This year the CDC is working to promote healthy contact lens wear and care. August 24-28 is dedicated to teaching contact wearers healthy habits that can reduce the risk of eye infections. This years campaign is focusing on 3 areas to help keep your eyes safe. Contact lens hygiene, contact lens use, care and storage, and eye doctor visits.
“The CDC is advising that contacts are like underwear. Don’t over-wear. Avoid that sketchy pair. Carry a spare pair.”
The CDC wars that wearing lens that are not cleaned as directed by your doctor, raises your risks of developing infections. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water and dry them before touching your lenses or eyes. Do not go to sleep wearing your contacts unless your eye doctor has told you it is ok. Do not swim while wearing your contacts and try not to shower with them in. Be sure to replace your lenses at the appropriate time. Also, remember that
Be sure to cleanse you lenses every time you remove them. Wash your lenses with a disinfecting solution. Do not wash your lenses with water or saliva, and do not store them in water. Don’t forget to clean your contact lens case with lens solution and replace your case every 3 months. Do not mix old and new contact solution, and only use solution that your doctor has recommended.
Be sure to visit your eye doctor every year or as often as they recommend. If you have eye pain, discomfort, redness, or blurred vision be sure to contact your eye doctor immediately.
For more information on how to care for your eyes and contact lens safely visit http://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/index.html.