Contact Lens Care

Keep your Contact Lens Cases Disinfected!

Since your contact lenses come very fragile, it is very important to handle them properly. And to keep them in good condition, several types of contact lens cases are available in the market. These cases are meant to store contact lenses after usage. They protect the contacts from dirt and dust, and thus help to enhance their longevity.

While you buy a contact lens from an ophthalmologist, they usually provide you with the kit which contains a multi-purpose solution to clean the lenses and a contact lens case to store the lenses.

Contact Lens cases in their simplest form are two containers with screws on the lids, inter-connected by a plastic strip. These are most often white, gray or blue in color. The lids are labeled “L” and “R”. The left eye lens is to be kept in the “L” lid and the right eye lens in the “R” lid.

The labeling is useful to ensure that lenses for both eyes are kept separately and help the user identify the lens to be inserted in each eye. This is very important as often the powers for the left and the right eye are different.

When it comes to contact lens cases, there are many options available these days. The Sports contact lens case features a ball or puck on side and an action shot on the other. Canine contact lens case has pictures of dogs on the lids and the endangered species lens case has pictures of endangered animals and birds embossed.

Another type of contact lens case is flip top lens case which can be easily flipped open. Goggle-eyes contact lens case features eyeballs on the lids. Apart from these, there are also winking faces case, boilable screw top lens case and contact lens case with mirror.

However, whatever the kind of case you prefer, those with screw-down lids are better as they help to prevent the solution from leaking. These lens cases are small and can be easily carried along, so that in case of an eye irritation, the lens can be removed and kept securely.

Just as the contact lenses need proper care, their case also requires frequent cleaning. It is advisable to wash the lens case with soap, at least once a week. The case can be sterilized by keeping it in boiling water to kill any bacteria. Once dried, the lenses can be reinserted in the case.

Doctors suggest that the contact lens case must be replaced once in every three months. This is important to avoid accumulation of harmful bacteria and protein deposits. A clean and disinfected contact lens case is indispensable to improve the life of the contacts contained in it. Hygienic cleaning of the contact lenses and the contact lens case helps to ensure that the eyes remain healthy and free from infection.