• Should I take out my contacts to apply artificial tears?


    Question:

    I have dry eyes and was prescribed artificial tears (which I have to apply three times a day). I also wear contact lenses. Do I take off my contacts to apply the artificial tears or is it OK to wear my contacts?


    Answer:

    Yes, you can use the eye drops with your contacts still in. Preservative-free artificial tears are safe to use with contact lenses, as well as lubricating drops made specifically for contact lens wearers (as labeled). Many artificial tears use preservatives which can adhere to your contact lens causing irritation and may affect your eye health and comfort. If you use drops more than four times per day, preservative-free drops may be a better option. Ask your your ophthalmologist which drop is best for you.


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