By Princeton Eye and Ear
August 06, 2018
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: contact lenses  

Eye ContactYour contact lenses irritate your eyes. Should this be the case? At Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, your board-certified ophthalmologists, Dr. Chirag Shah and Dr. Angana Shah, urge you to replace your contact lenses as directed and to use proper hygiene and storage methods. Avoid irritation and infection as you care for your lenses properly and keep your eyes healthy.

When to replace contact lenses

The Centre for Contact Lens Research in Canada states that good hygiene not only applies to hand washing, dental health, or daily bathing, it applies to contact lens replacement and care, too. The Centre offers important tips on when to replace your lenses--regardless of what kind of contacts they are (single use, extended wear, toric, rigid gas permeable). Good care helps avoid corneal irritation, various kinds of infections and long-term eye health problems such as early onset cataracts.

Here are some easy replacement rules:

  1. Remove your lenses whenever they appear cloudy. Rinse with saline solution and put them back in. If they are still cloudy, replace them right away with another pair.
  2. Remove your lenses if your eyes feel irritated. Irritation often indicates dust and dirt accumulation on the lenses. So, clean your lenses according to your doctor's instructions. Irritation also could mean a structural defect such as a fold or small tear. These lenses should be replaced with a fresh pair.
  3. Replace any lenses which are beyond their expiration date--typically one year from purchase. Check the package for details on your brand and type.

Avoid premature replacement

To benefit your eye health, your vision and your wallet, too, follow your ophthalmologist's instructions about contact lens care. Your lens and cleaning solution manufacturers also provide important information on the care and storage of your contacts. Follow all these rules carefully.

For instance, it's critical to:

  • Wash your lenses with the solution, frequency, and method advised by Dr. Chiraq Shah or Dr. Angana Shah.
  • Avoid using water on your contacts, but instead, rinse with the proper disinfecting solution.
  • Take your lenses out before showering, swimming, or going in a hot tub.
  • Leave your lens case open when not in use to avoid bacterial build-up.
  • Keep the lens solution in the original bottle, keep the tip clean and always cap the bottle tightly when not in use.

Contact us in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold

If you experience any problems with your contact lenses, have an extended period of eye irritation or simply have a question about lens care or replacement, please call Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, right away. Our "eye phone" number is (609) 883-3000.

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