More than 30 million people in the U.S. wear contacts lenses, according to the CDC. Did you know that as many of 90% of contact wearers do not properly adhere to the instructions for handling and caring for their contacts? Failure to follow these instructions can put you at risk of infection. As we celebrate Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month this October, Park Slope Eye, your trustedeye care clinic, shares some helpful ways to prevent contact lens-induced eye complications.
Use Only Our Recommended Lens Solution
When it comes to cleaning your contact lenses, your reliable eye specialist recommends using only our prescribed lens solution. Other cleaning solvents may contain harsh chemicals or substances that could damage your contact lenses. This can also increase your risk of developing eye infections or irritations.
Don’t Wear Your Contacts When Showering, Swimming, or Sleeping
Another important thing you should remember when you’re wearing your contact lenses is to avoid bathing or swimming. Water from the pool or the shower may contain microorganisms that could contaminate your lenses, putting you at risk of developing eye infections. Also, always remember to remove your contact lenses before you sleep to avoid extended lens-wear complications.
Replace Your Contacts as Recommended
Knowing when to replace your contact lenses is an essential part of safe eye care. While some contacts can be worn for a few weeks, others need to be discarded after a single use. Make sure you understand the replacement schedule for your contacts. Following the recommended replacement schedule is one of the most effective ways to protect your eyes and prevent extended lens-wear problems.
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