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Taking proper care of your lenses may seem daunting at first. But once you get used to it, it is not so hard to remember.

So, here are 7 tips to help you take proper care of your eye lenses.

1. Wash and dry hands thoroughly

You do not want any foreign particles including water in your eyes when you apply your contact lenses. This is even worse if you use tap water. Tap water contains amoebas that can potentially eat your cornea.

Use unscented soap to wash your hands: A layer of film containing oil, perfume or lotion on top of your contact lenses is enough to lead to a severe infection in your eyes. It is recommended that you do not use regular soap but rather buy a special soap that is free from all oils, lotions, and perfumes.

Use a lint-free towel: If your towel is not lint-free, it can go into your eyes and get trapped under the contact lenses. This can lead to discomfort, redness, and blurred vision. Always wash your hands and dry it on a lint-free towel.

2. Don’t use fingernails or tweezers

Handle your lenses with your fingertips. Using anything sharp like fingernails or tweezers can rip and tear your lenses. If this happens, you will have a hard time trying to get your lenses out of your eyes. If even a small piece of contact lenses remains in your eyes, it can lead to an infection.

3. Make sure your lenses are dry

Ensure your contact lenses are not damaged or moist. Only insert clean, damage-free lenses in your eyes.

4. Colored Lens Care

Always buy colored lenses with a prescription: Even though your colored lenses may not be corrective, you still need a prescription. If you are looking for colored contacts, consider lenses like Freshlook lens or Lens me.

Take proper care of your lenses: Just like normal lenses, colored lenses also need to be taken care of and should not be swapped with other people or used without disinfection. The best way to wear colored lenses is to use disposables so that you do not have to worry about cleaning them and reducing the risk of infection.

5. Wearing makeup with lenses

Use hypoallergenic makeup: If you wear makeup, consider buying special makeup made for contact lens wearers.

Don’t use powder based makeup: Avoid powder based makeup especially around the eyes. These powders can fly in and cause irritation or lead to infections.

Use high-quality brushes: Low-quality brushes can break off and enter your eye causing a severe infection.

6. Extended Wear

Don’t sleep with your lenses in: This can lead to your lenses getting stuck or a severe infection. Always remove your lenses before sleeping

Don’t wear expired lenses: If your lenses are weeklies or monthlies, keep a tab on when they expire.

Don’t wear lenses longer than necessary: Try to avoid wearing lenses longer than necessary. Your eyes need a break as well. Wearing them for an extended period of time can lead to dry eyes.

7. Lens solution and lens cases

Lens solution: Don’t top off your lens solution. Always use a fresh bottle. Your old bottle already has a bacteria build up that can contaminate your eyes.

Lens case: You also need to throw out your lens case every 3 months. Don’t keep it for longer than that. It is a breeding ground for bacteria.