How to care for your contact lenses – 10 do’s and don’ts

We don’t mean to scare you; we want to prepare you. Wear contact lenses? Then you should know infections can be a common side effect when contact lenses are not properly cleaned and cared for.1

And the risks are pretty high. Of the roughly 41 million American adults who wear contact lenses, pretty much all of them manage to get germs in their eyes at some point. Nearly a third of contact lens wearers said they’ve had to visit the doctor because of red or painful eyes.3

Some visit for infections as well. If you are new to wearing contact lenses, we’d like to introduce you to one lurking visitor: fungus. Proper cleaning is key, but there are other essential guidelines to preventing a fungus (or other infection and ailments) from visiting your eyes. Following are five do’s and five don’ts on how to care for contact lenses.

Contact lenses do’s and don’ts:

1 “Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections,” by Kierstan Boyd, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Oct. 14, 2015,
http://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/contact-lens-related-eye-infections
2 “CDC to 40 Million Contact Lens Wearers: You’re Doing It Wrong,” by Maggie Fox, NBC News, Aug. 21, 2015, http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cdc-says-40-million-contact-lens-wearers-are-doing-it-n413351
3 Ibid.
4 “Contact Lenses and Cosmetics,” American Optometric Association, http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/contact-lenses/contact-lenses-and-cosmetics?sso=y
5 “Proper care of Contact Lenses, by Kierstan Boyd, American Academy of Ophthalmology, March 1, 2016, http://www.aao.org/eye-health/glasses-contacts/contact-lens-care
6 “Do’s and Don’ts,” American Optometric Association, http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/contact-lenses/dos-and-donts?sso=y
7 “Cleaning Contact Lenses,” CooperVision, http://coopervision.com/about-contacts/cleaning-contact-lenses
8 “CDC to 40 Million Contact Lens Wearers: You’re Doing It Wrong,” by Maggie Fox, NBC News, Aug. 21, 2015, http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cdc-says-40-million-contact-lens-wearers-are-doing-it-n413351
9 “Top 5 Things You May Not Know About Contact Lenses,” Valley Eyecare Center, http://valleyeyecareaz.com/top-5-things-you-might-not-know-about-contact-lenses/
10 “Proper care of Contact Lenses, by Kierstan Boyd, American Academy of Ophthalmology, March 1, 2016, http://www.aao.org/eye-health/glasses-contacts/contact-lens-care
11 “Tips for Contact Lens Wearers,” AllAboutVision.com, http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/contact-lens-tips.htm
12 Tips for Contact Lens Wearers,” AllAboutVision.com, http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/contact-lens-tips.htm
13 “Do’s and Don’ts,” American Optometric Association, http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/contact-lenses/dos-and-donts?sso=y
14Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections,” by Kierstan Boyd, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Oct. 14, 2015,
15 “Do’s and Don’ts,” American Optometric Association, http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/contact-lenses/dos-and-donts?sso=y