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Eye care: Dos and don’ts you must follow for wearing contact lens

When worn, cleaned, and cared for properly, contact lenses are a safe and convenient way to correct vision. However, if lenses are used carelessly, you run the risk of getting an eye infection or potentially causing damage to the eye. In other words, contact lenses are the ideal substitutes for glasses if worn carefully and hygienically. Otherwise, dangerous infections that could impair vision, such as bacterial or viral corneal ulcers or Acanthamoeba Keratitis, could develop.

The following are some tips for wearing contacts:

1. Never sleep with your CL on and always take it off before bed.

2. Consistently wash your hands with soap and water before placing your CL. Apply one CL at a time after being tapped dry with a lint-free cloth (to avoid mixing up the right and left sides)

3. To reduce the spread of infection through your hands or water while removing the CL once more, wash your hands beforehand.

4. After taking off the lenses, rinse CL with the lens solution and add fresh solution to the lens case.

5. Even if the lenses are not being used, always replace the solution each day.

6. Before applying makeup, put on contact lenses (CL).

7. Take off CL before taking off makeup.

8. Avoid using eyeliners or glitter inside the inner corner of the eyes.

9. Disinfect your lenses after removing them from your eyes using only the solutions that your ophthalmologist has prescribed.

10. Replace your contact lens case at least every three months or as directed by your doctor. Clean it with warm water once a week.

11. Don’t forget to bring a pair of glasses in case you need to take out your contact lenses. Additionally, always have your lens case with you everywhere you go.


The following are contact lens wear Don’ts:

1. Don’t wear your lenses too often. As often as your doctor advises, change them.

2. When wearing contact lenses, refrain from rubbing your eyes.

3. When wearing contact lenses, avoid letting makeup get in your eyes.

4. Don’t lend out your contacts to anyone.

5. If your eyes are itchy or look red, avoid wearing contact lenses. Before putting them back in your eyes, give them a chance to relax. Consult your ophthalmologist as soon as possible if the redness in your eyes and blurry vision persist.

6. Go to your annual eye test. Even if you think your eyes appear OK, it’s still highly important to have regular eye exams, especially if you wear contacts frequently.

For the best contact lenses for your eyes and the correct refractive power of your eyes, always see your doctor.

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