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What can my child do to avoid eye irritation and infections from contact lenses?

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If your teenager wears contacts, be sure he or she understands the importance of avoiding eye irritation and infections by:

  • Using hypoallergenic skin products and cosmetics or those marked "for contact lens wearers" or "for sensitive eyes"
  • Not sharing or swapping contacts with someone else
  • Never using saliva, tap water, distilled water, or homemade non-sterile saline solution in caring for the lenses
  • For girls, applying makeup after inserting the lenses, not before