It’s Contact Lens Safety Month, and we’ll have tips to help protect your eyes each day this week.
Always make sure you get contact lens prescriptions from an eye doctor and get instructions on lens care when you first get contacts.
Don’t reuse contact lens solution. It loses its ability to disinfect them, so use fresh solution each time you take your lenses out.
Don’t use saline solution for cleaning your lenses. Saline solution is best for rewetting your contacts, but it won’t clean or disinfect them.
Never re-wet your contacts with saliva. Your mouth is not sterile, and it can easily cause eye infections.
If your contacts are bothering you, don’t ignore it. Irritation can be a sign of infections or other problems, so take them out as soon as possible.
Take out your contacts before you shower or swim. Your lenses can trap bacteria from water against your eyes and cause serious infections.
Unless your contacts are specifically designed to wear through the night, never sleep in your contacts. Your lenses can trap bacteria in your eyes, and it’s good to have oxygen flow.