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Contact Lens Wear and Care Tips

K April 18, 2014

For best results with your contact lenses, it is recommended that you always change your lenses on time and always observe proper lens care guidelines and hygiene. This will help keep the lenses clean and healthy as well as helping maintain the health of your eyes.*

Always follow the recommended wear schedule of your lenses

In today’s contact lens world, there are a variety of contact lens brands, types, and modalities (the frequency with which you should change your lenses). Whatever type of lens you wear, it’s best to always follow the recommended wear schedule for the lenses you have been prescribed by your eye care professional.

Lens on FingersOver-wearing your lenses, often referred to as “stretching,” may seem like a good idea, especially when your wallet is “stretched” thin. However, the truth of the matter is that wearing your lenses longer than recommended can cause your eyes a lot of pain and discomfort.

Over time, proteins from your tears, as well as dust, pollen and other particles, can accumulate on your contact lenses. Additionally, after the recommended wear time elapses, the oxygen transmissibility (the ability of your contact lens to carry and pass oxygen to your eye) may begin to diminish.

As a result, your lenses may feel uncomfortable or look hazy and your vision seem foggy – or worse!

Changing your lenses according to the recommended wear schedule helps to keep your eyes feeling vibrant and healthy, your lenses feeling fresh and your vision clear.

Always practice good lens care and hygiene

To help preserve the life of your contact lenses, as well as your eyes and vision, you should always follow proper lens care guidelines and hygiene.

When putting lenses in:

  • Always wash and dry your hands before handling your contact lenses. It is best to use a mild soap that doesn’t contain lotions, perfumes or cosmetics as these can leave behind an oily film on your fingers that can get transferred to the lenses. After rinsing your hands, dry them with a clean, lint-free towel.
  • Always inspect the lens before putting it in your eye. Make sure it is moist, clean, clear and free of any nicks, tears or debris. You should never use a lens that is damaged or dirty.
  • After inserting your lenses, empty, clean and rinse your contact lens case using fresh cleaning solution. Be sure to prop both the case and caps open face-down to let them air dry. Avoid letting the case dry in a humid place or near a toilet.

When taking lenses out:

  • Regularly remove, clean and disinfect your contact lenses as directed by your eye care provider.
  • Again, always remember to wash and dry your hands before removing the lenses.
  • If you wear lenses than are designed to be worn for longer than one day, always use fresh solution to clean and store the lenses. Never re-use old solution or water to clean and store the lenses.
  • If you wear lenses than are designed to only be worn for one day, discard the lens at the end of the day and open a new one the next time.

Lens case and solution

Following these steps will help ensure your lenses work properly and your eyes stay healthy! Remember, your eyes will only be as clean and healthy as the lenses you put in them!

Need help remembering when to change your contact lenses? Download the 1-800 CONTACTS App for your iPhone or Android and use our handy LensGauge feature to receive friendly reminders when it’s time to swap your current lenses for a fresh pair.

*This is not intended to be medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the counsel or recommendations of an eye care professional.