Your contact lenses aren’t the only ones that need some TLC every now and then. Their containers should also remain hygienic at all times. There are also different types of cases to choose from in stores to make sure you’ll use the right one for your contacts.
Learn more about contact lens cases all the way from their variations up to the maintenance process they require.
Types of Contact Lens Cases
Surprisingly, there are several categories to consider when it comes to choosing a certain type of container for your contacts. Learn the pros and cons of the screw-top, flip-top, barrel, and travel cases.
Also known as a side-by-side case, a screw-top can securely store your contacts. It’s also convenient when it comes to separating the left and right lenses. It usually comes in two colours to indicate which is which.
As for the contact lenses that can be placed inside a screw-top case, you can virtually store any type of lens in it. It has deeper sections inside so you can completely soak your contacts into the solution without filling up the entire container.
If you think it’s time-consuming to open and close a screw-top case, the flip-top version provides a quicker way. You literally just need to flip the lid open and close it shut afterwards.
However, a flip-top case can easily spill the solution if you won’t handle it gently. It won’t even matter if it has a deep slot for each lens. Opening the flip-top without any care at all will still put your contacts at risk of falling.
Unlike the screw-top and flip-top cases, the barrel case can only store one type of lens. It’s designed for hard lenses alone because of its interior that can easily ruin softer contacts. Its groove is made for a reason, and that’s to help you properly clean the lenses with a peroxide solution.
We hate to break it to you, but not all contact lens cases are safe for travel. Some of them aren’t leakproof and secure enough for holding lenses. That’s why regardless of the container’s lid design and extra features, it’s best to prioritize searching for travel-friendly options if you’re always out of town.
How to Clean Contact Lens Cases
Just in case you’ll miss something important while cleaning your lenses’ case, read on to learn more about the standard procedure.
- Clean your hands first with unscented soap and warm water.
- Use a lint-free cloth or towel in drying your hands.
- Check to see if there are no lenses inside the case.
- Pour out the storage solution from the case over the sink.
- Shake off the excess solution just to make sure nothing’s left.
- Use a clean finger or a lint-free cloth in scrubbing every nook and cranny of the case’s interior.
- Coat the entire interior of the case, including the lids’ undersides, with a multipurpose contact lens solution spray.
- Lay another lint-free fabric or a clean piece of tissue on a flat surface.
- Put the case face down on the cloth or tissue to avoid airborne microbes.
- Wait for the case to fully dry out.
- Pour a fresh batch of solution into the case.
Remember this at all times: never use water in cleaning any contact lens case. Whether it’s tap or bottled, it should never be an option. It can easily contaminate the interior or start some sort of buildup.
To keep your contact lens case usable until it’s time for the three-month replacement, follow these tips:
- When not in use, store the case on a dry area like your nightstand. Never put it in a humid section in your bathroom.
- Inspect the lens case every single day for signs of damage like tiny cracks and buildup. As soon as you see a crack, hole, or dirt, discard the case immediately and use a brand-new one.
- You can schedule a more thorough cleaning once a week. You may buy a toothbrush solely for cleaning your lens case. However, you can only wet the bristles with a contact solution. Again, never use water.
Just a little reminder about replacing a contact lens case, there’s a way to avoid wasting your money using a new one before it’s absolutely necessary. Simply mark the bottom part of the case with the date so you’ll know when exactly to replace the container even if it still looks immaculate. That’s right; the case doesn’t have to look dirty before replacing it.
Also, check the manufacturer’s instructions before anything else. Some lens cases require replacement after only one month of use. The interval of three months is just the standard for most products.
Consequences of Improper Handling of Contact Lens Cases
The worst thing that can happen due to unsanitary use of lens cases is Acanthamoeba keratitis. This has a lot to do with using water in cleaning the container.
At first, the symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis are still treatable, of course. It can make your eyes slightly painful, red, and excessively wet due to uncontrollable tears. Meanwhile, your vision may get blurry and your eyes tend to become highly sensitive to light.
If you ignore those symptoms, the condition will only get worse. It can cause permanent vision problems–including blindness.
Anyone can be responsible contact lens wearers as long as they observe proper cleaning and maintenance of not just their lenses but of their cases as well. Don’t forget to thoroughly wash your hands before touching any lens container. More importantly, never wash the case with water or you’ll be at risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis, a condition that may lead to blindness. After at least one month, depending on the manufacturer, see to it to replace the container no matter what.
Where to Buy Maintenance-Free Contact Lenses
If you don’t prefer any maintenance at all, Contact Lenses 4 Us has a wide variety of disposable contact lenses. Each lens will only last for one day, requiring you to throw it away once you’re done wearing it. Dailies Total 1, Acuvue® Oasys 1-Day with HydraLuxe, and FreshLook One Day are just some of the products that don’t need any type of case. Order now and you’ll get your disposable lenses even without showing a prescription.