Top 10 Tips For Contact Lens Wearers

Dr. Russel Lazarus, March 18, 2021
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If you wear contact lenses, you’ll want to read our list of the top 10 healthy habits that all contact lens wearers should follow

  • Do you know the basics of contact lens wear and care?
  • Do you have healthy contact lens habits?

If you wear contact lenses, even if only very occasionally, it is essential to schedule regular eye exams. This will ensure you maintain your clear vision and good eye health.

Here are 10 habits that all contact lens wearers should know and follow.

Many people choose contact lenses as a safe and convenient way to correct their vision. But according to the CDC, almost all people who wear contacts misuse them in some way.

Schedule an eye exam and the eye doctor will review the basics of safe contact lens wear and care to keep your eyes feeling their best.

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Top 10 Tips for contact lenses  

1. Always wash your hands

Hand hygiene is essential, always wash your hands with soap and water, then rinse them before handling your contact lenses or touching your eyes. Dry your hands using a lint-free cloth or paper towel.

2. Do not sleep in lenses

Unless advised by your eye doctor, always remove your lenses before you go to sleep, take a shower, or go swimming.

3. Never use water

When you remove your contacts, be sure to rinse and gently rub them with the lens solution that your eye doctor recommends. Never use tap water or saliva to clean or wet your lenses!

4. Replace the lens storage case

Keep your contact lens case clean by washing it with warm water and soap every week. Replace it every month.

5. Do not over wear

Only wear your contact lenses for the recommended time and days of the week, as instructed by your eye doctor.

6. Makeup

If you wear makeup, try to avoid applying any makeup to the inner portion of your eye, where it can cause irritation. Mascara and eyeliners can infect your eyes and the contact lenses.

7. Backup glasses

Always carry a back-up pair of glasses, in case your eyes need a break from your contacts. Even if you wear your lenses on a full-time basis, ask your eye doctor for an inexpensive pair of backup glasses, as there will be times when wearing your lenses is just not possible.

8. Red eyes

Never wear your contacts if your eyes feel irritated or appear red. Wait until full eye comfort is restored before inserting them. Never hesitate to contact your eye doctor if you have red or irritated eyes, before wearing contact lenses.

9. Do not share

Never share your contact lenses with anyone, even family members. Whether your contact lenses are purely cosmetic or to correct vision — don’t let them touch anyone else’s eyeballs.

10. Your eye doctor is your friend

If your eyes or contact lenses are giving you any trouble, contact your eye doctor without delay.

The most important message on contact lenses is: ‘if in doubt, take them out!’.

If you wear contact lenses, even if only very occasionally, it is essential to schedule regular eye exams. This will ensure you maintain your clear vision and enjoy the many lifestyle benefits of contact lenses.