Top 6 Points to Remember for Contact Lens Wearers

6 Points to Remember for Contact Lens Wearers

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 29 Aug 2015 - 16:19


Many Individuals are under wrong impression that they take proper care of their lens. However, a recent study has shown that only 2 percent of individuals who wear lens actually follow the recommended steps, as published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science.

A few steps highlight how to reduce the risk of an eye infection:

1)      Wash your hands before touching your lens: Washing hands with soap and water is recommended before touching your lens. Germs and bacteria tend to gather on your hands during the day that can easily transfer into your eyes.

2)     Replace your contact lens: Replace your contact lenses once in every three months. Wearing the same lens for a longer time can boost infection risk. American Optometric Association (AOA) spokesman Randall Furest OD, says one of the most common causes of contact lens-related complications is failure to replace contacts as recommended.

3)     Do not reuse your lens solution: Always rub your contact lens case with new solution and then dry the case either with a clean tissue or allow the case to air dry. Do not reuse previous day’s contact lens solution as there are chances for bacteria and fungus to grow in your contact lens. Discard the leftover solution after every use and never reuse any lens solution.

4)     Do not lens to water: Avoid direct contact of lenses to either tap water, bottle, distilled or lake water. That’s because microorganisms live in water and can cause maximum damage to your eyes, resulting in severe eye infection.

5)     Keep your lenses to yourself: It is highly recommended not to share your lenses with anyone else as it can spread any infection. Since your lenses are made of your size, it may get damaged if worn by someone else.

6)     Never sleep wearing contact lens as this can lead to infection of the eye. And in serious cases it can also lead to vision loss.

Dr Jennifer Cope, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), said in an agency news release “Good vision Contributes to overall well-being and independence for people of all ages, so it’s important not to cut corners on healthy contact lens wear and care.”


Journal: Center for disease and control, The U.S. Food and Drug administration, American Optometric Association (AOA).




*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.