Healthy Contact Lens Wear

Healthy Contact Lens Wear

When contact lenses are worn and cared for correctly, they can be a safe and convenient way to see clearly. However, wearing contact lenses can increase your chance of getting an eye infection — especially if you do not care for them properly.

Healthy habits mean healthy eyes. Follow these tips to help prevent eye infections.

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry them well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses every time.
  2. Don’t wear contact lenses while sleeping, unless directed to do so by your eye doctor. Wearing contact lenses while sleeping can increase the chance of an eye infection by 6 to 8 times.
  3. Contact lenses and water don’t mix. Water can introduce germs to the eyes through contact lenses. Remove contact lenses before showering or swimming and never rinse lenses with tap water.
  4. Never mix fresh solution with used solution. Use only fresh contact lens solution in your case. Adding new solution to used solution can lower germ-killing power.
  5. Replace your contacts as often as your eye doctor says and use the solution your eye doctor tells you to use.

Visit the CDC website at to learn more about healthy contact lens wear and care.

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