Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eyes! Contact Lens Health Week August 21-25, 2017
When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a safe and effective way to correct vision. However, they can also increase your chance of getting an eye infection — especially if you don’t care for them the right way. Even minor infections can be painful and disrupt day-to-day life, and more serious infections can lead to irreversible damage to your eyesight.
You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them! Here are some tips to keep your eyes healthy and happy in contact lenses:
- Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them with a clean, lint-free cloth before handling your contact lenses.
- Don’t wear contact lenses while sleeping unless directed to do so by your eye doctor, as this can increase your risk of an eye infection by 6 to 8 times.
- Replace your contact lenses and case regularly, as instructed by your eye doctor.
- Don’t swim or shower while wearing contact lenses and never use tap water on your lenses. Contact lenses can carry germs from the water into the eye.
Visit CDC’s Healthy Contact Lens website for more tips on keeping your eyes healthy with contact lenses and if you have any questions, give us a call!