Contact lenses need to be cleaned and stored the right way. This helps to prevent eye infection and irritation. Proper handling also prevents damage to the lenses.
These instructions are for soft contact lenses. They are the most common type.
Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses.
Cleaning the Lenses
To clean the lenses:
Maintaining and Storing the Lenses
Here are tips to maintain and store the lenses:
Some things to keep in mind are:
Q. Are multipurpose lens care solutions better than single purpose solutions?
A. It depends on the type of lenses you have. Follow your doctor's advice.
Q. I recently switched from hard contact lenses to soft lenses. Can I use the same lens care solutions?
A. No. The solutions for each type of lens are different. Using the wrong solution will damage soft lenses.
Q. Should I use a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner?
A. Some cleaning chemicals can cause eye irritation. Your doctor may recommend a hydrogen peroxide solution. Use it with care. It needs to be put in a special container. Avoid putting the lenses in your eye immediately after using this solution. Do not rinse the lenses in this solution. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Call your doctor if you have:
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Kellogg Eye Center—University of Michigan Health System
Canadian Association of Optometrists
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mary-Beth Seymour, RN Last Updated: 12/17/2020