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Do’s and Don’ts for Contacts

If you wear contact lenses, you know that there are strict instructions to follow when caring for them. Once you get used to wearing contacts, you could fall into the bad habit of slacking on some important steps. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 90% of contact lens wearers don’t follow the proper care instructions for their contact lenses. To avoid eye infections and vision problems, follow these do’s and don’ts to wearing contact lenses.

Do’s and Don’ts for Contacts

Do

  • Always wash hands with soap and water before handling contacts.
  • Disinfect contacts every day.
  • Store contacts in the correct solution.
  • Clean contact lens accessories.
  • Replace contact lens case at least once every 3 months.
  • Get an annual eye exam.
  • Remove contacts if you experience any discomfort or irritation.
  • Use rewetting drops to relieve dry eyes while wearing contacts.
  • Use inserters and removers if you have trouble putting in or taking out your contacts.
  • Insert contacts before putting on makeup.
  • Close eyes before using sprays for your hair or face.
  • Wear goggles or remove contacts before swimming.
  • Switch to wearing glasses at least once a week to give your eyes a break.

Don't

  • Rinse or store contacts in water.
  • Reuse or top off solution.
  • Sleep in your contacts.
  • Shower or bathe while wearing contacts
  • Put contacts into your mouth.
  • Leave in your contacts while you’re sick.
  • Wear contacts for longer than prescribed.
  • Let contacts touch anything other than your fingertips, solutions, and lens case.
  • Wear contact lenses every single day without any breaks.

Choosing to wear contact lenses means you must commit to properly taking care of them. If you’re unsure whether or not something is safe to do with your contacts, always consult your eye doctor.

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