You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them! Taking proper care of your contact lenses can help you see better and keep your eyes healthy.
When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a comfortable and convenient way to correct vision while working and playing for the more than 40 million people in the United States who wear them. Although contact lenses are usually a safe and effective form of vision correction, they can increase your chance of getting an eye infection—especially if they are not cared for properly.
You can enjoy the comfort and of contact lenses while lowering your chance of an eye infection. Failure to wear, clean, and store your lenses as directed by your eye doctor increases the chance of getting germs in your eyes and causing complications. Contact lens-related eye infections can lead to long-lasting damage but are often preventable. Even minor infections can be painful and disrupt day-to-day life. Your contact lens wear and care habits, supplies, and eye doctor are all essential to keeping your eyes healthy.
Contact lens wearers should take simple steps to prevent contact lens-related eye complications.
1. Don't wear contact lenses while sleeping unless directed to do so by your eye doctor.
2. Replace your contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye doctor.
3. Don't "top off" solution. Use only fresh contact lens solution in your case—never mix fresh solution with old or used solution.
Visit CDC's Healthy Contact Lens website to learn more tips and recommendations you can follow to protect your eyes.Reference: www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/contact-lens-health-week.html