Are You Doing These 3 Things With Your Contacts?

Are You Doing These 3 Things With Your Contacts?

Keeping your lenses clean by staying away from water, and washing with soap will do wonders.

Itchy, watery eyes? It might not be those seasonal allergies. With increasingly busy schedules, most of us are doing at least one thing wrong when it comes to taking care of our contact lenses.

In response to this- and the growing amount of red, irritated eyes roaming the nation- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with partners, has organized Contact Lens Health Week.

It’s a strategy to increase public awareness and promote healthy care.

So, what should or shouldn’t you be doing? Remember you have only one pair of eyes, so take their care seriously, the CDC advises.

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In addition to cleaning your contacts regularly and making sure you throw away disposables at the proper time (and not after), always keep your lenses away from water.

This means you should never store them in the stuff- even in a bind-never swim with them in your eyes, and make sure you even take them out when you have a shower. Water-even clean tap water- can harbor microscopic bacteria that can get in your eyes and on your lenses, causing a host of health problems for you in the long run.

Secondly, always wash your hands with soap before touching your contacts. Every time.

Lastly, even if you’re overtired, never sleep with your contacts on. You can dry your eyes out and cause an infection. Or, cause this to happen.

For more information on proper eye care, click here.

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