Contact Lens Care Dos and Don’ts

Contact lenses are convenient and safe if used correctly, but careless negligence can cause significant eye problems.

Ophthalmologist hands contact lens case to woman

If you wear contact lenses, you may remember how diligent you were when you first got them. You were likely very careful to follow your eye doctor’s instructions when it came to lens care and cleaning. Somewhere along the way though, you may have stopped reading lens manufacturer’s care instructions and warning labels, figuring that you had contact lens care under control.

It is always beneficial to review some basic tips in contact lens care. Most infections and eye injuries related to contact lenses can be avoided by following some basic guidelines. Here is a brief refresher on some “Dos and Don’ts” for contact lens wearers:

Do Don’t
Do wash and dry hands before touching contact lenses Don’t over-wear your lenses; replace your lenses according to manufacturer’s instructions
Do clean your lens storage case each day, and let it air dry Don’t reuse contact solution; replace solution daily
Do rub each contact lens between your fingers with solution to remove protein deposits and debris Don’t swim or bathe in your contacts
Do cover each lens completely with multipurpose solution Don’t sleep in your contacts
Do limit the time that you wear your contacts during the day Don’t ever use water instead of contact lens solution to store your lenses
Do use storage and cleaning solutions recommended by your ophthalmologist Don’t share your lenses with anyone else
Do get a yearly comprehensive eye exam with dilation Don’t use saliva or water to moisten your contacts

Call Your Ophthalmologist

Even contact lens veterans need regular reminders about proper lens care. Ask your ophthalmologist for more contact lens cleaning and maintenance tips at your next comprehensive eye exam. Contacts offer you the freedom to be active in your hobbies and sports, so care for your lenses properly. You’ll be able to enjoy wearing contacts for years to come.