Contact lens Care & Infections

Have you ever fallen asleep with your contacts? Have you worn them longer than you are supposed to? Anyone with contacts may have experienced either of these situations. Was the result an eye infection? Another common cause of eye infections is improper cleaning. Eye infections can be more than just irritation. In severe cases, infection can cause blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What are some ways to help prevent these infections?

1. Wash your hands before touching your contact lenses.
2. Take your contacts out before going to bed, swimming or in the shower.
3. Be sure to rub and rinse your contacts with a disinfecting solution after you remove them.
4. Use your contact lens solution to rub and rinse your case. Dry the case and keep it upside down with caps off.
5. Get a new case at least every three months.
6. Carry a pair of glasses so you aren’t tempted to wear them longer than recommended.
7. Toss out outdated solution.
8. Avoid touching the tip of your solution bottle.
Reference:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_149434.html

Have you ever had a bad infection from your contacts? Have you changed your lens care practice? Be sure to review these important tips with your children who wear contacts as well.

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