• 6 steps to avoid contact lens infections

    Written by: Kierstan Boyd
    Reviewed by: Devin A Harrison MD
    Mar. 01, 2017

    Rub

    Rub lenses when cleaning them. Wash your hands before cleaning your contacts. Place the lens in your clean palm with fresh, store-bought solution. Rubbing the lens as you clean it loosens the protein and bacteria that builds up. Even if your solution says “No Rub,” you should do it anyway. Studies have proven that rubbing the lenses is one of the best ways to avoid eye infections.

    Rinse

    Rinse lenses in store-bought solution. Always rinse and store your contact lenses in store-bought solution. Home-made saline contains dangerous parasites that can blind you.

    Replace

    Replace your contact lens case with a new one at least three times per year.

    Rest

    From time to time, give your eyes a break from your contact lenses. Also, never sleep in your contact lenses. That makes it much more likely that you will get an eye infection.

    Renew

    Get new lenses when recommended. Don’t try to extend the life of your contacts by wearing them too long. Only keep lenses as long as your prescriber recommends. For example, one-month contact lenses should only be used for 30 days after opening the package.

    Reserve

    Make and keep an appointment with your ophthalmologist to keep your eyes healthy. Your ophthalmologist is committed to protecting your sight.