Dos and Don’ts for Contact Lens Wearers
Contact Lenses & Eye Care
Contact lenses are a safe and convenient way to correct your vision — as long as they are worn and cared for properly. Engaging in risky behavior when it comes to your lenses can put you at risk of developing eye infections or cause eye damage.
The Do’s of Contact Lens Wear and Care
- We can’t stress this enough: Do wash your hands! Before touching your eyes or handling your lenses, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. After rinsing, dry your hands on a paper towel or clean lint-free cloth.
- Do disinfect your lenses when you remove them from your eyes, using only solutions recommended by your eye doctor.
- Do remove your contact lenses before sleeping, swimming, and showering. Contact lenses and water do not mix due to the risk of infection.
- Do clean your contact lens case weekly with warm soapy water and replace it every 3 months.
- Do carry a pair of glasses with you in case you need to remove your contact lenses.
The Don’ts of Contact Lens Wear and Care
- Don’t overwear your lenses. Replace them as often as your doctor recommends. So, replace your monthlies every month, your weeklies every week, and discard daily lenses before bedtime.
- Don’t rub your eyes while wearing contact lenses.
- Don’t use tap water or saliva (ever!) to rinse or rewet your contact lenses.
- Don’t allow makeup to get into your eyes when wearing contact lenses.
- Don’t share your contact lenses with anyone — seriously, don’t.
- Don’t wear your contact lenses if your eyes feel irritated or appear red. Give them a chance to de-stress before inserting them back into your eyes.
- Don’t skip your annual eye exam. Your eyes will thank you.