When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a comfortable and convenient way to work, play, and live for the 45 million people in the U.S. who wear them.
While contact lenses are usually a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free—especially if they are not cared for properly. During Contact Lens Health Week, this week, learn how taking care of your contact lenses can help you see better and keep your eyes healthy.
Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes
What You Can Do
If you wear contact lenses, take simple steps to protect your eyes.
1. Don’t wear contact lenses while sleeping unless directed to do so by your eye doctor.
- Studies have shown that wearing contact lenses while sleeping increases the chance of an eye infection by 6 to 8 times.
2. Don’t “top off” solution.
- Use only fresh contact lens solution in your case – never mix fresh solution with old or used solution. Adding new solution to used solution can lower its germ-killing power.
3. Don’t swim or shower while wearing contact lenses.
- Germs found in the water can stick to your contacts and cause a serious eye infection.
Visit CDC’s Healthy Contact Lens website to learn more tips and recommendations you can follow to protect your eyes.