How to Clean Your Hard Contact Lenses

Summary: Cleaning hard contact lenses can be difficult for new users. This article is designed to break down the cleaning and maintenance process for those that may need assistance.

Hard contact lenses have become a thing of past for many contact wearers, but numerous people still prefer them over soft lenses. Hard contact lenses are comprised of a material known as polymethylmethacrylate, or PMMA. It is a rigid polymer, unlike the material that contact lenses are created from. Hard eye contact lenses are generally not moist because the water content is lower than the material the soft lenses are made of.

The Cleaning Process

The primary difference between soft and hard contact lenses is the cleaning process. Whether you wear soft or hard lenses, it is important that you are familiar with the way to clean and wear your hard lenses. When you practice good cleaning and maintenance routines, they will last longer and provide you with more comfort.

Whenever you handle your hard contacts, always wash your hands with soaps that have a fragrance. By doing this, you not only keep your contacts clean, but you avoid putting any unnecessary germs in your eye that can cause an infection.

Proper Maintenance

You will want to apply a few drops of the lens cleaner on the lens. Anywhere from two to three drops should be sufficient. You will want to leave the lens cleaner on for roughly 30 seconds before you rinse it off. Be sure to use lukewarm water and close the drain to avoid losing them. Lens.com recommends that this entire process should always be handled delicately and with care. Rough handling of the lenses can tear your contact lenses and force you to purchase new ones – which as you should know, can be an expensive investment.