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    Caring for Your Contact Lenses and Your Eyes

    Wear Contacts Safely

    Eye care experts currently consider daily disposable lenses the safest soft contact lenses for your eyes. Talk to your eye care professional to determine which may be the best choice for you. Then follow his guidance on care.

    1. Each day, wear your contacts only as long as your eye care professional recommended.
    2. If you think you’ll have trouble remembering when to change your lenses, ask your eye care professional for a chart to track wearing schedule. If he doesn’t have one, consider creating one on your own.
    3. Never wear another person's contact lenses, especially if someone has already worn them. Using other people's contact lenses can spread any infection or particles from their eyes to yours.
    4. Do not sleep with contact lenses in your eyes unless you are prescribed "extended wear" contacts. Closed eyes don’t allow tears to carry a healthy amount of oxygen to your eyes.
    5. Don't let the tip of solution bottles touch other surfaces, including fingers, eyes, or contact lenses. All of these can contaminate the solution.
    6. Wearing contact lenses may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunglasses with total UV protection or a wide brim hat when in the sun.
    7. To keep eyes lubricated, use a re-wetting solution or plain saline solution that your eye doctor has approved.
    8. If you accidentally insert contacts inside out, it won’t harm your eyes, but it will be uncomfortable. To avoid this, place a contact lens on the tip of your finger so that it forms a cup. Look at the contact lens from the side. If the cup looks like it is flaring out at the top and has a lip, the contact lens is inside out. If it looks like the letter "U", the contact lens is right side out.
    9. If you develop any eye irritation, remove your contact lenses and don’t use them again until you talk with your eye care professional. Wearing a contaminated pair of lenses invites the infection to stay. When you get back to wearing contacts, closely follow your doctor's instructions to prevent eye infections.
    10. Visit your eye doctor immediately if you have any sudden vision loss, persistent blurred vision, light flashes, eye pain, infection, swelling, unusual redness, or irritation.
    11. Do not swim in your contact lenses. Wearing goggles is better than not wearing them, but there remains a substantial chance of serious infection if you wear your contacts while swimming in a pool, or worse, in a lake.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on September 13, 2015
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