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Contact Lens Case Hygiene – Time To Have The Discussion Reply

Proper cleaning of a Contact Lens Case

In an ideal world, most of our patients would wear daily lenses.  But the truth of the matter is that a big section of our patients rely on the advantages of planned replacement lenses.  For this reason, as contact lens fitters, a large portion of our exam is naturally allocated to lens care and hygiene.  In discussing contact lens care, how often do we actually address the contact lens case?  Did you know that a large portion of microbial contaminations can be linked back to the contact lens case? Read more

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Contact Lens Cases

Contact lens case hygiene is quite possibly one of the most overlooked aspects of contact lens fitting. We spend so much time discussing prescription, insertion, removal, modality and cleaning techniques… but how often do we address case hygiene? Unfortunately, many patients do not fully understand the importance of properly cleaning and eventually disposing of these products. This lack of understanding is putting our patients at a great risk.

So why is it so important to address the case? Biofilm. A biofilm is a “city” of microorganisms. These microorganisms love dark moist environments making your patients contact lens case a haven for bacteria. Bacteria growing in a biofilm are resilient. They actually become even more resistant to antibiotics. This breeding ground for bacteria is drastically increasing your patients risk for infection.

There are several methods that practitioners can encourage their patients to follow. The standard recommendation for cleaning includes the use of disinfecting solution accompanied by air drying. Thorough drying is vital for effective cleaning. Replacement is encouraged monthly, but quarterly replacement is acceptable if it is accompanied by good cleaning techniques. Tap water should be avoided unless boiling methods are used.

It seems like something so simple, yet it often escapes our conversations. Try to incorporate this discussion in your fitting regimen. As a personal exercise, ask to see your patients lens cases. You might be surprised in what you will find.

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