The slightly rephrased expression about cleanliness as a guarantor of health is also very relevant among contact lens users. And we are talking here not only about the cleanliness of the hands, the purity of the eyelids, but also the purity of the object with which you come into contact at least twice a day - a container for contact lenses.
Many, considering this subject to be of secondary importance, take care of its hygiene, to put it mildly, through the sleeves, shifting this honorable mission to a solution for storing lenses - they say that he himself will destroy the dirt and germs. Another mistake on which to study, alas, has already lost eye health ...
Deadline to fulfill on time
Of course, no one set strict deadlines for using containers. As they say, there is no such GOST. But there are urgent recommendations of specialists to change the lens container at least once a month. Better yet, follow a simple rule:
new lens - new solution - new container!
Why are these recommendations so urgent? We think everyone knows the answer - a container for storing lenses is one of the main (together with dirty hands) seedlings of microorganisms that can cause an infectious complication.
The most common infectious disease when wearing lenses is microbial keratitis. The disease is unpleasant and difficult to treat. Symptoms also do not cause delight: redness of the eyes, pain in the eyes after removing contact lenses, photophobia, blurred vision and a foreign body sensation in the eye.
Here you ask a reasonable question: what does the container have to do with it? The scheme is simple: microbes on the hands –microbes on the lenses –microbes in solution –microbes in the container. And vice versa, according to the law on the water cycle. Therefore, it would be better to lose a little time and a little money on the purchase of a new container for lenses and proper care for them.
We use the rules
The unpretentious container for storing contact lenses has, nevertheless, its own care rules. They are easy to remember.
Rule one. Keep container tightly closed. Be sure to check that you screw the lid tightly. This is especially important if you carry the container by yourself, because the solution may spill, in which case the lenses may dry out - you cannot use such lenses in the future.
Second rule. Do not save the solution; pour enough of it so that the lens is completely immersed in the liquid. By the way, some manufacturers, taking care of your convenience, produce containers with special markings.
Rule three. Never add a clean solution to a dirty one.
Rule Four. It is recommended to rinse the container daily with boiled water (not tap water!), And then rinse with the solution that you use to store and clean contact lenses. After water procedures, allow the container to dry naturally (just leave it open until the moisture evaporates, because microbes like to breed in a humid environment) and only then close tightly. And before you put the lenses in the container, be sure to rinse them and thoroughly wipe with clean fingers in 2-3 drops of the solution.
And finally, as a recommendation: if you feel sorry for throwing away the old container, you can do what, for example, they do in America: with their help, the Americans solved the problem of tangled wires from the headphones in bags and pockets - they simply wind them around the containers. And in containers you can store some small, but very necessary parts for you. But this is a departure from the theme in the style of "crazy hands." The main thing is not to confuse then the old container, not suitable for storing lenses, with the new one.
So different containers
The most popular containers for storing contact lenses are horizontal: they can be placed on any surface, which is also horizontal, an individual cell is provided for each lens, and the covers have markings for the right and left eye. So confusing lenses here is very difficult.
But it is unlikely that many know that there are also vertical containers, and they are divided into several subspecies. Vertical containers for conventional contact lens storage and rotatable containers for lenses. But they should be handled very carefully: one awkward movement and the holder can damage the lens ...
In the latter, the lenses are placed in special holders with the corresponding marking for each eye, then the entire system is immersed in a container with a solution, after which several cover rotations must be made. A feature of such containers is that the rotation creates an eddy current flow that cleans the entire lens, and not just its central part. Vertical containers are used both for cleaning with multifunctional solutions and for cleaning with peroxide systems.
For the speedy decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen, such containers are available catalytic platinum discs (OneStep, AoSept, Ever Clear containers), which provide complete neutralization of hydrogen peroxide to a pH of 6.6, which is comfortable for the eyes. Complete disinfection of contact lenses and neutralization of the solution in this case occurs in 6 hours.
High technology fights dirt
Health product manufacturers think about consumer health. But the moment came when the rescue of drowning people became the work of ... manufacturers. If users with contact lenses do not think about hygiene, enterprises manufacturing contact lenses and accessories for them have taken care of it, creating containers with an antibacterial coating. The material from which they are created includes a special composition with an active component based on inorganic silver ions, the antibacterial properties of which have been known since ancient times. Such containers today are produced by leading and not so manufacturers of contact lenses and care and storage products: CYCLEAN (Sauflon).
But even this invention is not a panacea for germs and does not guarantee that such a container will last forever, without any efforts and efforts on your part. The addition of silver ions is just an additional measure to better clean contact lenses.
Speaking of high technology, I would like to mention some more results of human thought. For example, for especially forgetful citizens a special timer container, which shows on the display how much time is left before buying a new pair of contact lenses.
Or an electronic kit for cleaning and storing contact lenses, consisting of a container, tweezers and a case. It looks like a regular travel kit. But there is one highlight in it: the batteries rely on the set, from which it works. What for? For better cleaning of the lenses from deposits accumulated on them: when turned on, the case starts to vibrate slightly, and the lenses do not lie calmly at the bottom of the container, but seem to be erased in a washing machine.
So, the conclusion suggests itself: contact lenses and everything that surrounds them requires cleanliness, almost sterile. And if you want to know in detail how to achieve it, ask a question to an ophthalmologist. Believe me, you will receive not only the most detailed professional advice on how to wear, clean and store contact lenses, but also practical advice on the proper use of containers for them.
“Containers, solutions, tablets, drying, replacement ... For me it is very difficult!” - if you have such thoughts, it is worth thinking about switching to one-day contact lenses. It’s easier for you and safer for the eyes.
How to wash the lens container?
