you understand the different storage options available to you, it will be easier to choose the right one.


Storage containers

with a lid are best for soft contacts. If you wear two weekly or monthly contact lenses, having a plastic case to store them in should be second nature to you. After taking your contacts out at night, you can always be sure they are being kept safely away in your contact lens case, avoiding any mistakes that could result in moisture damage to your contact lenses. Keeping them in a dry soft case allows them to dry out completely, preventing condensation from building up and therefore maintaining their good working order.


For daily or frequent use,

it is recommended that you purchase a hard case. Contacts that are stored in a hard case retain their shape much longer than soft contacts. Because daily and frequent use requires you to constantly reshape and clean your contacts, storing them in their hard case allows you more freedom when it comes to cleaning and removing your lenses. Since daily and frequent cleansing and removal of your contacts is necessary to ensure their optimal function, it is less likely that they will be contaminated with harmful bacteria if stored properly. If bacteria contamination does occur, it is easily prevented by cleaning out your soft case or putting your new contacts in a new soft case until it is cleaned.


The type of solution

you use for your contacts will have a large impact on the performance of your lenses and the effectiveness of your replacement schedule. Most people find that regular saline solution is the most effective and best solution for their contacts. Saline solution is also recommended for those who regularly wear contact lenses that have a small amount of water content to prevent the protein build-up that often occurs with contact lenses that have water content.


Other types of solutions

include protein care systems and oil-free soft lenses. Protein care systems are good for daily wear or frequent use. These lenses often come with an additional insert that fits right into the eye, creating a seal and providing a means for protein particles and bacteria to latch onto. Oil-free soft lenses are designed with no oil content and as a result, do not promote the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms that can irritate the eyes and lead to the development of eye irritations or infections.


A final consideration

when it comes to lens care is to consider the type of storage you choose for your lenses. If you store your lenses in an appropriate container, they will be free from bacteria and other microorganisms that could potentially harm your vision. There are two primary types of lens storage containers that you can choose from. The first type of storage container is the hard case storage system. These cases are made of a heavy plastic laminate that is placed over a hardwood frame to provide the lens with a very rigid and secure structure that will not easily break. The second type of container is made of soft vinyl plastic that provides a much more flexible storage structure for the lenses.

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