Eye Care Tip of the Week | #2
Always clean your contact lenses when you remove them not before you put them in.
If you wear monthly or 2-week disposable contact lenses, you should always rub and clean your lenses after you remove them, not before you put them back in.
Why? Rubbing and cleaning your contact lenses at night helps to break down the protein and bacterial bio-films that deposit on the surface of the contact lens. The rubbing action allows the contact lens solution to better penetrate the contact lens matrix, resulting in a cleaner healthier contact lens.
By cleaning them at night, the contact lens solution is given an opportunity to build a protective film around the lens known as a hydrophilic or water loving layer which makes the contact lens less prone to dry out. Rubbing your contact lenses in the morning removes this protective film which can result in increased protein deposits on the lens and increased contact lens-related dry eye symptoms.
Rinsing your contact lens in the morning with fresh lens solution is ok, but try not to over handle them.
Check out our contact lenses page to learn more.
This Eye Care Tip of the Week was brought to you by: Dr. Ross McKenzie