• Should I store contacts in the refrigerator?


    Question:

    I have a question about contact lens storage. I read a post in Facebook that said if we store our contact lenses in a refrigerator (not a freezer), bacteria proliferation will be deterred because of the low temperature. Is this correct?


    Answer:

    I have never seen an article in any journal recommending storing contact lenses in the refrigerator. The recommendation we give patients is as follows:

    • Always store in fresh (not previously used) disinfecting solution.
    • Wash your hands prior to any handling of contact lenses.
    • Wash your contact lens case and allow to air dry (don’t recap it and trap water that can harbor bacteria).

    These practices ensure the cleanest contact lens conditions.


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