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Smart Hygiene Habits to Care for Your Contact Lenses

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Swimming in a pool with your contacts on or topping off your solution may seem harmless, but they could compromise your contact lenses and your vision.

Below are daily habits to adopt for optimal contact lens care:

Wash Your Hands Regularly

Whether you use daily or monthly contact lenses, make sure to first wash your hands. Placing your finger on some clear tape and seeing the mark you leave will give you some indication of what you’re putting on your contact lenses if you don’t wash and dry your hands beforehand. Avoid using scented or oily soaps, as their residue might stick to the lens surface. Similarly, avoid creams and lotions prior to inserting contacts into your eyes. 

This one simple and easy habit can make a massive difference in your eye health and can potentially prevent eye irritation and infections. 

Clean Your Contacts Daily

You must clean and disinfect your contact lenses on a daily basis, unless you use daily disposables, of course. There are several cleansing systems and solutions available — the choice depends on the type of lens you use. Speak with Dr. Rachel Tanner to determine the best cleaning solution for your lenses and eyes.

Avoid Contact with Water

It might seem harmless, but we advise against using tap water, as it contains impurities and microorganisms that can cause infections. Furthermore, tap water can lead your contacts to swell and change their shape. If you must swim with your contact lenses on, make sure to wear protective goggles and clean them with solution when you come out of the pool.

Never Ever Use Saliva 

Your mouth is filled with germs, which are fine for your teeth but not for your eyes. Avoid using saliva to “clean” or moisten your contact lenses.  

Do Not Top off Solution

Just as you shouldn’t mix spoiled food with fresh foods, you should not top off yesterday’s solution in your contact lens case with fresh solution. The concoction might not contain enough disinfectant to kill off organisms and clean your lenses. 

Routinely Change the Contact Lens Case

Many people don’t know about this one, but it’s recommended to change your contact lens case every 2-3 months, as microscopic dirt may linger in the case, leading to contamination and eye infections. 

Don’t Sleep with Your Lenses On

It’s important to give your cornea a chance to breathe; sleeping with your contacts may cause redness, soreness and infections. So make sure to remove your contact lenses before you get some shut-eye, unless they’re specialty lenses which are intended to be worn overnight. 

If you’re using orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses to reshape your cornea, do wear them at night or as instructed by your eye doctor. 

Get That Annual Eye Exam

Don’t forget to book your yearly eye exam at Pelham Vision Center in Greer, as your vision can change. You can’t purchase new contact lenses with an expired prescription anyway, so you’ll need an updated one when your contact lens supply is running low. Furthermore, getting an exam is also an excellent opportunity to ask Dr. Rachel Tanner any questions you may have.

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Pelham Vision Center will be temporarily reducing our services to urgent and medically necessary eye care as of Monday, March 23 and effective until further notice. These changes are due to recent CDC recommendations and are designed to protect our patients, as well as our doctors and staff. We will be calling you to reschedule appointments for routine eye care.

* We will be answering our phones Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, and Fridays 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Please call with any concerns about your eyes or vision at 864-627-0634.

* Our doctors will be available to evaluate sudden changes in vision, vision loss, injuries, red eyes and other emergency eye care.

* Post-operative patients on the schedule will be seen per normal post-operative protocol

* Contact lens orders and medication refills can be handled over the phone. We are now offering free shipping for contact lenses sent to your home.

* If you are coming to the office for an appointment or to pick up an order, please call or text us when you reach the parking lot. We’ll come to you for service!

* If your eyewear needs repair, service or replacement, our opticians will also be available to assist you as well

Rest assured; we are still here for you. As always, if there are any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our office number is 864-627-0634.