It’s easy to forget that contact lenses and solutions are considered medical devices by the FDA, leading many people to become lax about caring for their contacts. In reality, keeping your contacts clean is one of the most important things you can do for your eye health. The American Optometric Association recommends contact-wearers protect their eyes by using good hygiene practices including:
- Wash and dry hands before touching contact lenses
- Rub lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking the lenses overnight
- Clean the lens case after every use, and make sure it stays dry and aired out in between uses. Cases should be replaced every three months or so.
- Do not reuse old solution to clean your lenses, and don’t use saline solutions in place of a solution recommended by your eye doctor.
- Take out your contacts before swimming.
See an eye doctor on your vision plan regularly for an eye examination so he can re-evaluate your vision and prescription.