It is the purity of the lens container that directly affects the health of your eyes. It is the container that can be a hotbed of various microbes, which are then easily transferred to the eyeball. Therefore, in order to avoid such unpleasant moments, you need to learn how to properly and conscientiously, efficiently care for the cleanliness of the lens container.
The solution, which is poured into the container and then contact lenses are placed in it, should not stagnate in the container. Use a fresh solution daily. When it is time to clean the container, carefully examine it for damage or contamination in hard-to-reach places - this will facilitate your task more than treating a diseased eye. Once a week, the container must be heat treated or steam cleaned. Heat treatment is a great enemy of bacteria that are contained in the container and inside. By the way, you need to clean the container the same way from the inside and the outside. Once every three months, the container is replaced with a new one and in the same way it is replaced when new lenses are purchased. All the time when you have a container, you need to keep it closed so that dust or small particles that will accumulate and collect do not get there. Regarding the question of how to wash the lens container daily, let's figure it out.
According to tips, the container can be washed and cleaned every day with boiled water. Never use plain tap water (tap water), as various bacteria and germs are simply teeming with it. You do not need it at all in order to transfer them to your eyes later. After you have cleaned the container with water, it must be washed / treated with a special solution. You can use the same one that you take to store the lenses in it at night, or you can purchase special solutions that are designed to clean the containers. Many manufacturers have begun to produce special products paired with a container and lenses - so you can buy a kit, the element of which will be perfectly combined in terms of parameters. Wash the container, both inside and outside, so that bacteria do not accumulate anywhere. After handling the container, you need to allow it to dry. Leave it in a dry, well-ventilated area for about 7 minutes, and then close it tightly or if it's an evening option. Pour the lens storage solution into it and place the lens in this solution and container. In a humid environment, a lot of microbes develop, which will only be happy with un-dried containers, steaming, and more.
Remember that the container is an important part of the contact lens system. You must be wise to care for him. Alternatively, you can advise you to purchase two containers so that, if required, you can not look for where to put the lenses, but boldly use the backup option for storage.
The content of the article
- How to care for contact lenses
- How to clean lenses
- How to choose a solution for contact lenses
When wearing corrective vision or colored lenses daily, protein deposits form on the surface of such products, bacteria are deposited. When caring for contact lenses, it is important to keep them clean using special tools and products.
Proper storage of contact lenses
Regardless of the type of lens, before removing or putting them on, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. It is better to use an antibacterial agent. Daily lenses do not require special storage, but for multi-day products it is necessary to purchase a solution, container, tweezers for extraction.
Any lenses have a porous structure, which is able to accumulate on itself not only liquid, but also various substances. To remove them and not harm the eyes, you need to carefully clean the lenses. To do this, after removing contact lenses, they must be washed with a solution, for constant care, a multifunctional agent is optimally suitable.
To rinse the lenses, you need to pour a few drops of the solution onto their surface, gently rub the product with your fingertips. After this, you need to fill in the fresh product in the container and put the contact lenses in the cells. A lens storage device is also required to be washed daily to prevent infection in the eyes. Care for contact lenses is necessary at every removal.
What to consider when caring for lenses
In no case should contact lenses be stored in plain water, even if it is filtered, or in distilled liquid. The container is necessary to prevent drying of the material, as well as saturation of the lenses with moisture and their cleaning. After cleaning contact lenses, they must be placed in the solution for at least four hours.
Ideally, the lens container should be changed once a month, the same rule applies for tweezers. Be sure to monitor the shelf life of the solution, the product can not be stored in the sun or in a warm place.
Long-wearing lenses are also cleaned once a week additionally, using enzyme or enzyme solutions, tablets. They provide high-quality removal of contaminants; the time it takes to put contact lenses in such a solution varies depending on the type of product. However, special cleaning should be carried out only as prescribed by the doctor, it is not recommended to use enzyme solutions without consulting a specialist.
How to care for contact lenses
Buying soft contact lenses for many days to wear requires subsequent special care for them. To get rid of contaminants, harmful substances and protein compounds accumulated during the day, you need to carry out lens care procedures immediately after they are removed. Put the contact lens in your palm, apply a little special universal fluid, gently wipe the front and back surfaces with your fingers. After that, rinse the lenses thoroughly with a solution, place in a special storage container and close it tightly.
There are many solutions for storing cleansing and contact lenses. To select the appropriate one, several factors should be taken into account: shelf life (from one day to six months), type of lens, and body features.
Since harmful substances can accumulate on the walls of the lens container, it must be regularly treated. After putting on your lenses, rinse them thoroughly and dry for 12 hours. After that, you should fill the container with a fresh solution so that it covers the lenses completely. It is required to change the solution after each use of the lenses.
Contact lenses: weekly care
In addition to daily care, contact lenses for many days to wear require a special weekly treatment, in which protein compounds and contaminants remaining on the surface are removed. This treatment is required for the use of lenses for a long time (three or more months). For weekly lens treatment, special enzyme solutions or enzyme tablets are used. When using tablets, pour multifunctional liquid into the storage container, place the lenses there, put the tablets diluted in a small amount of solution and close the container. Lenses containing moisture with parameters of 38-42% should be processed no more than 10 hours, lenses with a moisture index of 55-75% - no more than 2 hours.
You should regularly (approximately once a month) change the container for storing lenses and tweezers to remove them.
When using an enzyme solution, you need to fill the container with it, put the lenses there and close it. In this case, the treatment is carried out within 4 hours. Be sure to follow the instructions for the care of soft contact lenses. In no case should you use them at the end of the expiration date. Do not use a lens solution in your eyes, as this can cause irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane. It is necessary to use special drops for the eyes.