Do’s and Don’ts for Contacts: October is Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month – so we would like to share some tips
Contact lenses prescribed by licensed eye doctors provide wearers with a safe and effective form of vision correction. However, between 40 and 90 percent of contact lens wearers do not follow the proper hygiene instructions for their lenses, which can pose serious risks. To protect your eye and vision health, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends the following safety tips:
DO’S AND DON’TS FOR CONTACTS – What you as the wearer should know
- Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry with a lint-free towel. Avoid lotion, oily cosmetics and hand sanitizers before handling your lenses.
- Inspect your lens before putting it in your eye. Examine it to be sure that it is moist, clean, clear and free of any nicks or tears.
- Use fresh solution to clean and store contact lenses. Never reuse old solution.
- Remove your lenses immediately if you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, and redness of the eye or other problems and promptly contact your eye doctor.
- Be sure to schedule a yearly comprehensive eye examination with your optometrist. Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule they prescribe.
- Touch the lens with your fingernails and never use tweezers or other tools to remove lenses from the lens container unless specifically indicated for that use.
- Use a lens if it is damaged or if the sterile blister package it comes in is opened or damaged.
- Use expired prescriptions or stock up on lenses right before the prescription is about to expire.
- Wear your lenses beyond the prescribed wear schedule, as serious complications may occur, including loss of vision. Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule your eye doctor prescribes.
- Swim or shower while wearing contacts. Exposing contact lenses to water may increase the risk of severe eye infection that could lead to vision loss or blindness.