Contact lenses are among the safest forms of vision correction when you follow the proper care and wearing instructions provided by your eye doctor.
If you do not use lenses as directed, you could be damaging your eyes. Clean and safe handling of your contact lenses is one of the most important things you can do to protect your sight.
Contact lenses and the solutions used with them are medical devices and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, it is extremely important to maintain regular appointments with your eye doctor based on your individual eye health needs.
Recommendations for Contact Lens Wearers from the American Optometric Association
- Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.
- Carefully and regularly clean your contact lenses as directed by your eye doctor. Rub the contact lenses with your fingers and rinse them thoroughly before soaking the lenses overnight in multipurpose solution that completely covers each lens.
- Store lenses in the proper lens storage case, and replace your case every three months or sooner. Clean the case after each use, and keep it open and dry between cleanings.
- Use only products recommended by your eye doctor to clean and disinfect your lenses. Do not use saline solution and rewetting drops to disinfect lenses, as that is not what they are designed to do.
- Use fresh solution to clean and store contact lenses. Never reuse old solution. Change your contact lens solution according to the manufacturer's recommendations, even if you don't use the lenses daily.
- Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your eye doctor.
- Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub.
- See your eye doctor for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye examination.