The Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Contact Lenses

Published September 3, 2020

Wearing contact lenses has many advantages when compared to eyeglasses. However, since the lenses sit directly on your eyes, it is crucial to be aware of specific safety precautions that will help you to avoid serious complications, such as eye infections and vision problems.

The information in this article is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. 

The DO’s

  • DO wash your hands well with soap and water before touching your eyes or contact lenses.
  • DO relax while inserting your contact lenses.
  • DO clean and disinfect your lenses daily.
  • DO dispose of daily disposable lenses after each individual use.
  • DO store lenses in their storage case each night.
  • DO clean your lens storage case daily with fresh contact lens solution and let air dry.
  • DO replace your lens storage case every three months.
  • DO close contact lens solution bottles to prevent dirt and contamination.
  • DO discard any expired contact lens solution bottles.
  • DO insert the same lens first each morning to avoid confusion.
  • DO avoid eye contact with aerosol products, makeup, and soap.
  • DO carry an extra pair of contact lenses and glasses with you at all times.
  • DO hydrate and use rewetting drops as needed to avoid dry eyes.
  • DO schedule regular eye examinations.
  • DO contact your optometrist immediately if you experience any emergency related to your contact lenses
  • DO remove the lenses if you are experiencing any discomfort.

The DON’Ts

  • DON’T wear your lenses longer than their intended use.
  • DON’T order or wear any lenses that have not been prescribed for you.
  • DON’T sleep  in your contact lenses.
  • DON’T share lenses or cases with anyone.
  • DON’T wear contacts while swimming or in a sauna.
  • DON’T change any lens care products without first consulting with your eye doctor.
  • DON’T touch the top of the contact lens solution bottle to your lens, finger, or any other surface.
  • DON’T reuse contact lens solution from previous nights.
  • DON’T use tweezers to remove your lenses from their case, unless specifically directed to do so by your doctor.
  • DON’T use eye drops not compatible with contact lenses.
  • DON’T use tap water or put your contact lenses in your mouth to moisten.

 

To achieve years of successful contact lens wear, always follow your eye doctor’s instructions and medical advice.