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The Dos and Don’ts of Contact Lens Hygiene

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It’s not abnormal for a person to use contact lenses. In fact, according to the CDC, an estimated 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. Improper care of your lenses can lead to a range of problems, including eye irritation and infection. Here are four dos and four don’ts of contact lens wear.


DO

1. Always wash your hands before touching your eyes or contact lenses.

Just like you wash your hands before you eat, you should be washing your hands before putting contact lenses in your eyes. Our hands can be covered with germs from all of the things we touch on a daily basis, like our phones, gas pumps, door handles, and shopping carts. Washing them thoroughly before touching your contact lenses is essential.


2. Replace your contact lens case at least every three months.

This is an easy thing to forget to do, and it’s usually low on your priority list. However, making sure to replace your lens case is a great preventative measure for spreading germs or bacteria that may harm your eyes.


3. Remove your lenses before removing makeup.

It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t apply makeup until you’ve inserted your lenses.


4. Carry a pair of back-up glasses for whenever your lenses are irritating your eyes.

Keeping a pair of back-up glasses around allows for instant relief from any discomfort your contact lenses may be causing your eyes.

DON’T

1. Continue to wear your lenses if your eyes experience any sort of discomfort or blurred vision.

This goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. Always remove your contact lenses if they are causing any irritation to your eyes.


2. Wear your contacts while showering.

Water can sometimes be full of microscopic, harmful organisms. Because your lenses are essentially sponges, they can absorb water that may contain bacteria and fungi, which can lead to irritation or infection.


3. Reuse or top off cleaning solution.

Always use fresh solution when storing your lenses in their case.


4. Sleep with your lenses in.

This is always tempting, especially if you’ve stayed up late and feel too tired to move, let alone remove your contact lenses. However, it is imperative that you always remove them before bed. Sleeping in contact lenses increases your risk for eye infections.


If you have any questions about your contact lenses, please call EYE-Q Vision Care at (559) 486-2000.